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NIT final: Penn State 82, Utah 66 – courtside observations

by - Published March 30, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – Given the geographical and conference difference, it is not surprising this is only the second time Utah and Penn State have met on the hardwood. Ironically, the other get-together was on this same Garden floor. It was December of 1971 at the ECAC Holiday Festival, with the Nittany Lions winning 80-69. On this late March evening they tip it off with a NIT title at stake.

Both teams are tight early, missing some easy shots. David Collette of Utah slams the first two points home after nearly two minutes of play. Pace is deliberate as Utah wants no part of a “NASCAR” pace. Outside shots are not falling for the Nittany Lions. No time to panic, Penn State simply begins looking inside with favorable results.

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Penn State 75, Mississippi State 60: The numerology

by - Published March 29, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – It wasn’t even this close. Penn State defeated Mississippi State 75-60 in the second semifinal of the NIT at Madison Square Garden. Tuesday night’s victory puts the Nittany Lions in the championship against Utah on Thursday. The numbers of note:

Possessions: 62
Offensive efficiency: Penn State 121, Mississippi State 97

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NIT notebook, and some history….

by - Published March 26, 2018 in Columns

The demise of the Pac 12 in this year’s Big Dance has been well-chronicled. Well, the “conference of champions” can take solace in having a member reach a Final Four. Utah defeated Saint Mary’s in overtime in the NIT quarterfinals, sending the Utes to New York. Utah will be joined by Penn State, Mississippi State and Western Kentucky.

Given all the talk of the merits of home court advantage, it is interesting that each of the four teams headed to Madison Square Garden, punched their ticket away from home. Penn State knocked off top seed Notre Dame in South Bend before defeating Marquette in the quarterfinal. Mississippi State took out Louisville on the road. Western Kentucky stopped Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The aforementioned Utah captured their contest on the Gaels’ home floor in Moraga.

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Big Ten Quarterfinal notebook

by - Published March 3, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – Michigan State and Purdue survived. Penn State pulled an upset and Michigan impressed the Garden crowd. A crowd battling the ravages of a Nor’easter to get to MSG for Friday’s festivities.

The quarterfinals of the Big Ten are in the book. The semis will see an instate battle between the Spartans and Wolverines. The other side of the bracket puts Penn State against Purdue. First, the quarterfinal points of emphasis.

Scores:
Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60
Michigan 77, Nebraska 58
Penn State 69, Ohio State 68
Purdue 82, Rutgers 75

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Big Ten Tournament: Second round rundown

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – The second round of action at Madison Square Garden provided four interesting story lines. Wisconsin set its pace, holding off a Maryland team in dire need of moving on in the tournament to keep NCAA hopes alive. Michigan was tested and successfully met the challenge of Iowa. Northwestern’s campaign came to a quiet close as Penn State advanced. The final game of the night saw the local fans thrill in another surprise from Rutgers. A 21-4 leate first half run sparked another upset as the Scarlet Knights defeated Indiana.

Second round scores:

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Scanning the Nation Notebook for Feb. 8 – On Michigan State, bubbles, Loyola Chicago, Summit League & more

by - Published February 8, 2018 in Columns

Notes, thoughts, numbers and more gibberish about the college basketball landscape post-Super Bowl and with Selection Sunday now just over a month away. The Big Ten, Summit League, regional TV and some hidden gems to watch in March are among our topics…

Michigan State may be winning games-almost silently, the Spartans are on a seven-game streak now-but the Spartans still concern us. There’s the turnovers, obviously, but just as much is the inconsistent halfcourt offense. MSU is still hustling the ball up the court after missed shots like it always has, but if it doesn’t convert (or turn it over), the Spartans too often suddenly look like Virginia or Northern Iowa on the offensive end, but without the Cavaliers’ results to show for it. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, December 18, 2017

by - Published December 18, 2017 in The Morning Dish

All jobs at schools in high-major conferences are not created equal. Some are unquestionably better ones than others, and that’s also the case within conferences at other levels as well. A few days ago, Charlotte’s surprising dismissal of Mark Price reminded us of that, and Adam Glatczak did a great job talking about that and the larger subject.

One of those jobs that is a lot tougher than others at the same level is Penn State. Plenty have tried, without great success, and Pat Chambers is the latest. It’s taken a while, but this shapes up as being as good a season as any to be the breakthrough that he needs.

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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.