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A final look: The NIT was a Colonial uprising

by - Published April 6, 2016 in Columns
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NEW YORK – In the first round, they faced elimination. George Washington barely got by a good Hofstra team 82-80, in the friendly confines of home no less, to advance to the second round. As the tournament advanced, they played better each time out, gained confidence and subsequently handled all opposition. Monmouth on the road, Florida at home.

Next up was the NIT “Final Four” at Madison Square Garden. In the semis the Colonials sent San Diego State back home. In the finals, following a nearly even first half, George Washington opened it up the second half going on to went defeat Valparaiso 76-60.

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NJIT advances in College Insider Tournament

by - Published March 27, 2016 in Columns
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NEWARK, N.J. – The victory was significant on several fronts. NJIT defeated UT Arlington 63-60 on Thursday at the Highlanders’ Fleischer Center.

For one, it was a 20th win for NJIT. Hitting twenty is still an admirable milestone even in these days of expanded schedules. An added bonus was NJIT’s advancing to the College Insider Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year. Once again, another proud accomplishment. Three points of emphasis:

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Barclays Box Score breakdown: Cats and Irish are Sweet Sixteen

by - Published March 23, 2016 in Columns
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Second round action from Barclays Center in Brooklyn gave a pair of different contests. The first, a dominant performance. The grand finale, a nail biter with a finish for the ages.

The scores:

Villanova 87 Iowa 68
Notre Dame 76 Stephen F. Austin 75

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Friday Night Lights Brooklyn Style – anatomy of an upset

by - Published March 20, 2016 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Friday evening saw a team from Texas victorious over a Big 12 opponent and two traditional football powers go at it. It wasn’t off tackle and screen passes. Rather, the ball screens and pressure defense was the order of the evening. The later doubleheader in the NCAA first round at Barclays Center saw Stephen F. Austin dominate West Virginia. In the final game of the night, Notre Dame used a strong second half to end michigan’s season.

Stephen F. Austin’s win brought to mind why a number of brackets have been shredded before the first weekend ended. Did you say Michigan State Final Four? Upsets have become the norm for several reasons.

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Iowa edges Temple in overtime

by - Published March 18, 2016 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In the second game of the day from Brooklyn, Iowa outlasted Temple 72-70 in overtime. The game saw Temple overcome a double-digit second-half deficit. They forced overtime as Quenton DeCosey hit three free throws with seconds remaining in regulation.

Three points of emphasis:

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Villanova’s ‘senior moment’ allows the Wildcats to advance

by - Published March 18, 2016 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Coach Jay Wright knew all too well. UNC Asheville of the Big South was a young team and as conference champion, one capable of inflicting damage. The challenging part of coaching is relaying that same information home to your players. In that context, Wright had helping hands in seniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu.

“They told our players constantly that Asheville is a talented team” Wright said of his senior leaders following Villanova’s 86-56 victory in the opening round of the NCAA at Barclays Center. “They told our kids ‘you don’t bring your ‘A’ game especially this time of year,’ you are going home.”

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Box Score breakdown: FGCU 96, FDU 65

by - Published March 16, 2016 in Columns
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The exciting run to the Northeast Conference championship cannot be taken from Fairleigh Dickinson University. On Tuesday evening in Dayton, it was good (Kn)night. Florida Gulf Coast dominated the Knights to move on with a date against North Carolina on Tuesday.

FGCU’s offensive efficiency was 120 and highlighted by a 26 of 34 (.765) shooting percentage inside the arc. FDU was 81 in offensive efficiency and struggled to find the range all night. The Knights shot better from three than two-point range, as they hit 8 of 23 (.348) from downtown and 15 for 47 (.319) inside. A silver lining if one can be found, lie in turnover percentage. FDU forced the opposition into a 23 percent TO rate while committing turnovers themselves at just an 11 percent rate.

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Saint Joseph’s comeback stops George Washington

by - Published March 12, 2016 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In the opening half they chose to shoot the three. And shoot it they did. George Washington shot 11 of 16 (68.8 percent) the first twenty minutes. The Colonials enjoyed a 14-point halftime lead, but could not sustain. Saint Joseph’s put together a strong second half to edge the colonials 86-80 in an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal at the Barclays Center. The Hawks will face Dayton, an easy winner over Richmond, in the Atlantic Ten Conference semifinals on Saturday.

George Washington shot an impressive 15 of 31 for 48 percent from three on the game. In the second half, the Colonials misfired shooting 4 of 15 for 27%. It was a combination of things. Percentages caught up the the Colonials? Yes, but beyond that it was a tighter Saint Joseph’s defense making it a point to locate and close out on perimeter threats.

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Big East quarterfinal: Seton Hall 81, Creighton 73

by - Published March 11, 2016 in Columns
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NEW YORK – A few quick thoughts on Seton Hall’s 81-73 quarterfinal win over Creighton. It was game four of the day at the Garden. As the clock (nearly) struck midnight, the Pirates joined Villanova, Providence and Xavier in the Big East Tournament ‘final four’, with semifinals to be played on Friday night.

A few quick thoughts:

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Xavier gets defensive in Big East quarterfinals

by - Published March 11, 2016 in Columns
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NEW YORK – You ring up 90 points and the first thing coming to mind is an offensive clinic. In the estimation of Xavier coach Chris Mack, it was about the defense. Xavier defeated Marquette in the first quarterfinal of the evening session at the Big East Tournament. The Musketeers would be paired against the winner of Seton Hall-Creighton, the night cap combatants.

“We got back to playing defense the way we can and had been doing earlier,” Mack said. “We addressed our defense in practice the last few weeks, I was pleased with what we did.”

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