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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

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 7, 2018

by - Published March 7, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Until Championship Saturday, Tuesday night will go down as the biggest night in terms of conference championships, with five automatic bids getting handed out. Whereas Sunday’s set of four championship games had a little bit of everything, Tuesday night’s consisted of four convincing wins and an overtime affair. All have their own little stories as well.

We’ll start with the lone overtime game, which was the CAA championship in North Charleston, SC. Northeastern had blitzed their first two opponents in the tournament, and looked like they might be on their way to another convincing win for all the marbles as the first half came to a close. The Huskies ended the half on a 14-2 run to go up by 13 at the break, and the lead would reach 17 a few minutes into the second half. The Cougars, who were the preseason favorites and playing in front of a home crowd just a few miles from campus, got the lead down to ten, then ran off nine unanswered points to get close, and would ultimately send it to overtime. In the extra session, the Cougars took control, going up by six points about three minutes in, and the Huskies could get no closer than three the rest of the way as the Cougars pulled out an 83-76 win. Two of the conference’s top players did all they could for their teams, with Joe Chealey scoring 32 points to lead the Cougars and Vasa Pusica leading Northeastern with 30. We will have more on this later.

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South Dakota State shows again its far more than one player, rolls into Summit final

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

One game after an underwhelming performance in its 2018 Summit League Tournament opener, South Dakota State reminded all just why it won the league’s regular season title.

And for those who haven’t seen the Jackrabbits much this year, here’s a tip: the reasons for their success go far deeper than just Mike Daum.

A game after being pushed by stubborn eighth-seeded Western Illinois, top seed South Dakota State was sharp on Monday, and with it opponent North Dakota State didn’t stand much of a chance. The Jackrabbits routed the Bison 78-57 in the tourney semifinals in Sioux Falls, S.D., picking up their 27th win and advancing to the tourney finals for the sixth time in seven years. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 6, 2018

by - Published March 6, 2018 in The Morning Dish

A second straight late-season charge by UNC Greensboro in the Southern Conference has a happier ending this season. And the Spartans’ story may have another chapter or two left.

One year after an excruciatingly close loss to East Tennessee State in the SoCon final, the Spartans got another chance at the Buccaneers on Monday and took advantage. UNCG pulled away from East Tennessee State late for a 62-47 win in the 97th edition of the oldest conference tournament of them all, wrapping up in very satisfying fashion the third NCAA Tournament berth in school history and the first since 2001. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, March 5, 2018

by - Published March 5, 2018 in Columns

As conference tournaments take over the entirety of the landscape until Selection Sunday, we’ve just gone through quite a weekend. Four NCAA Tournament bids went out on Sunday, and we had a little bit of everything among them. And other tournaments continue on, a few with championship matchups all set.

In the championship games on Sunday, we had a dramatic finish, a near-historic comeback, an aberration and an anticlimactic game.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 10, 2017

by - Published November 10, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning, and welcome to the 2017-18 college basketball season.

With games starting this morning already, we conclude Hoopville’s preseason rundown of all 32 NCAA Division I conferences:

It seems to matter not what Mike Davis returns each year at Texas Southern-the Tigers have become perennial favorites in the SWAC, reloading annually with a cavalry of transfers. That’s the case again this year, where he does return a quality backcourt of Demontrae Jefferson and Kevin Scott but otherwise will lean on newcomers like Massachusetts transfer Donte Clark to form a team good enough to pull off a surprise or two against an obscene schedule that opens with 13 straight road games and one name-brand school after another. Besides TSU, Alcorn State and Jackson State appear to have the best shot to challenge. Montez Robinson has built a solid program on The Reservation, while JSU can’t possibly have worse injury luck than last year … 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 – Wednesday, April 5, 2017

by - Published April 5, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The worst part about the college basketball season being over is that, well, it’s over. No more games. No more debates about rankings, or teams, or players, or conferences. The day-to-day fun is gone.

That’s bad. What pops up in its place is worse. In recent years, the absence has been filled with endless offseason news of players transferring, and schools too, and neither is remotely satisfying. The former is often the result of poaching and tampering, whether it be by schools, coaches, handlers or family members. The latter only contributes to a culture of instability around college sports, where schools and conferences now feel like they always need to be on the lookout for their next opportunity, and constant discussion of it only fans the flames. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 8, 2017

by - Published March 8, 2017 in Columns

Where would the Horizon League be at this moment without Northern Kentucky?

And who ever thought such a question would be asked two years ago?

It’s been a rough couple years for the Horizon, and in some ways Tuesday was more of the same. But on a day when two more of its coaches departed and it faced the good news/bad news prospect of its 10th-place team winning the conference tournament, it was the league’s newest member-an addition that barely made a ripple when it happened a few years ago-that made the biggest headlines. … 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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