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.
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.
March 8, 1991 |
"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.
August 3, 2005 |
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.
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.
March 3, 2010 |
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.)
March 28, 1997 |
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.
August 16, 2013 |
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.
April 4, 2011 |
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.
August 5, 2012
A referendum of sorts for college basketball fans: How long does your affinity for your school's top players continue - or are you really just rooting for the name on the front of the jersey? Sunday at St. Joseph's University's Hagan Arena, a real-life Where are they now? competition will be held. Instead of competing against one another, Big Five (and Drexel) rivals will team up, playing for Team Philly against a Team D.C. It's a trial run for a league that hopes to launch next summer.