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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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Boston University enters conference tournament with good defense

by - Published February 26, 2012 in Columns
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BOSTON – Boston University will enter the America East Tournament as something of a dark horse. For a couple of weeks, it’s been a given that the Terriers will be locked into the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament as Vermont and Stony Brook battled for the top seed. One thing that will be good for the Terriers is that they will enter the tournament with their defense in a good place, as evidenced by their 64-55 win over Hartford on Saturday afternoon.

The Terriers have made their mark on defense for years, and this team has been no different. On Saturday, they needed it at times, as they turned the ball over 20 times in part from committing a number of charging fouls. Hartford cashed in the turnovers for 24 points, and that helped keep them in the game. Offense comes and goes for most teams, but with this team it appears to do so a little more than with others, which just adds to the importance of their play at the defensive end.

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Relief: Harvard gets past Princeton in the big game

by - Published February 25, 2012 in Columns
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – This was no ordinary game for Harvard. This was a game against a challenger to their lead in the Ivy League, even if it was a team that sits two games back in the loss column and thus needs help. More importantly, it was against the team that has been a thorn in their side of late, and that includes this season as their only league loss came less than two weeks earlier on the road against this team. It was against the team whose heart-breaking defeat of them led to a constant mention of a simple number all season: 2.8.

And when Harvard walked off the court with a hard-fought 67-64 win over Princeton, the feelings about this one were not like the feelings after any other win.

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Wagner already becoming a winner under Danny Hurley

by - Published February 24, 2012 in Columns
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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – It hasn’t taken Danny Hurley long to bring Wagner back into prominence. In just his second season, he has the Seahawks entering the final game before the Northeast Conference Tournament with a 24-4 record overall and a 15-2 record in conference play. They battled back from an early struggle to knock off Bryant by a score of 86-73 on Thursday night, and did so with some help from a key area of strength for this team.

Wagner has just two seniors in the rotation and starts three sophomores, so this isn’t the most experienced team around. Kenneth Ortiz, the primary point guard, is one of those sophomores. They can go about ten deep, including freshmen Mario Moody and Marcus Burton, so this is a team that clearly has a high ceiling. On Thursday night, the depth was a big reason they won, as the starters struggled for some of the first half as Bryant built up an 11-point lead at one point.

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First turnovers, then subpar defense spell defeat for George Mason

by - Published February 23, 2012 in Columns
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BOSTON – A lot of things have gone well for George Mason this season. It’s been a pretty good one, as the Patriots have led or been right there in the race for the top of the Colonial Athletic Association most of the season. But one thing that hasn’t gone well at times is turnovers, and along with a subpar defensive effort they cost the Patriots a game and a shot at the top seed in the conference tournament in Wednesday night’s 85-82 loss at Northeastern.

With Drexel beating James Madison on Wednesday night, George Mason needed to win to still have a shot at the top seed in the CAA Tournament. Drexel knocked off the Patriots in their only meeting this season, so they hold a tiebreaker should the teams be tied at the end of the regular season. With the loss, the Patriots will be playing for the No. 2 seed on Saturday at VCU, as the Rams won on Wednesday night to even the records.

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Xavier is in an unthinkable position – on the bubble

by - Published February 22, 2012 in Columns
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AMHERST, Mass. – Xavier simply doesn’t look good, and the Musketeers certainly don’t look like the kind of team we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. For that matter, they aren’t the team we saw in November and early December. And after the Musketeers lost 80-73 at Umass on Tuesday night, they are below .500 since one fateful afternoon and don’t look like they will soar past that mark the rest of the way.

When they ran out to an 8-0 start this season, with wins at Vanderbilt and Butler along with wins over Purdue and Cincinnati, this team looked like one of the better teams they’ve had, and that’s saying something given the success they have had since joining the Atlantic 10. They were deeper thanks to a group of freshmen that gave them help, and looked like a team that would eventually work their way to a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. But ever since the fight against Cincinnati, this team hasn’t been the same.

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Duke just finds ways to win

by - Published February 20, 2012 in Columns
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Looking at Duke’s numbers, one would think this is another powerhouse Blue Devil team. They are 23-4 overall, 10-2 in ACC play, and are very much in the thick of things in a tie atop the ACC after coasting to a 75-50 win at Boston College on Sunday night. They are also in the conversation for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament if it were to begin today. But this is far from their powerhouse teams of the past, as their bottom line is more reflective of a team that scores high in intangibles.

This isn’t a team full of athletes that forces numerous turnovers per game to dominate opponents. It’s also not a team that blows everyone out, although Duke has knocked off some teams by healthy margins. But a win is a win, and this team is proving to be pretty good at getting those.

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Young UNLV team grows in Brooklyn

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Jim Boeheim didn’t have many things to say about his team’s offense, but that said it all. It’s at that end of the floor that Syracuse’s fate this season will be determined.

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Brown has good talent and should be a factor in the Ivy League, but with three sophomores starting on the perimeter, growing pains are in the foreseeable future

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November 3, 2014 by

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New Vermont Academy coach has put together a contender

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Vermont Academy has a new coach for the second year in a row, but they shouldn’t skip a beat. They have enough talent to win a lot of games and make a deep run in NEPSAC Class AA.

The Master’s School has good students and talent

October 15, 2014 by

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The Master’s School has a number of good students, and they will continue to head to college later. This time around, they also have some talent on the hardwood and should win a few more games.

Rivers will try to build on a breakthrough season

October 13, 2014 by

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The Rivers School had a breakthrough season last year, winning the Independent School League. They will try to build on that with a team that loses a lot but also returns a lot from last season’s team.