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2014 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Sunday notes

by - Published January 20, 2014 in Columns
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Blake Arena at Springfield College was home to six games on Sunday in the Spalding Hoophall Classic. The day featured three ten-point games in between three blowouts, but each game had some good talent and a host of college coaches since it was a lighter day on the college front. A day earlier, it was a different look with 151 Division I games on tap.

First, the scores from the day, then some notes coming out of the games.

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Cotton is the best player on the floor as Providence beats Creighton

by - Published January 20, 2014 in Columns
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One of the country’s best players came to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday night. The best player on the court, however, was a different player, and on some nights that will happen. Bryce Cotton took home the honors in leading Providence to an 81-68 win over Creighton, and it’s a win that says as much about the winners and their leader as it does who they beat.

Providence plays plenty of games on national television, but it’s not every night one of those games involves a player like Doug McDermott. This game may have gotten a few more viewers than some of Providence’s other games for just that reason, and Cotton embraced that stage like he has every other game in his career.

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Lehigh’s next chapter has been painful of late

by - Published January 19, 2014 in Columns
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WORCESTER, Mass. – Don’t let Lehigh’s record, or their 61-42 loss at Holy Cross on Saturday, fool you. The Mountain Hawks are 8-11 overall and 1-5 in the Patriot League play, but this isn’t the beginning of the mighty falling. More likely is that it’s the beginning of their next rise, and it’s been a rough one at times.

There is plenty of talent on this team, but much of it is young. The Mountain Hawks start senior point guard Mackey McKnight and junior guard Corey Schaefer, but along with them are freshmen Austin Price and Tim Kempton (son of the former NBA big man) and sophomore Jesse Chuku, who is like a freshman since the native of England was ineligible last season. They have two more freshmen, a sophomore and a junior in the rotation.

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Saturday Notes – January 18, 2014

by - Published January 19, 2014 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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Saturday was one of the busiest days of college basketball this season, with 151 games on tap. Only one other day this season will match that. There were plenty of key matchups among those games, including an early Big 12 showdown and one of the bigger matchups being one of old Big East teams now in the ACC. A few teams scored a big win of one sort or another.

Here is a look at notes from some games on the day.

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Battled-tested Delaware is on top of the CAA for good reason

by - Published January 19, 2014 in Columns
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BOSTON – Monte Ross has his most complete team at Delaware, and it’s showing up in CAA play more than any other time this season. The Blue Hens have turned a corner the last few years, and as they leave Boston with a 74-70 win at Northeastern and a 4-0 mark early CAA play, they leave looking like as good a contender as anyone.

It’s easy to start by looking at personnel, and the Blue Hens are good there. They have a veteran perimeter unit with a post-graduate, a senior and two juniors leading the way, and they’re anchored up front by a senior who’s been through plenty. But that’s only the beginning.

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Ennis lends a steady hand to Syracuse

by - Published January 15, 2014 in Columns
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – There’s a lot that one can take note of in looking at how Syracuse has won their first 17 games of the year. There are sophomores who waited their turn and have become key players. There’s the senior in C.J. Fair who has been a steady contributor leading up to this year. And there’s always the 2-3 zone that teams still haven’t figured out. But there’s also the steady hand, the newcomer, and that is perhaps what ties this all together.

At times on Monday night, the sophomores who had a limited role last year grabbed the spotlight. Trevor Cooney was the first one, a lights-out shooter in high school who looked nothing like that last year in limited minutes. While he hit jumpers like he did as a high schooler, he also put on a dunk fest off steals to keep Syracuse ahead in the first half. Jerami Grant also played well with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds, and he also had the highlight of the night on a dunk off a missed shot as he was going away from the basket.

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Sunday notes from the 2014 BallasTV Invite

by - Published January 14, 2014 in Columns
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DORCHESTER, Mass. – Sunday was the second day of the BallasTV Invite, featuring prep schools from the northeast region. Only one game had much drama with the outcome, as four of the five were double-digit games. We take a look at the scores, then some player notes.

Sunday scoreboard

Springfield (MA) Commonwealth Academy 66, Marlborough (MA) Hillside School 36
Worcester (MA) Academy 55, Saltsburg (PA) Kiski School 34
Hoosick (NY) Hoosac School 66, Chestnut Hill (MA) Brimmer and May 52
Putnam (CT) Science Academy 62, Northfield (MA) Mount Hermon 55
Barrington (RI) St. Andrew’s School 73, Woodstock (CT) Hyde School 40

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CAA newcomers College of Charleston playing through challenges

by - Published January 13, 2014 in Columns
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If CAA newcomer College of Charleston contends for the top spot in their first year in the conference, it shouldn’t surprise anyone. What also shouldn’t surprise anyone is if the journey to that is not a success-only one.

The Cougars are finishing up a trip to the northeast with a visit to Northeastern on Monday night. Two days earlier, a four-game winning streak ended with a 75-71 loss at Hofstra, one where they blew a double-digit lead in part from a bad day at the free throw line as they were 14-27 from there and in part from their own foul trouble as four players fouled out.

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Saturday notes – January 11, 2014

by - Published January 12, 2014 in Columns
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Conference play is in full swing across the country now, and there have been some early surprises as usual. Saturday brought more of them in a busy slate.

A big note of the day comes in the form of a question: who thought North Carolina would be the only winless team in the ACC three games in? For good measure, though, Duke is now 1-2 for the first time in seven years.

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Anderson and Robert Morris are trying to benefit from a tough schedule

by - Published January 12, 2014 in Columns
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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Andy Toole said he felt better right before the post-game press conference than he did earlier. That’s the kind of thing that happens after winning a ballgame, and perhaps even more so when wins have been a little harder to come by than usual. They have been for Robert Morris, but the Colonials are 2-0 in Northeast Conference play and thinking about winning and something else.

“Just wanting to redeem ourselves in this league is a big thing,” said junior Karvel Anderson, who had a big trip to lead this team.

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