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2018 NCAA Tournament second week review: Final Four has a distinct retro feel to it

by - Published March 27, 2018 in Columns

If one likes retro-especially as a college basketball fan-they should love the 2018 NCAA Tournament Final Four.

One of the first things that jumped to mind about this year’s quartet of Kansas, Loyola Chicago, Michigan and Villanova after it was settled Sunday night was that this year’s group has a distinct 1985 flavor to it. Now we’ll see if it ends up with 1985 results, in one way or another.

The 1985 NCAA Tournament was the first year of an expanded 64-team field (essentially the beginning of the wondrous event we have today), and all four of this year’s final teams were factors on the national college landscape then. Yes, even Loyola. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 24, 2018

by - Published March 24, 2018 in The Morning Dish

After a wild Thursday night that seemed very much in tune with how a lot of the college basketball season has gone, Friday night was comparatively ho-hum. In part, the matchups suggested that was a strong possibility, but the end results followed. If you were looking for a night that could match Thursday in terms of who won, it just wasn’t going to happen.

And the matchups on the two days to come couldn’t be more of a contrast as a result.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, March 16, 2018

by - Published March 16, 2018 in The Morning Dish

After a distinctly dull first round a year ago, when a rather small total of nine of 32 games were decided by six points or less, there wasn’t a single buzzer-beater and not a single result that could be called much of a surprise, it can be argued-quite easily, in fact-that the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament already has delivered more. And college hoops fans can be most thankful for it.

An enthralling first full day of the tourney opened with an overtime game, and the hits kept coming. There were buzzer-beaters-plural. There were single-digit seeds getting threatened all over the place, whether they be 6 seeds, 5s, 4s, 3s, even a 1. And by the end there was a preseason Final Four favorite getting thrashed by a 13 seed with exactly zero NCAA Division I Tournament wins in its history. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 22, 2018

by - Published February 22, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The ACC picture is really clearing up now, with Wednesday night doing a lot to help in that regard. Most notably, as Ted Sarandis and I talk about in our podcast, there is some separation behind Virginia.

And right there are a couple of programs you might expect to be, even if both have had some challenges this season. Duke and North Carolina are now playing some of their best basketball of the season.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2018

by - Published February 22, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Selection Sunday is less than three weeks away and the start of conference tournaments is just days away, but an off-court matter leads the way.

We start with an oddity in Providence, where the court at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center had condensation owing to higher than normal temperatures in the area that affected the ice underneath. The arena is set up for hockey as well, and unseasonably warm temperatures played a role. The game will finish up at Providence’s on-campus gym, Alumni Hall, starting at noon on Thursday. Seton Hall led 56-47 with 13:03 left when play was halted for good.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 14, 2018

by - Published February 14, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The Big 12 promises to give us quite a finish. That was easy to figure already, considering how deep the conference is, but Tuesday night helped get rid of any doubt about that. The burning question is if we will have history made, or a very unlikely champion.

History tells you to bet on the former. But the latter could very well happen, too.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 1, 2018

by - Published February 1, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Of all the teams near the top of the rankings-scratch that, in the top 25 rankings at all-Cincinnati has been the mystery team of this season. And while the Bearcats will still be that for some time for many, they at least should have answered some questions Wednesday night.

A sign that this Cincinnati team is different from other previous ones under Mick Cronin-and just might be worthy of its ranking-came in the form of the Bearcats’ biggest comeback in Cronin’s tenure at the school. Trailing Houston by 18 points in the first half, Cincy roared back for an 80-70 win, extending its home winning streak to 38 games. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 27, 2018

by - Published January 27, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Friday was a light day of action, as is usually the case at this time of the year. That probably made it a little easier for off-court news to lead the way, but frankly, that should be the case even if it was a Saturday.

Friday was not a good day in college basketball. There’s no way around it.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 14, 2018

by - Published January 14, 2018 in Columns

Texas Tech and West Virginia have been arguably the two best defensive teams in the country this year, and they’ve done so in completely different ways, another supreme example of the variety of college basketball that helps make the sport so captivating.

The Mountaineers’ press and the Red Raiders’ pack-it-in, always-hustling halfcourt D are not just effective but as much fun to watch as any defenses in the country. As important as defense is to both teams, though, it was offense which ended up making the difference in their top-10 matchup on Saturday. And despite being quiet for long stretches of the game, it was Tech’s that was better in crunch time as the Red Raiders rallied for a huge 72-71 win in Lubbock. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 4, 2018

by - Published January 4, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. The calendar has turned over into 2018 and conference play is upon us. We have some early thoughts on that and much more.

We begin with the big game of the night and one of the best individual performances in Big East history. Marquette traveled to Providence and came away with a 95-90 overtime victory behind a record-tying scoring game by sophomore Markus Howard. We talk more about the game in detail here as well.

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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 – April 26, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

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In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

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The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

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Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 1, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we break d own the national semifinals, where one game went back and forth while the other was never really a ballgame thanks to an impressive performance for the ages by the winning team.

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Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

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Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

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The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.