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Scanning the Nation Notebook Dec. 19 – On the Big 12, Stephen F. Austin, New Mexico State, LSU and more

by - Published December 19, 2017 in Columns

Taking a look across the country late in December, as many have moved past final exams now and conference play nears…

It looks like we’re right back to where we’ve been with the Big 12. League teams have been awesome cleaning up in non-conference play (all but Kansas State has at least one top-50 RPI win, and even Oklahoma State beat Florida State in a near-road game), yet there’s no standout team or teams besides Kansas that one can point at as so much as a Sweet 16 favorite, much less the Final Four. (We’re still holding on Oklahoma…for now, even acknowledging how white-hot the Sooners have been offensively.) … 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 – Saturday, November 4, 2017

by - Published November 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning.

Continuing Hoopville’s preseason quick look at all 32 NCAA Division I conferences:

The Big East continues to be a top five conference overall (if not better) that is still definitively headlined by Villanova, and the Wildcats should remain a top-15 team even as they have to replace Josh Hart. More than in recent years, though, Nova is perceived as vulnerable to being knocked off the top of the mountain. Seton Hall is led by the four-player senior core of Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo that has been together for four years, Providence returns all five starters, and anyone discounting Butler or Xavier does so at their own peril. What could make it tougher for the conference to hog seven NCAA Tournament bids again would be if the bottom of the league comes up and makes it tougher for the middle of the pack to pad win totals, as St. John’s makes improvement and even DePaul returns four starters. … Continue Reading

End of Great Alaska Shootout sad day for college hoops

by - Published August 25, 2017 in Columns

As much fun as bucket lists are, the cold reality is that sometimes we don’t get to fill them. Such will be the case with what we’d suggest is the ultimate college basketball bucket list, which will shrink by one after this upcoming season.

The University of Alaska-Anchorage announced Thursday that this year’s Great Alaska Shootout, the 40th edition of the granddaddy of all early season tournaments, will be the last one. School budget cuts and the loss of the big name schools that once dominated the event contributed to its downfall, meaning a Thanksgiving weekend tradition will soon disappear.

Its loss is nothing less than a sad day for the sport. Nostalgia for what was once a highlight of the sport’s regular season says as much, but so does the loss of the flavor the Shootout contributed to the sport, one that college basketball will miss badly, even as the event had notably slipped in recent years.

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2016-17 ACC Post-Mortem

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

The ACC began the season with grand expectations surrounding it, and ended the season with the national champion. In between, however, is where the stories really were about the conference and those expectations.

From the outset, many wondered if the ACC could at least match the 2010-11 Big East and put 11 of its teams into the NCAA Tournament. The thought was the conference had enough good teams to do it. As the season went on and ACC teams got some good non-conference wins, this continued. In fact, as of January, almost every ACC team had a legitimate chance to reach the NCAA Tournament by virtue of having a non-conference resume just good enough to get by and then having so many quality win opportunities in the ACC.

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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 15, 2017

by - Published March 15, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Much the same as the NFL season opening on Thursday or Major League Baseball beginning on Sunday night, the NCAA Tournament beginning with play-in games on a Tuesday night-starting with two 16 seeds against each other-will never feel right.

That said, as long as the NCAA continues grabbing for dollars with its still-unnecessary First Four, as it’s called, then Tuesday night was a pretty good start for a tourney. Both games were very competitive, and one even came down to the end. Not bad for a testing of the waters in the 2017 tournament.
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The Morning Dish – Tueday, March 14, 2017

by - Published March 14, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Monday was the quietest day of basketball since literally December 26th, with only a single game on the schedule with the CollegeInsider.com Tournament tipping off (more below). As such, it was a day to breathe.

With a light day, as well as a relative lack of questions about this year’s bracket (though we’ll continue to point out the absurdity of Illinois State’s snub, Middle Tennessee State’s seed, Monmouth’s lack of even getting a look, and the committee’s general laziness in evaluating these type of teams), it allowed some time to let this year’s NCAA Tournament bracket marinate a bit. And here’s a thought: this year’s tourney has a lot of really good first round matchups.

We listed 10 of our favorites after a first glance at the bracket Sunday night, but there are certainly more than 10 good first round matchups this year. Having had a little more time to think about it, here are some more: … Continue Reading

One day on the tournament trail- Barclays to MSG

by - Published March 9, 2017 in Columns

BROOKLYN and NEW YORK – Once again the day-long odyssey. In the past, it was splitting time between the Atlantic 10 and Big east. This season, Barclays Center to Madison Square Garden will merge the ACC and Big East Tournaments. It’s a full day of excitement with sights and sounds of New York as the backdrop.

It is 10:40 on Wednesday morning. On the two train to Barclays, a woman in front of me has a purse with the saying “A lot of shit I can’t live without”. Have to love New York. I expected a few traces of orange on this trip, as Syracuse plays Miami at noon. It is early, though, and Syracuse fans commuting to the game are probably taking a later train. The excitement literally builds as the stops en route to Brooklyn pass by.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 9, 2017

by - Published March 9, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament opened Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y., of all places, in order toe execute another money grab, er, “expand its ‘brand.’” And while the meat of the event is still to come starting today, the early rounds still featured teams presumably playing for their NCAA Tournament lives. And all of them have lost already.

On Wednesday, Wake Forest, Clemson and Syracuse all were eliminated in the ACC tourney second round. You might describe their respective chances to make the NCAAs as yes, no and maybe, though with the selection committee’s undying love for teams posting top 25-50 wins and major conference teams in general the past few years, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least if all three got in the tourney (yes, even Clemson). All three have distinct cases for-and against-their inclusion. … Continue Reading

Wake Forest, Pitt move on – the numbers

by - Published March 8, 2017 in Columns

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Wake Forest ended the Boston College season Tuesday afternoon. The Demon Deacons scored a 92-78 victory to improve to 19-12. Boston College fell to 6-23, ending a campaign on 15 straight losses with the last win over NC State back on January 11.

BC posted an admirable 107 efficiency in the Barclays Center contest. Unfortunately they allowed an extremely generous 126 on the defensive end. The Eagles showed an offensive rebounding advantage of 30-22 percent and cared for the ball with a low turnover rate of 14 percent.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 18, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about big road wins for a few teams, including a couple of bluebloods that looked destined for losses, as well as an unsettled Big Ten beyond one team, an SEC where you shouldn’t pay attention to bracketologists, and the problems with a proposed earlier start to the college basketball season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 11, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we talk about several big pieces of news away from game play, one of which puts a lot in perspective. We also talk about the lack of dominant teams and how this has shown up in the results, especially this past weekend.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 4, 2018

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In our latest podcast, we start with a big game in the Big East, then move on to the sudden lack of undefeated teams, a big injury in the ACC, and a powerhouse that looks vulnerable in a stacked conference they have long ruled.

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.

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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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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

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