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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

2018 USBWA Awards: One man’s vote

by - Published March 6, 2018 in Columns

The last of three postseason award ballots to send off was my USBWA ballot. As a USBWA member for over a dozen years, one of the responsibilities is the vote for the postseason awards the organization gives out. As noted with the CAA and ACC awards, it is always an interesting but challenging exercise, and the responsibility inherent in it should not be taken for granted.

We vote for ten top players from our district, ten All-Americans, district Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, national Player of the Year (Oscar Robertson Trophy) and Coach of the Year (Henry Iba Award) as well as a national Freshman of the Year (Wayman Tisdale Award). For each of the national individual awards, we vote for up to three players or coaches (I voted for three in each case).

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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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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 31, 2018

by - Published January 31, 2018 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis. A lot has happened of late in the ACC and SEC alone, and that’s where we spend a good deal of time at first.

We start in the ACC, where defending national champion North Carolina has now lost three straight games and is not looking good along the way. The latest was a loss at Clemson, never an easy place to win even when the Tigers are not as good as they are this year, and they also saw Theo Pinson leave with an injury. The school suspended Jalek Felton earlier in the day, which is a hit to their depth. A few days earlier, they lost at home to NC State, a team we now have to start talking about as a potential NCAA Tournament team since they have four top 25 wins.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 31, 2018

by - Published January 31, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Is Kentucky turning a corner?

That may seem like an odd question considering the Wildcats are 17-5 overall. But we have to ask that question.

Are the Wildcats turning the corner? Are they starting to look like they might be more than just a collection of talent?

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 21, 2018

by - Published January 21, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Some would like you to believe that the biggest college basketball news of the day yesterday was not from any of the 144 NCAA Division I games yesterday, but from something off the court related to next season already.

Highly touted highlight machine high school senior Zion Williamson unveiled his intention to attend Duke next year for his presumed one season of college basketball, an event that included all of the modern day hoopla, self-aggrandizement and TV overhyping that the top prospects recruiting process regularly entails. Williamson chose Duke somewhat surprisingly, as many pegged Clemson as his eventual landing spot, though anyone who has paid attention to recruiting in this sport for a period of time should never be surprised at Duke getting a recruit it wants. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 17, 2018

by - Published January 17, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Even at bluebloods, following up a Final Four run is a tall order. At a school like South Carolina, which had not even reached the Elite Eight before their magical run last March, it has to be like trying to ascend Mount Everest, especially with a few starters gone.

The follow-up act for Frank Martin’s program has been solid, if unspectacular thus far. On Wednesday night, it got a big boost, however, as the Gamecocks rallied from 14 down to beat Kentucky 76-68 in Columbia.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 31, 2017

by - Published December 31, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Even at a time when the nation’s collective attention span is allegedly supposed to be turned to college football, Saturday promised to be a good day of college basketball. And it sure was.

The day included 14 ranked teams in action, including a trio of games matching two ranked squads. Three teams squads were knocked off by unranked, and three more very nearly were. Number One went down.

In the end, though, the biggest storyline was the undefeated teams. Specifically, the day started with three. By the end there were none. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 23, 2017

by - Published December 23, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As Christmas approaches, what becomes abundantly clear is that there is not a dominant team in college basketball this season, and similarly, there are many teams in a gray area. With respect to the latter, there are a lot of teams that we simply don’t know just how good they are, and even most teams we rank near the top of the polls or our own rankings have important flaws.

Villanova might be the exception, even if last year’s second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament is a good reminder that they are far from unbeatable. Jay Wright has built what almost seems like a machine now, and they showed his former school that on Friday as they handled Hofstra 95-71.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, December 20, 2017

by - Published December 20, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Can one player really make this much difference?

A year ago, Oklahoma was losing 20 games, with the Sooners’ 11-20 record best known for a number of close losses (nine by six points or less) that might’ve indicated a very good team was lying underneath the surface, if not for how regularly OU was losing those close games.

As Bill Parcells famously said, “you are what your record says you are,” and Oklahoma’s record said it was a team that had a long leap to make to NIT contention, much less the NCAA Tournament or a chase for another Final Four trip after it reached that level in 2016.

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College Basketball Tonight

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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Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
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"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
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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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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.