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Miami continues to win without Johnson during a tough stretch

by - Published January 17, 2013 in Columns
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Miami continued to do what they have done since Reggie Johnson fractured his left thumb in practice over three weeks ago. They had other players come up big, they survived a close call, and most of all, they won. Their 60-59 win at Boston College wasn’t very smooth or memorable, but it is a win and it is big for this team for multiple reasons.

Since Johnson went out, Kenny Kadji has taken his play to another level and Julian Gamble has been the biggest beneficiary of his minutes. Gamble has made the most of the extra minutes, although he wasn’t a big factor on Wednesday night as the Hurricanes went smaller at times to guard the Eagles’ lineup with four perimeter players. They’ve tried to get something out of both Raphael Akpejiori and freshman Tonye Jekiri as well, though neither has distinguished himself just yet as an offensive factor.

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Peyton Siva makes a deep and talented Louisville team go

by - Published January 15, 2013 in Columns
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HARTFORD, Conn. – Rick Pitino said it all early in his post-game press conference about the biggest factor in his team’s 73-58 win at Connecticut on Monday night.

“We did a good job of weathering a Peyton Siva storm with him out,” the Louisville mentor said. “Once he came back and we weathered that storm, we were able to play much better defense and much better offense.”

The first half of Monday night’s game wasn’t quite what Pitino wanted, one figures. Siva sat about four minutes in with early foul trouble, and while Russ Smith was scoring and Gorgui Dieng was rebounding, they were alone. Pretty much no other Cardinal was much of a factor, especially offensively, even though Wayne Blackshear had seven points. Chane Behanan was on a milk carton.

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Charlotte uses balance and defense to keep winning

by - Published January 13, 2013 in Columns
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SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – Charlotte was one team in the Atlantic 10 that was a little tough to project coming into conference play. They had a nice non-conference run, winning the Great Alaska Shootout as part of a nine-game winning streak to open the season. They have opened Atlantic 10 play with two straight wins, the latest a 58-50 win at Rhode Island on Saturday that showed how this team will win some games this season.

Charlotte didn’t play the toughest non-conference schedule around, but they won most of their games and some were against good teams that aren’t NCAA Tournament locks. Their only losses came at Miami and at home to Florida State. While there’s no shame in losing to those two, they also represent missed opportunities for significant wins for their NCAA Tournament resume. They also played just two true road games, although the wins in Alaska, much as none were against powerhouses, have some value as well.

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Even on a good offensive night, Quinnipiac’s offense a key reason for a loss

by - Published January 11, 2013 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – If you looked at the box score, your first thought is probably that there wasn’t much defense played. You would be correct. You might also think it wasn’t a bad night for the losing team, a team that has been offensively challenged this season. But there’s more than just the reality of not desiring moral victories that would explain why the numbers don’t tell the whole story for Quinnipiac in their 103-95 loss at Bryant on Thursday night.

There’s the reality of how they got to a couple of those numbers and how the game was decided in the second half. In sum, the night was a good one for a team whose confidence at the offensive end has been flagging at times. But that wasn’t all there is to it, and in the end some old demons came into play.

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Bryant keeps setting records and accomplishing program firsts in Division I

by - Published January 11, 2013 in Columns
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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – There are more indications all the time of how far Bryant has come since its Division I beginning as plenty of program” firsts” in the Division I era keep coming. That continued on Thursday night in the Bulldogs’ 103-95 win over Quinnipiac in their return home after three big road wins.

Let’s begin with the program firsts and records on the night. The team reached 100 points for the first time in its Division I history, set a Division I program record with their fifth straight win and a Division I record for wins in a season as it was their tenth win of the season. They also reached three wins in Northeast Conference play faster than any other season, although they were close two seasons ago when they did it in four games.

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Win at Providence an unusual win of sorts for Syracuse

by - Published January 10, 2013 in Columns
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A coach doesn’t win over 900 games, as Jim Boeheim has, in just one fashion.  Along the way there are wins of all kinds, including ones that are a little unusual.  There are also ones without big-time stars, although those tend to be less frequent.  Wednesday night’s 72-66 win by Syracuse at Providence was both of those.

It certainly wasn’t the Orange’s best offensive outing of the season.  They struggled for a lot of the night, especially from deep as they were just 3-21 on three-pointers.  Syracuse isn’t a team likely to light it up from long range as it is, but even for this team that was a bad game.  A lot of it came from normally reliable players like Brandon Triche (2-10 from the field, including 0-4 from long range) and James Southerland (5-16, 1-8).

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Niagara shows they have plenty of room for growth in tough loss at Brown

by - Published January 9, 2013 in Columns
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Niagara had a chance for a little more momentum heading into the meat of MAAC play. Already 3-1 in early conference games, the Purple Eagles had a chance to get a road win, something they’ve struggled to achieve this season. They looked like they might get it early, and still had a chance.

“I said to the guys going into overtime, this is what we need – a chance to win on the road,” head coach Joe Mihalich said.

Instead, they left Providence with a heart-breaking 75-74 loss in overtime.

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Trip to Yale leads to just the non-conference finish Florida needed

by - Published January 7, 2013 in Columns
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Florida had just the ending to their non-conference slate they needed on Sunday. They took care of business with a 79-58 blowout of Yale on Sunday in a rare visit to a mid-major school. The score tells the story for the game but doesn’t tell why it looks good for Florida going forward.

No one expected this game to turn into an upset. This isn’t one of James Jones’ best teams at Yale, and the last few minutes of the first half and the opening minutes of the second half, where the Gators scored the first 12 points and gave Yale fits with their press, ensured that the outcome of this one would not be in doubt. Yale didn’t mount much of a rally after that, although they were able to score a little more.

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DePaul hopes to make a leap but must finish better than against Providence

by - Published January 7, 2013 in Columns
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – If DePaul is going to make the kind of jump in the Big East they may be capable of this season, they’ll have to finish games better than they did on Saturday night at Providence.  The Blue Demons may have won the game, but they went from dominating the early minutes of the second half to a so-so stretch in the final minutes where at one point Providence got the lead back into single digits and made the final score of 83-73 look respectable.

The first half was a tight ballgame, played within a nine-point window until the final seconds.  Then it was all DePaul for the first ten minutes of the second half as they scored the first six points and eventually ran the lead as high as 22.  Then they relaxed, and after both teams were stuck for a while, Providence got a rally going to eventually get within single digits and make it a ballgame.

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NC State wins opener but doesn’t exactly look like an ACC favorite

by - Published January 6, 2013 in Columns
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Whether or not North Carolina State ultimately meets the expectation many have of them as ACC favorites is an open question as conference play commences.  That remains unchanged after pulling out a 78-73 win at Boston College on Saturday, a game the Wolfpack could easily have let slip away.

“We didn’t play our best basketball, but at the same time we’re fortunate enough to get the win,” said senior Scott Wood, who hit a big three-pointer and then sealed the game with free throws.

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