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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 8, 2016

by - Published February 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Now in its third year of existence, the American Athletic Conference seems to be in an unenviable position. It’s too early to cast any long-term conclusion on the conference, but already the conference’s best year was its first one, and it almost appears to be on a downward trend. There’s one factor that’s not helping them this season, either.

In the conference’s first season, UConn won the national championship and Louisville had a very good team. Cincinnati and Memphis also made the NCAA Tournament. Then last season, SMU and Cincinnati made it, while Tulsa’s bubble burst and Uconn needed to win the conference tournament – held at the XL Center, where they play a few games each year – in order to make it, but lost in the final after a near-storybook run. Last year, the conference really struggled to get quality wins out of conference.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, February 5, 2016

by - Published February 5, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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For the best-kept secret among conferences in college basketball this season, look no further than the Colonial Athletic Association, which also just so happens to have the very best conference race this year.

Perhaps the game of the night Thursday was in the CAA, where UNC Wilmington visited Hofstra with sole possession of first place on the line. The game lived up to all one could’ve hoped for, coming down to the wire before Denzel Ingram hit the winning three-pointer with four seconds left to give the Seahawks a 70-67 win.

The CAA has long done a very nice job with its regional television packages, but this message goes to the national networks: this game belonged on national television. UNCW rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit and from 14 down with 11:28 to play. The Seahawks continued to chip away and took the lead late, but then had to weather a tying triple by Juan’ya Green with 20 seconds left before winning their eighth straight game.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 28, 2016

by - Published January 28, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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On an emotional night at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys very nearly were successful in reprising the spoiler role they are going to continue to take on in this year’s Big 12 race.

Baylor trailed a good share of the way in Stillwater on Wednesday before taking the lead on two Rico Gathers free throws with 1:49 to play and hanging on for a 69-65 win at Oklahoma State. The Bears moved back into a tie with Oklahoma and West Virginia atop the Big 12, while the Cowboys fell just shy of duplicating their resounding win over Kansas just over a week earlier.

Baylor did just enough to win, but that’s all one can ask of a team on the road in conference play. Okie State had a good amount of success against the Bears’ 1-1-3 zone, shooting 50%, but also committed 16 turnovers. Taurean Prince scored 17 points, Gathers added 16 points and nine rebounds, and typically low-scoring Ishmail Wainright had a big hoop in the final minute when the Cowboys were still within a point.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, January 25, 2016

by - Published January 25, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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When he was at Penn, Fran Dunphy always played a tough non-conference schedule. He wasn’t alone among Ivy League coaches, and he did it for the reason you would expect, but it was always a staple of what he did. He’s continued that at Temple, aided by the fact that the Owls did the same thing under John Chaney and would play certain teams just about every year.

Coaches talk about a non-conference schedule preparing a team for conference play all the time. This year, it has really worked for Temple, even as the Owls had growing pains during non-conference play. The most recent highlight came on Sunday, when they handed SMU their first loss of the season 89-80 in Philadelphia.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 21, 2016

by - Published January 21, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Michigan State lost at home to Nebraska Wednesday night 72-71 for its third loss in a row. So it’s time to worry about the Spartans, right?

No way. Not a chance. We’ve seen this flick more than a few times before with Tom Izzo teams. In fact, we’d go as far as saying if there was ever a three-game losing streak that would cause less concern than this one, it’ll be hard to find.

Though Darnell Valentine is back, it’s crystal clear he is still working back to his previous level, and the Spartans have hit a speed bump. Most notably, Bryn Forbes is 3 of 15 from three-point range in the last three games, and Lourawls Nairn has battled a foot injury all year and missed his second straight game Wednesday night. The bench also has provided little at times, a concern especially if Forbes is having one of his occasional off nights shooting.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 6, 2016

by - Published January 6, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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It’s way, way too early in the season to be counting anyone out, and that lesson was given on more than a few occasions Tuesday night.

Despite it being a light schedule, the evening provided its share of surprises and, yes, upsets. Teams that are obviously talented but young and inconsistent went on the road in two cases and dominated a top 10 team at home in another is giving another example that nothing is given when conference play starts.

 

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 30, 2015

by - Published December 30, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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After another nice-if not quite name-brand glamorous-win, it’s time to ask: what to make of Texas Tech this year?

Before digging into the subject, it should be noted that just the presence of this question in the first place is a compliment to the Red Raiders. For the years since Bob Knight left Lubbock have been tough; it’s going on nine years now since Tech made the NCAA Tournament, and in fact there has been just one tourney appearance of any kind (2010 NIT) since a first-round loss in the 2007 NCAAs.

The Red Raiders are now a very nice 10-1 after an impressive 85-70 win over Richmond on Tuesday. Tubby Smith’s team dominated, leading by as many as 20 and by double digits for the game’s final 31 minutes. The Red Raiders dominated the glass (43-20), had four in double figures and defeated a team that already this year has beaten Wake Forest, California and Northern Iowa. Good stuff all around.

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A game a day for the 2015-16 season: February

by - Published November 12, 2015 in Columns
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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.

To refresh: in some cases they’re the biggest matchup of the day, in others they may be what we think will be the best game to watch. Some days the picks are obvious, others they are no doubt up for debate, but we limited it to one pick and one special mention each day. We started this on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, January and Wednesday, and today we finish with February:

Feb. 1: North Carolina at Louisville. Besides the obvious skill of these teams, it’s always a sweet pairing of the Tar Heels’ running and the Cardinals’ pressure defense. Honorable mention: SMU at Houston

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A game a day for the whole 2015-16 season: first up, November

by - Published November 9, 2015 in Columns
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If one could go to any one college basketball game or event they wanted, for every day of the season, without restrictions, without worries about travel…

…it would take professional sports team-level travel accommodations, probably a pro athletes’ disposable income, and a whole lot of sleep on airplanes. As well as an understanding spouse.

Which doesn’t mean one can’t dream. Going into the 2015-16 season, we wanted to highlight what we see as the best game of the day, for every day of the regular season. The games we would go to every day of the season, if we could.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, April 1, 2015

by - Published April 1, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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We’re all biding our time until the Final Four games on Saturday, but all news is not just coaching changes and players coming and going (mostly going) as college basketball’s other tournaments are also wrapping up this week.

The 77th annual NIT semifinals were played at Madison Square Garden last night and saw Miami (Fla.) and Stanford emerge with hard-fought victories to move to the championship game on Thursday. Neither game was pretty, but it goes without saying that style points are meaningless at this time of year.
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Saturday Notes – February 6, 2016

February 7, 2016 by

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It was a full day of action, one that included two top teams going down in a rarity. Also, a number of other teams suffered a loss that could be a critical blow to their NCAA Tournament at-large hopes.

Saturday Notes – January 30, 2016

January 31, 2016 by

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In the midst of conference season, a non-conference set of games took center stage. They were far from alone in the important games of the day, though, and we take a look at notes from many of those games.

Saturday Notes – January 23, 2016

January 24, 2016 by

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A number of games were pushed to another day by a storm on the east coast, but we had plenty of noteworthy games all the same on Saturday.

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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

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The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.

2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

June 30, 2015 by

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We look back at more from the 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale, where some of the championship games were worth the price of admission.

A big championship day for a local program at the Hoopville Spring Finale

June 23, 2015 by

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The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of good championship games on Sunday to close it out, and we start our look back with a look at those games.

Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

June 4, 2015 by

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Two big programs, Mass Elite and the Boston Warriors, got together once again on a college showcase for many of their high school players. We look at some who stood out on the evening.

2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

June 3, 2015 by

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Massachusetts held its AAU championship rounds in a few age groups and its entire tournament for the oldest age group this weekend. We take a look at some of Sunday’s action in Foxboro.

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

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