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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 1, 2017

by - Published January 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Good morning, Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! Wishing all a blessed and prosperous year ahead.

The final day of 2016 was a collection of many of the things that make college basketball such a great sport. With 12 overtime games, a total of 18 games decided by three points or less, three matchups pairing ranked teams against each other and a total of five ranked teams losing on the day, the sport again ran circles around college football’s poor excuse for a playoff, which continues to make us long for the days when there were just 15-18 bowls and only the champions of leagues could be tied into a bowl. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, December 4, 2016

by - Published December 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish

We’re barely into December, but already the number of unbeaten teams this college basketball season has whittled down to less than a dozen.

The day started with 14 teams without a loss, with four of them playing each other. Despite the inevitability that those games would leave us with two less undefeateds, the results in both games might be characterized as surprises: UCLA won at Kentucky 97-92, hanging the most points on a UK team in John Calipari’s coaching tenure, and Baylor ended up finishing off Xavier with unexpected ease, with a 21-2 run late the key in a 76-61 win in a game that was even for 30 minutes.
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The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 27, 2016

by - Published November 27, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Fairly hidden from the national conscious in the Mountain Time Zone, Utah is hardly the first place most think of as a hotbed for college basketball. Tobacco Road it is not-in so many ways-but when it comes to consistent quality among its NCAA Division I programs, few can match The Beehive State’s record over the last two decades.

Brigham Young, Utah, Utah State and Weber State are all respected programs that annually win 20-plus games and regularly compete for trips to the NCAA Tournament. For a state that has just six Division I members, it’s a very deep group, and doubly so considering Utah has few benefits of major media markets or sizable populations that many other areas that come to mind might have (see: New York, North Carolina, and even Indiana’s population is more than double that of Utah). … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, November 21, 2016

by - Published November 21, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The first week-plus has not exactly gone the way Mike Krzyzewski probably drew it up, but Duke has emerged from it in a pretty good place. If they were a stock, you might buy them.

The Blue Devils capped a challenging stretch to open the season with a 75-65 win over a good Rhode Island team on Sunday to capture the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Connecticut. It was a game that showed what this team can do as well as its ceiling.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 19, 2016

by - Published November 19, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Impressions are formed during early season tournaments as much as during any other time. One of the first to make a strong impression through one is Michigan, who leaves New York as 2K Classic champions after an impressive 76-54 win over SMU on Friday night.

Michigan first knocked off Marquette quite convincingly on Thursday night, and they carried that momentum right into Friday night’s final. They shot 53 percent from the field, including 13-31 from deep, while turning the ball over just four times to win despite being out-rebounded big 41-24. They held SMU to 37.3 percent shooting at the other end.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 18, 2016

by - Published November 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Like too many events in the ever increasingly (and overly) cluttered landscape of college basketball exempted tournaments, the Tire Pros Invitational has something of an identity crisis.

Of course, some of that is because the event is actually the former Puerto Rico Tip-Off, which was moved to the U.S. mainland this year due to concerns about the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, and thus is being played at the same place that will host the Advocare Invitational in less than a week. Even if the event were back in its regular location, though, it would look very similar to so many events like it, another generic eight-team event regularly played before pitiful crowds that has made this a dime-a-dozen part of the season.
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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 15, 2016

by - Published November 15, 2016 in The Morning Dish

The toughness that helped Villanova win a national championship a year ago was on display for the country to see, just two games into the Wildcats’ defense of their title.

In a terrific display of just what college basketball can be when high-level teams embrace playing games at home sites on campus-and not in antiseptic neutral site NBA arenas-the Wildcats held off Purdue 79-76 Monday night at the Boilermakers’ Mackey Arena. And we do mean “held off.”
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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 12, 2016

by - Published November 12, 2016 in The Morning Dish

And we’re off and running on the 2016-17 season. The first official game of the season, with a noon Eastern tip, was Middle Tennessee’s 102-64 win over Milligan. Everything followed from there, peaking with the early evening games on two fronts.

Opening night tends to be a good mix of lopsided matchups and really good ones. We saw plenty of both, and we’ll focus more on the dandies after noting some surprises and close calls.

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The Morning Dish – Friday, November 11, 2016

by - Published November 11, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Good morning, and welcome-officially-to the 2016-17 major college basketball season.

The NCAA Division I season starts today, at 11 a.m. Central time, on Friday, Nov. 11, still in the heart of football season. The team leading off the year with hosting duties is Middle Tennessee State, the team that captured hearts in the NCAA Tournament in March as a 15 seed, shocking the nation by knocking off one of the tourney favorites in Michigan State.

The Blue Raiders’ opponent? The Milligan College Buffaloes, an NAIA program from the Tri-Cities region in eastern Tennessee that went 16-11 a year ago in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
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