July 15, 2016 |
IT WOULD be like hitting the lottery, except there's no consolation prize for getting only one number wrong. That's the fascination of a winner-take-all format. And the frustration. Ask the team that gets to the NCAA final and loses. Especially if it does down the way North Carolina did in April. But that's the way Jonathan Mugar wanted it. And The Basketball Tournament, now in its third year, is pretty much his baby. "Every game is a Game 7," said TBT's founder and CEO. "And there's nothing better than Game 7s. " It's what makes March Madness.
February 29, 2016 |
Fran Dunphy's exact words in the last huddle, as Temple's coach remembered them later, were directed at Owls senior Quenton DeCosey: "I'm going to give you the ball, and you're going to win the game. Are you ready for that?" The response, Dunphy said, was kind of a laugh from DeCosey, which Dunphy interpreted as: "What, are you kidding?" "It's kind of like asking a 4.0 student how he's doing in school," Dunphy said later, after DeCosey had pulled off another A. "What are you asking me for?"
July 19, 2015 |
Some ballplayers introduced themselves yesterday to their new teammates. Other teams had been practicing in recent days, trying to take the whole thing as seriously as time allowed. Some showed up at the Herb Magee Court at Philadelphia University with six guys. Others went as deep as a pro team, and were full of pro players. The whole concept is as old as basketball. Get a team together, get on the court. As long as you keep winning, you keep playing. The big hook here: The team left standing at the end divvies up $1 million.
December 23, 2014 |
IF YOU TUNED OUT after Kansas was wiped out by Kentucky, 72-40, on Nov. 18 and assumed than any team, even Kansas, that had the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in the 2014 NBA draft was going to take a giant step backward, you made a mistake. KU has not lost since. The Jayhawks have played teams with combined records of 67-22. They have beaten Utah, Florida, Michigan State, Tennessee, Rhode Island and Georgetown (on the road). Bill Self's team is so deep he benched one player for the first half Saturday against Lafayette and started another who had scored 31 points in nine games.
May 22, 2014 |
Just before Temple's Class of 2014 walked across the Liacouras Center stage Thursday morning, Betsy Manning shot stills of their shoes for Twitter, Flickr, and posterity. No pump - or toe - was turned away, because Manning's work has little to do with surnames Blahnik or Louboutin and everything to do with documenting the seniors' final show of self-expression as college students. "In the last five years, shoes worn at graduation have gotten so much more radical," said Manning, who has worked as the Temple University photographer for 10 years.
November 9, 2013 |
How appropriate that the summer of 2013 saw the Temple men's basketball team embark on a nine-day European trip. As the young Owls walked the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and later toured the Coliseum in Rome, they were exposed to cultures, languages, and customs they had never encountered. As new as that experience was, so, too, will be the 2013-14 season for the Owls. In their eighth season under coach Fran Dunphy, the Owls face an uphill battle in extending their string of six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
October 30, 2013 |
Not long after the Temple men's basketball team returned from its late-summer trip to Europe, coach Fran Dunphy got to thinking about the Owls' first season in the American Athletic Conference. Temple lost five seniors from its sixth straight 20-win team, and Dunphy was looking to rebuild, mostly with the players who were still here. Players like sophomore guard Quenton DeCosey. After DeCosey averaged 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game playing meager minutes as a freshman, Dunphy watched the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard from Union, N.J., light it up in the four games the Owls played abroad.
October 27, 2013 |
There's a great deal of uncertainty about whether the Sixers will offer Evan Turner a contract extension by Thursday's deadline. But the 6-foot-7 swingman, who is heading into the final year of his contract, is not concerned. "I'm going to get money regardless," he said after Friday's practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic medicine. "I'm not really going to worry about that. "I just want to take it day by day and keep becoming a better player. " Turner expected to be traded this summer.
October 27, 2013 |
THURSDAY WAS, as always, the hardest day to be a coach for Brett Brown. That's because, just like at every level he's been a coach, he had to cut players, thus diminishing their basketball dreams in some sense. Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie broke the bad news to Khalif Wyatt, Vander Blue, Mac Koshwal and Royce White on Thursday, trimming the roster to 16, one above the limit that must be reached on Monday. Wyatt and Blue were understandable cuts, as there simply was more talent in front of them in Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson, Tony Wroten, Darius Morris and Evan Turner, who can play either guard spot.
October 26, 2013 |
The 76ers said goodbye to Khalif Wyatt, Royce White, Vander Blue, and Mac Koshwal on Thursday. The four were waived a day after the team's final preseason game, a 125-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Sixers' roster now stands at 16 players. NBA teams must trim their rosters to 15 players by 5 p.m. Monday. White's release was perhaps the biggest surprise. The power forward, acquired in a July trade with the Houston Rockets, was the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft.