Archive for the ‘College Hoops’ category

Committee slights Temple

March 15, 2010

A five seed? Really? Not only that, but Temple has to play a tough Cornell team in the first round.

Maybe it won’t matter in the end, but the Owls deserved better. Like Seth Davis said, a No. 4 seed at worst, and a No. 3 seed at best.


Big night in Philly hoops

December 2, 2008


Tonight is a big night in Philly hoops, with four college teams and the Sixers in action. Here’s a quick look at tonight’s matchups:



Bucknell (1-4) at La Salle (2-3), 7 p.m.: The Explorers continue their patsy nonconference schedule by hosting Bucknell. La Salle, playing for the first time since a 75-70 win over Valpo on Nov. 24, will be looking to make it 10-0 all-time versus Bucknell at home.


Saint Joseph’s (2-4) at Lehigh (5-1), 7 p.m.: The Hawks also face a Patriot League opponent in the Mountain Hawks, who have a win at Rutgers (76-71, Nov. 24) on their resume. SJU leads the all-time series 12-0.


Villanova (6-0) at Penn (1-4), 8 p.m., CN8: The Wildcats play their third straight game at the Palestra after defeating Rhode Island Saturday night to claim the Philly Hoop Group Classic. The Quakers’ early-season performance hasn’t helped Glen Miller, who is on the hot seat in University City.



Sixers (7-10) at Bulls (8-9), 8:30 p.m., CSN: This is a big game for the Sixers, who enter a difficult five-game stretch after tonight (opponents a combined 61-20 through Sunday). Mo Cheeks’ squad has lost four straight, including Sunday’s 103-92 beating by the Bulls at the Wachovia Center. Chicago is returning home after seven straight on the road. Meantime, the Sixers are 2-6 on the road this season.


For non hoop heads, the Flyers host Tampa Bay at 7 tonight on Versus.

“Exploring” nonconference college hoops skeds

November 3, 2008

The local college basketball season is right around the corner, with every Big 5 team in action next weekend to kick off the 2008-09 campaign.


Here are some games on the early-season nonconference schedules of the Philly teams to mark on your calendar:

11/15 Penn at North Carolina, 4 p.m.

11/18 Penn at Drexel, 10 a.m.

11/18 Florida State at La Salle, 7 p.m.

11/21 La Salle vs. UConn at St. Thomas, V.I., 6 p.m.

11/22 Drexel at Georgetown, 1 p.m.

11/24 St. Joe’s vs. Texas in Maui, TBA

12/6 Creighton at St. Joe’s at Palestra, 7 p.m.

12/9 Villanova vs. Texas at MSG, 9 p.m.

12/11 St. Joe’s at Villanova, 8 p.m.

12/13 Tennessee at Temple, noon

12/20 Temple at Kansas, 2:30 p.m.

12/22 Drexel at Memphis, 1 p.m.

12/29 Temple at Villanova, 7 p.m.


Incidentally, the trend for La Salle continues as the Explorers have another pathetic nonconference schedule (full disclosure: I’m a St. Joe’s grad…and the Hawks’ schedule isn’t anything special either).


Not counting Big 5 teams La Salle has the following teams on its nonconference schedule (last season’s RPI in parenthesis courtesy of


Morgan State (134)

Florida State (60)

Connecticut (18)

Bucknell (203)

Hartford (177)

Rider (109)

Cornell (65)

Mt. St. Mary’s (159)

Manhattan (274)

Howard (332)


That’s an average RPI of 153.1. Take out UConn, which the Explorers didn’t schedule but will play as part of the Paradise Jam, and the average RPI is 168.1.


168.1…that’s a joke.


John Giannini seems like a classy guy and has had success at several stops, but he’ll never improve the program and, just as importantly, the status of the A-10 conference by playing patsies…who the Explorers don’t even defeat regularly.


BTW, La Salle’s RPI in 2007-08? 163.


Me? I loved John Chaney’s play anyone, anywhere approach. The formula works on so many levels, from giving his players experience against better teams, to gaining exposure for the school and conference and attracting recruits who want to play against the best.


Plus, a loss against ranked teams does less harm come March and Selection Sunday than a defeat to the Howards and Morgan States of the world.


Fran Dunphy seems to be following Chaney’s lead at Temple, as the Owls have games against Tennessee and Kansas on their schedule.


Good for him.



That’s all for now.