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A game a day for the 2017-18 season: February

by - Published November 9, 2017 in Columns

We conclude our look at our favorite games for every day of the season from November through February, our ultimate dream road trip through an entire college basketball season.

We started this on Monday with November, continued with December on Tuesday, January and Wednesday, and today we finish with February:

Feb. 1: Montana State at North Dakota. One of the Big Sky’s favorites this year travels to face last year’s regular season and tourney champions. Also some serious individual talent in this game, with the Bobcats’ Tyler Hall and UND’s Geno Crandall. Honorable mention: Middle Tennessee State at Old Dominion

Feb. 2: Yale at Princeton. Another huge Ivy League game. The Tigers swept the Bulldogs in three meetings last year-including the Ivy tourney final-and are probably being undersold this year. Honorable mention: Illinois-Chicago at Oakland … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 24, 2017

by - Published March 24, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It can be argued rather easily that no two programs in college basketball have been so consistently good for the last 30 years while still being kept from making a Final Four appearance as Gonzaga and Xavier. One of those two will still have heartache after Saturday, but the far better news is that one will not.

It’s only fitting that the Bulldogs and Musketeers will square off on Saturday, with one guaranteed to make its first-ever national semifinals appearance. The two Catholic schools moving on in the West Regional was the highlight of an eventful first night of the 2017 NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.

The two basketball-first schools both move to the brink of their first trip to the Final Four as Gonzaga edged West Virginia 61-58 and Xavier tripped up Arizona 73-71. It was also a night where Kansas established itself as the national title frontrunner-at least for now-while the team in the highlighter yellow uniforms-Oregon-lurked quietly but still advanced to its second straight Elite Eight. … Continue Reading

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

The Morning Dish – Monday, March 6, 2017

by - Published March 6, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Last year, Monmouth was the NCAA Tournament snub that was talked about the most, and rightly so. This season, they are one more in what will surely be a series of regular season champions who suffered a gut-wrenching loss in their conference tournament.

The top seed in the MAAC, the Hawks had a 39-25 lead at halftime over Siena before the Saints scored 64 second-half points, 27 from Nico Clareth (on 8-11 shooting, including 7-9 from deep), to pull off an 89-85 stunner in Albany. This time around, there will be no sweating out Selection Sunday for the Hawks.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 4, 2017

by - Published March 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The last couple of nights have reminded us why March is the best month of the year. I have said it many times, and have been fortunate to cover many conference tournament thrillers, but it bears repeating because there are always reminders of it.

And we can be sure more are still to come. It’s early yet this Championship Week, after all.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 26, 2017

by - Published February 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

On the final Saturday of February, a day that featured several big-time top 15 matchups got a jolt in one of its final games of the day.

Well after most of the day’s contests had already concluded, Gonzaga saw its undefeated season come to an end. The Bulldogs were foiled on their home court by a team that has been a regular pain in the side on that court as BYU came back for a 79-71 win to drop the Bulldogs to 29-1 this year. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, February 10, 2017

by - Published February 10, 2017 in The Morning Dish

There was a huge conference game played in North Carolina Thursday night, one hyped by big names beforehand. The game was part of a series that has regularly provided drama of late, and once again delivered with spades.

Of course we’re talking about the big one played Thursday between UNC Asheville and Winthrop, a series that has become the premier one in the Big South and, frankly, one of the best anywhere this season. And while ESPN provided all the saturation coverage one could ever ask of that other game last night between Tobacco Road rivals Duke and North Carolina, the game in the Blue Ridge Mountains pairing two unheralded NCAA Division I programs took a backseat to no one for suspense. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 5, 2017

by - Published February 5, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Big 12 displayed once again on Saturday how its depth from top to bottom the past few years has been peerless. Unfortunately, Saturday also showed how the league might be destined for yet another year of predominantly early exits from the NCAA Tournament.

On a Saturday where top 10 teams and favorites in general were getting knocked down left and right, the Big 12 was the biggest winner when it came to slaying giants. Three of its teams that appeared to be sitting on the NCAA Tournament fence now possessing big-time road wins with Kansas State stinging second-ranked Baylor 56-54, Iowa State winning at No. 3 Kansas 92-89 in overtime and Oklahoma State winning 82-75 at No. 7 West Virginia.
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The Morning Dish – Friday, January 20, 2017

by - Published January 20, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It’s almost unthinkable that a Big Ten team can have a 17-2 record and be flying under the radar. Yet that’s exactly what Maryland has done so far this year in building exactly that gaudy record.

The anonymity of the Terrapins can be summed up by the observation that Maryland may be as well known for one of its two losses this year (a home meltdown in the final minutes against Nebraska) as for its best win (a one-point squeaker over Kansas State). Regardless, the Terps just continue to win, as displayed Thursday night in an 84-76 win at Iowa.

Melo Trimble scored 20 points and hit two big three-pointers in the late going, and he helped save Maryland after it lost a 15-point lead. It wasn’t pretty, but it was third road win in the Big Ten and puts the Terps atop the conference standings after six games.
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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 22, 2016

by - Published November 22, 2016 in The Morning Dish

In its 34th year, the venerable Maui Invitational is college basketball’s premier in-season tournament, with its three days rightfully earning a reputation as some of the most anticipated of all of the non-conference season.

The combination of a beautiful location and serious promotional might has regularly ensured top-notch fields and terrific games. This year’s event was no exception on paper, with a mix of recent powers spiced with some of the sport’s historic programs, and the first day at the Lahaina Civic Center delivered just about everything we’ve come to expect at Maui.
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