February 15, 2013 |
It's still more than a month until Selection Sunday, but members of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee are warming up this week with a test bracketing exercise for what the panel's chairman said will be perhaps the toughest process it has ever faced. Speaking Wednesday on a conference call with reporters, Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski said that the current basketball season has produced "an incredibly competitive field at this point in time" but that the committee doesn't react to teams on a day-to-day basis, only their work over a full season.
March 17, 2012 |
Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies are raring to go after being off for 10 days. The top-seeded Huskies open up their NCAA tournament Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn., against No. 16 Prairie View A&M. Eighth-seeded Kansas State will face No. 9 Princeton in the first game of the doubleheader. After struggling through the latter part of the regular season with losses in their final two home games, UConn rallied to win the Big East tournament. The Huskies topped Notre Dame in the championship game, earning Geno Auriemma his 800th career victory.
March 26, 2013
IT WAS a weekend of heartbreak and magic for Villanova, Temple and La Salle, the three Philly teams that made it to the NCAA basketball tournament. In the end, only La Salle remained standing. With seconds left, a shot launched by La Salle's Tyrone Garland sailed over the head of a 6-9 Ole Miss defender and swished in the basket. It was La Salle 76, Ole Miss 74. Garland, a Bartram High grad, called his shot a "Southwest Philly floater," saying that he learned it on the playground.
April 23, 2012 |
As has been anticipated, Neumann-Goretti product Tony Chennault appears to be close to transferring to Villanova, sources said. An official announcement could come in the next few days. The 6-foot-2 guard recently decided to leave Wake Forest after two seasons to be closer to home because his mother, Crystal Mortan, has been experiencing health problems. He is petitioning the NCAA for a hardship waiver, which would allow him to become eligible immediately. But sources have indicated that Chennault likely will end up with the Wildcats, who were his second choice coming out of high school, even if he has to sit out a season.
March 19, 2013 |
Kwamain Mitchell, whose senior season started 11 games late because of foot surgery, scored 19 points including a clutch three-pointer with the shot clock winding down, and No. 16 St. Louis (27-6, 13-3) topped No. 25 Virginia Commonwealth, 62-56, in Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the Atlantic 10 tournament title. St. Louis interim coach Jim Crews wouldn't say the Billikens won this championship for the late Rick Majerus. Some things are bigger than basketball. Still, he sees his predecessor's imprints on all the little things his veteran players did right in beating VCU. Their hard-nosed style that left the Rams in foul trouble.
February 9, 2015 |
HERB MAGEE again will try to make history today, as Philadelphia University (14-6) hosts Post (9-11) at 4 p.m. in the Gallagher Athletic Center at the intersection of Henry Avenue and Schoolhouse Lane in East Falls. Magee is trying to become the second men's coach in NCAA basketball to reach 1,000 wins. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, a fellow Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, got there on Jan. 18 when the Blue Devils beat St. John's at Madison Square Garden. Magee's first chance to join him ended in a 72-70 home loss to visiting Wilmington on Tuesday.
March 20, 2013 |
The version of this story that appeared in print in Tuesday's Inquirer and online incorrectly stated the city where Delaware will play West Virginia. That game will take place in Newark, Del., not Newark, N.J. We apologize for the error. St. Joseph's and Villanova are back in the Big Dance: the women's NCAA basketball tournament. Fresh off Saturday's Atlantic Ten Conference championship, the Hawks (23-8) learned Monday night that they will open NCAA play in the Bridgeport Regional.
March 19, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Before the tip-off Sunday night, the students and alumni of Lehigh University already were floating and sweaty and hoarse and still high from a weekend they will never forget. Lehigh, seeded 15th in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, had knocked off a giant, No. 2 seed Duke, on Friday night. The Mountain Hawks were in the second round, taking on No. 10 seed Xavier in Greensboro, N.C. Lehigh lost, 70-58. But on this night, win or lose hardly mattered. Honest.
November 5, 2012 |
A special holiday invitation to the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee: Please come to Philadelphia for New Year's Eve festivities at the Daskalakis Center on Market Street. All of you. The party starts at 4 p.m., entertainment provided by the men's basketball teams from Drexel and St. Joseph's. Side benefit: If you show up, you may just realize how woefully you whiffed last season by omitting the Dragons from the NCAA tournament. Yes, that's well-worn history.
March 5, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - Northwestern is said to be just in the NCAA Tournament field or just out, depending upon what time it is and which way the last breeze blew. The Wildcats have played 11 games against teams ranked in the nation's top 50. They have won one of them. One. A rouge. Yet Drexel sits, despite a 19-game winning streak, still wondering. South Florida, guardian of the Big East's southern flank, is said to be one of the last four teams in, too. The Bulls have played nine games against top 50 teams.