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NIT Semifinal: Utah 69, Western Kentucky 64 – Courtside observations

by - Published March 28, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – Talking with a few coaches and fans pre game, it is evident both teams are thrilled to be here. At the Garden with a chance for a championship on the line. The first semifinal featured Western Kentucky and Utah.

Utes open zone and Western Kentucky man-to-man. Early on the teams let us in on the game plan. Utah, a 65-possession team, is content to run their offense in half court and look for mismatches inside. Western Kentucky, a brisk 70-possession group, is looking to get out and run. After three and a half minutes the Hilltoppers lead 8-0 as Utah is struggling on the offensive end.

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NIT notebook, and some history….

by - Published March 26, 2018 in Columns

The demise of the Pac 12 in this year’s Big Dance has been well-chronicled. Well, the “conference of champions” can take solace in having a member reach a Final Four. Utah defeated Saint Mary’s in overtime in the NIT quarterfinals, sending the Utes to New York. Utah will be joined by Penn State, Mississippi State and Western Kentucky.

Given all the talk of the merits of home court advantage, it is interesting that each of the four teams headed to Madison Square Garden, punched their ticket away from home. Penn State knocked off top seed Notre Dame in South Bend before defeating Marquette in the quarterfinal. Mississippi State took out Louisville on the road. Western Kentucky stopped Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The aforementioned Utah captured their contest on the Gaels’ home floor in Moraga.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 22, 2018

by - Published March 22, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Jacksonville State played a quarterfinal game against North Texas in the College Basketball Invitational Wednesday night, but it could be easily forgiven if the Gamecocks’ minds were on other things this week.

JSU’s campus in Alabama was hit hard by an EF-3 tornado Monday night, leaving widespread damage throughout. Among the buildings damaged was the school’s basketball arena, as Pete Mathews Coliseum received roof damage. A picture from Athletic Director Greg Seitz shows it from the inside, while other pictures of what the campus sustained are here. Jacksonville State Head Coach Ray Harper also tweeted that the school is taking donations of any kind, and clearly it’s going to take some time to clean up and repair throughout campus. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 20, 2018

by - Published March 20, 2018 in The Morning Dish

With the NCAA Tournament down to 16 teams now and the number of teams still in their seasons dwindling, coaching news continues to take precedence in the sport’s silly season.

Monday included hirings and rumors of near hirings, in many cases proceeding now after the conclusion of teams’ seasons made coaches available to hire or talk to. In some cases, it already has gotten truly silly. … 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

The Morning Dish – Friday, January 12, 2018

by - Published January 12, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Heaven knows there’s too much coach worship in college basketball, an art going back decades in the sport, well before the current best-known media sources. (As good of a meat-and-potatoes analyst as Billy Packer as was, he was almost as good hyping the guys on the sideline as diagramming a play). It’s hard not to get caught up in the work Chris Holtmann has done with Ohio State this year.

Ohio State has not one but two of the most improved players in the country. The Buckeyes’ contributions from newcomers have been significant, but hardly overwhelming, yet there they are, undefeated in the Big Ten, slaying top-ranked teams and soon to be solidly in the top 25. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation Notebook Jan. 4 – On the three-point shot, Tennessee, Western Kentucky and more

by - Published January 4, 2018 in Columns

A New Year edition of notes, numbers, thoughts and assorted gibberish from around college basketball, and maybe outside it, too. Our latest college hoops notebook, with thoughts on the three-pointer, USC, the Southern Conference, Western Michigan, bowl games and more: … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 25, 2017

by - Published November 25, 2017 in The Morning Dish

While one of the final games of Friday will go down as the best one of the day, it was in the middle of the game action that we had perhaps the most telling game. We found out something about both teams, although for a while it appeared that the result would be more than a little different.

Duke found a way to win, and Texas let one get away. Actually, Duke was willed to win largely by the best freshman in the country and a solid cohort, and Texas let one get away.

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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 Conference USA Post-Mortem

by - Published June 22, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

Now that’s the way to build on a program-defining moment.

After stunning Michigan State as a 15 seed in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Middle Tennessee State could’ve faded into obscurity and been for all intents and purposes a one-hit wonder, a nice program making a brief national cameo. Instead, the Blue Raiders didn’t just fade, they were considerably better, and certainly the story of the 2016-17 season for Conference USA.

Middle Tennessee built on arguably the greatest moment in the school’s basketball history with what was likely the best season in school history. The Blue Raiders won 31 games, drubbing a couple SEC teams along the way, blew through C-USA for regular season and tournament titles, and won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. The latter put them among an elite group of just 15 schools to win at least one NCAA tourney main draw game each of the last two years. … Continue Reading

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