February 19, 2016 |
Analyzing Villanova's 83-67 win over Temple on Wednesday night: What happened: Villanova freshman Jalen Brunson hit nine of 11 field goals and scored a career-high 25 points in a semi-hostile environment as Villanova won 83-67. What it means for Villanova : It once again flexed its muscle as the dominant program in the city. Much of the acrimony directed toward Brunson was because his father was a star for the Owls from 1991-95. Shouts of "traitor" and other venom were occasionally heard from the crowd.
February 18, 2016 |
When Jalen Brunson was establishing himself as one of the nation's top basketball players at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., he was recruited by a number of colleges, but the expectation was that he would attend Temple because both of his parents went there. Brunson wound up committing to a Big Five school, but it was Villanova, not Temple. So when he accompanies the nation's No. 1 team into the Liacouras Center on Wednesday night for its game against the Owls, more than a few folks wearing Cherry and White may be inclined to let the freshman know how they felt about his choice of colleges.
February 15, 2016 |
St. Joseph's, which has lost once since Jan. 5, is trying to get into the NCAA tournament. La Salle, which has won once since Thanksgiving, is just trying salvage anything out of a forgettable season while it awaits the arrival of three promising transfers who had to sit out a year. But when Big Five teams get together, well, history tells us that sometimes you never know what might be possible. Or not. The two teams met three weeks ago at 20th and Olney, with St. Joe's winning by 21. Saturday night at Hagan Arena it turned out to be more of the same.
January 22, 2016 |
HEADING INTO the second game of Wednesday night's Big 5 60th anniversary doubleheader at the Palestra, Mr. Bracketology had Saint Joseph's as one of his first four teams out of the projected NCAA Tournament field. This, for a team picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10, with most of the same cast back from a 13-win team that lost a bunch of close ones. And, of course, for whatever that means with seven weeks to go until Selection Sunday. Then again, how many figured the Hawks would even have put themselves into the equation?
January 21, 2016 |
GIVEN THE differing Big 5 constituencies, making Wednesday night's doubleheader at the Palestra a reality was not easy. Eventually, the schools agreed to put self-interest (giving up home games) aside to make it happen. "The last question was getting leagues willing to create byes," said Steve Bilsky, the executive director of the Big 5, who was a driving force behind the DH. "In the end, they all did and it came together. " Whatever it took, the night with La Salle playing Temple, followed by Saint Joseph's-Penn, will be glorious, a perfect celebration on the 60th anniversary of the first Big 5 season.
January 15, 2016 |
AS ONE of the legendary seasons in Big 5 history was just about to hit its peak 50 years ago, the players had no way of knowing this was the final college run for Jack Ramsay, the coach who transformed little St. Joseph's College from an afterthought when the Big 5 began in the 1955-56 season to early City Series domination to national power, ranked No. 1 by Sports Illustrated before that 1965-66 season began. In the final three games before Ramsay became the head coach in 1955, the Hawks lost to Delaware, Muhlenberg and Lafayette (83-65)
September 6, 2015
DEFENDING Atlantic 10 champion Virginia Commonwealth will open Saint Joseph's basketball's home conference season on Jan. 5, as the Hawks have announced their full schedule for the 2015-16 season. The Hawks open A-10 play on Jan. 2 with a visit to Richmond that will be nationall televised on NBC Sports Network. Other highlights of the conference schedule include St. Joe's first visit to Davidson, which just joined the A-10 last season. Previously announced games for the Hawks include participation in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, which an opening game in that early-season event against visiting Niagara on Nov. 15 and Buffalo on Nov. 18. They continue play in that event against Florida at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Nov. 21, followed by a matchup against Purdue or Old Dominion the next night.
August 28, 2015 |
Second in an occasional series on the 100th anniversary of the Phillies' first pennant. The late-inning drama that produced the Yankees' 3-2 win in Game 3 of their 1950 World Series matchup with the Phillies was enough to occupy the sportswriters in Yankee Stadium's press box. The strange visitor seated in a back-row corner hardly crossed their radar. Some of those who noticed the old man were spooked. His right ear was missing. His face was an angry red, his scowl embedded. A thick shock of white hair was as disheveled as the clothes he wore.
July 17, 2015 |
WHEN STEVE BILSKY retired as Penn athletic director and became executive director of the Big 5, he had a few thoughts on how to revive the City Series. As he told the Daily News in February, he wanted to open the series with a doubleheader at the Palestra next season to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Big 5. Done. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Temple will play La Salle and Saint Joseph's will play Penn. Villanova is not playing for a very simple reason. Only four teams can play.
February 5, 2015 |
IF SOME DETAILS can be worked out and all the Big 5 schools are satisfied, the Daily News has learned that an annual City Series doubleheader at the Palestra could begin a 5-year run as soon as next season, the Big 5's 60th anniversary. Steve Bilsky, the executive director of the Big 5 since retiring as Penn athletic director last year, confirmed that the doubleheader concept is very much possible. "Each of the schools [other than Penn] would move a minimal number of home games to the Palestra over the 5-year cycle," Bilsky said.