March 24, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Quincy Acy, the only senior in Baylor's starting lineup, had a double-double to help the Bears hold off Xavier, 75-70, on Friday night and advance to their second regional final in three years. Baylor will face the Kentucky-Indiana winner in Sunday's South Regional final. Acy had 20 points and 15 rebounds. He sank two free throws with 31 seconds remaining after Xavier cut the Bears' lead to six points. Baylor coach Scott Drew said it never gets old watching Acy play.
March 19, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Xavier, a March Madness mainstay, defeated upstart Lehigh, 70-58, on Sunday night at the Greensboro Coliseum to reach the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in five years. The 10th-seeded Musketeers (23-12) will face No. 3 Baylor (29-7) on Friday in Atlanta. Hulking Xavier center Kenny Frease scored a game-high 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field, and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Musketeers. Xavier senior all-American guard Tu Holloway scored 21 points.
March 12, 2012 |
Jeffery Taylor scored 18 points and Vanderbilt rallied to beat No. 1 Kentucky, 71-64, in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game on Sunday in New Orleans, ending the Wildcats' 24-game winning streak. John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli both had 17 points for the Commodores (24-10), who last won the SEC tourney in 1951. The Wildcats (32-2) didn't score a field goal over the final 8 minutes, 4 seconds and shot just 35.9 percent from the field (23 of 64). Darius Miller scored 16 points for Kentucky, while Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis both added 12. St. Bonaventure 67, Xavier 56 - Andrew Nicholson had 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots and the Bonnies (20-11)
March 11, 2012 |
Demitrius Conger had 22 points and 10 rebounds and St. Bonaventure advanced to the Atlantic Ten Conference championship game by holding off Massachusetts, 84-80, on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic City. Conference player of the year Andrew Nicholson added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Bonnies (19-11), who are now a win away from advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000. Massachusetts (22-11) rallied from a 16-point deficit with 7 minutes, 29 seconds to play and had a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds, only to see Raphiael Putney's high-arcing three-pointer hit off the side of the rim with less than two seconds to play.
March 6, 2012 |
THE ATLANTIC 10 and Big East start their conference tournaments today with a healthy number of teams eyeing up hitting the refresh button on Joe Lunardi's bracketology page. Locally, Temple is playing for NCAA seeding. But Saint Joseph's and La Salle need to make serious runs and Villanova needs a miracle. Here's a look at the three league's starting today: Atlantic 10 Regular-season champ: Temple won its second title in 3 years. But it's the first outright A-10 championship since 1989.
February 13, 2012 |
Temple is Ramone Moore's team. And the Atlantic Ten is the conference he dominates. If there were any doubts that Moore is a legitimate A-10 player-of-the-year candidate, they were erased Saturday night. The fifth-year senior guard led the Owls to an 85-72 victory over conference power Xavier in front of a "whiteout" crowd of 9,370 at the Liacouras Center. Moore flat-out dominated anyone who guarded him, including reigning conference player of the year Tu Holloway.
February 12, 2012 |
It was an Atlantic Ten test that Temple aced. Going up against a conference power in a nationally televised game, the Owls handed Xavier an 85-72 loss in front of a "Whiteout" crowd of 9,370 at the Liacouras Center on Saturday night. Temple (19-5, 8-2 A-10) dominated from the start until a couple of garbage buckets made it look respectable. "This was just one of those games where we knew they were just trying to come in and beat us," Owls guard Ramone Moore said. "The excitement and everything about the game was hyped up and we just wanted to live up to it. " In doing just that, Temple maintained a half-game lead ahead of St. Louis atop the conference standings.
February 11, 2012 |
The hurdles keep coming. Despite a few stumbles, Temple has cleared the obstacles in its path. The Owls have been able to beat a ranked opponent, prevail in hostile road environments, overturn local rivals, and provide late-game heroics. The journey has taken Temple to the top of the Atlantic Ten standings. The next challenge comes Saturday night at the Liacouras Center. And it could be a steep one. Defeating Xavier (16-8, 7-3 A-10) could be the biggest conference win of the season for Temple (18-5, 7-2)
February 11, 2012
1. Bubbling up There are only four weeks to go before Selection Sunday and the NCAA tournament bubble is getting quite crowded. Our favorite bracketeers, Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com and Jerry Palm of CollegeRPI.com, provided fresh conjecture on selections Friday, and both have Minnesota and North Carolina State among their last four teams in. But they differ on Miami and Northwestern (Lunardi both out, Palm both in) and on Texas (Lunardi in, Palm out). Other teams that shouldn't make hotel reservations just yet are Colorado State and Washington.
January 19, 2012 |
CINCINNATI - St. Joseph's had one thing going for it entering Wednesday night's game here. Still, having history on its side didn't exactly give the Hawks much of a reason to look on the bright side. St. Joseph's was the last Atlantic Ten Conference team to defeat Xavier at the Cintas Center, and that was almost six years ago. On this night, however, the game couldn't have gone much worse for the visitors, who learned just before tipoff that they would be without Carl Jones, their injured leading scorer.