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)
March 16, 2008 |
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.
March 3, 2002 |
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.
March 19, 2013 |
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.
March 9, 1995 |
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.
March 13, 1998 |
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.
March 15, 2004 |
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.
March 10, 2013 |
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.
March 15, 2002 |
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.
March 20, 2013 |
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.