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Despite the quarterfinal loss, the tournament is a positive ending for UNCW

by - Published March 3, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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RICHMOND, Va. – UNCW valiantly battled on Saturday against Drexel, but it wasn’t enough. With their best player picking up two early fouls, they actually had a lead in the first half, but that didn’t last and an early second-half run did them in en route to a 59-47 loss to end the season. With the season over, however, there’s a look toward a brighter future that was helped by this weekend.

UNCW had some challenging stretches this season that they had to manage through. They started the season with five straight losses, then had losing streaks of three, four and six games once the calendar rolled over into 2012. The last one led into the CAA Tournament, where they knocked off James Madison on Friday to get to Saturday’s game.

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James Madison fights the injury bug together and to the end

by - Published March 3, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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RICHMOND, Va. – Perhaps it’s amazing that James Madison had any fight in the first place on Friday. A team torn apart by injuries, the Dukes started off Friday’s first round game well, but once they got behind it seemed like their will was taken away from them. Given what they’ve been through this season, it’s hard to blame them as their season ended with a 70-59 loss to UNCW in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

“This season hasn’t been the season that we wanted,” senior guard Humpty Hitchens said in what was surely an understatement.

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2012 CAA Tournament – First Round Notes

by - Published March 3, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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RICHMOND, Va. – The first round of the CAA Tournament is in the books.  The seeds held to form save for the first game of the day, although Towson had a chance to change that before Delaware was able to hold them off.  William & Mary also made a charge at Northeastern, but to no avail, and the best team performance of the day came in the last game as Georgia State dominated Hofstra, playing like a team on a mission as head coach Ron Hunter described after the game.

Here are some quick hitters on what happened Friday:

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Quinn McDowell will be missed, and not just by William & Mary

by - Published March 3, 2012 in Columns
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RICHMOND, Va. – Quinn McDowell didn’t want this to end. It’s only natural for any competitor to not want a career to end, but McDowell isn’t just any athlete. And as he was asked about his college career coming to an end, as happened Friday night, he fought back the tears and was at a loss for words.

“It’s difficult to believe it’s over,” said the senior, pausing at times. “In terms of wins and losses, my career has not gone exactly as I envisioned it, especially this season. As I told the guys, there’s not a group of guys that I would rather have gone through this year with, and that’s what’s made the last four years special.”

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Quick Hitters – March 2, 2012

by - Published March 2, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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Quick hitters as we move toward the first weekend of Championship Week:

  • New Hampshire will head into the America East Tournament playing about as well as any team outside of the top three in the conference, and if you’re looking for a dark horse it’s probably the Wildcats. They went 6-2 in February and finished fifth, and they have won at Boston University and at home against Vermont. They didn’t break through against Stony Brook, however, and the Seawolves likely await them if they knock off Albany in the quarterfinals. … Continue Reading

2012 CAA Postseason Awards: One Man’s Vote

by - Published March 1, 2012 in Columns
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The Colonial Athletic Association will hand out postseason awards on Thursday night, the eve of the conference tournament. The awards are voted on by the conference’s head coaches, SIDs and media members. As I am one of the voters, sharing how I voted is one way to look back on the regular season. This time around, the voting was tougher than last year in most categories, which mirrors the preseason when there wasn’t as much established talent returning as last year. Plenty of players emerged over the course of the season, but none of the votes were easy and the biggest one of them all was probably the toughest one since I first became a voter back in 2006.

With that in mind, here is a look at how I voted and the thought process behind each vote. Note that on all of the teams, the players are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

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Connecticut is searching for something, and running out of time

by - Published February 29, 2012 in Columns
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Connecticut looks like a team that is searching for some things. The Huskies are missing something – leadership, toughness, perhaps something else – and that was even more clear after Tuesday night’s 72-70 loss at Providence, where they led by as many as 14 in the second half before allowing the Friars to win the game simply by wanting it more.

The Huskies don’t have head coach Jim Calhoun right now as he recovers from back surgery, and they didn’t have him for three games earlier this season. But one wonders how much of a difference he might make with this team. He has been with the team enough that a temporary absence shouldn’t have a major effect. With the Huskies now being guaranteed to finish with a losing record in Big East play, a team that much was expected of is in an unthinkable position.

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Kyle Casey deserves a better ending

by - Published February 27, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – If there’s any justice in this world, Kyle Casey will have a better ending.

Many will look back at Harvard’s heart-breaking 55-54 loss to Penn and see Casey as a goat. He got the ball from an inbounds pass in the final seconds, but was called for a charging foul and had a basket waived off as a result. The basket would have put Harvard ahead with 3.5 seconds left. A win would have clinched a tie for the Ivy League title and put the Crimson at a point where very little could keep them from the coveted NCAA Tournament bid.

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Rosen carries Penn to a big road win

by - Published February 26, 2012 in Columns
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The band stayed around after the game, and why not? They had traveled all the way up from Philadelphia and just saw their team win a big game on the road with first place, and really, the season, on the line. When Zack Rosen walked out and down the stairs from the locker room, he got a hero’s welcome from them, more so than head coach Jerome Allen and other players.

And who can blame them? Rosen had just willed Penn to a 55-54 win at Harvard that kept the Crimson from clinching a tie for the Ivy League title and kept Penn in control of their own destiny.

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Harvard’s path to the elusive NCAA Tournament bid just got tougher

by - Published February 26, 2012 in Columns, Full Court Sprints
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Harvard is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious institution of higher learning. Many of the brightest young people grow up dreaming of attending the school, unless you’re like me and dreamed of going to MIT (or Cal Tech) because of engineering. The university has produced a number of high achievers in just about every field imaginable.

On the hardwood, it’s been a different story. Harvard has had seasons of 20 or more wins, and they’ve been to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and NIT the past two seasons. But they have yet to get to the holy grail of college basketball, the NCAA Tournament. That has eluded them, including last year when they went to a one-game playoff against Princeton and lost on a buzzer-beating jumper in New Haven. And after Saturday night, they might be on a path to such a game once more, as Penn came to Lavietes Pavilion and stunned Harvard 55-54 on Senior Night.

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Watson’s transfer will sting BU the most

April 11, 2014 by

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Boston University recently saw three players transfer. The impact of the departure of one of them will be felt more than the other two.

Mihalich’s first year at Hofstra is over but will have plenty of value

March 9, 2014 by

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The first year for Hofstra under Joe Mihalich is in the books. Many expected that wins would be hard to come by, and they were, but this season was about more than that and is hardly a throwaway year.

Cornell’s future can only be better

March 2, 2014 by

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Cornell has had a rough season, as could be expected given some personnel losses. It’s almost in the books, and the future at least looks brighter.

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Size and options on the wing are not lacking for this year’s junior team

Travel team profile: Expressions Elite

Expressions Elite has quickly become one of the deeper programs in New England

Cesar Fulcar commits to Wentworth

The senior guard led Watertown to the state semifinal this past season

Travel team profile: Bay State Magic

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Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

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Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

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