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Philly Sports Week in Review

April 11th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Philly Sports Week in Review | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, Eagles, Flyers, Football, General, Hockey, NBA, NFL, Sixers, TalkSportsPhilly
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For the most part, it’s been a dull year in Philadelphia sports. The Sixers have…well, sucked for a third straight year, the Eagles played very poorly and wound up missing the playoffs for the second-straight season, and the Phillies are just getting started. In the matter of a week though, sports has become the talk of Philadelphia. Dull no more, the city is buzzing with talk of all major sports teams. To get a better idea of just how much has changed in a week, let’s take a look at the week in review for Philly sports.




#2 Villanova Wildcats def. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the NCAA Championship


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Philadelphia Sports: Villanova Falls in Round of 32

March 23rd, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Philadelphia Sports: Villanova Falls in Round of 32 | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

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The madness is over for the Wildcats. Villanova’s march towards their first NCAA Title since 1985 came to an abrupt halt on Saturday night, as the NC State Wolfpack stunned Jay Wright’s squad 71-68. The Wildcats’ season comes to an end, well short of what was expected. Finishing at 34-3 on the season, Villanova still has plenty to take pride in. This team finished with the best record in not only Villanova history, but in Big East history too. In the midst of this, they secured only the second #1 seed in team history. Despite it’s disappointing end, this season was one of the most magical in NCAA history.

‘Nova didn’t necessarily “hit the ground running” last night, as they opened the contest going 2-12 from the field, including a trio of missed layups in the first 8 minutes of the game. If not for Darrun Hilliard II, the game would’ve gotten well out of hand quickly.  The senior tallied 12 of Villanova’s 28 first-half points.  Junior forward Daniel Ochefu had a horrendous night from the field going 1-7, including a pair of gimme layups that were botched.

The Wildcats as usual, lived by the 3-pointer last night, knocking down 32% of their shots from beyond the arc.  Darrun Hilliard nailed 60% of his 3’s, including three clutch shots late in the game to keep the ‘Cats in the game. Perhaps Villanova’s biggest detriment was their shooting % from the field.  A team that averages 47% from the field, shot an abysmal 31% last night, including a 16% performance from Dylan Ennis.

On the flip-side, NC State practically outplayed Villanova all game. Led by 4 players in double-digits (including two with double-doubles), the Wolfpack dominated the paint. Anthony Barber and Abdul-Malik Abu killed Villanova, as they combined for 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Wolfpack as a whole, shot 45% from the field. As time expired in the first half, Trevor Lacey made a 3-pt jumper that would turn out to be the deciding factor in this game. Despite their best efforts, the Wolfpack were unable to put the Wildcats down in the second-half, and instead allowed them to put themselves down.


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We Should All Be Watching Temple and Villanova Basketball

January 2nd, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on We Should All Be Watching Temple and Villanova Basketball | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General


The 76ers haven’t been giving us much to celebrate lately, but if you’re looking to see some great basketball, Philadelphia has plenty.

The Ball Don’t Lie

Yesterday, Connecticut hosted Temple for both teams’ American Athletic Conference opener. The Owls pushed the reigning national champs into overtime, and thanks to some free throws, won 57-53.

Senior guard Jesse Morgan scored 17 points for the Owls, while junior guard Quenton DeCosey banked 11, including a couple of free throws in overtime that proved to be crucial. Soon after, though, DeCosey fouled UConn freshman Daniel Hamilton on a three-point attempt. Luckily for Fran Dunphy’s Owls squad, however, Hamilton missed all three foul shots. When asked after the game about the role that overtime free throws played, DeCosey stated, “I didn’t think I fouled him, but the ball don’t lie.”


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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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Villanova Basketball Preview

November 11th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Villanova Basketball Preview | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

Villanova's season begins this weekend.

Villanova’s season begins this weekend.


Jay Wright’s veteran Wildcats squad, heavily favored to win the Big East this season, returns to the court this Friday.  Villanova hasn’t won back-to-back conference titles since 1982 and 1983, but with four returning starters, anything less than a title would be a huge disappointment.

James Bell, last season’s top scorer as a senior, will certainly be missed this year. Josh Hart, a 6’5” sophomore, will likely be his replacement as a starting guard. Expect to see fellow guard Darrun Hilliard, a 6’6” senior, to lead this 2014 team; as one of the country’s best, he averaged 17.3 points per game last March. There’s no reason Hilliard shouldn’t win Big East Player of the Year this season. Junior guard Ryan Arcidiacono (you’ll remember that he had a breakout freshman year in 2012) didn’t bank as many points last season, but his shooting efficiency continues to improve.  Hopefully, we’ll still see his aggressiveness on the court.

Sophomore forwards Kris Jenkins and Darryl Reynolds, 6’6” and 6’8”, respectively, will add depth to Wright’s team, but 6’7” redshirt senior JayVaughn Pinkston will be the one to watch.  At 260 pounds, he’s hard to miss.  If Pinkston uses his dominant size to consistently impact games, he will undoubtedly be one of the best players in the Big East.  Center Daniel Ochefu, a 6’11” junior, will add his passing, blocking, and rebounding skills to the mix.


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Ryan Arcidiacono Leads Villanova’s Men’s Basketball

November 20th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Ryan Arcidiacono Leads Villanova’s Men’s Basketball | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

Villanova's Arcidiacono

By Amy McGinnis

The Villanova Wildcats are currently 3-1, thanks in large part to the team’s leader in scoring and average minutes per game.

Ryan Arcidiacono is a 6’3″ guard from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who is currently averaging 16.3 points and 33.8 minutes per game.  We’re only four games into the season, but I’m impressed by his numbers, and here’s why: Arcidiacono is an eighteen-year-old freshman.  During Villanova’s November 11th victory over Marshall, Arcidiacono scored 25 points.  Last week, he was named Big East Rookie of the Year.

If this is how Arcidiacono delivers as a rookie, I expect big things from this kid over the next four years and beyond.  Villanova hosts Columbia (2-1) at the Pavilion tonight at 7:05.


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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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