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January 21, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
GIVEN THE differing Big 5 constituencies, making Wednesday night's doubleheader at the Palestra a reality was not easy. Eventually, the schools agreed to put self-interest (giving up home games) aside to make it happen. "The last question was getting leagues willing to create byes," said Steve Bilsky, the executive director of the Big 5, who was a driving force behind the DH. "In the end, they all did and it came together. " Whatever it took, the night with La Salle playing Temple, followed by Saint Joseph's-Penn, will be glorious, a perfect celebration on the 60th anniversary of the first Big 5 season.
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January 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
Devin Coleman understands that when his Temple team meets La Salle in a Big Five game at the Palestra, there will be added excitement in the place known as the cathedral of college basketball. To celebrate the Big Five's 60th anniversary, the Palestra will host a doubleheader Wednesday night, paying homage to the old days when these events were commonplace and gripped the basketball community. After the Temple-La Salle game at 7, St. Joseph's and Penn will meet at 9:30. "It's my first time playing in a doubleheader there and it will be a good experience," Coleman said.
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January 21, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The noise didn't stop at the locker room door. Two teams would be playing, two would be waiting underneath the stands, which often seemed to shake, the vibrations carrying right into the room. "You'd be peeking out, trying to see who was playing well," Fran Dunphy said this week. "Because you knew every player. " Wednesday night at the Palestra, four teams will play basketball and also offer a nod to the past. Temple will face La Salle, and then St. Joseph's takes on Penn, and Dunphy hopes the fans for the second game get there early and the fans for the first game stay to the end. Because there is nothing exactly like this anywhere else in college basketball.
NEWS
January 18, 2016
B.G. Kelley is a Philadelphia writer Butterflies as big as bats seized my stomach as I sat in the Palestra locker room waiting to lead the Temple Owls onto the court to meet the Villanova Wildcats in a City Series Big Five game. I could hear the nearly 10,000 fans screaming, anxiously anticipating the arrival of both teams to the polished floor of the Palestra. It was Jan. 16, 1965, and it was the most important game of the season for my teammates and our coach, Harry Litwack, a seminal figure in Philly basketball who would later be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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January 18, 2016 | Bill Lyon, Staff Writer
Mid-January. Colder than a graveyard. The worshipping pilgrims shuffle in small circles and stomp their feet against the frosted night, and at the first sign of movement inside they look hopefully. Expectantly. Anxiously. Prayerfully. Waiting for the doors to swing open and grant them entrance to the Holy Place . . . to the Cradle of College Basketball . . . to the Cathedral of Hoops . . . to . . . The Palestra. There's not a better place to be in the dead of winter than here, right here, on 33d Street, on the fringe of the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, just above the railroad tracks and the Schuylkill, and cheek by jowl to Franklin Field, that wonderful old dinosaur, repository of great and glorious deeds.
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January 12, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
MY TOP four NCAA Tournament seeds if the selections were today: East - Maryland South - Oklahoma Midwest - Michigan State West - Kansas If Penn had held on against Princeton at the Palestra, it would have been a rare perfect Saturday in the city, with three of the wins being upsets, two by teams that had to be wondering when (or if) they were going to win again. La Salle, a 12-point underdog, did exactly what it was supposed to do against Dayton at Gola Arena, play a low-possession game to keep its six-man team as fresh as possible and not give the superior forces any more chances than necessary.
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January 11, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
A win would have been some way for Penn, one of the youngest teams in Division I, to begin its first Ivy League season under coach Steve Donahue, who was by Fran Dunphy's side for a bunch of championship moments in the 1990s. The Quakers, picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll, had lost six of the last seven to Princeton and 11 of 13. But Saturday at the Palestra - without sophomore Antonio Woods, their fourth-leading scorer, who is lost for at least a year due to academic reasons - they had their chances.
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January 11, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
So 60 minutes before tipoff - to the minute - Penn basketball coach Steve Donahue put on his jacket in his office in the building next door and walked the three minutes over to his team's locker room, stopping on the Palestra floor Saturday for six handshakes and a hug for a Penn women's assistant. You can't blame a guy for believing in precise timing when your professional life is played out in increments of 30 seconds or less. Three and a half hours later, Donahue stood with his players on the Palestra court as Penn's band played the alma mater.
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January 4, 2016 | By Mark Perner, For The Inquirer
Heading into the Ivy League portion of its schedule, Penn needed a win at the Palestra on Saturday, and Binghamton was the perfect elixir. Led by the hustle and shooting of Matt Howard and a strong floor game from Jackson Donahue, the Quakers earned their first win over a Division I team since Nov. 25 with a convincing 80-45 victory over the Bearcats. "It was a great defensive effort," said Penn coach Steve Donahue, whose Quakers hadn't won by 30 points since beating Dartmouth, 78-47, on Feb. 4, 2011.
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December 24, 2015 | By Jeff Neiburg, For the Daily News
IN AN EFFORT to familiarize his team with the history of the Palestra and the city in which sophomore guard Ja'Quan Newton made headlines, Miami coach Jim Larranaga had one of his graduate assistant coaches put together a video for the 13th-ranked Hurricanes to watch before coming to Philadelphia to take on La Salle. "A lot of our players had heard of Madison Square Garden, but they never really heard of the Palestra," said Larranaga, who played at the Palestra with his alma mater, Providence College, in 1969.
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