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The Big 5, Two Weeks in

December 1st, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on The Big 5, Two Weeks in | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, Sports
The NCAA basketball season is fully underway.

The NCAA basketball season is fully underway.

Here’s a look at what’s been going on with the basketball teams from Temple, LaSalle, Saint Joe’s, Penn, and Villanova.

1. Villanova’s Dylan Ennis and JayVaughn Pinkston have already led the 12th-ranked Wildcats to six wins. On Sunday, they breezed past Delaware in a 78-47 win (five Wildcats – Kris Jenkins, Darrun Hilliard, Daniel Ochefu, Dylan Ennis, and Phil Booth – recorded double figures). Not all of Nova’s games have been so simple, though; it took a late comeback last Tuesday to edge past Michigan, 60-55. Coach Jay Wright, who is understandably very happy with his team’s start this season, says, “We have a lot of work to do offensively, and we can do that.” With a tougher schedule approaching, Wright knows that his squad can’t rely on its outstanding defense alone – they’ve allowed an average 56.3 points per game. Luckily, he has a solid frontcourt that will only get better with practice. Villanova leads the Big East with a 6-0 record, and their next game is on Wednesday at 8:30 at LaSalle.

2. LaSalle will go into Wednesday’s game against Villanova with a 4-2 record. Not even Jarrell Wright’s 19 points could move the Explorers past Vanderbilt on Saturday, as LaSalle lost 68-55. While 4-2 is a decent start, coach John Giannini has some issues on his hands. His team is missing easy scoring opportunities by committing turnovers and missing free throws; forget about 3-pointers. Giannini is apparently channeling Andy Reid, and says, “We need to get better.”
To be fair, LaSalle’s other loss this season is to reigning ACC champs and 9th-ranked Virginia. Luckily, the rest of the A-10 conference is off to a similar start this season.

3. Temple’s Mark Williams led the Owls to a 76-67 victory over Penn last Tuesday night. Three others (Will Cummings, Quentin DeCosey, and Josh Brown) also had double-digit games. Granted, Penn is a terrible team; however, Temple succeeded in shaking off their losses to Duke and UNLV. The Owls entered Sunday’s game against LIU Brooklyn with a win against Penn under their belt, and thanks in large part to Quentin DeCosey’s three 3-pointers, the Owls took the game 70-56 in overtime. Starters Josh Brown and Will Cummings, along with DeCosey, have been putting up consistent numbers so far this season. Cummings, a senior, and DeCosey, a junior, are showing the leadership that coach Fran Dunphy needs. Temple absolutely has the ability to hold its own in the American conference this season, and hopefully surpass last year’s 9-22 record. The Owls play at Saint Joe’s on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

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Penn Basketball Preview

November 14th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Penn Basketball Preview | Filed in Basketball, College Sports

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Even after dismal 2012 and 2013 seasons, the University of Pennsylvania basketball team will miss the likes of Fran Dougherty, Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Henry Brooks and Steve Rennard. The bright side is that this past offseason was an opportunity for head coach Jerome Allen to rebuild his Quakers team. (Additionally, at least Tony Bagtas is gone; you may remember that he was dismissed from Penn for having committed more than a dozen robberies.) Allen, one of Penn’s all-time greats, has been given the chance to begin his sixth coaching season with a very new team.

Darnell Foreman and Antonio Woods, both 6’1” freshman, will likely compete for a starting point guard position. Allen typically allows players time to prove themselves, and this should be a great motivational challenge for both to play their best. Foreman is local talent, and played for Pitman High School in New Jersey. Matt Howard, a 6’4” sophomore point guard, will also likely see some playing time. Tony Hicks, a 6’2” junior, will start as shooting guard, but he’ll need to get his turnovers in check.

The Quakers’ frontcourt doesn’t appear to be any more solid – yet – than the backcourt does. At center is Darien Nelson-Henry; you can’t miss the 6’11”, 265 pound junior. His play throughout freshman and sophomore years was consistent, and he averages 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Hopefully, his offseason hip surgery leaves him strong and healthy for the season. Likely to start as forward is Greg Louis, a 6’7” senior, whose adept rebounding and 3-pointer skills rely heavily on whether or not he can stay healthy. New to Penn’s team this season are three freshman forwards: Mike Auger (6’7”), Dan Dwyer (6’8”), and Sam Jones (6’7”). Especially with Auger’s rebounding and Jones’s ability to sink 3 pointers, we’ll see these rookie players log minutes throughout the season.

The Quakers’ bench will also include sophomore forward Dylan Jones, shooting guards Patrick Lucas-Perry, and point guards Camryn Crocker and Jamal Lewis. (You won’t confuse Jamal Lewis with forward Greg Louis, as Louis is 7” taller and 55 pounds heavier.) Crocker and Lucas-Perry, though veteran players, have a difficult time staying healthy. We should expect Coach Allen to utilize his younger players rather than have these two play a lot of minutes.

Jerome Allen could have a long season ahead of him, but one thing is for sure: he needs to find a point guard and establish a consistent starting squad. The Quakers won’t compete against an Ivy League school until they travel to Princeton in January, but their first game is this Saturday at 4:30 pm. Pennsylvania will host Delaware State at the Palestra; you can purchase tickets at pennathletics.com.

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On the Bubble

February 28th, 2012 by Craig C. | 2 Comments | Filed in College Sports, General

This year has been one of the best for the cities college basketball teams in my recent memory, outside of Villanova. It really is a shame that besides Temple and possibly Drexel, unless they win their conference tournament, they will not make the big dance. Obviously there are many division one schools throughout the country and only 68 get in now so there is a lot of heartbreak but nevertheless.

Drexel 25-5, Lasalle 18-11, St. Joes 19-11, Penn 17-11, Delaware 17-12, even Lehigh who is 23-7.

So these teams will likely be excluded from the tourney because they play in weaker conferences and they do not make money for the NCAA or for the TV stations. Uconn, West Virginia, N.C. State, Texas, etc will possibly get in and they all have 10, 11, or 12 losses each because of who they are. I’m not going to lie to you, I think the Philly teams would have a good chance to knock off the big guns.

St. Joes just beat nationally ranked Temple, Penn just beat nationally ranked Harvard, Drexel beat a mainstay in the tournament in VCU. My point is any team especially theses teams, can win at any time and they do have a decent enough record to warrant consideration but they won’t because they are not in the Big East, or the ACC, or the SEC.

In the flawed college football system, if you have a .500 record you are eligible for postseason play, and most likely you will get that bowl bid. I guess the NIT is a decent tournament, and now there are two other smaller postseason tournaments that these teams could reach, but in my opinion, when you deserve something, and it doesn’t matter what conference you play in, you deserve to get a chance.

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