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Scanning the Nation: Notes from the first weekend of Jan. league play

by - Published January 9, 2017 in Columns

It was a rather docile first full weekend of January, early in the conference portion of the college basketball season. Here are some quick hit notes from around the country, from A (Arizona) to…well, at least W (Western Illinois):

  • Sometimes the effect of a single player being out of the lineup is overdone, but early on it sure looks like Sindarius Thornwell’s return for South Carolina is a game-changer. Thornwell totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds and six steals in his first game back and then posted 16, seven and five in those categories Saturday in a 79-68 win against Texas A&M. We’re thinking the Gamecocks look good to emerge as the second- or third-best team in the SEC; in fact, mark down Jan. 18 and Feb. 21. That’s when Frank Martin’s team plays Florida.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 3, 2017

by - Published January 3, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On the second day of 2017, a medium-weight college basketball schedule included quite a few games, though few of the high profile variety.

Regardless of the stories developing early in some conferences (the Metro Atlantic and Southland being turned upside down, for example), it can’t be ignored that the biggest news of the day came off the court. Duke announced on Monday that head coach Mike Krzyzewski will undergo lower back surgery this Friday, and is expected to be out for up to four weeks. This will be the second time Coach K has missed significant time during a season for back surgery, and the first time since 1994-95. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 2, 2017

by - Published January 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The first weekend of conference play is in the books, and the early going has been, well… wacky. There were so many results that by themselves would be noteworthy but instead form a picture that makes results like preseason favorite Oregon being 2-0 in the Pac-12 being more newsworthy than anything else, because it seems like that was more the exception than the norm.

Where do we start? There are so many places to look.

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Scanning the Nation Notebook – Dec. 14, 2016

by - Published December 14, 2016 in Columns

George Mason guard Marquise Moore has been nothing short of spectacular this year and should be playing himself into not just serious contention for Atlantic 10 player of the year honors, but possible national recognition as well. Moore is averaging 17.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game-as a 6-foot-2 guard. Add in his 3.6 assists per game, his 51.7% field goal percentage and the Patriots’ current eight-game winning streak, and this is a player who deserves to be noticed on the national scene as one of the best players in the country and one of the most unique. Oh, and Moore also hasn’t made a single three-pointer all season yet (in five attempts). Mason has made a serious turnaround after an ugly 1-3 start to the season, and is a team to be watched in the scuffling A-10, where there certainly appears to be room for upward mobility. (Note: we see Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis indeed is onto Moore with a note on him in his mailbag today…good start.) … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 6, 2016

by - Published December 6, 2016 in The Morning Dish

There was nothing like a return to comfortable surroundings against a comfortably familiar rival to get Connecticut a win that maybe can get the Huskies’ season back on track.

Desperately needing a spark in a season that early on has been defined by injuries, stunning losses and near-losses, the Huskies rallied past Syracuse for a 52-50 win Monday night. The game was played at Madison Square Garden, home to so many clashes between these two in the Big East Tournament in the past, and was the first of several big college games at the venerable arena this week.

It wasn’t Big Monday, and it was far from a work of art, but the night still reminded us just what the sport is missing when these two are not in the same conference anymore. With their games there in the past, both can make a figurative claim to MSG being their home away from home, and the atmosphere for this game made for typically great television between these two. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 9, 2016

by - Published November 9, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Good Wednesday morning…

The regular season is near, just two days away. We continue Hoopville’s preseason rundown of all 32 NCAA Division I conferences, with a trip to the South:

Someday the SEC will shed the perception that it’s Kentucky and everyone else. There’s just way too much money in the league, and even besides UK there are too many programs with too much history (Alabama, LSU, Missouri to name a few) for the league to stay as down as it is. In the meantime, though, the Wildcats continue to be the team to beat, even as Texas A&M tied for the regular season title a year ago, and on paper this could be as low as a 2-3-bid league yet again. A&M and Florida are probably the top challengers, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if some teams from the group of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Vanderbilt surpass expectations and bring the league collectively up a notch or two. … Continue Reading

Gbinije’s long journey may still have the ending many expected at one time

by - Published May 31, 2016 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

Michael Gbinije seemingly had “college All-American” and probably more written all over him growing up. He played at a powerhouse in DeMatha Catholic in Maryland, and as often happens with good players there, was highly recruited. When he chose Duke, many probably figured he had a lot ahead of him.

Well, he did, but the road was far from easy. His college career was quite a journey that took him elsewhere, but could still take him to the promised land beyond college. For that matter, he experienced the promised land of the Final Four in his final season, though it’s one as unexpected as how he got to this point.

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2015-16 ACC Post-Mortem

by - Published May 13, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

Atlantic Coast Conference coaches spent much of the season boasting about the league’s competitiveness and balance, but in the end, the 2015-16 race had a very familiar look at the top.

North Carolina finished with a 14-4 ACC record to win its first regular-season title since 2012 and Virginia, which finished alone at the top in the 2013 and ’14 seasons, checked in at 13-5 to share second place with Miami.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – May 5, 2016

by - Published May 6, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. In this edition, we start by looking back at a departed legend, then continue with some off-season developments.

First, we look back at the life of the late Pearl Washington, a college basketball legend. While he had a relatively uneven NBA career, there is no mistaking that he will be remembered for his college days at Syracuse both on its own merits and within the larger context of the Big East and its rise.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 3, 2016

by - Published April 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish

In so many ways, the NCAA Tournament has consistently, without fail delivered one quality game after another for literally decades, and nowhere has that consistency been more able to be counted on than in the Final Four.

The record books don’t lie; you can go back for 40 years of this event, and it is rare to find even single national semifinal games that one would classify as uncompetitive, to say nothing of having two in the same years. All of which makes Saturday’s results more surprising, yet perhaps also indicative of the way this year’s tourney has gone.

Villanova and North Carolina are the last two teams standing in this season after winning by margins ranging from comfortable to mind-boggling. The Wildcats steamrolled Oklahoma 95-51 in the first semifinal before Carolina easily handled Syracuse 83-66 in the second. … Continue Reading

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We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 20, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we touch on a number of issues affecting conferences like Conference USA, as well as a big loss for Creighton, less mystery in Arizona, and more on the ACC as we look forward to the weekend.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 12, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a short stint in the top spot of the polls, some developments in the Mountain West Conference, and more of the ACC before closing with the Big East and Atlantic 10.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 24, 2016

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In our latest podcast, we talk about the great games Kentucky has been a part of lately. We go on to other ACC matters involving arch rivals, as well as some quick hits and a conference race that should be as good as expected.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 16, 2016

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a coaching legend reaching a milestone, the defending champs looking very good and continuing their winning ways close to home, and some off-court news during a light week of game action.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 29, 2016

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Early season tournaments are the focus in this episode, with a look at how strong a few Big East teams are out of the gate and how strong the ACC could be. Plus one SEC team had a big week outside the scope of tournaments.

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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

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