March 31, 2016 |
THE FINAL FOUR coaches have won 2,835 games among them. Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim are in the Hall of Fame. If Lon Kruger and Jay Wright keep up their current pace, they may join them in Springfield one day. Boeheim has been on the Syracuse sideline for 989 wins. The NCAA says 101 of them don't count anymore, but the games were won so, for our purposes, they are part of the total. Williams has won 782 at Kansas and North Carolina. Kruger, the only coach to take five schools to the NCAA Tournament, has 590 wins at Texas Pan-American, Kansas State, Florida, Illinois, UNLV and Oklahoma.
December 31, 2015 |
AS THEY HEAD to Richmond for Saturday's Atlantic 10 opener, this Saint Joseph's team has put itself on the periphery of postseason conversation. After a predictably sluggish effort, following a week without a game and three days without any basketball, the Hawks eventually put away game Maryland Eastern Shore on Tuesday night at Hagan Arena, winning, 78-68. Except for a game against Penn as part of the Big 5 Palestra doubleheader on Jan. 20, St. Joe's (10-2) is all A-10 from here to the regular-season finish line.
November 5, 2015 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - When Riley Pint walked a batter in his first inning at Perfect Game's national showcase in June, there was a rumble of surprise among the hundreds of observing scouts. In the buildup to this gathering of the nation's best high school players, the lanky Kansan had been portrayed as some sort of baseball ideal, one without pitching or personal flaws. His pre-showcase scouting report from Perfect Game, a website that ranks baseball prospects, raved about a fastball that reached 96 m.p.h.
February 28, 2015 |
At the time, Fran Dunphy could feel the wave coming, and only in retrospect did he see a way to keep it from crashing upon him and those Kansas coaches and players along the sideline at the Wells Fargo Center. This was Dec. 22. Dunphy took a timeout with Temple leading the No. 10-ranked Jayhawks by 27 points and with 50 seconds left in regulation, the Owls' 77-52 victory a formality. Already, the Temple players were lining up near the scorer's table, juiced and ready to celebrate their upset, and already Temple fans and students were nearing the court, preparing to storm it at the sound of the final buzzer.
February 27, 2015 |
ON TUESDAY NIGHT, I was watching the closing moments of the Big Ten game between No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 14 Maryland. The Terps pulled off a 59-53 upset at the sold-out Xfinity Center on their campus. In my younger days, I would not have had any feeling of trepidation as the student section was getting amped for the end of one of the biggest wins since head coach Mark Turgeon took over in 2011. A storming of the court was imminent, and, soon after the final buzzer, hundreds of yellow-clad fans rushed out of the student section in an all-out frenzy to join their players in the celebration on the court.
February 26, 2015 |
COURT-STORMING isn't always a peaceful outburst of spontaneous celebration. After Kansas State pulled off an upset over No. 8 Kansas Monday night, fans rushed the court and, in several instances, were seen pushing and banging into players and coaches. Yesterday, Kansas State athletic director John Currie apologized to Kansas coach Bill Self and his team. "Although no one was hurt last night," Currie said, "we fell short of our expectations for securing the court and escorting KU to its locker room without incident.
February 25, 2015 |
Aleighsa Welch had a season-high 19 points and 14 rebounds, Tiffany Mitchell hit two foul shots with 17 seconds remaining, and No. 2 South Carolina outlasted No. 6 Tennessee, 71-66, in Columbia, S.C., Monday night. Big Five honors. The Big Five named St. Joseph's senior guard Natasha Cloud as the women's player of the week. In a blowout of George Mason, she finished with 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds. On senior day against Richmond, she scored 17 points and hit the game-winning shot.
November 12, 2014 |
THE BIG NEWS in the third College Football Playoff poll is TCU. You knew someone had to move into the top four after No. 3 Auburn lost at home to three-touchdown underdog Texas A&M. Most probably figured it would be Alabama, since the Crimson Tide was No. 5. Instead, TCU moved from sixth to fourth, coming off a 21-point home win over then-fellow one-loss Kansas State. In the Associated Press (media) poll, which doesn't really mean anything anymore, Alabama was fourth, one ahead of TCU. But in the poll that will determine which four make it to the inaugural FBS tournament, the Crimson Tide remained fifth.
March 14, 2014 |
La Salle looked like the Explorers of last March during Sunday's 71-63 win at St. Joseph's. "I think it was our best game," La Salle coach John Giannini said. The Explorers hope that momentum carries into the Atlantic Ten tournament. Unlike last year, when La Salle lost its lone Atlantic Ten tournament game to Butler but still received a bid to the NCAA tournament, this season's team has no margin for error. La Salle (15-15) likely has to run the table, winning four games in four days to return to the NCAAs after last year's Sweet 16 run. The A-10 tournament will begin Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and No. 8-seeded La Salle will plays a familiar foe in the noon opener, No. 9 St. Bonaventure.
February 13, 2014 |
Steve Vasturia made a pair of three-pointers in the second overtime, and Eric Atkins added 16 points as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-12, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) survived squandering a six-point lead late in regulation to beat visiting Clemson, 68-64, Tuesday night in South Bend, Ind. K.J. McDaniels led the Tigers (15-8, 6-5) with a career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds. Florida 67, Tennessee 58 - Scottie Wilbekin had 21 points and six assists for the No. 3 Gators (22-2, 11-0 Southeastern Conference)