October 25, 2013 |
HARVARD not only won the Ivy League last season. Tommy Amaker's team upset New Mexico in the NCAA Tournament. Now, seniors Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry, who left school last year after starting the previous season, are back to join all that young talent, including Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers. Harvard got all 17 votes in the preseason poll to win the league again. The Crimson really does look great on paper. So why play the season? Penn plans to play the season. Jerome Allen's team lost 22 times last season after finishing just behind Harvard the season before.
September 10, 2013 |
More than 1,000 programmers converged over the weekend at Penn for what was billed as "the biggest university hackathon in the world. " To the public, the word hack may bring up visions of Edward Snowden and digital terrorism. But in the tech world, hack is used as a synonym for build . And "hackathons" are the programmer's version of a slumber party, science fair, and Super Bowl rolled into one. The students spent 48 hours at the Palestra, working in small teams to brainstorm, design, and build an app, website, or hardware product.
August 16, 2013
MEN Home games are at the Palestra. Times TBA. Nov. 9 Temple Nov. 12 at Monmouth Nov. 16 Penn State Nov. 22 at Iowa Nov. 26 Niagara Nov. 30 at Lafayette Dec. 4 at Villanova Dec. 7 Wagner Dec. 22 at Marist Dec. 29 at Rider Jan. 2 at George Mason Jan. 4 La Salle Jan. 11 Princeton Jan. 18 St....
August 16, 2013 |
LA SALLE and Temple have agreed to move their games to the Palestra the next two seasons. This season's game (Saturday, Jan. 18, noon) will be preceded by ESPN College GameDay. Tickets will be split evenly between the schools. The game, which will be on ESPN or ESPN2, would have been at Gola Arena this season and at the Liacouras Center next season. The Palestra game will be the culmination of ESPN's "My Home Court" initiative - a weeklong celebration of college hoops' best venues.
August 16, 2013
PENN MEN'S basketball will be heading to the home state of Radar O'Reilly and "Field of Dreams" to play some basketball and see some familiar faces. The Quakers will travel to Iowa City for the first time to face the University of Iowa and head coach Fran McCaffery, Penn class of 1982. They will bring along senior guard Dau Jok, who may get to play against his younger brother, Peter, a freshman guard for the Hawkeyes. Their family hails from Des Moines, Iowa. Penn's schedule kicks off by hosting former head coach Fran Dunphy and his Temple Owls Nov. 9 at the Palestra.
May 2, 2013 |
Commissioner Mike Aresco and some staffers of the newly named American Athletic Conference were in Philadelphia on Tuesday, stopping at member school Temple, then touring the Palestra, a possible site for the postseason conference basketball tournament. "We're definitely interested," Aresco said in a phone call from 30th Street Station after seeing the Palestra. "It's a revered place in college basketball. Given our druthers, we're looking for a smaller arena, more intimate, at least in the beginning.
April 26, 2013 |
AS A COLLEGE basketball fan in the early 1970s, maybe you went to the Palestra to see Joe Bryant or Mike Bantom or Ron Haigler. But a friend and I would go there for another reason - to watch Temple's Joe Rymal. Joe wasn't the Owls' leading scorer or top rebounder. No he was something more important than that, he was the older brother of my friend and classmate Tom Rymal. And having a relative playing in the Palestra at that time was the Hoops Holy Grail. Tom, who played at North Catholic, Community College and Drexel, was the best basketball player I ever appeared on a court with regularly.
March 30, 2013 |
If Duke basketball is a religion, its sanctuary is a quirky campus arena located 350 miles south of Philadelphia, where the Blue Devils made yet another NCAA tournament appearance this weekend. Thanks to Duke's prolonged run of excellence, 73-year-old Cameron Indoor Stadium - quaint, intimate, home to a noisy and whimsical student section - has become the most ballyhooed symbol of history and charm in a sport that typically pays little attention to either. Classically Georgian in design, Cameron has girdered ceilings, a utilitarian pre-World War II elegance, and an acoustical magic that can transform several thousand voices into an earthquake.
March 28, 2013 |
Somewhere, as his former team prepares to face La Salle on Thursday in their unlikely West Regional matchup, Gary Thompson must be thankful the NCAA conducts its tournament at neutral sites. In Philadelphia basketball's long and rich history, it's doubtful any coach ever enjoyed a visit here less than the late Wichita State mentor. After his No. 2-ranked Shockers were upset by St. Joseph's in the 1964 Quaker City Tournament final, Thompson called Palestra fans "horrible," the officials "atrocious," and the whole experience "a damn farce.
March 22, 2013 |
It's fitting that a chunk of this 75th version of the NCAA tournament will be contested in Philadelphia. It was here, after all, on St. Patrick's Day 1939, that March Madness began with barely a nervous twitch. The 68-team basketball behemoth that now commands billion-dollar TV contracts, sells out domed football stadiums, and captivates millions of amateur and professional bracketeers debuted modestly at a sparsely occupied Palestra. That cold night, before a disappointing gathering of 3,500 and very little national notice, Villanova defeated Brown in the opener of a doubleheader that marked the dawn of what The Inquirer termed the "National Collegiate A.A. basketball championship.