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The Morning Dish – Thursday, April 6, 2017

by - Published April 6, 2017 in The Morning Dish

That it was not unexpected did not make the news much easier to digest.

Wednesday was a sad day, for basketball, for education, and-in the words of those in the area who would know best-for New Jersey. The news came out in the afternoon that St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City would be closing at the end of this school year. (Numerous excellent stories came out about the news yesterday, such as this one here). Reports cluing in the school’s possible fate had been dropped for weeks, but the news was still a punch in the stomach for many.

While on its surface this would appear to some to have little to do with college basketball, anyone versed in the sport knows all about the school’s influence on the sport at all levels, and specifically that of Bob Hurley Sr., its longtime coach. Hurley won 28 New Jersey state championships at the school and was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame for all his success, and he’s one of the greatest coaches in the sport over the last 50 years, at any level. … Continue Reading

Possible RIP to RPI misses point about tourney selection issues

by - Published March 1, 2017 in Columns

It’s a statement you might hear at a support group meeting, except there may be no one else there.

I’m a college basketball fan, and I don’t hate the RPI.

There, we said it. And now we’ll duck and let the virtual tomato throwing commence.

If that above sentence were given a sub-title, it just might be “How to commit Twitter suicide in one easy step.” For, of all the lock statements in the world, few are more of a sure thing than this: if one wants to talk college basketball and be popular on social media, they do not speak in any sort of positive terms about the Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI, that ratings formula used for grouping data by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, a.k.a. selection committee. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, February 6, 2017

by - Published February 6, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As you can imagine, football dominated the sports world – scratch that, the world, period – on Sunday, and anyone who watched the entire game got their money’s worth in terms of the quality of the game. (Now, your allegiance, if any, will probably swing your experience just a bit; a Patriots fan like myself, obviously, was a little happier at the end than an Atlanta Falcons fan.) College basketball had a light slate, as tends to happen, with little fanfare on the day.

Sure, North Carolina handed Notre Dame their fourth straight loss and fifth in six games after a 5-0 start to ACC play, and the game was played in Greensboro instead of Chapel Hill due to a water shortage. And Florida State blew out Clemson 109-61, the Seminoles’ largest margin of victory ever in an ACC. And yes, Wisconsin beat Indiana to remain alone atop the Big Ten, while Cal quietly improved to 8-3 in Pac-12 play by knocking off Colorado.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 25, 2017

by - Published January 25, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It’s become obvious in recent years that the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, commonly known by most as the selection committee for the sport’s tournament field, feels the need to regularly throw out trial balloons under the guise of making the event “better.”

That so often those balloons are filled with lead (see: 96-team field, which made the internet blow up before the internet knew how to do so regularly) seems to makes no difference. The selection committee desperately feels the need to tinker with something that already works to a sublime level. It’s like someone who might own a bad fast muscle car but just really thinks he should throw a Saturn engine in it. Those in charge of the NCAA Tournament really think they can do better than best, and darn it if they aren’t going to try, no matter how ill-advised it is. … Continue Reading

Box score Breakdown: St. Bonaventure 73, Fordham 53

by - Published January 16, 2017 in Columns

On paper this looked like a good chance for the Bonnies to secure a home win. We emphasize “on paper.”

First, it was not a true home game as the site was Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena. A few hours from the Bona campus and attended by a faithful traveling party, it still was not the friendly confines of the Reilly Center. Next, Jaylen Adams, the prolific Bonnie guard, was still out of the lineup with an ankle injury. Finally, Fordham was coming off a nice road win at Davidson.

St. Bonaventure was able to secure a 73-53 victory by virtue of a strong second half and a sound defensive effort. The numbers of note:

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 12, 2017

by - Published January 12, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Don’t we seem to write this same story every year for Michigan State? And, for that matter, Richmond too?

They’ve seemed to become two rituals of the college basketball season. The Spartans absorb some thoroughly puzzling losses early, while slightly outside the spotlight, the Spiders also get off to a slower start. And yet, in the end, there they are as usual: MSU right back near the top of the Big Ten and a Final Four contender in March, and Richmond causing havoc in the Atlantic 10, damaging others’ NCAA Tournament chances. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 1, 2016

by - Published December 1, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Good morning. Welcome to December.

When you get past a couple splashy games, road teams were the story of the night in college basketball on Wednesday. Now there’s something you don’t say often in this sport at the end of November.

A total of 24 teams won on the road in last night’s 90-game schedule in college hoops, and while that win percentage of less than 27% is right around the norm for road teams out of conference as a whole, it was a night with a number of nationally significant road wins. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 6, 2016

by - Published November 6, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Good Sunday morning:

Continuing Hoopville’s preseason look at conferences:

  • The MAC always is good enough to be respected, yet its own beat up on each other too much to make national noise. Still, the league has been knocking on the door the last two years with a pair of top 10 RPI finishes. Ohio University is among several teams positioned to help the MAC make some national rumblings this year, while Akron, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois plus two-time defending conference tournament winner Buffalo all have enough talent to ensure the parity that this league is known for.

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2015-16 Atlantic 10 Post-Mortem

by - Published June 21, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Atlantic 10 celebrated 40 years in 2015-16, and it has seen a little bit of everything in the last year. In all, though, the conference looks to be in a very good place when it comes to the hardwood.

For starters, we saw Dayton and VCU remain among the conference’s elite. They were part of a three-way tie for the regular season title and were the top two seeds in the conference tournament. VCU had some growing pains in Will Wade’s first season at the helm, but they grew into a solid team that won an NCAA Tournament game.

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NCAA selection committee must learn from Vanderbilt mistake

by - Published March 16, 2016 in Columns

The last we saw of Vanderbilt this season is bound to leave a sour taste in the mouths of not just its fans, but virtually everyone who follows college basketball and expected so much of the Commodores this year.

Just the same, it should also leave NCAA Tournament selection committee members with a serious case of bitter beer face, too.

Vanderbilt’s 70-50 loss to Wichita State in a play-in game in Dayton (the “First Four”, you’ll be reminded) was not quite as ugly as the final score indicated, but it was close. The Commodores never led in the second half, fell behind by 11 points but crawled back within two, only to finish the game on the wrong end of a 20-2 run over the final 7 1/2 minutes. The meltdown was punctuated with three minutes left when coach Kevin Stallings picked up a technical foul, and Vandy finished the season with a 19-14 record well below expectations when the season began.
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