June 21, 2010 |
Taylor King was a difference-maker for Villanova in November and December. He seemed to get every loose ball. He competed for every rebound. And he made long shots at critical moments. Through nine games, the Duke transfer was averaging 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. He had 20 points and a killer three in a wild win over Saint Joseph's at the Palestra. Then, starting in late January, King's game went silent. He shot just 16-for-63 over the final 11 regular-season games he played.
May 19, 2010
Cheltenham's Rob Mansell, a senior guard, has committed to play basketball at Binghamton University. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, who averaged 19.8 points for the Panthers last season, also was recruited by Long Island, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, and Rider. Mansell, a two-time, first-team all-Suburban One League American Conference selection, finished with 1,215 career points. His older brothers, Harris and Patrick, netted 1,916 and 1,867 points, respectively, at Cheltenham. (Both went on to play at Rider.
May 12, 2010
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany e-mailed conference officials to stamp out a rumor that Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Rutgers had been offered a chance to join the league. The conference is looking at expanding from 11 members so it can extend the reach of its cable network and add a league championship game in football. The Big Ten athletic directors will meet May 17-19 in Chicago. Notre Dame backup tight end Mike Ragone , 21, a former Camden Catholic star from Cherry Hill, was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession after a traffic stop in Indiana.
May 12, 2010 |
Penn had some talented players in the season after Michael Jordan and Matt Langel left in 2000, but something was missing. That was Andy Toole. Without Toole, who was sitting out a transfer season from Elon, the Quakers were 12-17. "We struggled that year and I couldn't wait to get him on the court and watch him play," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy, then the coach at Penn. "He meant the world to us the next couple of years. " With Toole the next two seasons, Penn was 47-13.
May 6, 2010 |
PISCATAWAY - For many Villanova fans, the image of an irate Mike Rice, stomping his suit jacket and being held back by his own players from getting to the referees, is a haunting memory. Now it's a memory they are likely to relive. Rice, the coach of the Robert Morris basketball team that, as a 15 seed, forced overtime and nearly pulled off an unthinkable upset over the Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, is now coaching in the Big East. Rice was introduced as the new head coach at Rutgers Thursday.
March 18, 2010 |
With his team having gone through the NCAA tournament experience last season, Robert Morris coach Mike Rice figures it's time to present a challenge to his 15th-seeded Colonials: make history in today's game against Villanova in the first round of the NCAA South Regional. Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 16 seeds per region in 1985, the team seeded 15th has defeated the No. 2 seed just four times against 96 losses. The feat hasn't been done since 2001, when Hampton defeated Iowa State, 58-57.
March 16, 2010 |
Phil Martelli was very much the proud papa as he took a call from his son, Jimmy, an assistant coach at Robert Morris, after learning that the Colonials had drawn Villanova in the first round of the NCAA tournament. "I asked him, 'So you want some advice from me?' " said the St. Joseph's head coach, re-creating the conversation yesterday before 600-plus guests during the 12th annual Coaches vs. Cancer breakfast at the Palestra. "He said, 'You lost 20 games this year. What makes you think I'd want advice from you?
March 16, 2010 |
Villanova got exactly what it had wanted for the entire 2008-09 season for the first round of the NCAA tournament: to play at the Wachovia Center before a sellout crowd filling the building with shouts of: "Let's Go 'Nova. " But from early on and through the first half, the cheers were muted, meaning the night wasn't going the way the Wildcats had planned. The upstarts from American, a 14th seed, were doing their best to spoil the party. Early in the second, the Eagles held a 45-31 lead, threatening to end the third-seeded Cats' run to the Final Four as it was barely out of the blocks.
March 15, 2010 |
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Shortly after wiping a pair of moist palms on his jeans, Robert Morris freshman guard Velton Jones turned around in his chair. "Am I the only nervous one here?" the North Catholic product asked his teammates, gathered on the third floor of the Sewall Center last night. At that time, yes. It was only 6:05 p.m. and the CBS selection show had barely started. Thirty minutes later, all the Colonials were sweating. The team expected a No. 16 seed. That's where most of the pundits had pegged the Colonials (23-11, 15-3)