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2016 NCAA Tournament first week review: ups and downs-in every way

by - Published March 22, 2016 in Columns
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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 – Saturday, March 19, 2016

by - Published March 19, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-yellow

The first two full days of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t like last year, when you couldn’t possibly have two more contrasting days in terms of results. But they did have a clear pattern develop, especially on Friday: for the most part, seeding doesn’t mean so much this year. The day also ended in dramatic fashion.

And with the way the regular season went, this shouldn’t be a surprise. It’s been that kind of year.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – March 11, 2016

by - Published March 11, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. It is our special Championship Week edition, where we talk about a stretch that has not disappointed given the way the regular season went.

In this edition, we touch on action at the Big East Tournament, where Ted has been the past couple of days. He saw the impressive performance by Xavier, as well as Villanova in the second half of their win, while Providence won and gets a third try at the Wildcats after splitting with them during the regular season. We also touch on how a number of teams have managed to beat another team three times this season.

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Xavier gets defensive in Big East quarterfinals

by - Published March 11, 2016 in Columns
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NEW YORK – You ring up 90 points and the first thing coming to mind is an offensive clinic. In the estimation of Xavier coach Chris Mack, it was about the defense. Xavier defeated Marquette in the first quarterfinal of the evening session at the Big East Tournament. The Musketeers would be paired against the winner of Seton Hall-Creighton, the night cap combatants.

“We got back to playing defense the way we can and had been doing earlier,” Mack said. “We addressed our defense in practice the last few weeks, I was pleased with what we did.”

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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 29, 2016

by - Published February 29, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-orange

The 2015-16 season will go down as one where you didn’t want to be a highly-ranked team. Sunday was no different, capping a week in which only two teams in the AP top 10 did not lose. On the season, teams ranked in the AP top 10 have now lost a record 73 games in those positions in the poll. There is still one week to go, so that record will probably only grow.

Besides that, ESPN Stats and Info put out another great note later on Sunday, which is that every major conference team has at least four losses on the season. That means we will see just the third time since seeding began that all four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament have four or more losses, with 1990 and 2009 being the others.

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Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis – February 27, 2016

by - Published February 27, 2016 in Columns
hoopguy-divisionII

Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. In it, Ted and I touch on a number of topics as the regular season is about to come to an end in many conferences.

We start by touching on a big win for Xavier, including how Edmond Sumner appears to be a difference-maker for the Musketeers, as well as Villanova’s past NCAA Tournament struggles. We go on to talk about another big win, this time for Miami, and then stay in the ACC to talk about Duke’s Grayson Allen.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 25, 2016

by - Published February 25, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

There is no way around saying it anymore: Greg Gard should be the next head coach at Wisconsin.

Even acknowledging that it took some time for the Badgers to find their way under him (remember, the team was 2-4 in his first six games), what Gard has done righting a previously middling team deserves serious notice, to the point where it’s hard to imagine many others could’ve done it better this year. Considering that, plus his understanding of the program and the natural transition he provides from the very highly successful Bo Ryan, from the outside view he is the best candidate to be the full-time coach of this program.

Wisconsin won again Wednesday night for the ninth time in 10 games, defeating Iowa 67-59 on the road for another big win, and one that pretty much put the team in the NCAA Tournament barring a collapse the rest of the way. The Badgers held the Hawkeyes to 14 points in the game’s final 15 minutes and limited them a highly ranked team to 32.7% shooting in its own gym, a sensational defensive performance that backs up everything UW has accomplished in the last month.
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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 18, 2016

by - Published February 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-yellow

February can be over any day now. After all that happened on a deliciously eventful Wednesday night, we’re sufficiently primed and ready for March, and the best month on the sports calendar can’t get here soon enough.

We still have 11 days (including a leap day) before the madness of March arrives, but Wednesday night gave us a taste of what’s in store. With variety galore, it reminded us of the buffet that is the first day of the NCAA Tournament (the Thursday one, not that Tuesday lead-in), all packed into a few evening hours. And it was so much more than one showcased game, though that one was plenty good, too.

Duke won. Or perhaps North Carolina lost. It will be debated for some time just what happened Wednesday night, but the Blue Devils’ 74-73 win will be remembered for some time-for Duke essentially going with an iron five lineup after Matt Jones went out early with an ankle injury, and for the Tar Heels inexplicably seeming to forget they had the most dominant player on the floor and not feeding the ball to Brice Johnson time and again late in a game where he still finished with a staggering 29 points and 19 rebounds.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, February 10, 2016

by - Published February 10, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-cyan

As the season hits its stretch run and the word “bubble” is used only slightly less than the word “the”, there will be numerous teams that see their NCAA Tournament chances slip away late in the year, sometimes in painful fashion.

While we sometimes wince while unable to turn away from watching those teams, what we really want to see are teams who play their way into the tourney, or at least make us take notice based on their accomplishments late in the season.

On that note, we introduce the Creighton Bluejays, a team almost certainly still out of the NCAA tourney if it were picked today, but one that is forcing us to pay more attention to it than we frankly thought we would have to by this time of year. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, January 27, 2016

by - Published January 27, 2016 in The Morning Dish
hoopguy-orange

If you only saw the first 38 1/2 minutes of the game between Virginia and Wake Forest Tuesday night, you wouldn’t believe the final result.

In fact, the same would go if you only saw the first 39 minutes and 45 seconds. It was the Demon Deacons’ night, about to snap a four-game losing streak with a home win over a top 15 team. The Cavaliers were done.

And then they weren’t.

Virginia 72, Wake Forest 71.
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Stony Brook is finally going to the NCAA Tournament, and the story of tragic endings – and all that goes with it – is a thing of the past.

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Saturday Notes – February 20, 2016

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College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

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2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

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