April 6, 2016 |
HOUSTON -- Phil Booth sat at his locker, answering all the questions. Did Booth have any idea he would be answering these exact same ones for the rest of his life? That the name Phil Booth will always conjure an April night in Houston, 2016? His shots will always fall. Villanova always wins. Just outside a locker room inside NRG Stadium were six life-size action photographs of Villanova Wildcats, the same men inside the room. The players themselves had looked a little wide-eyed at those photos.
February 29, 2016 |
Fran Dunphy's exact words in the last huddle, as Temple's coach remembered them later, were directed at Owls senior Quenton DeCosey: "I'm going to give you the ball, and you're going to win the game. Are you ready for that?" The response, Dunphy said, was kind of a laugh from DeCosey, which Dunphy interpreted as: "What, are you kidding?" "It's kind of like asking a 4.0 student how he's doing in school," Dunphy said later, after DeCosey had pulled off another A. "What are you asking me for?"
February 22, 2016 |
Clock winding down, another win in the books - the words still lingered in the brain of Holy Family point guard Reggie Charles: No turnovers . That game, Holy Family wasn't going to take another shot, but the Father Judge graduate saw there was a couple of seconds difference between game clock and shot clock. Charles remembers calling over to his closest teammate, Marvin Crawford: "Marv, come get this ball. I'm not taking this turnover. " No turnovers means no turnovers.
January 11, 2016 |
For much of Saturday's contest between La Salle and No. 25 Dayton, there was no action. Players were standing still for chunks of time - by design. The undermanned Explorers were forced into a slow, methodical game plan, but it worked. La Salle snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 61-57 win over the Flyers at Tom Gola Arena. La Salle (5-8, 1-2 Atlantic Ten) had just seven scholarship players available for the game, so it went back to the plan it used to start the season 4-0. At the start of almost every possession, an Explorers guard dribbled until the shot clock reached around 10 seconds, with no intention of making a play.
November 24, 2015 |
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Sure, the game plan went out the door pretty quickly and it never looked like Temple would be able to recover. That scheme was aimed at stopping 7-foot Utah center Jakob Poeltl, who torched the Owls for 32 points and 11 rebounds. Yet in the end, it was 5-10 guard Brandon Taylor who sank Temple. Taylor's desperation baseline jumper with 28.4 seconds left broke a tie and Poeltl hit four free throws in the final 4.6 seconds to deliver No. 16 Utah a 74-68 victory in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Sunday at Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
October 13, 2015 |
BRETT BROWN and Eagles coach Chip Kelly have many things in common. Both have strong ties to the New England area; both are obsessed with sports science and both want their teams to play at breakneck speed. And until yesterday's Eagles game, both of their defenses had been suffering because of their offenses. Kelly's offense had been getting off the field so quickly the defense barely had time to hook up the oxygen masks or get a sip of a smoothie before having to put the helmet back on for another go-around.
July 20, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - One thing appears to be certain for the 76ers: Their top scoring option is Jahlil Okafor. The third pick in the NBA draft averaged 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in five games in the NBA and Utah Jazz summer leagues, scoring 18 or more points on three occasions. Okafor routinely drew oohs and aahs from crowds. Yet he still has plenty of room to improve. The 6-foot-11, 270-pounder failed to shoot above 50 percent in any of his games. He struggled to consistently make shots outside eight feet, and the below-the-rim post player routinely had his shot blocked.
May 12, 2015 |
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Penn women's lacrosse team formed a circle in front of its bench and each player put an arm around her closest teammate. Some players cried. Others lightly laughed. After chasing Syracuse (15-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) around a rain-soaked field for 60 minutes, the Quakers (14-6, 6-1 Ivy League) saw their season end in a 13-10 loss to the Orange at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It's the second straight year that Penn's NCAA tournament run ended in the second round.
April 7, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - There was not much to analyze in Game 1 of the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium. Game 2 will be talked about as long as the NCAA Tournament is played. It had just about everything, including an upset by a "team" in every sense of that word of a team that was just two wins from a magical perfect season. Wisconsin 71, Kentucky 64. I thought the game was over when Kentucky went up, 60-56, and had the ball with 6 minutes left. Wisconsin, showing that its nation's-best offense was ridiculous even against the nation's-best defense (1.6 points per possession in its first 15 possessions, 2.0 in its first eight of the second half)
January 8, 2015 |
IN THE DESERT of defense that has been the first 2 months of this season, there is an oasis of offense up in Easton, overseen by a man who recruits shooters and teaches an offense that has stood the test of time, even this time, when defense, after a one-season homage to scoring, is once again ruling college basketball. Lafayette College's Fran O'Hanlon coaches the nation's second best three-point shooting team. The Leopards' 42.9 percent from the arc is a full 9 percentage points better than the national average.