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March 15, 2011
Here is a list of the products of Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools whose teams are competing in the NCAA Basketball Tournament: Cameron Ayers, Bucknell 6-4, G, Freshman Germantown Academy This all-rookie honoree has made no starts in 33 games for the Patriot kingpins, but he's averaging 23 minutes of action and 7.6 points. Also second on the team in steals (26), and he's deadly at the line (48-for-55, 87 percent). Second-team All-City pick in 2010. Sean Evans, St. John's 6-8, F, Senior Northeast Averaging 11.9 minutes, 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds as a key frontcourt sub. His floor percentage (.507)
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March 16, 2008 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The hours between now and 6 p.m. are going to feel endless today for Villanova fans eager to find out the NCAA fate of their Wildcats. The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee has been deliberating since Wednesday in Indianapolis to try to come up with the 34 best at-large teams to join the 31 schools with automatic bids. The dilemma for the committee is that there are maybe 40 to 45 teams that can say they are among those 34 best. The Wildcats, a Big East member with a 20-12 record, certainly have a claim to a fourth straight NCAA appearance, but it's far from a done deal that they will see their name on the board tonight.
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March 3, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
In Louisville, Ky., Justin Burdine scored 24 points, including a jumper in the lane with 9.1 seconds left that gave Murray State the lead, and the Racers (19-12) beat Tennessee Tech, 70-69, to win the Ohio Valley Conference tournament and their 12th NCAA tournament bid. Tennessee Tech (24-6), seeking its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1963, had two final chances to win. Cameron Crisp missed an off-balance three-pointer, and Damien Kinloch's follow shot bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
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March 19, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Temple and Villanova are back for more in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. After a 21-year hiatus, La Salle will join them. For the first time since 1992, the university that produced all-time greats such as Tom Gola and Lionel Simmons has qualified for the tournament. Coach John Giannini's La Salle team (21-9) will head to Dayton, Ohio, to play Boise State (21-10) on Wednesday in a first-round game for the No. 13 seed in the West Regional. The game at 9:10 p.m. will be televised by TruTV.
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March 9, 1995 | By Gwen Knapp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ten college basketball teams convene today in New York to begin a four-day contest for a prize of dubious value. For three straight years, when the champion of the Big East Conference tournament has progressed to the next level, the NCAA tournament promptly has spit it back out. Two of the previous winners exited in the second round, and last year's champ, Providence College, took just one spin in the Big Dance. By contrast, Boston College, the conference's last survivor in the 1994 NCAA tournament, went from a 23-point loss to Georgetown in the quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden to the Elite Eight of the national tourney.
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March 13, 1998 | by Bob Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer
Forget spring cleaning, you had all winter to do that (thanks to El Nino). Spring training? Those guys play 162 games during the season. Who has interest in the 30 Grapefruit games? This is the time of year for one sport and one sport only. College basketball, March Madness. So while you're placing your bets and counting your wins and losses in your office pool, keep an eye on some South Jersey players who are competing in the Big Dance. The story of college basketball this season has to be the Princeton Tigers.
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March 15, 2004 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Big Five yesterday enjoyed its best NCAA Selection Sunday since 1989, the year every women's team except Penn had a ticket to the Big Dance. A trio of schools - Temple, Penn and Villanova - had the pleasure of hearing their names announced on ESPN when the 64-team draw was made known late in the afternoon. Additionally, Penn State and Rutgers, both frequent visitors to the NCAA tournament, also were back in the field. The Nittany Lions received a No. 1 seed and were placed in the East.
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March 10, 2013 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
For college basketball fans, this is a great time of year. As the season winds down and the conference tournaments near, it's great fun to speculate about "who's in and who's out" of the NCAA Tournament. Many schools have no realistic chance of winning it all. Just making the tournament and stealing a game or two is the whole goal of their season. Here in Philadelphia, we have a rich tradition regarding the NCAA Tournament. Every team in the Big 5 has not only been in the tournament many times, but each has advanced to the hallowed "Final Four.
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March 15, 2002 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was light applause when Bob Knight walked out on the floor last night for a news conference at the United Center. No boos or catcalls. Some guy yelled, "You the man. " Back in Big Ten country and at the NCAA tournament after that little one-year sabbatical that resulted from his firing at Indiana, Knight proved that changing sweaters didn't change him. Sixth-seeded Texas Tech (23-8), which will play No. 11 seed Southern Illinois (26-7) tonight in the first round of the NCAA East Regional, has yet to achieve anything that Knight's Indiana teams didn't routinely accomplish.
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March 20, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The tarnished remnants in tiny Tom Gola Arena are reminders of La Salle basketball's increasingly distant golden era. Trophies and mementos from the Explorers' 1950s NCAA and NIT titles, along with photos of Gola, the homegrown superstar who made those championships possible, are ubiquitous inside the 3,400-seat facility that is itself a relic. "La Salle is known for lots of things, but a very prominent one is our basketball history," said athletic director Tom Brennan. "When we're not doing well, we don't get to think about it much.
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April 8, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Donna Drummonds has spent each spring since 2009 shuttling Camden high school students to a prom dress giveaway held in central Jersey, to help them get outfits for the big dance. It's a 90-minute drive and a big time commitment, and this year she wasn't sure she was up to it. "Then one girl came to me and asked: 'Mrs. Drummonds, are you doing the dresses again this year? Because if you don't, I won't be able to go,' " Drummonds said. "It just melted my heart. And I said, yes, of course.
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March 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
A year after being the first team left out of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Temple had a much different - and surprising - fate this year. Not only did the Owls earn their first NCAA berth since 2013, on the heels of their 77-62 American Athletic Conference semifinal loss to Connecticut on Saturday, they also avoided the dreaded play-in game in Dayton. Temple (21-11) is the No. 10 seed in the South Region and will play No. 7 Iowa (21-10) in the first round, Friday in Brooklyn.
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February 7, 2016 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
IT HAS BEEN the winter of Philadelphia sports fans' discontent, with none of our professional sports teams making the playoffs and no guarantees that things will get better in the future. But believe it or not, things might be brightening up and there might be light at the end of the tunnel. The Flyers have rebounded and are playing excellent hockey and have a real shot of making the playoffs, which would be a great tribute to Ed Snider who has been a terrific owner and a great citizen of Philadelphia.
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January 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
A year ago as a young team looking for an offensive identity, St. Joseph's struggled one season after earning an NCAA tournament bid. Hit hard by graduation, the Hawks went 13-18 and had trouble scoring, averaging 61.7 points. The Hawks lost just one starter from last season, point guard Chris Wilson. But, armed with virtually the same cast, the results have been strikingly different. St. Joseph's has already surpassed last season's win total. The Hawks take a 14-3 record into Wednesday's second game of a Palestra doubleheader against Penn.
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October 28, 2015 | By Chris Hays, For The Inquirer
ORLANDO - It has been a long offseason for the Temple Owls basketball squad. The Owls have had seven months to absorb the NCAA tournament committee's snub last March. It didn't sit well. "It helps us for our motivation. That's our goal, to get back into the NCAA tournament, so during the offseason we pride ourselves in giving our best effort just to make sure we hear our names called this year," Temple forward Jaylen Bond said Tuesday at the American Athletic Conference media day at the Amway Center.
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March 17, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
HE ISN'T KNOWN as the nation's premier bracketologist for nothing. On Nov. 12, Joe Lunardi published his first NCAA Tournament bracket. Yesterday, the selection committee revealed the teams that go to the Big Dance. In comparing then and now, it was revealed that Lunardi - 4 months ago - selected 40 of the 68 teams or 58.8 percent. And that includes Northeastern and Robert Morris. Granted, that was down from last year when he correctly penciled in almost 65 percent of the final field early in the season, but it's still noteworthy.
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March 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
They were so close to the Big Dance, and the disappointment was evident Sunday evening for the Temple Owls, left out of the NCAA tournament as the 69th choice in a 68-team field. The Owls instead must settle for their NIT consolation prize. They are a No. 1 seed and will host Bucknell (19-14) in their NIT opener Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Liacouras Center The players vowed to be ready for the NIT, but Temple's senior leader, point guard Will Cummings, spilled his guts when he was asked if it would take a while to realize that the opportunity to be part of March Madness is gone.
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March 21, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE MOTTO in the NCAA Tournament is survive and advance. If a team does not bring its best, it will be watching the rest of the tournament from the couch. Saint Joseph's women's team realizes this leading up to their first-round matchup with Georgia on Sunday at the University of Connecticut's Gampel Pavilion. "There are three seasons within a season; the preseason, conference and the postseason. Our mindset is postseason," senior Erin Shields said. "Lose and go home. You can feel it in the gym, it's an NCAA Tournament game.
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March 22, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A.J. Davis, who stepped in as a starter because James Madison's leading scorer was suspended for a half, led the way with 20 points as the Dukes beat LIU Brooklyn, 68-55, on Wednesday night in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. The Dukes (21-14) advance to meet top-seeded Indiana (27-6) on Friday night at Dayton Arena. James Madison was without suspended starter Rayshawn Goins for the first half but built a big lead. After the Blackbirds (20-14) battled back to take a brief lead, the Dukes surged again to win going away.
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March 22, 2013 | BY ALEX LEE, For the Daily News
STEVE FISHER was angry. Early in the week, a national newspaper had pegged seventh-seeded San Diego State as a team without the staying power necessary to make a run this March. Paper in hand, Fisher then looked down a line. Right below his Aztecs were their Friday night opponents - 10th-seeded Oklahoma - who they face at the Wells Fargo Center late Friday night. It is only fitting. In a South Region that includes sidelines giants Bill Self, Roy Williams and Billy Donovan, it is easy to forget that Fisher and his Friday counterpart, Oklahoma's Lon Kruger, possess résumés that most coaches would kill for. They've combined for 903 wins and two Final Fours over seven Division I stops.
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