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Valparaiso’s trying first year in MVC capped by early Arch Madness exit

by - Published March 2, 2018 in Columns, Conference Notes

When Valparaiso signed on for the Missouri Valley Conference late last spring, it was widely acknowledged the Crusaders’ well-known men’s basketball program was stepping up another class in competition.

Even conceding the upgrade from the Horizon League to the MVC on some level, though, few would’ve projected what the ledger will say was a disappointing first year for Valpo in the Valley. A finish in the cellar and the 10th seed for its first trip to Arch Madness, the MVC’s prize postseason event, was not what anyone envisioned for a program that had won five of the last six Horizon titles before moving on. … Continue Reading

Non-conference scheduling a product of what selection committee values

by - Published December 28, 2017 in Columns

Georgetown playing softies in its non-conference schedule is about as American as the eagle, as reliable as that Citgo sign lurking over the Green Monster at Fenway Park, or Dick Vitale having 80 teams in his 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket.

The Hoyas are the program that once regularly played the likes of Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii Loa and Hawaii Pacific and that brought schools such as Quincy, Shenandoah and St. Leo to top 20 recaps back in the 80s. (That’s how far back it was-the polls only recognized a top 20 back then, not moving to our now-familiar top 25 until 1989.)

Georgetown scheduling for-sure W’s has been going on for the better part of 35 years, since John Thompson regularly started taking his team on a junket to Hawaii to open its season against sub-NCAA Division I competition. It was something that took on an almost grudgingly lovable quality when Big John coached, much like Duke or Syracuse now never playing a non-conference road game that TV didn’t force them to. (“Haha, that Boeheim…”) … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, December 15, 2017

by - Published December 15, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It’s been a long time-way too long-since UNC Charlotte made some noise on the national college basketball scene. Pretty much everyone would’ve rather the 49ers made their return in a different way than they did Thursday, though.

In just over a month of the 2017-18 college basketball season, we’ve already seen three coaching changes, and the latest came Thursday as Charlotte released former NBA star and noted good guy Mark Price after a 3-6 start to the season. The 49ers have lost four straight games, the last three including defeats at James Madison and Tennessee-Chattanooga teams picked near the bottom of their leagues, sandwiched around a 23-point loss to Wake Forest at home, and athletic director Judy Rose decided to pull the plug just 72 games into his coaching tenure. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, December 8, 2017

by - Published December 8, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Of the 68 teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament back in March, it’s possible none of them got off to a worse start this following season than Iowa State.

With four starters to replace from last year’s 24-win, Big 12 tourney championship team, the Cyclones opened with a 0-2 mark. More concerning, they weren’t particularly competitive in a season-opening loss at Missouri, and then got blown out by Wisconsin-Milwaukee at beloved Hilton Coliseum, an embarrassing result for a program so known for its home court advantage.

Fast forward nearly a month, and it could be said that from the beginning of the season to now, no team has shown more growth than Iowa State. Since those two losses, the Cyclones have won six straight games, the most recent coming Thursday night with a 84-78 victory over Iowa in the teams’ annual heated and always entertaining rivalry game. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 26, 2017

by - Published November 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Great Alaska Shootout closed out a great run last night. Sadly, it did not get the final round of respects it deserved, but that didn’t stop it from delivering one final thriller for those who enjoyed so many over the years in this long-running event.

The 40th and final edition of the Shootout concluded Saturday, and the record will show that Central Michigan was its final champion after edging Cal State Bakersfield 75-72. Keno Davis joined Tom Davis as the first father and son to both win Great Alaska Shootout championships, with Keno following 31 years after Dr. Tom ‘s Iowa team won the tourney in 1986. It’s a wonderful historical accomplishment for an event that was rich in history, and deserved to be recognized nationally for it far more than it was in its last year. … Continue Reading

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

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

2016-17 MVC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 27, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The 2015-16 season was the end of a storied run in the Missouri Valley Conference. The same could be said of 2016-17, too.

One year after Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet concluded outstanding college careers at Wichita State, the Shockers also wrapped up their time in the MVC. Members of the conference since 1949, Wichita State announced in April what had been rumored for months, that it was on its way to the American Athletic Conference this summer, meaning this past season was the final one in the school’s 68-year tenure in the Valley. … Continue Reading

2016-17 Horizon League Post-Mortem

by - Published June 12, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The 2016-17 season continued a run of a bumpy couple of years for the Horizon League, with more than its share of changes and challenges.

The Horizon was already due for something of a transition season after a recent rash of coaching changes. Four league schools changed coaches after the 2015-16 season, coming on the heels of three more doing so the year before. Add in two more (Cleveland State and Youngstown State) with new coaches after this most recent silly season, and the chaos has been so ridiculous that Illinois-Chicago’s Steve McClain is the second-longest tenured coach in the league. McClain just completed his second season with the Flames.

Still, the news in 2016-17 wasn’t all bad. Four Horizon teams won at least 20 games, three of them 24 or more. Two made it to the NIT, including an at-large bid for Valparaiso, and Oakland went to Clemson and knocked off the ACC Tigers. Northern Kentucky was a great story, rising from an afterthought to one of the league’s best teams. Wright State was better than expected in Scott Nagy’s first year, and the Horizon even made a modest improvement of one spot in the conference RPI (to 17th, per CBSSports.com). … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 2, 2017

by - Published March 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

There was still doubt even coming into Wednesday night, but you can say it now: Northwestern is going to the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats ended all doubt, and in the most dramatic of fashion, with a 67-65 overtime win over Michigan on Wednesday. Nathan Taphorn threw a length-of-the-court inbounds pass that somehow found Dererk Pardon, who scored at the buzzer to give them maybe the biggest win yet of a breakthrough season.
… Continue Reading

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