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UMass charting a course to New York

by - Published March 18, 2012 in Columns
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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – They are just 40 minutes from a trip to New York and the NIT Final Four. Following a 77-67 win at Seton Hall on Saturday, suddenly UMass is getting a good deal of attention. The assignment is traveling to Philadelphia to face a strong Drexel team. Regardless, the Minutemen are now on all cylinders and will be that proverbial “tough out”.

Back in November, Kellogg was at the Atlantic 10 Media Day held in Brooklyn.  The UMass coach was asked about his job status, specifically was this year make or break? Kellogg basically responded by summing up the situation as he noted, “I don’t feel any outward pressure. Any pressure that is there is what I put on myself.”

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Seton Hall defeates Stony Brook in NIT opener

by - Published March 15, 2012 in Columns
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South Orange, N.J. – In coaching psychology plays a key part. Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard had to play a major role of psychologist to get the Pirates ready for the NIT. Just 48 hours removed from a severe “Selection Sunday” snub, Seton Hall defeated Stony Brook 63-61 in the first round of the NIT at Walsh Gymnasium.

The pace and efficiency:

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Bonnies make impartiality difficult for this writer

by - Published March 13, 2012 in Columns
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It was quite the week to say the least. The days reserved for the conference tournaments and their championships bring us excitement, drama, joy and sometimes heart break. In short, they bring a veritable gallery of emotions.

For this writer, Monday through Sunday, was as exciting and sometimes draining as they come.

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A look back on Notre Dame advancing to the Big East Semis

by - Published March 10, 2012 in Columns
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NEW YORK – Semifinal night. A Friday in New York. A  lot of pre-game talk at the Big East Tournament centered on the prior evening’s quarterfinal matchup between Notre Dame and South Florida. The Irish pulled it out with a 57-53 overtime victory.

The pace and efficiency:

 

Possessions Off. Efficiency
South Florida 58 91
Notre Dame 60 85

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Big East: UCONN-Syracuse Boxscore Breakdown and notes….

by - Published March 9, 2012 in Columns
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NEW YORK – Thursday afternoon’s analytical note is a box score breakdown from the Syracuse quarterfinal victory over UCONN. The Huskies won their first two in the tournament. From that, talk circulated regarding a run like last year’s that wound up with the Big East title. It was not to be as Syracuse prevailed.

A look at the key numbers from the game:

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Tempo-free: Bonnies, Seton Hall and eFG percentage

by - Published February 26, 2012 in Columns
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BRONX, N.Y.Shooting cures a number of ailments. It should be emphasized, accurate shooting. St. Bonaventure improved to 8-5 in Atlantic Ten play with an 89-63 victory over Fordham on Wednesday. The loss dropped the Rams to 2-11 in conference.

For starters, we take a look at the key offensive numbers in this one:

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Fairleigh Dickinson edges St. Francis (NY) in season finale

by - Published February 25, 2012 in Columns
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TEANECK, N.J. – How would you feel holding a team to under 70 efficiency and losing? In a game where both teams were under 70, FDU surprised St. Francis (NY) 45-44 at the Rothman Center. The win was FDU’s second of the Northeast Conference campaign. The Knights failed to qualify for the NEC tournament. St. Francis, meanwhile, needed the win for a third seed in the NEC tournament. The loss dropped them to fourth.

A look at the numbers for this game:

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St. John’s Week: A tempo-free look

by - Published February 20, 2012 in Columns
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NEW YORK – St. John’s split their two games the past week. A common thread of the two games was the importance of rebounding. The battle under the glass, especially on the offensive end, played a part in both outcomes, though more so in the meeting with UCLA.

On Tuesday, St. John’s was trampled 94-64 by Seton Hall at the Prudential Center. It was, simply, a “Valentine’s Day massacre”. On Saturday they showed resilience bouncing back for a strong 66-63 victory over UCLA at Madison Square Garden.

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Seton Hall 73, Pittsburgh 66: The final analysis

by - Published February 15, 2012 in Columns
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NEWARK, N.J. It came down to a very simple situation: Seton Hall made shots when they had to, Pitt did not. The Hall defeated the Panthers 73-66 at the Prudential Center on Sunday.

After building and losing a 12-point lead, the Pirates trailed 61-55 with eight minutes to play. In the stretch, they came up with a succession of clutch plays. The victory came on the heels of a road win at Rutgers and has revived talk of an NCAA bid for Seton Hall.

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Tempo-Free Highlights: NEC and MAAC action

by - Published February 11, 2012 in Columns
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – We take a tempo free look back at the week.

LIU Brooklyn 86, St. Francis(NY) 77

Those of you who exited MSG after the St. John’s clunker against Cincinnati, too bad. You missed a good, competitive contest between the Northeast Conference front runner and a serious challenger. Throw in the Brooklyn rivalry and we had a game. The NEC leader prevailed largely due to an above average offensive efficiency.

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