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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 2, 2016

by - Published February 2, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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This season, there are no surprises when a top-5 team goes down. Frankly, it’s also almost never a surprise when Louisville is the group defeating such a highly ranked squads.

Still, the Cardinals’ 71-65 win over No. 2-ranked North Carolina on Monday was bigger than some and maybe most this year, as it was Louisville’s first win over a sure NCAA Tournament team. There were previously losses to Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan State plus a loss to Clemson, while the best wins-Pittsburgh, Florida State plus several other mid-to-bottom pack ACC teams-were only moderately impressive.

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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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Scanning the Nation Notebook: On CFP ratings, injuries, South Carolina and more

by - Published January 14, 2016 in Columns
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Some college basketball thoughts in mid-January, as we start to settle into the grind of conference play for the next 1 1/2 months:

It’s notable that there was little more than cursory note by the movers and shakers in college basketball of the fact that the rating for the Alabama/Clemson College Football Playoff title game was lower than that for last year’s Duke/Wisconsin college hoops NCAA national championship game. One would think this is something for the sport to celebrate, not at the expense of college football but as a sign that interest in the sport-or at the very least, its crown jewel event-is not nearly as far behind football as sometimes implied.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 13, 2016

by - Published January 13, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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One doesn’t have to know another personally to be affected or moved by them. It’s one of the beautiful things about the gift of life, even when that beauty isn’t always easy to appreciate when another’s life has ended.

Sad news was received by the college basketball world Tuesday as former Butler center Andrew Smith passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 25 years old. On Twitter Wednesday afternoon, his wife Samantha Smith announced that “Andrew peacefully passed away in his sleep and in my arms as I told him I loved him this morning. Love you always, Smith.”

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 3, 2016

by - Published January 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Almost certainly now, Monday night will bring us a matchup between No. 1 and No. 2. And we won’t even have to wait a week to see it.

Before the College Football Cartel, er, Playoff contests its championship game next week, we’ll have a real treat tomorrow night. Oklahoma-the likely No. 2 team on Monday-will travel to Phog Allen Fieldhouse to face the almost-certain No. 1 team in Kansas, and with the bowls and NFL regular season over, the game will have center stage on ESPN.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 29, 2015

by - Published December 29, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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We’re reaching the time of the college basketball season where we’re about to start seeing teams undergo a serious in-season transformation.

Teams never remain static-that’s the nature of sports, why teams practice, and also the result of injuries and differences in opposition. Adding to that this time of year is that, in many cases, teams are past stressful final exams and/or have had some time to recharge around the holidays. Non-conference play is wrapping up and a truly new season is just around the corner with conference play lurking.

For those who surprised out of conference, there is no guarantee success will carry over when playing more familiar opponents. At the same time, inevitably we’ll see the emergence of some teams that had a tough time in November and December but step it up several notches in league play.

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Box Score breakdowns

by - Published December 16, 2015 in Columns
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A few tempo free box score analysis from games this past weekend.

Texas 84, North Carolina 82: The team ahead in offensive efficiency wins the game outright about 97 percent of the time. Chalk one up for the 3 percent. In a mid-60 possession game, the visiting Tar Heels posted a 126 OE to Texas’ 125. Texas won on a Javan Felix jumper at the buzzer. Both teams had outstanding turnover rates, 9 percent for North Carolina and 12 percent for the Longhorns. Shaka Smart earned his first big win in Austin largely on a huge 40-17 edge in offensive rebounding percentage.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 2, 2015

by - Published December 2, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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A big night of college hoops to start December had even more storylines than we thought it would entering the evening.

The heating up of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge was rightfully the main story heading into Tuesday night. We’ve always had a like-dislike relationship with this event, which always has some great matchups, but also some mostly meaningless ones (and it’s not like the two leagues don’t already play each other fairly regularly). Still, anything that spices up traditionally the most vanilla month of the hoops season is a plus, and this event unquestionably does.

Specifically, the renewal of a series between former ACC rivals North Carolina and Maryland was one of the most anticipated non-conference games of this entire season. The contest lived up to its billing, as the Tar Heels stayed a step ahead of the Terrapins all night in an 89-81 win.
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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 14, 2015

by - Published November 14, 2015 in The Morning Dish
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It’s here at last. The college basketball season began on Friday. Amidst the excitement, however, we were reminded that as much as we love the game, there are many other things of paramount concern. A series of terrorist attacks in Paris captured everyone’s attention, with well over 100 people killed. As we take a look at college basketball on the day, we extend our thoughts and prayers to those who lost loved ones.

As usual, there were plenty of mismatches, along with some very good matchups, and with the latter came surprises. There was also an unfortunate early end to one of two games played outside the country.

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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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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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