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St. Peter’s: A serious challenger in the MAAC

by - Published February 24, 2017 in Columns

After his team was thoroughly dismantled about a week ago, Marist coach Mike Maker played tribute to his opponent.

“He is one of the best coaches around, his school is fortunate to have him and I think the MAAC conference is fortunate as well,” Maker said.

Maker was referring to John Dunne, whose St. Peter’s club had defeated the Red Foxes 71-46 at Yanitelli Center. Several days later, St. Peter’s celebrated Senior Day with a resounding 74-55 victory over Fairfield. It was St. Peter’s fourth straight conference win to push their MAAC record to 12-6. The western New York swing to Niagara and Canisius will finish the regular season this weekend. The final stop before the tournament in Albany, a tournament observers feel, St. Peter’s is good enough to win.

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Monmouth: A closer look at the numbers

by - Published February 22, 2017 in Columns

They are on a 14-game win streak with a 16-2 record in league play. The conference regular season title is secured. For Monmouth, they push on in search of a few goals that eluded them a year ago.

King Rice’s Hawks were defeated by Iona in last year’s MAAC championship game and consequently, fair or not, were not on the board Selection Sunday. This season, they appear ready to force a different outcome in the conference tournament in Albany.

The Hawks, in MAAC play, show a gaudy 110 offensive efficiency. They push the ball at a fast 75-possession rate, and on defense, excel with a 96 efficiency on that side of the ball.

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ACC : Looking at team pace

by - Published February 15, 2017 in Columns

Your pace or mine? One of the keys in a game between teams of differing tempos is the battle of pace. Who can get the opposition into their tempo?

You are an uptempo team facing a slow to moderate paced team. Naturally, you want to get them into your tempo. Conversely, a slower-paced group will want to get the faster-paced opponent to put on the brakes a bit.

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Box score breakdown: North Carolina 85, Syracuse 68

by - Published January 19, 2017 in Columns

More than another ACC victory. This was the 8ooth career victory for North Carolina coach Roy Williams. Ironically it comes against Syracuse and Jim Boeheim, who won the 2003 National Championship at the expense of Kansas and coach Roy Williams. The Tar Heels scored an 85-68 victory over the Orange at the Dean Dome on Monday. North Carolina is 5-1 in conference play while Syracuse fell to 3-3.

Lights out shooting produced gaudy offensive efficiencies.

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Box score Breakdown: St. Bonaventure 73, Fordham 53

by - Published January 16, 2017 in Columns

On paper this looked like a good chance for the Bonnies to secure a home win. We emphasize “on paper.”

First, it was not a true home game as the site was Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena. A few hours from the Bona campus and attended by a faithful traveling party, it still was not the friendly confines of the Reilly Center. Next, Jaylen Adams, the prolific Bonnie guard, was still out of the lineup with an ankle injury. Finally, Fordham was coming off a nice road win at Davidson.

St. Bonaventure was able to secure a 73-53 victory by virtue of a strong second half and a sound defensive effort. The numbers of note:

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Box score breakdown: Mount St. Mary’s 77, FDU 70

by - Published January 14, 2017 in Columns

Fairleigh Dickinson assistant Bruce Hamburger mentioned on Facebook how the Knights had several strong days of practice and were going on the road in a great frame of mind.

Enter Greg Alexander.

The Mount St. Mary’s Junior scored a team-high 19 points to lead his team to a 77-70 victory on Thursday evening. FDU and Mount St. Mary’s are both 4-1 in NEC play.

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A final look: The NIT was a Colonial uprising

by - Published April 6, 2016 in Columns

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

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

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

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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