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Scanning the Nation January 17, 2017: notes from across college hoops

by - Published January 17, 2017 in Columns

We’re well past the turn of the new year now, settled firmly into conference play, and around-the-clock talk of bracketology and Joe Lunardi on ESPN 25 hours a day is just around the corner (in the rare case with that network, this is not a bad thing-there’s never enough of Affable Joe in February and March). Here are some notes from around college basketball:

 

  • We don’t normally go for hot takes, only sometimes for predictions or statements, but we’ll try this one on for size: North Carolina against Florida State just might have been a Final Four preview. The Tar Heels are obviously that good. But so are the Seminoles.
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The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 15, 2017

by - Published January 15, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Super mega ultra conferences can collect members like teenage boys once accumulated baseball cards. They can even brag about having 10, 11, 12 NCAA Tournament contenders.

That will never change this fact: there is no substitute for a double round-robin conference race in college basketball.

The Missouri Valley Conference is annually one of the best conferences to watch in the regular season for that very reason. The Valley’s 18-game schedule is a grind, and winning an undisputed title is a big deal. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 12, 2017

by - Published January 12, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Don’t we seem to write this same story every year for Michigan State? And, for that matter, Richmond too?

They’ve seemed to become two rituals of the college basketball season. The Spartans absorb some thoroughly puzzling losses early, while slightly outside the spotlight, the Spiders also get off to a slower start. And yet, in the end, there they are as usual: MSU right back near the top of the Big Ten and a Final Four contender in March, and Richmond causing havoc in the Atlantic 10, damaging others’ NCAA Tournament chances. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, November 24, 2016

by - Published November 24, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Wishing a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all today…

A pair of top 10 ACC teams faced similar opponents on Wednesday, with dramatically different-but ultimately successful-results.

North Carolina matched up with Wisconsin in a highly anticipated Maui Invitational final, considered even a possible Final Four preview by some. About a half hour later, Louisville tipped off with Old Dominion in a Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinal in a game considerably less anticipated, but on that, as it went on, took the distinct feeling of a 4-vs.-13 game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, with the lower seed a significant thorn in the higher seed’s side. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation: Notes from opening weekend

by - Published November 14, 2016 in Columns

A lot happened on Friday night. Not so much on Saturday, and a little more on Sunday. The season is still very, very young, but here are some quick hit notes looking around the country on the first weekend of the college basketball:

  • We mused before the season about whether Saint Mary’s could get any better offensively after being so, so good there last year. It was only one game, but one player who certainly looks like he may have is Jock Landale, who scored 33 points in the Gaels’ convincing 81-63 win over Nevada. Landale is part of an underrated SMC frontcourt that has size and skill, if not heaping servings of athleticism, and if he, Evan Fitzner and Dane Pineau can find more consistency then the Gaels are just that much more dangerous. … Continue Reading

Wichita State stars hope to repeat their act at the next level

by - Published June 3, 2016 in Columns

When the history book is written on Wichita State basketball, Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker will occupy a prominent place. They are the biggest reasons the Shockers have just had an amazing four-year stretch that began with a Final Four appearance, featured an undefeated regular season and ended with an impressive NCAA Tournament win before they bowed out in the next round.

Now, it’s on to the next act. And that next act has nothing certain about it – certainly nothing as certain as the place they will occupy in their alma mater’s basketball history book.

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2015-16 MVC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 2, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

The end of the 2015-16 season marked the end of an era in the Missouri Valley Conference, and that’s saying something.

History is not made easily in the 109-year old MVC, the second-oldest NCAA Division I conference in the country and a place where names like Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, Wes Unseld and Ed McCauley grace the list of former stars. Yet there’s no doubt that Wichita State’s backcourt of Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet-plus hard-nosed teammate Evan Wessel-will forever be mentioned among the all-time greats in the venerable conference.
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2016 NCAA Tournament first week review: ups and downs-in every way

by - Published March 22, 2016 in Columns

What to make of the first weekend of the 2016 NCAA Tournament?

If there is one thing we from those four days (six including the play-in games) that can come close to being a fair generalization, it is that this year’s tourney has no one-size-fits-all quality to it. Maybe the only conclusion one can come to is there is no conclusion.

Indeed, there were big game-winning shots. (Providence’s Rodney Bullock, Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson, Saint Joseph’s Deandre Bembry, Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig) There were terrific team performances. (Indiana on Thursday, almost every winning team on Saturday) Friday was a whole lot of fun. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 20, 2016

by - Published March 20, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Defense wins championships and all that and yadda yadda, but Saturday at the NCAA Tournament was a showcase of offenses unquestionably ruling the day.

The start of the second round of this year’s tourney had some competitive games but very little in the way of down-to-the-wire finishes, which is to say it was rather ho-hum, almost a mild disappointment by the lofty standards set by an incredible Friday. What the winning teams had in common, though, was that their offensive execution ranged from very good to blindingly hot, and-no matter what they did on defense, even as a lot of it was good-it is the No. 1 reason all eight teams advanced. … Continue Reading

Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – March 18, 2016

by - Published March 19, 2016 in Columns, Podcasts

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. Here, we look into the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which was quite a couple of days of basketball.

Ted spent the first two days in Providence and Brooklyn, so he saw his share of great games, from Yale knocking off Baylor to Wichita State’s great defense, all the way up to Iowa winning on a buzzer-beater and Stephen F. Austin winning another NCAA Tournament game. We also talk about the larger subject of the double-digit seeds winning, as Friday was quite a day for that.

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