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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 26, 2018

by - Published January 26, 2018 in The Morning Dish

By its own lofty standards, the Big Ten has had a rather lousy basketball season. It’s hard to have much sympathy for a conference that practically prints money-and there are about 26 conferences that would love to have the problem of having possibly ‘only’ four NCAA bids-but one supposes the league deserved a night like Thursday for its troubles this year.

On the same night, the conference furnished a pair of games that might go down among the more memorable ones of all this season. One was not surprising, as Purdue and Michigan played their second ultra-competitive game this season and the Boilermakers trimmed the Maize and Blue 92-88 in another close one. The other definitely was, as Penn State earned a major road win at the buzzer at Ohio State 82-79. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 10, 2017

by - Published December 10, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Boston College’s 89-84 win over Duke on Saturday was a stunner, rocking the college hoops world in early December as if it was NJIT against Michigan. And yet, in a number of ways, maybe it shouldn’t have been that hard to see coming after all.

For one thing, the Blue Devils hardly have the market cornered this week for highly ranked teams being shocked. We just saw it a few days earlier when Kansas-as impressive as any top team out there early on this year-suddenly looked like a different squad in a 74-65 loss to Washington of all teams.

For another, even as the Dukies were winning 11 straight to start the year and their freshmen dazzled while on TV regularly, in more than a few cases they weren’t dominant. There were major rallies needed in wins over Texas and Florida in the Phil Knight Invitational. There was Portland State leading the Blue Devils at the half there. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 3, 2017

by - Published December 3, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Saturday was a day characterized in the sports world as being about college football, but if a big college basketball fan fell for that, they missed out on a great day of hoops.

While a number of mostly underwhelming college football conference title games were played, college basketball had far superior depth and quality in its biggest games. It was a huge day for rivalry games, and if the first Saturday in December may have been a weird day for them, it didn’t diminish from a number of rabid gatherings.

The game of the day-frankly, the game of the month and one of the games of the year, if it were our call-was in Cincinnati, where Xavier got off to a smokin’ hot start and took down rival Cincinnati 89-76, the Musketeers’ eighth win over UC in the last 11 Crosstown Shootouts. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 2, 2017

by - Published December 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Gonzaga was not going to go away quietly, no matter who they lost. They might not reach the national championship game again, but Mark Few has built too good a program for them to just drop off the face of the earth.

Friday night was just the latest example of that, as the Zags took care of a Creighton team that has also been a pleasant surprise, 91-74.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 23, 2017

by - Published November 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Wishing a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all on this holiday. Hoping your day is filled with family, turkey, football, and maybe some basketball too.

Armed with boatloads of money, the Battle 4 Atlantis has quickly become one of the more prominent early season college basketball tournaments with some flat-out loaded fields in its short history, to the point where some call it the sport’s premier tourney. We’d still go with the Maui Invitational, which at least is played in an arena, not a ballroom that is lit like it might be a spaceship, but it’s hard to argue with the teams that have gathered in the Bahamas for this tourney.

Still, this year’s field had a look of being quite top-loaded, with distinct favorites in all four quarterfinal games. Arizona (No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll), Villanova (No. 5) and Purdue (No. 18) were the only teams close to the national rankings coming in. It stands to reason, then, that it was nothing less than stunning to see two of those three lose Wednesday, as well as a third favorite go down to end the day. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation: Notes from the opening weekend

by - Published November 13, 2017 in Columns

The first three days of the college basketball season have been largely uneventful, not surprising when schedules are littered with endless guarantee games and schools seemingly have little interest in even playing at all so early in November. Here are some quick-hit notes looking around the country after the first weekend of regular season hoops:

  • Kentucky has individual talent, as always, but it’s going to take time for the Wildcats to look more like a cohesive collegiate team and less like an AAU all-star team cobbled together, as was evidenced in escapes against Utah Valley and Vermont. Clearly there is a lot of definition of roles to take place, as well as understanding of how hard players need to play regularly at the college level on the defensive end. One thing that looked clear to us: Hamidou Diallo is the player most suited to take on a Malik Monk-type role of sniper.

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A game a day for the 2017-18 season: January

by - Published November 8, 2017 in Columns

We roll on with a look at our favorite games for every day of the season, 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 for any reason, whether it be competitiveness, rivalry, atmosphere, etc. We started on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, and today we move into January:

Jan. 1: West Virginia at Kansas State. Most every conference surrenders Jan. 1 to college football this year save for the SWAC and a couple Big 12 games. Bob Huggins heads back to his previous stop, where the Wildcats have a prime opportunity for one of those name wins that got them into the NCAA Tournament last year. Honorable mention: Southern at Texas Southern

Jan. 2: Michigan at Iowa. If the Hawkeyes are an NCAA Tournament team, Fran McCaffery’s history says they’ll probably get off to a smoking hot start to the season through about 20 games. They also almost certainly have to win games like this at home. Honorable mention: Vermont at Harvard … Continue Reading

Twenty teams to keep an eye on in 2017-18

by - Published November 2, 2017 in Columns

There are 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams. No more, and certainly no less.

That has always been the guiding principle for how we’ve followed college hoops, from a young age on. Regardless of school budget, or endowment, or how many pros it has generated, or how much TV money it receives from its conference.

Big or small, the fact of the matter is, as Lefty Driesell used to point out, every D-I school gets the same amount of scholarships. In a sport with such limited rosters and where only five players can be on the floor at the same time, good teams can come from anywhere. That’s been proven time and time again in the NCAA Tournament for decades. And in our quest for knowledge, that’s why we’ve always preferred to leave no stone unturned in trying to find good teams. … Continue Reading

2016-17 CAA Post-Mortem

by - Published June 26, 2017 in Conference Notes

The CAA had a little of everything for a college basketball fan in 2016-17. There was much good at the top and even in the middle, while teams at the bottom had predictable struggles.

A great race for the title? UNCW and College of Charleston came down to the final day of the regular season, with the road team winning both meetings between the two, then they met in the conference championship game.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – February 22, 2017

by - Published February 22, 2017 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. Next week, we’ll be talking about conference tournaments as the first of those get going, so we know the regular season is winding down.

We start by looking at the race for National Player of the Year, where a few players appear to have distinguished themselves but no one player has separated from the pack. Three players lead the way, and one comes to mind for a possible fourth.

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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 – May 30, 2018

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The NBA Draft and its deadline to withdraw to return to school leads the way in our latest podcast. We also look at one conference’s new scheduling plans, a number of quick hitters, and pay tribute to a fallen conference leader.

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.

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Recruiting Coverage

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.