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Rick Majerus: The loss of an icon

by - Published December 3, 2012 in Columns
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LYNDHURST, N.J.The first move was taking the year off from coaching. Then, retirement was the next step. All the while you hoped for the best and that these moves would improve the situation. Ultimately, they didn’t. As we enter the joys of the holiday season we were saddened to hear of the passing of coach Rick Majerus. More than simply a coach, Majerus was a mentor, friend, source of inspiration and/or comfort… just so much to so many.

The story goes how Majerus tried out for the Marquette team. Coach Al McGuire told him to forget it, there was no talent there to speak of.  Majerus cried, then later embarked on a career in coaching. In the realm of basketball lifers, Majerus was the leader, if there was one. The sound of the ball making contact with hardwood or asphalt was like a symphony to him.

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FDU 66, St. Peter’s 61: Numbers and the coach’s concerns

by - Published December 1, 2012 in Columns
author_floriani

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Fairleigh Dickinson made a late run to post a come from behind 66-61 win over St. Peter’s at Yanitelli Center. In a Wednesday night matchup, the visiting Knights earned their third straight victory to even their season record at 3-3.

Our look at the numbers begins with the possessions:

FDU 67
St. Peter’s 69

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Seton Hall 76, St. Peter’s 61: Box score analysis and Willard’s praise

by - Published November 26, 2012 in Columns
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NEWARK, N.J. – Seton Hall continued its hot start by winning their fifth game in six tries, defeating St. Peter’s 76-61 at the Prudential Center on Sunday. St. Peter’s, who started off with a three-game win streak, featured by a win at Rutgers, dropped a second straight to fall to 3-2. The numbers of note:

Possessions:

St.Peter’s                  61
Seton Hall                 66

The Hall got out in transition the second half but for the most part, St. Peter’s did a good job dictating tempo.

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For Delaware: They were thankful for the NIT experience

by - Published November 24, 2012 in Columns
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NEW YORK – In generalities he knew this was big. Taking a closer look at specifics told how big it was. Coach Monte Ross realized the Pre-Season NIT represented three things for his program:

1. Exposure
2. Competition
3. Opportunity

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Legends wrapup: Indiana takes the title and a box score analysis

by - Published November 22, 2012 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – It’s time for a closer look at the Progressive Legends Classic final night at the Barclays Center.

CONSOLATION:

UCLA 60, Georgia 56

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A brief look at the numbers in Georgetown’s win over UCLA

by - Published November 20, 2012 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Georgetown defeated eleventh-ranked UCLA to advance to the Legends Classic championship game. The 78-70 victory is broken down in tempo free numbers. In a 71-possession game the efficiencies were:

Georgetown 110
UCLA 99

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The Notebook: Alabama, Devon Collier, the 2K and turnovers

by - Published November 19, 2012 in Columns
author_floriani

NEW YORK – Some notes and a look back at the 2K Sports Classic:

The Classic was captured by Alabama in a convincing 77-55 win over Villanova. Alabama squeaked by Oregon State in the semis while Villanova came back late to defeat Purdue in overtime. Oregon State exited Madison Square Garden with third place, defeating Purdue in the consolation. For junior forward Devon Collier it was a nice showing on his “homecoming”. The 6-8 Collier hails from the Bronx and played his high school ball at St. Anthony’s for Hall of Famer Bob Hurley. Collier does not start, but true to the coaching adage “it is more important who finishes”, Collier is on the floor at crunch time.

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St. Peter’s edges Central Connecticut in down to the wire act

by - Published November 14, 2012 in Columns
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The strain and stress was not a product of a warm gym on an unseasonably mild November night. Well, part of it could be attributed to climate. The real reason for the stress, which ultimately gave way  to relief, was in the outcome. St. Peter’s survived a tough contest to defeat Central Connecticut State 64-61 at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City. The Peacocks are now 2-0. Coach John Dunne is a combination thrilled and relieved. Welcome to coaching as the cliché tells us.

“After winning five games all of last season it’s great to get the first two,” Dunne said following the contest. The Peacocks got out to an early lead before losing it and being forced to play catch-up a good part of the game. Central Connecticut is still tiring to find their inside game. The Blue Devils enjoy a good perimeter attack and when the shots were falling the offense clicked and the lead built.

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St. Anthony’s defends Hamilton Park Title

by - Published August 22, 2012 in Columns
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – St.Anthony’s  coaches and players knew the defense of its title would not be easy. The Friars had sights set on repeating as Hamilton Park Summer League champions but realized there were several worthy challengers. When the smoke cleared last Thursday and the Friars defended the championship there was a slight surprise. The team they defeated 51-48 in a tough contest was not Hudson Catholic. Rather it was another in-city power, St. Peter’s Prep.

In the semifinals Prep eliminated Hudson 55-49 in overtime. Hudson had been knocked out of the Parochial B State Tournament by the Friars last March. With virtually everyone returning, the Hawks were projected as a possibility to keep St. Anthony’s from defending their Parochial and New Jersey State Tournament of Champions crown this Winter. An early season matchup in the Hamilton Park League between the two schools served further notice as Hudson emerged victorious.

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Hamilton Park All-Stars follow the lead of their coach

by - Published August 6, 2012 in Columns
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Billy Armstrong played for Bob McKillop in the Nineties. A former Davidson guard, Armstrong swears by his former coach’s methods and style. So when the Bergen Catholic (NJ) High School coach was asked to direct the Hamilton Park All-Star team, a few considerations and challenges had to be addressed. There would be no practices and minimal preparation, in stark contrast to the McKillop philosophy of meticulous preparation and attention to detail. Armstrong did follow his college mentor’s example in one aspect, he sized up the situation at hand and adjusted.

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