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February 15, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 17, 2012 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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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.
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April 23, 2012 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 19, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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February 9, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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March 20, 2013 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
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.
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March 19, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 5, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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October 28, 2015 | By Chris Hays, For The Inquirer
ORLANDO - It has been a long offseason for the Temple Owls basketball squad. The Owls have had seven months to absorb the NCAA tournament committee's snub last March. It didn't sit well. "It helps us for our motivation. That's our goal, to get back into the NCAA tournament, so during the offseason we pride ourselves in giving our best effort just to make sure we hear our names called this year," Temple forward Jaylen Bond said Tuesday at the American Athletic Conference media day at the Amway Center.
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February 9, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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April 10, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
BY THE TIME she'd finished her playing career, Dawn Staley had likely snapped that rubber band around her wrist thousands of times. No matter how talented she was, Staley was still a point guard, and, just like creating assists, point guards inevitably will commit turnovers. Staley popped those rubber bands on her wrist as a physical reminder for each time she got sloppy with the basketball. But that wasn't why Staley originally slipped rubber bands around her wrist. She grew up playing basketball in Philadelphia in the 1980s, and if you were a Philly point guard during that era, there was only one player you looked up to - 76ers floor general Maurice Cheeks.
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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.
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March 25, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The phone calls and text messages and tweets that found their way from Philadelphia became a barrage that nearly overwhelmed the La Salle traveling party after the Explorers beat Kansas State for their second win of the NCAA tournament on Friday night. "My phone couldn't even work," senior guard Ramon Galloway said. "That's how crazy it was. " Back on campus, there had been a viewing party in Gola Arena, with the game shown on a video screen. When the last off-balance Kansas State shot missed the basket and La Salle came away with the 63-61 win, the fans stormed the empty court.
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March 20, 2013 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
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.
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March 19, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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March 9, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova and Temple can officially resume their rivalry from a distance. A Big East divorce, in the works for weeks, was approved Friday, subject to final board approval. The schools that play Big East football will remain in the league but need to choose a new name since they've effectively sold the Big East brand to the departing schools. Officially, the divorce goes into effect July 1, when Villanova, Georgetown, Marquette, DePaul, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Providence form a new league called the Big East.
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February 15, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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