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The Morning Dish – Thursday, December 7, 2017

by - Published December 7, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On a night of upsets and near-misses, Mike Hopkins got his biggest win as a head coach. It’s a win that can really help set a tone in his first season in Seattle. It’s a win that tells you the Huskies should be a little more competitive than perhaps first thought.

And it’s a win that shows what this team can be. Because it’s not like the Huskies have lacked talent in recent years at all.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, December 5, 2017

by - Published December 5, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As bizarre and at times frustrating of a start to the season as it has been for the Big Ten, there shouldn’t be a lot of surprise that it’s taken only two games of conference basketball play for that weirdness to already start showing through in league contests.

With 10 of 14 teams playing conference opponents twice already, six are tied at 1-1. Just two teams are 2-0, and one of them is Ohio State. Just two teams are 0-2, and one of them is Iowa. Maryland and Northwestern are tied with Indiana and Penn State. Michigan State and Minnesota have a chance to provide a little more order (with Rutgers and Nebraska next, respectively), but with the way the Big Ten has been going, who would be surprised if the Golden Gophers lose to the Huskers? … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 29, 2017

by - Published November 29, 2017 in The Morning Dish

For a while there, it looked like Xavier wasn’t quite the same program. The Musketeers had hardly fallen off a cliff, as they still had personnel and coaching that most programs in America would love to have, but the results have not, on the whole, been what we had come to expect. It felt like they were good, but something was missing that was there before. It felt like they might be starting to trend downward.

It doesn’t feel that way anymore, but if it did, beating a solid Baylor team that many probably had underrated should change that.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 22, 2017

by - Published November 22, 2017 in The Morning Dish

We will not doubt Baylor again. We will not doubt Baylor again. We will not doubt Baylor again.

Write it on a blackboard 500 times, if that’s what it takes.

It’s become almost a yearly occurrence now that Scott Drew’s Baylor squads are underrated heading into a season. The Bears perennially are undersold. They don’t have blueblood status steeped in decades of tradition. They just may not ‘look’ like a top 20 team in a modern game that values guards upon guards and has little use for teams defined by a quirky defense. Maybe it’s just the bad highlighter uniforms.

Whatever the reason, it’s an error that needs to be corrected. Baylor has become a legitimate year-in, year-out top-20 program, something it showed again in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic the past two days. The Bears topped Wisconsin in a hotly contested semifinal on Monday, and last night they rallied from 12 points down to defeat Creighton 65-59 in the championship to improve to 5-0 this season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 16, 2017

by - Published November 16, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Gavitt Tip-Off Games don’t get the kind of buzz that other early season events do, but it has been well put together and given us some nice matchups. Three of those games were on tap Wednesday night, with the Big East taking two out of three, and one in particular is noteworthy as it was a battle of two teams that we’re all trying to make sense of this season.

Butler headed east to visit Maryland in a game featuring a pair of 2-0 teams beforehand, and both of who came into the season with an unclear picture of what to expect as both had significant personnel losses. Both teams also had solid assets in their favor and neither lacks talent, so this game figured to be a good early indicator for someone.

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The 2017-18 season is here: Opening thoughts

by - Published November 12, 2017 in Columns

Some thoughts as the season tips off…

OK we are well aware of the shop “lifting” spree of UCLA’s LiAngelo Ball, Codey Riley and Jalen Hill during the Bruins trip to China. For a minute, the latter part of the sentence bears questioning – what is UCLA doing in China playing Georgia Tech?

Given travel, drastic changes in time zones and preparation to get acclimated to the Asian venue, both schools needed nearly a week to adjust. That is a good five days. Five days of lost class time, it might be added. The powers that be call the trip “cultural”. Fine, but aren’t the summer tours schools take (not during class time) serving the purpose of a competitive and culturally educational purpose? Just wondering.

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

by - Published November 9, 2017 in Columns

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.

We started this on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, January and Wednesday, and today we finish with February:

Feb. 1: Montana State at North Dakota. One of the Big Sky’s favorites this year travels to face last year’s regular season and tourney champions. Also some serious individual talent in this game, with the Bobcats’ Tyler Hall and UND’s Geno Crandall. Honorable mention: Middle Tennessee State at Old Dominion

Feb. 2: Yale at Princeton. Another huge Ivy League game. The Tigers swept the Bulldogs in three meetings last year-including the Ivy tourney final-and are probably being undersold this year. Honorable mention: Illinois-Chicago at Oakland … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 9, 2017

by - Published November 9, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning.

We are now on the eve of the regular season, which is just one day away. Mercifully.

We move on with Hoopville’s preseason rundown of all 32 NCAA Division I conferences:

Bucknell is a prohibitive favorite in the Patriot League this year. Such is the case when a team returns its top nine scorers, all five starters, four all-conference picks (two on the first team) and a player in 6-foot-9 center Nana Foulland who was the conference’s player of the year and defensive player of the year. The Bison are not just experienced but also well-rounded and could make national noise early-they open with Monmouth, Arkansas, North Carolina and Maryland-and late in the NCAA Tournament, where a big season could get them a workable draw like the 9 seed they nabbed in 2006. Perennial nemesis Lehigh, Navy (four starters back), Colgate (likewise) and Boston University should provide enough competition to keep Bucknell sharp. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 8, 2017

by - Published November 8, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning.

With just two days remaining before the 2017-18 season commences (at last), we roll on with Hoopville’s preseason briefs on all 32 NCAA Division I conferences:

The Mountain West’s slippage continued last year, as a once reliable multi-bid conference (many forget the league put five in the NCAA Tournament in 2013) sent just one for the second straight season, and with that team exiting quietly in the first round. On paper it looks like more of the same this year, especially since bellwethers New Mexico and UNLV are building. Defending champion Nevada is the favorite, mainly because it brings in four big-name transfers expected to make up for the loss of three starters who averaged darn near 50 points per game. A number of teams qualify for sleeper statu, though, and could overtake the Wolf Pack. It will be interesting to follow what tweaks Brian Dutcher may make in his first year in charge at San Diego State, which reportedly dominated USC in a scrimmage; Boise State is traditionally an excellent offensive team and has a star in Chandler Hutchison; Fresno State returns four starters from a team that-like Boise-made an NIT trip; Wyoming surprised with a fast-paced, three-point bombing offense and won the CBI, and Colorado State will always be a tough out as long as Larry Eustachy is on the sideline.

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

by - Published November 7, 2017 in Columns

Continuing a look at our favorite games for every day of the 2017-18 college basketball season. We started yesterday with November, and today we continue with December:

Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Duquesne. This city matchup will take on a little more urgency this year after the Dukes knocked off Pitt a year ago to end a 15-game losing streak in the series. Honorable mention: Purdue at Maryland in Big Ten games…on Dec. 1?

Dec. 2: Cincinnati at Xavier. On a day with several really appealing. if maybe less unsung matchups (Wichita State/Baylor; Colorado/Colorado State; Vermont/Bucknell; Princeton/Miami [Fla.]; USC/SMU), the headliner is still easily one of the very best rivalries in the sport going on three decades now. Honorable mention: Providence at Rhode Island … Continue Reading

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Everybody Needs a Head Coach

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 8, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about a bizarre finish to an early-season tournament game, the Pac-12’s early struggles, Florida teams going in different directions and two northeast teams trending less relevant even as they excite fans at a famous arena.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

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In our pre-Thanksgiving podcast, we look at a key injury that is likely to be devastating for his team and an under-the-radar 4-0 week, then move on to some early SEC impressions and a couple of teams that just continue to win.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

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The season is almost here, and we take a look at some of what to expect this coming season. We have preseason polls, conference changes, a look at some conferences and some matchups to start the season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

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The FBI has zeroed in on college basketball in a big way, and what has happened may be the beginning of a massive hit to the sport. We discuss what we know thus far in our latest podcast.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

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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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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.