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January 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The team that enters the Palestra for a Big Five game and ESPN's College GameDay program with a four-game winning streak is talking about enjoying the experience. Its best player calls it a "dream come true. " The team that comes in with a five-game losing streak is barely going to notice all the signs and commotion that come with the big ESPN circus, focused on doing everything it can to return to the win column. La Salle and Temple meet Saturday in the highly anticipated matchup that was moved from La Salle to the Palestra at the request of ESPN, which wanted to showcase Penn's arena as part of "a weeklong celebration of college basketball's great venues," according to a network release.
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January 18, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Digger Phelps walked into an empty Palestra on Friday morning. He called out across the quiet court. Then he waited for the sound of his voice to wash back over him: Number one, Villanova! Number one, St. Joe's! Number one, Notre Dame! "I just listened to the acoustic and the echo. That's what made this place," Phelps said. "Some gyms, it's like . . . nothing. You do it here, and you hear that echo, that vibration. " The Palestra is more than just "some gym," to the longtime Notre Dame coach and cohost of ESPN's College GameDay , which will broadcast live from there Saturday morning.
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January 17, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
TOMORROW'S visit to the Palestra from ESPN's "College GameDay" crew got a little cooler with this nugget. The University of Pennsylvania will become the 27th school to host "GameDay" on its campus for both football and basketball. ESPN came in for a football game in 2002 But Penn will be the first non-BCS school to pull off this double-dip. Penn almost surely is also the first school to host "GameDay" while not actually playing in an ESPN game. Temple and La Salle will play at the Palestra starting at noon (ESPN2)
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January 17, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN TIM Legler heard about Saturday's La Salle-Temple ESPN broadcast from the Palestra, he knew he wanted to be part of it. The ESPN NBA analyst, a 1988 La Salle graduate who got his master's at Penn's Wharton School, made a few phone calls and, just like that, he was on board as the color man with John Saunders for the telecast, which will immediately follow "College GameDay" from the Palestra. "It's going to be awesome," Legler said. "The tie-in on both sides, obviously being very close to La Salle to John [Giannini]
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January 17, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
THE 2014 BIG 5 Hall of Fame class has one of the greatest shooters in city history from Saint Joseph's, another in a long line of great Penn point guards, the third-leading scorer in La Salle women's history and the man who has loved Big 5 basketball forever and goes by one name, "Hoops. " Pat Carroll, Mike Jordan and Crista Ricketts will join Dick "Hoops" Weiss at the induction ceremonies on Monday, April 14, as part of the season-ending Big 5 basketball banquet. Carroll, the Geasey Award winner as Big 5 Player of the Year in 2005, holds the SJU career record for threes (294)
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January 17, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
YOU HAVE to wonder about any place that would have a picture of me hanging on one of its storied walls. A much younger picture of me. Just for doing my job. The truth is, I probably should have paid for the privilege. I didn't really know much about the soul of the Palestra until I started covering college basketball games there. You can only get so much as a kid watching on TV. But to be even a small part of it was totally my pleasure. And honor. I'm sure the many colleagues who share that piece of history with me would heartily concur.
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January 17, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE MAGIC of the Palestra is much more than just jump shots and free throws. It is to Philadelphia what Fenway Park is to Boston, what the old Forum used to be to Montreal. Officially, it is where Penn plays its home games. But really, it is the region's homecourt. There aren't nearly as many games played there as before, but it remains one of the most hallowed facilities in the land. And so many of us have our own unique piece of it. Phil Martelli still can hear the "ding" of the bell from the Septa trolley he and his Finnegan Playground mates used to take from Southwest Philly.
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January 17, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
THE CEMETERY in Southwest Philadelphia is an abandoned, tumbledown ruin, overgrown in many places, gravestones knocked on their sides. To attempt to find a grave there, amid tens of thousands of graves, would have been impossible without the help of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, a volunteer group working to preserve and restore the property. The email was answered within a day or so. Harry Shifren's grave is in Section K, Range 29, Lot 41. With a map, it took only a few minutes to find.
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January 7, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
THE SEASON certainly has not gone according to plans for La Salle. It could always be worse. See Penn for worse. La Salle jumped the Quakers early on Saturday at the Palestra and never looked back, winning, 76-57. The Explorers (7-6, 1-1 Big 5) got a sensational game from Jerrell Wright (21 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field and 5-for-7 from the foul line). They also got 14 each from Tyrone Garland and Tyreek Duren, who loves playing at the Palestra. Duren is averaging 20.3 points in his last five Palestra games, shooting 15-for-22 from the arc. Penn (2-10, 0-3)
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January 6, 2014 | By Ray Parrillo, For The Inquirer
Two weeks between games can leave a team rusty, or the time can be well-spent trying to strengthen problem areas. Judging from their performance in a Big Five game Saturday at the Palestra, the unusually long break benefited the La Salle Explorers as they routed Penn, 76-57. Returning to action for the first time since a Dec. 22 loss at Miami, La Salle (7-6) got 21 points from Jerrell Wright, who equaled his career high, and used its superior personnel to send the Quakers (2-10)
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