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Scanning the Nation Notebook for Nov. 30 – On Maryland, St. Mary’s, Xavier, UC Santa Barbara & more

by - Published November 30, 2017 in Columns

Notes from around college basketball as we close out November and enter the season’s quiet stretch in December…

Maryland is clearly still a team trying to find itself without Melo Trimble. Most specifically, the Terrapins are turning the ball over at an all-too prodigious rate, averaging 17.3 per game (yikes). Zones in particular have left the Terps baffled; they committed 20 turnovers in a loss to a shorthanded St. Bonaventure in the Emerald Coast Classic that switched between multiple defenses all night, and 18 more against Syracuse’s matchup zone. Justin Jackson has also had shooting/scoring struggles that have become well-documented, but Maryland still should be better than most in the Big Ten if it just cleans up the miscues. Until they do, though, the Turtles probably can expect more and more zones this season.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 26, 2017

by - Published November 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Great Alaska Shootout closed out a great run last night. Sadly, it did not get the final round of respects it deserved, but that didn’t stop it from delivering one final thriller for those who enjoyed so many over the years in this long-running event.

The 40th and final edition of the Shootout concluded Saturday, and the record will show that Central Michigan was its final champion after edging Cal State Bakersfield 75-72. Keno Davis joined Tom Davis as the first father and son to both win Great Alaska Shootout championships, with Keno following 31 years after Dr. Tom ‘s Iowa team won the tourney in 1986. It’s a wonderful historical accomplishment for an event that was rich in history, and deserved to be recognized nationally for it far more than it was in its last year. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 25, 2017

by - Published November 25, 2017 in The Morning Dish

While one of the final games of Friday will go down as the best one of the day, it was in the middle of the game action that we had perhaps the most telling game. We found out something about both teams, although for a while it appeared that the result would be more than a little different.

Duke found a way to win, and Texas let one get away. Actually, Duke was willed to win largely by the best freshman in the country and a solid cohort, and Texas let one get away.

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The 2017-18 season is here: Opening thoughts

by - Published November 12, 2017 in Columns

Some thoughts as the season tips off…

OK we are well aware of the shop “lifting” spree of UCLA’s LiAngelo Ball, Codey Riley and Jalen Hill during the Bruins trip to China. For a minute, the latter part of the sentence bears questioning – what is UCLA doing in China playing Georgia Tech?

Given travel, drastic changes in time zones and preparation to get acclimated to the Asian venue, both schools needed nearly a week to adjust. That is a good five days. Five days of lost class time, it might be added. The powers that be call the trip “cultural”. Fine, but aren’t the summer tours schools take (not during class time) serving the purpose of a competitive and culturally educational purpose? Just wondering.

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

by - Published November 9, 2017 in Columns

We conclude our look at our favorite games for every day of the season from November through February, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball season.

We started this on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, January and Wednesday, and today we finish with February:

Feb. 1: Montana State at North Dakota. One of the Big Sky’s favorites this year travels to face last year’s regular season and tourney champions. Also some serious individual talent in this game, with the Bobcats’ Tyler Hall and UND’s Geno Crandall. Honorable mention: Middle Tennessee State at Old Dominion

Feb. 2: Yale at Princeton. Another huge Ivy League game. The Tigers swept the Bulldogs in three meetings last year-including the Ivy tourney final-and are probably being undersold this year. Honorable mention: Illinois-Chicago at Oakland … Continue Reading

2016-17 Atlantic 10 Post-Mortem

by - Published July 5, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Atlantic 10 has been solid and steady in recent years, with a good deal of stability once the conference realignment game seemed to slow down. As currently configured, the conference was clearly in a good place, and it still is.

Now, the conference is going to look a little different. There is reason to think it will be just fine, but what that looks like is in question. Since this season ended, there has already been a good deal of change.

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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

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