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2015-16 Mountain West Post-Mortem

by - Published July 7, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Mountain West Conference had been so good for so long. Every year, it seemed to get better, deeper, and look like it might compete with the Pac-12 some years. Getting several teams into the NCAA Tournament looked like the norm; as it is, the conference went 15 straight years with at least two teams in the field.

Then came 2015-16. The conference was having such a good run, you almost wonder if it was due for a season like this, a correction of sorts. And that’s what happened.

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Departures like Beard’s still far more exception than the norm

by - Published May 24, 2016 in Columns
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It would’ve been fun to see an itinerary for former UNLV coach Chris Beard’s tenure as the Runnin’ Rebels coach, all 19 days of it.

One wonders exactly how much moving and unpacking a college basketball coach can do in the immediate weeks after departing one school for a new job. Was there time to pick out a house? An apartment? Maybe this was a one-suitcase trip to start, with the rest on the moving vans arriving later in the summer. Maybe he had to make trips to Wal-Mart for toiletries and In-N-Out for food.

Beard’s hopscotch from Arkansas-Little Rock to Nevada-Las Vegas to Texas Tech didn’t quite set a record for shortest stay for a coach in one location-that would still be Gregg Marshall spending a day at College of Charleston before returning to Winthrop in 2006 and Dana Altman doing the same at Arkansas before returning to Creighton a day later. Suffice to say, though, Beard’s “tenure” will be mentioned in the same breath as those two and others like them for years to come.
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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – April 20, 2016

by - Published April 20, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. As the off-season continues, the NBA Draft and coaching changes continue to take center stage, albeit with a twist in recent days.

We start with Ted talking about his trip to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a long-running event for college seniors as a precursor to the NBA Draft. In recent years, many have turned down invitations for one reason or another, often feeling that they would do better just working out for teams, but with seniors being a big part of the college basketball season this year, this edition of the PIT hauled in a very good group that could see a half dozen players get drafted.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 29, 2016

by - Published March 29, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

The fifth entrant in NCAA Division I’s college basketball postseason debuted on Monday with the first-ever Vegas 16 tournament tipping off. If you’re a history buff, you really should check it out now because…if the event is relying heavily on ticket sales, the odds of there being a second one are not very good.

The tone for first year of the tragicomedy that is the Vegas 16 was set a few weeks ago, when an event that was advertised (and named) around the idea of having sixteen teams settled for just having just eight, making the choice for quality over quantity. Making this year’s field a Vegas 8, or perhaps a Vegas 16/2.

Indeed, the Vegas 16 has been the butt of no shortage of jokes, but it also has scored points for how it has handled them. Moreover, while the field is shorter than planned and the fans in the stands on the first day were few, it must be noted that there is some upside. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, March 28, 2016

by - Published March 28, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Sometimes, an unexpected team catches fire during the NCAA Tournament and makes an unlikely run. We’re not talking about a team that’s normally outside the limelight like a mid-major conference champion; rather, a team that barely made it and had a rather undistinguished season. And sometimes, that run includes an unexpected win along the way, including the fashion in which it happens.

Sometimes, there’s simply no explaining easily something that happens in sports. Syracuse reaching the Final Four this season, which they did after a 68-62 win over Virginia on Sunday, fits that description.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 26, 2016

by - Published March 26, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

Friday night, like seemingly so much of the NCAA Tournament, belonged to the ACC. And it sets the stage for a Final Four that will include two teams from the conference. That follows from how the tournament has gone thus far, and the evening also followed another trend, which is the dominance of the No. 1 seeds.

The ACC went a perfect 4-0 on Friday night after the two teams in action the night before bowed out. That means Sunday’s matchups will involve nothing but ACC teams. And the No. 1 seeds are all alive and won their games convincingly.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 3, 2016

by - Published March 3, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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One of the most anticipated possible conference tournament finals of all will not be taking place this year, as the first two days of March are two-for-two in producing the upsets we’ve come to expect this time of year.

The latest team to come from seemingly nowhere to make noise is Hartford, a seemingly benign seventh seed in the America East tournament. The Hawks entered the tourney with a 9-22 record and had lost both regular season matchups against their quarterfinal opponent by a combined 42 points, yet stunned three-time defending champion Albany 68-59 to move into the semifinals.
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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 9, 2016

by - Published February 9, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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With all of the basketball history at Villanova, it’s hard to believe the Wildcats had never been the No. 1-ranked team in the country in the 67-year history of the Associated Press poll until yesterday.

It’s not necessarily surprising the program hadn’t quite reached the top yet in the highly successful Jay Wright era, if only because it’s fresh in the memory how those years have been included repeated NCAA trips with moderate success, save for a Final Four in 2009 and an Elite Eight in 2006. The program’s history goes back far, though, even well before the famous Rollie Massimino in the 1980s. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 28, 2016

by - Published January 28, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-yellow

On an emotional night at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys very nearly were successful in reprising the spoiler role they are going to continue to take on in this year’s Big 12 race.

Baylor trailed a good share of the way in Stillwater on Wednesday before taking the lead on two Rico Gathers free throws with 1:49 to play and hanging on for a 69-65 win at Oklahoma State. The Bears moved back into a tie with Oklahoma and West Virginia atop the Big 12, while the Cowboys fell just shy of duplicating their resounding win over Kansas just over a week earlier.

Baylor did just enough to win, but that’s all one can ask of a team on the road in conference play. Okie State had a good amount of success against the Bears’ 1-1-3 zone, shooting 50%, but also committed 16 turnovers. Taurean Prince scored 17 points, Gathers added 16 points and nine rebounds, and typically low-scoring Ishmail Wainright had a big hoop in the final minute when the Cowboys were still within a point.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, January 20, 2016

by - Published January 20, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

You just can’t write them off yet.

If there was any temptation to dismiss the NCAA Tournament chances of Georgetown, North Carolina State and UNLV, all three provided reasons Tuesday why you shouldn’t do that yet. The night was emblematic of this never-count-a-team-out season, as these perennial NCAA Tournament contenders earned unlikely victories.

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