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The Morning Dish – Thursday, April 5, 2018

by - Published April 5, 2018 in The Morning Dish

For Villanova and Jay Wright, things were not always this good. There were some challenging times in the early going and even a little past then, times that would make it seem shocking that the Wildcats are now very much one of the elite programs in the country. They didn’t always look like a blueblood, a team that could just reload every year.

But here they are. It’s been quite a journey, one with some highlights and lowlights along the way. It’s one that has also seen Jay Wright go from a coach known mostly for his suits to a future Hall of Famer, and the program become one we can all appreciate.

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Loss in Summit final shouldn’t obscure terrific season for South Dakota

by - Published March 7, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

At a time of year when talk of quality wins and quadrants and power rankings can be almost overbearing, sometimes it’s worth taking a step back and acknowledging that teams can and do have outstanding years, even if they may not make the NCAA Tournament.

Before this season, if anyone had said the South Dakota Coyotes-a nickname that cool deserves to be attached to the school name at every chance-would win 26 games, any Coyotes fan would’ve taken that in a heartbeat. In fact, if any observer of the sport at large would’ve been told USD would win 26 games, give TCU and UCLA a run on their home courts and even play respectably at Duke, they would’ve figured it was one of the stories of the year outside the sport’s main spotlight, a still-young NCAA Division I program continuing a dramatic rise the past couple years. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation Notebook for Feb. 8 – On Michigan State, bubbles, Loyola Chicago, Summit League & more

by - Published February 8, 2018 in Columns

Notes, thoughts, numbers and more gibberish about the college basketball landscape post-Super Bowl and with Selection Sunday now just over a month away. The Big Ten, Summit League, regional TV and some hidden gems to watch in March are among our topics…

Michigan State may be winning games-almost silently, the Spartans are on a seven-game streak now-but the Spartans still concern us. There’s the turnovers, obviously, but just as much is the inconsistent halfcourt offense. MSU is still hustling the ball up the court after missed shots like it always has, but if it doesn’t convert (or turn it over), the Spartans too often suddenly look like Virginia or Northern Iowa on the offensive end, but without the Cavaliers’ results to show for it. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 25, 2018

by - Published January 25, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The No. 8 conference in the country should get more attention than it has this year, though Missouri Valley Conference schools have few others to blame but themselves for that.

A league that had such a good non-conference season that it is clearly ahead of leagues like the Mountain West (a good distance back at No. 9 in conference RPI), Atlantic 10 and West Coast Conference has once again done itself no favors for national perception with its parity in conference play. All 10 MVC schools have at least 10 wins overall already-a real achievement in January in a conference that isn’t playing 70%+ of its non-conference games at home-and all 10 are also in the top 160 in the RPI. And yet, nine of the 10 also have seven losses, too, and having seven teams separated by a total of two games between 5-4 and 3-6 in league play is no way to build a NCAA Tournament at-large contenders.

Wednesday did feature a battle for first in the Valley, though, and it’s also possible the conference’s hopes for an at-large bid to the NCAAs aren’t done yet. The first half of the MVC’s round robin is now complete with Loyola Chicago alone in first place after what turned out to be a resounding 80-57 win at Drake, and the Ramblers are making a mighty nice run at separating themselves from the rest of the Valley pack. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 20, 2017

by - Published December 20, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Can one player really make this much difference?

A year ago, Oklahoma was losing 20 games, with the Sooners’ 11-20 record best known for a number of close losses (nine by six points or less) that might’ve indicated a very good team was lying underneath the surface, if not for how regularly OU was losing those close games.

As Bill Parcells famously said, “you are what your record says you are,” and Oklahoma’s record said it was a team that had a long leap to make to NIT contention, much less the NCAA Tournament or a chase for another Final Four trip after it reached that level in 2016.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, December 15, 2017

by - Published December 15, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It’s been a long time-way too long-since UNC Charlotte made some noise on the national college basketball scene. Pretty much everyone would’ve rather the 49ers made their return in a different way than they did Thursday, though.

In just over a month of the 2017-18 college basketball season, we’ve already seen three coaching changes, and the latest came Thursday as Charlotte released former NBA star and noted good guy Mark Price after a 3-6 start to the season. The 49ers have lost four straight games, the last three including defeats at James Madison and Tennessee-Chattanooga teams picked near the bottom of their leagues, sandwiched around a 23-point loss to Wake Forest at home, and athletic director Judy Rose decided to pull the plug just 72 games into his coaching tenure. … Continue Reading

A game a day for the 2017-18 season: December

by - Published November 7, 2017 in Columns

Continuing a look at our favorite games for every day of the 2017-18 college basketball season. We started yesterday with November, and today we continue with December:

Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Duquesne. This city matchup will take on a little more urgency this year after the Dukes knocked off Pitt a year ago to end a 15-game losing streak in the series. Honorable mention: Purdue at Maryland in Big Ten games…on Dec. 1?

Dec. 2: Cincinnati at Xavier. On a day with several really appealing. if maybe less unsung matchups (Wichita State/Baylor; Colorado/Colorado State; Vermont/Bucknell; Princeton/Miami [Fla.]; USC/SMU), the headliner is still easily one of the very best rivalries in the sport going on three decades now. Honorable mention: Providence at Rhode Island … Continue Reading

Twenty teams to keep an eye on in 2017-18

by - Published November 2, 2017 in Columns

There are 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams. No more, and certainly no less.

That has always been the guiding principle for how we’ve followed college hoops, from a young age on. Regardless of school budget, or endowment, or how many pros it has generated, or how much TV money it receives from its conference.

Big or small, the fact of the matter is, as Lefty Driesell used to point out, every D-I school gets the same amount of scholarships. In a sport with such limited rosters and where only five players can be on the floor at the same time, good teams can come from anywhere. That’s been proven time and time again in the NCAA Tournament for decades. And in our quest for knowledge, that’s why we’ve always preferred to leave no stone unturned in trying to find good teams. … Continue Reading

2016-17 Summit League Post-Mortem

by - Published July 17, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Summit League in 2016-17 did not match what was in many ways a banner season the year before. There would be little arguing as much.

Coming off a superb year when the league finished 12th in conference RPI-after rising as high as No. 8 at one point-and put forth a champion that earned a 12 seed and would’ve had a case for at-large inclusion in the NCAA Tournament, the Summit was unable to match such lofty heights. The league dropped to 19th in the conference RPI, with a 12-game drop in its win percentage against Division I schools, and it also saw its tournament champion receive a 16 seed in the NCAA tourney.

Don’t be misled, though. The Summit is still a plenty solid conference, arguably the most improved in the country this decade (from 26th in conference RPI in 2010). And it still had plenty to recommend it this year. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 26, 2017

by - Published February 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On the final Saturday of February, a day that featured several big-time top 15 matchups got a jolt in one of its final games of the day.

Well after most of the day’s contests had already concluded, Gonzaga saw its undefeated season come to an end. The Bulldogs were foiled on their home court by a team that has been a regular pain in the side on that court as BYU came back for a 79-71 win to drop the Bulldogs to 29-1 this year. … Continue Reading

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