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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 14, 2017

by - Published November 14, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The landscape of conference challenge events, once so ably started by the ACC and Big East nearly 30 years ago, has become saturated in recent years, greatly watered down by mega-sized conferences, little common geography, bad matchups, and sometimes all three together.

While all have their strong points, most challenges now are nothing more than scheduling collusion, or excuses for TV networks to hype up their preferred conferences, which is understood to a point, but not always good for the sport as a whole. Not when fans are sold a bill of goods that a game between Clemson and Penn State is something they should by psyched about, when most so obviously aren’t. … 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: November

by - Published November 6, 2017 in Columns

It doesn’t matter how big or realistic television resolutions get, or how much fun it might be to follow social media feeds during a sporting event. There is no substitution for being there. And never will be.

When it comes to college basketball, one of the many beauties of the sport is it provides so many different experiences when you are there. There is Syracuse’s mammoth, 33,000-seat Carrier Dome and Cal State Northridge’s Matadome, which fits in 2,400-after recently adding a second level of bleachers to increase capacity by 50%. BYU has the Marriott Center (capacity: 19,000, even after some recent reductions); UNC Asheville plays in Kimmel Arena. And whether the Cougars are hosting Gonzaga in a battle of WCC heavyweights or UNCA is facing Winthrop for Big South supremacy in 3,200-seat Kimmel, the atmosphere will be almost equally electric for both. … Continue Reading

2016-17 American Athletic Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published July 18, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

We are starting to get a sense of the American Athletic Conference now that we are four years in. Who carries the flag is starting to take shape, and who may be right there with them is as well. We’re also seeing that one program most surely thought would be in the former category hasn’t really done that, and another may be moving even further away from that.

And all of this happens as another program enters the conference and should be instantly competitive.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 2, 2017

by - Published February 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The road to the Big 12 regular season title goes through Kansas. Still. Again.

If there was any doubt about that this season, it was eliminated Wednesday night, when the Jayhawks held off Baylor 73-68 at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. The game was a battle for first place in the Big 12 standings, and so much more with two of the top three ranked teams in the country.

It wasn’t a matchup of 1-vs.-2, but a game pairing the second- and third-ranked teams in the country was a more than reasonable facsimile. The game included 11 ties and 10 lead changes, and neither team led by more than eight points.
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Scanning the Nation January 24, 2017: On Wake Forest, Tulsa, Bucknell and more

by - Published January 24, 2017 in Columns

Notes from around college basketball as we are in the late stages of January and endless bubble talk is just around the corner:

A reminder that a basketball season is a journey and doesn’t always follow a linear path annually comes right around this time of year, when conference races have started to take form. Non-conference records are often a good indicator of which teams will be finishing where in their leagues, but not always. There is always a handful of teams that-for any number of reasons-plays much better in conference than it did out of its league.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 12, 2017

by - Published January 12, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Don’t we seem to write this same story every year for Michigan State? And, for that matter, Richmond too?

They’ve seemed to become two rituals of the college basketball season. The Spartans absorb some thoroughly puzzling losses early, while slightly outside the spotlight, the Spiders also get off to a slower start. And yet, in the end, there they are as usual: MSU right back near the top of the Big Ten and a Final Four contender in March, and Richmond causing havoc in the Atlantic 10, damaging others’ NCAA Tournament chances. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 1, 2017

by - Published January 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning, Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! Wishing all a blessed and prosperous year ahead.

The final day of 2016 was a collection of many of the things that make college basketball such a great sport. With 12 overtime games, a total of 18 games decided by three points or less, three matchups pairing ranked teams against each other and a total of five ranked teams losing on the day, the sport again ran circles around college football’s poor excuse for a playoff, which continues to make us long for the days when there were just 15-18 bowls and only the champions of leagues could be tied into a bowl. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 29, 2016

by - Published November 29, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Kentucky was frighteningly good against an overmatched opponent Monday night. West Virginia played a similar team and was arguably even more impressive.

They weren’t playing on the same court-or even the same country-but the Wildcats and Mountaineers put on performances so thorough that they appeared to be in competition with each other. On a light night as the college basketball season enters its quiet stage following the November tournaments, Kentucky drilled Arizona State 115-69 in the Bahamas, while WVU hammered Manhattan 108-61 in Morgantown. … Continue Reading

2015-16 American Athletic Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published August 24, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

After a good start in its first year of existence, the American Athletic Conference appears more and more to be a conference searching for an identity. On the hardwood, this became even more apparent as another year passed without a clear signature program, something that might surprise you at first.

You might look at the membership and think, The American has Cincinnati, Memphis and UConn, so they have their signature programs. They have SMU on the rise under Larry Brown, though we knew all along he wouldn’t be there for long given his age. But the bottom line tells a different story. Since UConn won the national championship in 2014, the Huskies have not been an elite program, missing the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and finishing in the middle of the pack in the conference this past season. Memphis has been trending downward, while Cincinnati has been a solid, consistent NCAA Tournament team but not one that has contended for a conference title. SMU has been on the rise, but they could not be a part of postseason play due to NCAA sanctions.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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