The Hoops HD Report: May Session

Chad and the panel are back for their first offseason podcast of the…well…offseason!!  The group discusses Wichita State’s move from the Missouri Valley to the American, as well as the MVC’s decision to replace them with Valpo.  They also look at some of the players who are either entering the draft, or still considering it.  Another topic is discussing whether or not basketball should have a non-championship season in the summer or early fall of five or six games similar to what other NCAA sports do.  All that, and much more!

 

And for all you radio lovers, below is an mp3 version of the show…

The Hoops HD Report: 2016-2017 Season Finale!

We are back for the final Podcast of the 2016-2017 season!  We do an in depth recap of the Final Four and National Championship games, and share our opinions on the whistle-fest that was the second half.  We also look back at some of the more defining and indelible moments of the NCAA Tournament, and of the entire season.  We also discuss the recent coaching changes and talk about whether or not we feel those programs are on the right track.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION (and other notes)

-We are doing a bit of house cleaning here at Hoops HD.  As a result, we have deactivated some of our plugins, including the plugin that allows us to post mp3 audio files.  Therefore, there will not be an audio only format of this show available for the next couple of days, but we will upload it for you once we’ve made those changes.

-As mentioned above, this is our last podcast that pertains to the 2016-2017 season, but it is hardly our last podcast.  We will be doing at least one podcast per month, and perhaps more if we are able to line up the guests that we want.  In September, we will once again kick things off with our Pre-Preseason Show and if everything goes according to plan you’ll begin to see Chad Sherwood’s Conference Previews and Jon Teitel’s interviews appearing at that time.  By the time October rolls around we’ll once again be posting content on a daily basis (mostly previews) and that will continue all the way through the end of next season.

-(Stepping out of puppet character) I want to thank the entire staff here at Hoops HD for everything they do and for everything they did this season.  I hope this site is a lot of fun for everyone who reads it because I can assure you it is a TON of fun for me.  I love the daily routine of it all throughout the season of writing up the daily News, Notes, and Highlighted Games, and doing the podcasts throughout the weeks.  When I sit back and think about the amount of work that everyone puts into this, I’m rather amazed.  The Nitty Gritty Rankings, the frequent Bracketology Updates, the preseason interviews and conference previews, the organization of the Mock Selection Committee, the organization of the different podcasts, and the overall maintenance of the site is all done by people other than myself.  I always say that I don’t play fantasy sports or online video games.  I do this, and I love doing this, and I have a blast doing it with everyone that works on and contributes to the site.  It helps remind me of why it is that I love college basketball, and sometimes I need that.  I hope that we’re still doing it when we’re all in our sixties.

In the meantime, the countdown to the Second Friday in November is on!!!

CLICK HERE for the Countdown Tab

 

For all you radio lovers, below is an mp3 version of the show…

The Hoops HD Report: Sweet Sixteen Edition

Chad and the panel look back at the First and Second Rounds of the tournament, and preview all of the Sweet Sixteen and potential Elite Eight action coming up this week.  We discuss what our favorite games have been so far, along with the biggest surprises and who we like going forward…

 

And for all you radio lovers, below is an mp3 version of the show…

The Hoops HD Report: Selection Sunday Plus One

Chad and the panel discuss the teams that made the field, the snubs, and what they agreed and disagreed with in terms of the Selection Committee.  They also run through each of the match-ups and potential match-ups in the Rounds of 64 and 32, and give each of their individual Final Four picks.  They close by quickly looking at the other postseason tournaments, and reveal the first ever field of the Hoops HD AC8 Tournament

 

And for all you radio lovers, below is an mp3 version of the show…

The Hoops HD Committee Report: Thursday, March 10

Click HERE for Jon Teitel’s Day 1 Coverage of the Big Ten Tournament

Click HERE for Jon Teitel’s latest Bracket Projection (through Wednesday’s games)

 

SITES YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT FROM SOME OF THIS YEAR’S COMMITTEE MEMBERS!!

Warren Nolan’s RPI and Statistical Site for College Sports – CLICK HERE

Podcaster and Bracketologist Extraordinaire Andy Bottoms at Assembly Call – CLICK HERE

Galen Clavio at Crimson Cast – CLICK HERE

Galen Clavio again at Sports Politik – CLICK HERE

Scott Swartz at The Buffet – CLICK HERE

 

Tonight is the first official night that our Hoops HD Committee met via Skype conference call to begin bracketing the field for the 2017 NCAA Tournament. After last night’s results, our committee was charged with filling the remaining 6 at-large sports plus another at-large spot guaranteed to open up due to the ACC having all remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament.

Our first order of business was awarding the 2017 Centenary Award – the honor went to Alabama A&M. Their prize for winning the award will be their placement on the Under Consideration Board for the duration of the committee meetings. We also began to shrink the Under Consideration Board down to 26 candidates that have a realistic shot at inclusion to the field. We began to discuss the remaining teams and then each individual committee member would choose 8 teams from the list that were Under Consideration. The top 8 vote-getters would then be ranked 1 through 8. In the first wave of balloting, we added Michigan, Northwestern, Arkansas and Seton Hall to the field. (That’s right Wildcat fans – go ahead and start contacting your travel agents for next week!) The remaining 4 teams carried over and then, after further debates, each committee member would choose 4 more teams from the Under Consideration list. The top 4 vote-getters would then be ranked 1 through 8 with the 4 carry-overs.

Since there were only 3 open at-large spots at the time of the vote, the top 3 teams were added into the field: Marquette, Michigan State and Xavier. The Musketeers got voted in after their win against Butler in the Big East tournament. It was at this point that our committee stopped for the night. After Creighton beat Providence, we were assured of a spot in the Big East opening up, so we will fill that spot during tomorrow night’s meetings. We will also begin the process of filling in the Master seed list – depending on time, we will add up to 32 teams (8 seed lines) to the master seed list for tomorrow night’s meetings. Other spots will eventually open up (i.e. Big 12, Big 10, SEC), but with TCU and Kansas State scoring upsets in the Big 12 Tournament, there is still a chance for a bid thief to surface in a major conference.

Below is the Selection Board through tonight’s games: (note that teams highlighted in orange in the Under Consideration board have been eliminated from their respective conference tournaments)

The HoopsHD Committee Report: Wednesday, March 8

Click HERE for Jon Teitel’s interview with Florida Gulf Coast player Brandon Goodwin

Click HERE for Jon Teitel’s most recent Bracket Projection

 

SITES YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT FROM SOME OF THIS YEAR’S COMMITTEE MEMBERS!!

Warren Nolan’s RPI and Statistical Site for College Sports – CLICK HERE

Podcaster and Bracketologist Extraordinaire Andy Bottoms at Assembly Call – CLICK HERE

Galen Clavio at Crimson Cast – CLICK HERE

Galen Clavio again at Sports Politik – CLICK HERE

Scott Swartz at The Buffet – CLICK HERE

With Selection Sunday only 4 days away, every member of the HoopsHD staff submitted 2 lists to our chairman Chad Sherwood: one list consists of up to 36 teams that should be voted into the NCAA Tournament no matter what the circumstances are (this is what we’ve referred to as “first-ballot” teams). Teams need at least 8 votes to be added to the first-ballot pool. The second list is for teams to be placed Under Consideration for NCAA Tournament selection. Teams need at least 3 votes to be added to the Under Consideration pool. Without further ado, here are the results:

As of Wednesday night, there have been 12 automatic bids handed out from conference tournaments that have been completed. Our committee named 30 out of a possible 36 teams into the NCAA Tournament field. For the time being, this leaves 48 teams on the Under Consideration board playing for 6 at-large spots. There will be spots that open up as teams on both the at-large boards and Under Consideration boards earn automatic bids into the NCAA Tournament. Teams like Syracuse that are highlighted in orange have completed their regular season and have to wait and see what other teams around them do.

Tomorrow night, our Committee will begin to fill the remaining at-large spots and also name its annual Centenary Award (click HERE for the history of the award). Either Alabama A&M or North Carolina A&T will be added to the Under Consideration board upon winning the Centenary Award.