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February 23, 2013
Here is how bracketologists Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm see locals men's college basketball teams in the NCAA tournament through Thursday: Joe Lunardi, ESPN La Salle: 11th seed in the East, facing sixth seed UNLV at the Wells Fargo Center. Temple: Meets Baylor in play-in game for the 12th seed in the South to play fifth seed Memphis at San Jose. Villanova: Does not qualify. Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com La Salle: 11th seed in the South, facing sixth seed UNLV at Kansas City.
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May 13, 2010
College basketball fans are still flocking to men's games by the millions. They're just not setting records. With 334 men's teams playing 5,251 games last season, both all-time highs, more than 27.5 million people attended Division I games, the fourth-highest total ever but a slight decrease from 2008-09. The top five home drawing cards, according to figures released Wednesday by the NCAA, were Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The Wildcats had an average attendance of 24,111, Syracuse was next at 22,152.
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March 8, 1991 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
"The Dating Game" was a popular television show for years. Behind the screens, the networks are involved in another more subtle but serious bottom- line game: The Ratings Game. Normally, if shows don't quickly build up good ratings, they are gonzo. Sports, however, is different. Rarely does an hour go by when some sport isn't on the tube. The ratings might be lower than Tom Brokaw's voice, but the snowmobilers keep racing and the skiers keep skiing. In basketball, the men's and women's games are still popular, but all across the networks ratings for college and pro basketball are down.
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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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August 3, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
When it comes to college basketball and the NHL, we're No. 1. At least that's what the Sporting News says. The weekly publication yesterday ranked Philadelphia as the nation's No. 2 sports city overall - behind Boston - but named this town the best when it comes to those high-profile winter sports. The Sporting News rankings take into account regular-season records, playoff berths, championships, tournament bids, stadium quality and fan fervor. The honor was well received not only on the city's college campuses, but also at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, Camden County, where hockey has returned after the NHL lockout.
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November 14, 2012
COLLEGE basketball's opening weekend featured games in such exotic places as an aircraft carrier outside San Diego, a giant airplane hangar in Germany, and Brooklyn, N.Y. Kent, Ohio, really does not qualify as exotic, but after 123 games on Friday, 51 Saturday, 42 Sunday and 60 Monday, Temple will finally start its season at Kent State on Tuesday, as part of the ESPN hoops marathon, 11 games in 24 hours. If you got up real early, maybe you saw Stony Brook at Rider (6 a.m.) before reading this story.
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March 3, 2010 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sharif Bray's Cheyney University teammates like to call him "Pop-Pop. " When you're 26 years old and still playing college hoops, the name works even if you're the team's leading scorer. Bray is back playing college hoops, as a junior guard, after almost half a decade spent "underground," as a Philadelphia recreation center director put it. Although Bray was out of school, he never left the game. In fact, basketball became his therapy. The former Central High School star had been a Division II freshman all-American at California (Pa.)
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March 28, 1997 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Women's basketball on ESPN isn't a ratings winner, but the sports cable network isn't worried. The NCAA women's tournament averages a 0.9 on ESPN and a 0.4 on ESPN2. A 0.9 rating on ESPN equals 640,800 households; a 0.4 is 183,600. The 19 women's regular-season games on ESPN2 averaged a minuscule 0.2 (91,800). Three regular-season women's games on ESPN averaged a 0.6 (275,400 homes). "Ratings are not that essential at this point," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said yesterday from Cincinnati, site of the NCAA women's Final Four.
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August 16, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LA SALLE and Temple have agreed to move their games to the Palestra the next two seasons. This season's game (Saturday, Jan. 18, noon) will be preceded by ESPN College GameDay. Tickets will be split evenly between the schools. The game, which will be on ESPN or ESPN2, would have been at Gola Arena this season and at the Liacouras Center next season. The Palestra game will be the culmination of ESPN's "My Home Court" initiative - a weeklong celebration of college hoops' best venues.
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April 4, 2011 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
Roseanne Barr disappeared for a while, but she's back now. The last month has gone exceedingly well for her. She won a beauty contest - though it was of the metaphorical variety. (Keep at it, Roseanne. You'll get there.) Before the NCAA tournament began, lots of well-paid and over-caffeinated college hoops experts evaluated the field by screaming into television cameras. Many disapproving fingers were wagged. One of those hyper-animated analysts was Dick Vitale. This will surprise you, but Dicky V was pretty worked up about the NCAA selection committee.
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February 21, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Week after week, amid all the surprises and upsets in college basketball, one might look for something resembling normalcy to return to the season as we start to zero in on conference tournaments and Selection Sunday. Hey, good luck with that. The strange and the weird keep happening. On Wednesday night, three teams - No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 North Carolina - that were ranked in the Top 5 by the Associated Press all lost. According to ESPN, that's the fourth time in the last 20 seasons that three Top 5 teams lost on the same day. Another stat from the worldwide leader: Teams ranked in the Top 5 have lost 33 games this season, the second-most defeats by the end of February in AP poll history.
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February 7, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
If you're still looking for a dominant college basketball team similar to last year's Kentucky group that fell two wins short of the sport's first undefeated season since Indiana in 1975-76, you may be out of luck. The parity in college basketball this season is as rampant as it's ever been. Five teams have held down the No. 1 position in the Associated Press poll - preseason and in the 12 polls conducted since competition began in mid-November. In addition, 13 teams have occupied a spot in the top five for at least one week.
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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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November 13, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
DREXEL Last season: Went 11-19 overall, but did well to go 9-9 in the Colonial despite numerous injuries. Leading scorer Damion Lee transferred to Louisville. Outlook: Picked to finish eighth out of 10 in the competitive CAA . . . Senior guard Tavon Allen should hit 1,000 points midseason . . . Forward Kazembe Abif, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds in a game against Alabama two years ago, is back after missing last season with a knee injury. Three fun games: Nov. 26-28: Great Alaska Shootout Dec. 15: at South Carolina, 7 Dec. 19: vs. Penn State (Palestra)
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November 13, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
A NUMBER OF rules changes have been implemented to speed up games, Bo Ryan has a date in April with Donald Driver (of all people), and the local kid on Tobacco Road is on the verge of doing something unprecedented and wonderfully impressive. Here are 50 things to consider ahead of the college basketball season, including why Duke would just LOVE to play here in March. 1. North Carolina is the AP's preseason No. 1 for the ninth time overall and the fourth time under Roy Williams.
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July 17, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF IT'S JULY and there is a gym with basketballs being bounced by very athletic teenagers, college coaches will be taking up most of the seats. Games may be won or lost on scoreboards from November to April, but, in reality, they are won or lost during the manic July recruiting period when coaches have ambitious itineraries that require detailed planning, on-time airplanes, rental cars, late nights and very early mornings. Sleep and food are options. The coaches are in the gyms to a)
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April 29, 2015
Temple will open its college basketball season Nov. 13 against North Carolina in the Veterans Classic Showcase at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Owls will meet North Carolina in the 7 p.m. opener, followed by Florida vs. Navy at 9:30. The games will tip off the opening day of the 2015-16 season. This is the first meeting between the two schools since the Tar Heels beat Temple, 75-72, in a 1991 NCAA tournament Elite Eight game. Temple is coming off a 26-11 season in which the Owls advanced to the semifinals of the NIT. North Carolina was 26-12 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
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February 26, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
SO, IS 40-0 going to happen? It is now very possible. I don't think Kentucky is one of the great college teams in history. In fact, I would take the Wildcats' 2012 national champions over this team. They finished 38-2, losing on a buzzer-beater at Indiana and to Vanderbilt in the SEC championship game. Remember, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the first two players taken in that NBA draft. Davis and Tim Duncan are the most talented college big men I have seen since I started covering college hoops for the Daily News in 1987.
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February 16, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
THIS PAST WEEK reminded me why my favorite sporting event to watch is either a college basketball game or an NFL tilt (baseball, however, is my overall favorite season to follow). Here in Philadelphia, it was a truly exciting week of college basketball, and things are looking up for our local teams. It started last Friday when I watched my alma mater, Penn, win at Cornell. Probably only a handful of us watched the telecast, but we saw a truly exciting game. Cornell roared out to a big lead, but the Quakers fought back gamely.
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February 10, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
IF YOU LIVED in the northernmost ACC outpost as I did for the majority of Dean Smith's career at North Carolina, you simply could not like his teams. They simply won too much, against Maryland and everybody else. If you watched his teams as I did religiously, however, you learned Larry Brown's "right way" long before it had a name. If you coached elementary-school and rec-league teams as I did, you found yourself emulating how those Carolina teams played - teaching your players to point at the player who passed them the ball that led to a basket, huddling up before a free throw, changing defenses every time down the court, putting up a fist if you were tired, the passing game, the traps, the hoarding of timeouts and, yes, even the four corners.
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