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UConn 72, Boston College 70: A second look

by - Published November 22, 2013 in Columns
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NEW YORK - UConn defeated Boston College 72-70 in the 2K Sports semifinal on Thursday evening. The meeting at Madison Square Garden brought back memories of some of the last battles these two waged in their Big East days. On this evening, the Garden crowd saw the Huskies pulled out a thriller.

Three points stand out:

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Drexel 70, Rutgers 59: Three points of emphasis

by - Published November 22, 2013 in Columns
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Piscataway, N.J. – Rutgers’ hopes of getting to New York and the “Final Four” of the NIT Season Tip-Off were dashed by a solid Drexel team. The Dragons earned the trip, defeating the Scarlet Knights 70-59 on their Rutgers Athletic Center home court on Tuesday.

Three points of emphasis from this one:

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Baron’s buzzer-beater gives Canisius a split

by - Published November 21, 2013 in Columns
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – They trailed by two with the clock running down. The ball was brought up the floor as the seconds drained. Finally the guard stopped from beyond the arc, released a shot with an arc bordering on perfection. The shot knew nothing but net as the final horn sounded.

Billy Baron’s game winner, ironically his lone three of the game, gave Canisius an 86-85 victory over Elon at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Tuesday. Baron led the Griffs with 21 points.

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Hampton 64, St. Peter’s 59 – A second look

by - Published November 15, 2013 in Columns
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Suffering through a scoring drought that saw them hit only two field goals the last eight minutes, St. Peter’s was defeated by Hampton 64-59 Tuesday at the Yanitelli Center. A few notes from this early non-conference matchup:

  1. Marvin Dominique is emerging as a primary option for St. Peter’s. The transfer from Fordham scored a game-high 31 points, while adding 14 rebounds (also a game pace setter) in the season opening loss at LIU-Brooklyn. A 6-7 junior forward, Dominique is effective in the open floor and half court as well. Some of his three-point attempts can be ill-timed but he can hit from deep just the same. Dominique should bean impact player in the MAAC for St. Peter’s this season. He wound up with a dozen points. … Continue Reading

For George Mason, moving to the Atlantic 10 has advantages

by - Published October 13, 2013 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The story was vintage Phil Martelli. It was also true and confirmed by Martelli himself. At the Atlantic 10 media day in early October, Paul Hewitt of George Mason was recalling a conversation he had with Martelli over the summer. This took place at one of those prep showcases/tournaments when coaches are afforded the opportunity to get out and see players they are targeting for recruiting. “We talked about how our league meetings could conflict with the live evaluation periods and that should be taken into consideration,” Hewitt recalled. Martelli agreed and continued by asking, “Paul, when are your league meetings?”

Martelli was serious but can be forgiven. In a conference where you are figuring how to compete with a VCU, Saint Louis and La Salle, to name a few, please excuse the Saint Joseph’s mentor for forgetting the conference just added another program of distinction in George Mason.

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For Iowa: The NIT was a valuable experience

by - Published April 8, 2013 in Columns
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NEW YORK – They came into the game expecting a hard-fought contest – and one they could pull out. They were on a roll. After playing a less than spectacular first half they still were in a two-possession game. They got the deficit to 29-28 early in the second half.

Then the opposition went on a run never looking back.

For Iowa the 74-54 defeat in the NIT final was bitter. Because they had been playing well adding to it was the fact Baylor ran away and turned an expected close contest into a rout.

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Baylor defense dominant in NIT championship

by - Published April 7, 2013 in Columns
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NEW YORK - The NIT final gave us two teams with offenses capable of lighting up the scoreboard. In the final analysis, Baylor’s 74-54victory over Iowa at Madison Square Garden was predicated on defense.

The main points of emphasis:

1.Tempo free breakdown:

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Baylor advances to NIT title game

by - Published April 3, 2013 in Columns
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NEW YORK - Before getting to New York, Baylor captured three NIT games on their home floor. Following the 76-70 semifinal win over BYU, Coach Scott Drew was asked about playing at a neutral site. “Back in 2009 we faced Penn State in the (NIT) finals,” drew said. “They brought about 18 busloads of fans so it didn’t appear too neutral to us,” he added with a laugh.

Now, Baylor has the following, momentum and eyes on pursuing the prize. They will battle Iowa, 71-60 winners over Maryland in the other semifinal, for the championship.

Three things we observed from the Baylor-BYU matchup:

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Atlantic 10 Tournament: Notes, quotes and thoughts

by - Published March 18, 2013 in Columns
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Ladies first. The first championship game of the tournament was Saturday evening following the men’s semifinals at the Barclays Center. Saint Joseph’s edged Fordham 47-46 in a thriller.  About 4,400 attended, the largest for an A-10 women’s title game, but the enthusiasm and excitement generated by the respective followers made the crowd seem three times as large.

Sophomore guard Natasha Cloud paced Saint Joseph’s with 15 points, 6 rebounds earning the tournament MOP. Marah Strickland, Fordham’s graduate student forward, in her last year of eligibility, led all scorers with 16 points adding 7 rebounds.

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Barclays to MSG: A long (and enjoyable) day’s journey

by - Published March 15, 2013 in Columns
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Two main venues, two great tournaments, just miles apart. A day filled with some very good basketball and interesting stories. Why not ? It is March Madness….

11:30 AM – Riding the subway to Brooklyn. The  preceding train ride from New Jersey to Penn Station was spent talking with a Cincinnati fan. The train has fans wearing gear from Pitt, Syracuse (most prominent) and of course, Cincinnati. The Bearcats, our new found basketball friend admits, have a tough assignment facing Georgetown at noon. Overall he is satisfied with the way things are going with Cincinatti but would like to see a little more inside play on offense. For now the Big East can wait. It’s onto the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Atlantic 10. It is difficult typing on a moving train.

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College Basketball Tonight

COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, who will be joined by former Manhattan and Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez and many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show will air on AM 970 The Answer in New York City from 7-9 p.m. on every Sunday from Selection Sunday to the Final Four. You can listen to the show here.

Your Phil of Hoops

Watson’s transfer will sting BU the most

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Boston University recently saw three players transfer. The impact of the departure of one of them will be felt more than the other two.

Mihalich’s first year at Hofstra is over but will have plenty of value

March 9, 2014 by

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The first year for Hofstra under Joe Mihalich is in the books. Many expected that wins would be hard to come by, and they were, but this season was about more than that and is hardly a throwaway year.

Cornell’s future can only be better

March 2, 2014 by

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Cornell has had a rough season, as could be expected given some personnel losses. It’s almost in the books, and the future at least looks brighter.

2013 Prep School Tour

Missed a recap of an open gym workout? We have them all right here for you.

Sept. 9: St. Andrew's
Sept 10: Tilton
Sept. 11: South Kent School and Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 12: Putnam Science Academy
Sept. 16: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 17: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 23: New Hampton School
Sept. 24: Brimmer and May
Sept. 25: Proctor Academy
Sept. 26: Notre Dame Prep and Cushing Academy
Sept. 29: Worcester Academy and Vermont Academy
Oct. 6: Charlestown High School and Milton Academy
Oct. 13: Tabor Academy
Oct. 15: Brooks School

Hoopville Archives

Even More: City Hoops Recruiting

Travel team profile: Blackstone Valley Chaos

Size and options on the wing are not lacking for this year’s junior team

Travel team profile: Expressions Elite

Expressions Elite has quickly become one of the deeper programs in New England

Cesar Fulcar commits to Wentworth

The senior guard led Watertown to the state semifinal this past season

Travel team profile: Bay State Magic

Bay State Magic doesn’t have much size on their junior team this season, so they’ll have to win with execution and intangibles

Travel team profile: Mass Elite

Mass Elite is one of the largest travel teams in the state despite being relatively new

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is already moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

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