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Seton Hall edges South Florida in Big East opener

by - Published March 13, 2013 in Columns

NEW YORKSeton Hall epitomized the “survive and advance” concept in the Big East Tournament opening round. The Pirates came from eight down with under three minutes to play to force overtime and go on to defeat South Florida 46-42. Tuesday night’s game at Madison Square Garden opened the tournament, being contested this week with a strong scent of nostalgia present.

South Florida came into the contest averaging a very deliberate 60 possessions in Big East play. For the evening, including overtime, the Bulls used just 54 possessions. At the half USF led 20-17 in a 22-possession first twenty minutes. Neither team went to the line during those first twenty minutes. In addition only nine fouls were called the entire half.

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JR Inman is an author with a message

by - Published March 8, 2013 in Columns

WALDWICK, N.J. – A few weeks ago a Sunday afternoon officiating assignment called for games at nearby St. Joe’s of Oradell, N.J. A quick stop at Hoop Heaven to go over scheduling was in order. Inside the facility there was a book signing/presentation taking place as an eighth grade game was being contested place on one of the courts.

J.R. Inman, formerly of Rutgers, was the author appearing this afternoon. Inman played for the Scarlet Knights from ’06 through ’09. He was a talented forward often primed for a breakout before facing bouts of inconsistency, notably during his senior year.  The title of his book, released the past November, is When the Air Comes Out of the Ball. It deals with handling life after basketball. It’s not just for elite athletes, but anyone involved in the game.

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FDU women end season by edging Wagner 59-54

by - Published March 5, 2013 in Columns

TEANECK, N.J. – The game was to be the season finale for the Wagner women. Entering this game with a 2-15 record in the Northeast Conference, they were eliminated from the conference playoffs, while FDU was hoping to secure the number eight seed. In the end FDU triumphed 59-54 at Stratis Arena on Monday.

Points of emphasis:

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Fordham women earn 21st victory

by - Published March 1, 2013 in Columns

BRONX, N.Y. – The Fordham women earned their 21st victory with a 62-50 defeat of St. Bonaventure at Rose Hill on Wednesday. The observations and notes on a game with two decidedly different halves:

  • What a difference a year makes. Losing three starters, including the likes of Jessica Jenkins and Megan Van Tatenhove, had a pronounced effect on the Bonnies’ outlook this season. What wasn’t planned was the loss of Chelsea Bowker, who was counted on to supply perimeter scoring. Bowker was granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA due to injury. For the present though it has been a struggle. A look at the efficiency numbers from last year’s Atlantic 10 undefeated team that went to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and the current season:

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Strong second half carries Pitt over St. John’s

by - Published February 25, 2013 in Columns

NEW YORK – The clock is ticking. St. John’s hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid were dealt another setback, as the Red Storm fell to Pitt 63-47 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.

Some key points from Sunday’s contest:

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Marquette continues Seton Hall’s struggles

by - Published February 21, 2013 in Columns

NEWARK, N.J. – The string continues. Seton Hall fell to 2-12 in Big East play. Marquette broke open the game with a resounding second half en route to a 67-46 victory over the Pirates Tuesday at the Prudential Center. The main points of emphasis:

1. The First four. Tied at 27 at halftime, Marquette utilized the opening four minutes to force turnovers on three of the Hall’s seven possessions. On the offensive end the Golden Eagles found the range, and at the 16 minute mark owned a 40-33 lead. It was a lead they would not surrender, only build on.

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St. John’s holds off UCONN 71-65

by - Published February 8, 2013 in Columns

NEW YORK – One of those “typical” nights in the Big East. Significant runs, intensity and a game going down to the wire. St. John’s defeated UCONN 71-65 before 8,441 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. The 71-65 decision improved the Red Storm to 7-4 (15-8 overall) in conference while the Huskies, a solid 15-6 overall, dropped to 5-4 in conference play.

The pace:

UCONN 68 possessions
St. John’s 69

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Fordham 66, Rhode Island 63: A second look

by - Published January 28, 2013 in Columns

BRONX, N.Y. – A game decided by a possession invariably tells you one made the plays in the stretch while the other team did not. In Saturday’s 66-63 Fordham victory over Rhode Island, you can say that was the case. A much closer look, specifically under the glass, tells us where the game was decided: the offensive boards. In raw numbers Fordham held an 18-6 advantage. In the offensive rebounding percentage Fordham held a 44-19% edge. That basically told the tale.

The possessions:

Rhode Island 68
Fordham 68

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Seton Hall 55, South Florida 47: Stats and keys

by - Published January 24, 2013 in Columns

NEWARK, N.J. – On an extremely brutal mercury plunging night, Seton Hall left visiting South Florida in the cold posting a 55-47 victory at the Prudential Center on Wednesday. The pace was to South Florida’s liking, but that slower tempo did not  deter the Pirates.

A look at the key numbers:


South Florida 55
Seton Hall 53

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St. Peter’s takes some positives despite close loss to Loyola-Chicago

by - Published December 23, 2012 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – When you break down film undoubtedly the technical errors will surface. In the wake of Loyola-Chicago’s 54-49 victory over St. Peter’s at Yanitelli Center, a number jumps off the stat sheet, 6 of 19. That is the result for the Peacocks on the foul line. The main points:

1. Numbers wise the pace was slow to moderate as Loyola had 66 possessions to St. Peter’s 62. The efficiencies show the type of afternoon it was:

Loyola-Chicago 82
St. Peter’s 79

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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

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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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