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One last look at why a few teams did not make the NCAA Tournament

by - Published March 15, 2018 in Columns

As the NCAA Tournament is about to get started in earnest, it’s worth reflecting on teams that did not get into the NCAA Tournament. Since Sunday, there has been a lot of heated debate from a lot of corners on the field of 68, much of it focusing on who’s in vs. who’s out.

Before getting into this at all, it is worth noting that any team that did not make the NCAA Tournament certainly had their chances, some more than others. A team like Oklahoma State or USC had many more chances than Middle Tennessee or Saint Mary’s.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 14, 2018

by - Published March 14, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Forget about its membership in one of the better leagues in NCAA Division I college basketball-St. Bonaventure is the type of school that is almost tailor-made to become a fan favorite in the NCAA Tournament.

Being a small, relatively unknown, Franciscan Catholic school in Western New York is plenty enough to appeal to the average, underdog-loving fan of the NCAA Tournament, but the Bonnies provided all the more reason to enjoy them with their play Tuesday night. … Continue Reading

Bracket Impressions: Selection process with misplaced priorities in need of fix

by - Published March 12, 2018 in Columns

From once being a tournament of champions, the NCAA Tournament has come a long way.

For most of those years since first expanding to take in more than one team per conference in 1975, it has been nothing but positive, growth and good for what became as great of a sporting event as there is in this country. That has not been the case the last few years.

If the NCAA Tournament selection committee continues on the path it has been treading down, an event that long ago was for only champions may soon became a tournament of mediocrity. It’s becoming ever more clear every year that the selection process for this event, if not actually broken, has some misfiring spark plugs and is leaking a bit of oil, and it needs a mechanic. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 10, 2018

by - Published March 10, 2018 in The Morning Dish

As one of the most fun days of the season – Championship Saturday – beckons, there is still much to consider about a number of bubble teams, and Friday’s action didn’t change that at all. Interestingly, there were a few rivalry matchups as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, bubble teams are not breathing easier, as there will be at least one bid thief on Saturday.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 22, 2018

by - Published February 22, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The ACC picture is really clearing up now, with Wednesday night doing a lot to help in that regard. Most notably, as Ted Sarandis and I talk about in our podcast, there is some separation behind Virginia.

And right there are a couple of programs you might expect to be, even if both have had some challenges this season. Duke and North Carolina are now playing some of their best basketball of the season.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 17, 2018

by - Published February 17, 2018 in The Morning Dish

They are dropping like flies.

Undefeated teams in conference play, that is.

It was only just over a week ago that a double-digit number of teams were undefeated in conference play. All of a sudden, there is only one team left, and it’s a team that is trying to do that for a second season in a row. The latest team to fall came on Friday night, as St. Bonaventure edged Rhode Island 77-74 in Olean.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, February 9, 2018

by - Published February 9, 2018 in The Morning Dish

One could debate who was the more desperate team going into the latest incarnation of the Duke/North Carolina rivalry, which resumed Thursday night, lest any college basketball fan not have been reminded one of about 10,000 times this week.

On one hand, the Blue Devils came in off a very disappointing loss at Big East cellar-dweller St. John’s in their last game, had lost two of their previous three and are increasingly in danger of slipping down the ACC standings. On the other hand, the defending national champion Tar Heels already had seven losses entering the game, and with a loss would’ve fallen to NINTH in the ACC, credentials that make UNC look less like a national title contender and more resembling an 8 or 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 29, 2018

by - Published January 29, 2018 in The Morning Dish

They have seen better days in Storrs, Connecticut. Far better days, really. And you have to look back a while for them as well.

Simply put, this is not the UConn program I grew up with. The Huskies were thumped at Temple 85-57 on Sunday night and looked out of their league, something that has happened all too often in recent times. They are becoming less relevant all the time.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 25, 2018

by - Published January 25, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The No. 8 conference in the country should get more attention than it has this year, though Missouri Valley Conference schools have few others to blame but themselves for that.

A league that had such a good non-conference season that it is clearly ahead of leagues like the Mountain West (a good distance back at No. 9 in conference RPI), Atlantic 10 and West Coast Conference has once again done itself no favors for national perception with its parity in conference play. All 10 MVC schools have at least 10 wins overall already-a real achievement in January in a conference that isn’t playing 70%+ of its non-conference games at home-and all 10 are also in the top 160 in the RPI. And yet, nine of the 10 also have seven losses, too, and having seven teams separated by a total of two games between 5-4 and 3-6 in league play is no way to build a NCAA Tournament at-large contenders.

Wednesday did feature a battle for first in the Valley, though, and it’s also possible the conference’s hopes for an at-large bid to the NCAAs aren’t done yet. The first half of the MVC’s round robin is now complete with Loyola Chicago alone in first place after what turned out to be a resounding 80-57 win at Drake, and the Ramblers are making a mighty nice run at separating themselves from the rest of the Valley pack. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, January 19, 2018

by - Published January 19, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Even the best teams suffer losses from time to time. Often, what resonates from losses for those teams more than the results themselves is what those teams do with those defeats.

When Saint Mary’s suffered two disappointing losses in November at the Wooden Legacy tournament, the Gaels could’ve easily allowed it to affect their entire season. A team already perennially the target of ire for its non-conference schedules, SMC was roasted after losing to Washington State and Georgia with declarations that its NCAA Tournament hopes already were in trouble just a few days after Thanksgiving-not exactly uplifting banter for a group that came into the season with big expectations. … Continue Reading

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