April 9, 2010 |
Former Villanova assistant Fred Hill appears to be out as Rutgers basketball coach after four seasons. Hill was informed yesterday by the university that he wouldn't be retained because of multiple violations of the conduct clause in his contract, the Home News of New Brunswick reported. The newspaper said that Hill has been offered a buyout and was deciding whether to accept it. Hill's dismissal comes 3 weeks after athletic director Tim Pernetti gave the coach another year to turn around the program that had gone 47-77 in his 4 years.
April 4, 2010 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Duke was considered to be the weakest No. 1 seed in the NCAA basketball tournament, and the experts certainly thought this team would not advance too far. Well, the Blue Devils not only made it to their 16th Final Four, but they now get a chance at their fourth national championship after knocking off West Virginia, 78-57, in a national semifinal Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Duke (32-6) advanced to a date Monday night with Butler (33-4), which edged Michigan State, 52-50, in the first game of the doubleheader.
April 2, 2010 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Beyond the very top players, recruiting is an inexact science. You are trying to project 15-, 16-, 17-year-olds to 21, 22, 23. Sometimes, you rate a few very closely and decide to take the player or players that say yes first. It was the spring of 2005 when the Saint Joseph's coaching staff found itself in such a quandary. They were going to have several scholarships available for the class that would be high school seniors in 2006. They liked a number of players for those spots.
March 13, 2010 |
Dairese Gary missed a runner in the final second and San Diego State escaped with a 72-69 upset of eighth-ranked New Mexico in the Mountain West semifinals last night in Las Vegas. The Lobos (29-4) saw their 15-game winning streak snapped. The Aztecs (24-8) will play BYU or UNLV for the conference championship tonight. In other league tournaments: Big Ten: At Indianapolis, Evan Turner drained a 37-footer at the buzzer to give No. 5 Ohio State (25-7) a 69-68 win over Michigan in the quarterfinals.
March 2, 2010 |
Da'Sean Butler scored 22 points in his final home game as No. 10 West Virginia beat No. 19 Georgetown, 81-68, in Morgantown, W.Va., last night. The Mountaineers (23-6, 12-5 Big East) clinched a double bye into the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. Devin Ebanks added 15 points, Kevin Jones scored 14, and Darryl Bryant had 11 for West Virginia. Butler was introduced last among West Virginia's three seniors before the game and received the loudest ovation. He has 1,936 points and will end up in third place on the school's career scoring list behind Jerry West (2,309)
February 13, 2010 |
Gilbert Brown and Ashton Gibbs made two free throws in the final 30 seconds and No. 25 Pittsburgh staged a frantic rally to tie it in regulation, then weathered three exhausting overtimes and West Virginia's own comeback to beat the No. 5 Mountaineers last night, 98-95. Gibbs and Roman Catholic High product Brad Wanamaker scored 24 points each for Pitt (19-6, 8-4), which tied Georgetown and West Virginia for third place in the Big East by avenging a 19-point loss in Morgantown only 10 days before.
February 9, 2010 |
For Scottie Reynolds, there's no tougher place to play in the Big East than at the WVU Coliseum, so it was safe to assume there was no tougher place for Villanova to rebound from its loss to Georgetown. The crowd of 15,593 - third largest in the 40-year history of the building - was ready. About 1,000 fans were outside the building two hours before game time, waiting for the doors to open. This was going to be a statement game for fifth-ranked West Virginia. But Reynolds and the No. 4 Wildcats went out last night in the unwelcoming environment and silenced the crowd.
February 8, 2010 |
There is nothing better for an athlete in basketball - or any sport, for that matter - than playing the next game, especially for one trying to flush away the sour feeling of a defeat. No. 2 Villanova, coming off a loss for only the second time this season, will welcome that situation tonight even though the opponent is West Virginia, which is ranked sixth in the nation and plays very well in front of its zealous - some would say overzealous - home fans. The Wildcats (20-2 overall, 9-1 Big East)
February 7, 2010 |
In a game dedicated to the memory of late Sooners star Wayman Tisdale, Oklahoma beat No. 9 Texas, 80-71, yesterday for the Longhorns' fourth loss since they climbed to the top spot in the Associated Press men's poll. Tommy Mason-Griffin scored 24 points and Cade Davis added 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Oklahoma (13-9, 4-4 Big Twelve) at home in Norman. The game was dedicated to Tisdale, the school's career scoring leader who died last year after fighting cancer. He was 44 years old. The Longhorns (19-4, 5-3)
February 4, 2010 |
Dominique Jones ignited a comeback by scoring 22 of his 29 points in the second half, and South Florida extended its longest Big East winning streak, stunning No. 7 Georgetown, 72-64, last night in Washington. South Florida shot 65 percent after halftime to win its fourth straight conference game, including a 70-61 win over then-No. 17 Pittsburgh on Sunday that gave the Bulls three straight for the first time since joining the Big East in 2005. The Bulls (15-7, 5-5), who also have five Big East wins in a season for the first time, trailed by 13 points late in the first half and by 35-26 at halftime due to 60 percent shooting by Georgetown (16-5, 6-4)