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The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 1, 2018

by - Published April 1, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Wishing a blessed, Happy Easter to all.

Saturday brought us the Final Four for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, and while the two national semifinal games revealed to us the contestants for the national championship game on Monday, it also made clear something else:

Bar none, Villanova is the best team in this 2017-18 college basketball season.

Of course, declaring such may well be the kiss of death for the Wildcats on Monday when they face Michigan in the NCAA tourney final. It’s certainly possible Villanova could lose the game, and it’s preposterous to suggest otherwise. But over the course of this season, and certainly through six of the seven rounds in the NCAA Tournament, there’s little doubt anymore that the Wildcats have been the cream of the crop of this season. … Continue Reading

2018 NCAA Tournament first week review: Chaos not so surprising in a season full of it

by - Published March 20, 2018 in Columns

In a 2017-18 college basketball season with so much volatility on a night-to-night basis, where ranked teams regularly showed their vulnerability even when facing squads that ended up firmly in the NIT, an NCAA Tournament with top seeds dropping left and right by the end of the first weekend probably should be of little surprise.

Chaos was the rule all of a regular season where teams in the Associated Press lost 46 times to unranked squads. Regardless, the permanence suggested by numbers attached in front of team names and the rapid-fire succession of one game played after another, many of them close, will always make the tourney seem wild, and we’ll always be thankful for it. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, March 17, 2018

by - Published March 17, 2018 in The Morning Dish

So many thought it might never happen, myself included. There were a few close calls, but for some good reasons, it was hard to imagine a No. 16 seed ever knocking off a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

And now that it has happened, it is as shocking as one might imagine. There are so many things about UMBC’s 74-54 win over Virginia that are historical and unbelievable.

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Big East Semifinal notebook

by - Published March 11, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – The opening semifinal game was a nailbiter, a classic rocking the “World’s Most Famous Arena”. Providence defeated regular season champion Xavier in an overtime thriller. The second contest saw Villanova jumping out to a significant early lead to prevent any hopes Butler had in scoring another upset victory.

The scores:
Providence 75, Xavier 72 (OT)
Villanova 87, Butler 68

Points of emphasis:

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The Garden and Barclays: A day of March Madness

by - Published March 9, 2018 in Columns

NEW YORK – The Nor’Easter, number two for March if you are scoring at home, is in the books. The eight mile trip to MSG was actually smooth with this part of the tri-state region not inundated by snow.

Enough weather. The Big East noon quarterfinal matchup has St. John’s, a first round winner over Georgetown last night, facing Xavier. This could be tough for Chris Mack and Xavier as St. John’s played then tough twice this season before coming out on the short end.

Early in the game St. John’s gives up a transition basket as the entire defense did not hustle back. A reminder, if you want to defeat the regular season champions you cannot have lapses like that.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 1, 2018

by - Published March 1, 2018 in Columns

The best month of the year is now upon us. And yet, it feels weird, because the Big Ten Tournament is going on and Selection Sunday is more than a week away.

Conference tournament play continued on Wednesday, and with more of what we can expect given how wild this college basketball season has been. The Northeast Conference Tournament got going on Wednesday, and it has been home to some great games in recent years. This time, it was home to a couple of surprises.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 15, 2018

by - Published February 15, 2018 in The Morning Dish

Providence really needed a win on Wednesday night, and they got it. A big win, over a highly-ranked team, and right after a bad loss. It might be what solidifies the Friars as an NCAA Tournament team.

Beating a one-time top-ranked team in the polls and the standard-bearer in your conference can do that for you. The Friars beat Villanova 76-71 on Wednesday night.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, February 11, 2018

by - Published February 11, 2018 in The Morning Dish

In a season of parity-which exists in college basketball, no matter how much some create microscopic definitions so they can refuse to acknowledge it-Saturday was just another day, loaded with happenings and surprises.

The No. 1-ranked team did not lose (Villanova finally got past its recent Butler bugaboo for an 86-75 win), but No. 2 and No. 3 did. Third-ranked Purdue’s 68-65 loss at No. 4 Michigan State was nothing to be embarrassed of, even as it was the Boilermakers’ second loss of the week. One would’ve expected No. 2 Virginia to handle its business, though, the Cavaliers at home against rival Virginia Tech with a No. 1 ranking awaiting them with a win. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 7, 2018

by - Published February 7, 2018 in The Morning Dish

For a variety of reasons, Xavier has flown under a lot of radars this year – especially for a team ranked as high in the polls as they have been. They gave the latest reminder when they went on the road to Butler on Tuesday night, knocking off the Bulldogs 98-93 in overtime.

It is also a bit ironic that we should talk about them after beating Butler. While we know about The Butler Way, Xavier has had something of their own in recent years.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 25, 2018

by - Published January 25, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The No. 8 conference in the country should get more attention than it has this year, though Missouri Valley Conference schools have few others to blame but themselves for that.

A league that had such a good non-conference season that it is clearly ahead of leagues like the Mountain West (a good distance back at No. 9 in conference RPI), Atlantic 10 and West Coast Conference has once again done itself no favors for national perception with its parity in conference play. All 10 MVC schools have at least 10 wins overall already-a real achievement in January in a conference that isn’t playing 70%+ of its non-conference games at home-and all 10 are also in the top 160 in the RPI. And yet, nine of the 10 also have seven losses, too, and having seven teams separated by a total of two games between 5-4 and 3-6 in league play is no way to build a NCAA Tournament at-large contenders.

Wednesday did feature a battle for first in the Valley, though, and it’s also possible the conference’s hopes for an at-large bid to the NCAAs aren’t done yet. The first half of the MVC’s round robin is now complete with Loyola Chicago alone in first place after what turned out to be a resounding 80-57 win at Drake, and the Ramblers are making a mighty nice run at separating themselves from the rest of the Valley pack. … Continue Reading

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