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Loyola almost lets one get away, but doesn’t

by - Published November 21, 2012 in Columns
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – No one who saw the opening minutes of the Springfield Bracket championship game would be surprised if you told them Loyola (Md.) won.  But they might be surprised if you added that they needed a game-winning basket in the final seconds to do it.  Loyola almost let it get away, but they got a three-point play with 1.5 seconds left to pull out a 67-64 win over road-weary Albany.

“Dylon Cormier is just a tough dude making plays,” said head coach Jimmy Patsos in reference to the winning basket.  “That wasn’t anything we drew up.”

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2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Notes

by - Published November 20, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The 2012 Hall of Fame Tip-Off concluded on Sunday with four games.  Two champions were crowned in the Springfield and National Brackets, with Loyola (Md.) beating Albany in the former and Ohio State taking home the latter with a win over Washington.

Here are some quick hitters from Sunday’s games.

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Veteran Hawks needed to give more late against Florida State

by - Published November 18, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Phil Martelli didn’t want to play around. He opened by saying that one option was for him to “give you the nonsense” with predictable cliches about the game, but that wasn’t his preferred route. There was a simple thing he and his team wanted on Saturday night, and there was no getting around the fact that they didn’t get it: a win over Florida State in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Martelli has never been one to look for moral victories, and he wasn’t about to start doing it Saturday night. When asked about Ronald Roberts’ performance, mainly his seven offensive boards, he made even clearer how he felt about the result.

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Florida State has a very high ceiling

by - Published November 18, 2012 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Leonard Hamilton clearly thinks he has a team with a very high ceiling this season. After his Florida State team used a nice offensive outing by just about any measure to take home the championship in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday night, he had a surprising description of his offense for anyone who looked at the stat sheet.

“We’re not really in sync offensively,” said the Seminole head coach.

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Cooley carries Notre Dame until perimeter players get untracked

by - Published November 18, 2012 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Notre Dame bounced back from a tough loss on Friday night to leave the Barclays Center with a win. The formula was simple: let the big man lead the way and even carry the team on his back, then get others going to put the game away. Jack Cooley certainly led them with another solid performance, and the Fighting Irish rallied in the second half for a 78-68 win over Brigham Young.

Cooley has been a double-double machine early this season, as he posted his third in the team’s four games on Saturday night with 19 points (7-12 shooting) and 13 rebounds. In fact, he already had one in the first half as he had 12 points and 10 boards at the break, controlling the paint often while BYU’s best big man, Brandon Davies, sat with foul trouble. He was also the one player they were able to get going for a while; the other four starters were a combined 3-10 from the field for nine points in the first half as BYU lead by one at the break.

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Offense is the big area of concern for College of Charleston

by - Published November 17, 2012 in Columns
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The offensive end is where the College of Charleston’s struggles are right now, and that became more acute on Friday night. The Cougars had to go without a key player, and that hurt the offense even more in a 55-51 loss to Auburn in the Charleston Classic.

College of Charleston shot 37.5 percent from the field in a loss to St. John’s on Thursday. That was a big drop from shooting over 56 percent in the season opener. The Cougars also turned the ball over 31 times in their first two games, but they held their opponents to 41 percent from the field and out-rebounded them by 2.5. So before Friday’s loss, it was clear offense might be more of a concern than defense in the early going.

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2012 Charleston Classic – Friday Notes

by - Published November 17, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The second day of the 2012 Charleston Classic is in the books. It started and ended with two very competitive games, and the two in between were good as well albeit for different reasons. Only one game was decided by double digits. Now the final matchups are set for Sunday, featuring the championship game between Murray State and Colorado.

Here are some quick hitters from the four games on the day.

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Experienced Murray State shows they can overcome adversity

by - Published November 17, 2012 in Columns
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – You can choose to look at Murray State’s 72-67 semifinal win over St. John’s as an instance of youth being served, experience winning out, or some other cliché. While those things apply to a degree, the big story should probably be something Murray State head coach Steve Prohm talked about after the game: resilience.

Murray State has been nothing if not resilient thus far this season. Before the games even started, they had to suspend projected starting guard Zay Jackson for the season after he was arrested and charged with striking two people with his car in a store parking lot following an altercation. That was sure to leave even more on the shoulders of Isaiah Canaan, the All-American guard who bypassed the NBA Draft for another season of college. But it also meant that other players needed to improve to take advantage of the attention opponents will give to Canaan, and thus far that seems to be happening.

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Dayton shows great trust with newcomers helping

by - Published November 17, 2012 in Columns
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Dayton certainly didn’t look like a team with seven newcomers on Friday afternoon. If you didn’t know better, you would think this team was more experienced together, seeing how they out-executed Boston College in a big way en route to an 87-71 win.

Four of the Flyers’ newcomers are freshmen. Save for Jalen Robinson, none of them start, playing behind an experienced starting lineup that features two seniors and two juniors. Head coach Archie Miller changed that up on Friday, moving Robinson out and Dyshawn Pierre into the lineup, and it worked very well.

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Colorado continues to reach for new heights in run to the Charleston Classic final

by - Published November 16, 2012 in Columns
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Colorado doesn’t look like a football school anymore. The football program hasn’t been at the elite level it once was, but there’s a bigger reason: Tad Boyle’s work as the men’s basketball head coach. Included in that is the Buffaloes reaching the championship game at the Charleston Classic after a hard-fought 60-58 win over Baylor on Friday afternoon.

While the football team was a powerhouse for a stretch in the late 1980s into the 1990s, the Buffaloes haven’t posted double-digit wins since 2001. In fact, they’ve lost 10 games as many times as they’ve won that many since the Big 8 became the Big 12, and they haven’t had a winning season since 2005, which was Gary Barnett’s last season as head coach. As those struggles continue, the basketball program seems to have new life.

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Tough loss doesn’t take away Sacred Heart’s improvement

March 6, 2015 by

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Sacred Heart nearly had a big win in the Northeast Conference Tournament quarterfinals. That they instead dropped a tough one doesn’t change the strides they made, or the new challenge ahead.

NC State is not making it easy on themselves

March 1, 2015 by

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North Carolina State appears to have put themselves in a good position for the NCAA Tournament, but they aren’t making this easy on themselves.

Saturday Notes – February 28, 2015

March 1, 2015 by

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We look back at a very busy Saturday, one that was full of big games that included some conferences closing out their regular season with plenty of drama.

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2015 Boston Winter Invitational: What to expect

January 23, 2015 by

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The Boston Winter Invitational is coming up on Sunday at UMass-Boston. Here is a look at some of what to expect in the four prep school games that are on the schedule.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Monday notes

January 21, 2015 by

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Monday was the big day despite having just five games, as all were big matchups and most were nationally televised. There was plenty of talent in these games, and some big names played well.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Sunday notes

January 19, 2015 by

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It was a bad weather day outside, but fortunately we play the games indoors. Prep schools took center stage on a busy Sunday with some good talent and good games all the way to the end.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Saturday notes

January 18, 2015 by

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The Spalding Hoophall Classic picked up on Saturday, with a few good games, a couple of blowouts, then the best game of the day at the end. There was also plenty of good talent in each game.

2015 Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic – Sunday notes

January 14, 2015 by

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Sunday was the day for a trip a little down the road from Saturday’s destination to check out some prep school action. We take a look at some notes from the day’s games in the Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic.

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