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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 – Saturday, April 1, 2017

by - Published April 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Final Four is here, with the national semifinals ahead on Saturday. Before that, however, we had the business of two other tournaments having their championships decided on Friday night.

And then we had a result elsewhere that can only be described as shocking.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, December 24, 2016

by - Published December 24, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The last time UConn had six losses before the new year rolled in, the Big East didn’t exist and Richard Nixon was still in his first term as President. It was 1971 – also still some years before the Huskies would become a national power. While this year stands out for a couple of reasons, the Huskies have been trending downward to begin with. Friday’s 70-67 overtime loss to Auburn leads to the latest hit for this team.

UConn has won four national championships, all over a about a decade and a half. They’ve been a national power for over two decades. But they haven’t been the same for a while now, and this year is where the bottom is falling out, in part because they have been hit by a string of injuries.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 24, 2016

by - Published December 24, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

As Christmas approaches, we bring you another Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis podcast looking at the state of college basketball.

We start with a look at Kentucky’s last two games, both of which were instant classics. The Wildcats beat North Carolina in Las Vegas, then lost a thriller at arch-rival Louisville in what has arguably been the best game of the season to date. Quentin Snider led Louisville in the latter, and the Cardinals continue to be an elite team as Rick Pitino continues to reinvent himself around the players he has. Malik Monk had a game to remember against North Carolina, then struggled against Louisville but hit a deep three-pointer late to give Kentucky a chance late.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 29, 2016

by - Published November 29, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

In our latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis, we spend a lot of time looking at early season tournaments.

It’s only natural to pay attention to early season tournaments like the Battle 4 Atlantis or Maui Invitational. They are the best vehicle for noteworthy matchups and for teams to emerge, and as such we learn a good deal about a lot of teams early. Here, we look at how North Carolina has looked as good as anyone thus far, even an impressive Kentucky team that saw a historic individual effort on Monday, and we learned a little about Connecticut, Oklahoma State and Georgetown in Maui as well. We also look at the start UCLA has had, including their championship in the Wooden Legacy.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – November 17, 2016

by - Published November 17, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

The 2016-17 season is underway, and with it comes the first edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis here on Hoopville. Here, we talk about first impressions and what to look forward to on the season.

We start with a look at Tuesday night’s Champions Classic, which ended with the best game on the young season as Kansas beat Duke on a late jumper in a terrific back-and-forth game. From there, we talk about four clear top teams at the moment, and how those teams rely on freshmen or veterans to varying degrees, then some early games of note like North Carolina looking impressive and UConn losing two straight. We also touch on how veterans will be key players for teams stacked with young talent, and that has already proven true.

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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 – May 5, 2016

by - Published May 6, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. In this edition, we start by looking back at a departed legend, then continue with some off-season developments.

First, we look back at the life of the late Pearl Washington, a college basketball legend. While he had a relatively uneven NBA career, there is no mistaking that he will be remembered for his college days at Syracuse both on its own merits and within the larger context of the Big East and its rise.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 12, 2016

by - Published March 12, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Championship Week has given us so many great stories. There are plenty more still to be written today alone, as Championship Saturday is the biggest one of them all. Friday night paved the way for it beautifully.

There was the Big East Tournament, where Seton Hall advanced to continue a great story for them. A year ago, the Pirates’ season ended in discord; they were in a bad place, and there was plenty of talk about who might not return this season, from underclassmen who might leave to the coach. Kevin Willard had a fairly prohibitive contract for the school, but the talk was there all the same. A year later, the Pirates once again started out with promise, but this time they have persisted through the ups and downs that come with a season. They will take on Villanova, who beat Providence earlier in the evening. This is a more mature team, and one that we’ll see playing later in the month.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 8, 2016

by - Published February 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Now in its third year of existence, the American Athletic Conference seems to be in an unenviable position. It’s too early to cast any long-term conclusion on the conference, but already the conference’s best year was its first one, and it almost appears to be on a downward trend. There’s one factor that’s not helping them this season, either.

In the conference’s first season, UConn won the national championship and Louisville had a very good team. Cincinnati and Memphis also made the NCAA Tournament. Then last season, SMU and Cincinnati made it, while Tulsa’s bubble burst and Uconn needed to win the conference tournament – held at the XL Center, where they play a few games each year – in order to make it, but lost in the final after a near-storybook run. Last year, the conference really struggled to get quality wins out of conference.

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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.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

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.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we talk about the NBA Draft, of course, but spend much more time on the happenings at Ohio State and Louisville and the implications starting next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

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In our latest podcast, we start with the NBA Draft Lottery, then talk about a big pickup for Duke, important transfers, the coaching carousel winding down and much more.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

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In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

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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

June 12, 2017 by

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.