Stony Brook is going to the NCAA Tournament.
At long last, the program that’s had the regular season titles, then so much heartache in the America East Tournament, is a winner.
And at long last, a few things can come to a stop, too.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In the opening half they chose to shoot the three. And shoot it they did. George Washington shot 11 of 16 (68.8 percent) the first twenty minutes. The Colonials enjoyed a 14-point halftime lead, but could not sustain. Saint Joseph’s put together a strong second half to edge the colonials 86-80 in an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal at the Barclays Center. The Hawks will face Dayton, an easy winner over Richmond, in the Atlantic Ten Conference semifinals on Saturday.
George Washington shot an impressive 15 of 31 for 48 percent from three on the game. In the second half, the Colonials misfired shooting 4 of 15 for 27%. It was a combination of things. Percentages caught up the the Colonials? Yes, but beyond that it was a tighter Saint Joseph’s defense making it a point to locate and close out on perimeter threats.
NEW YORK – A few quick thoughts on Seton Hall’s 81-73 quarterfinal win over Creighton. It was game four of the day at the Garden. As the clock (nearly) struck midnight, the Pirates joined Villanova, Providence and Xavier in the Big East Tournament ‘final four’, with semifinals to be played on Friday night.
A few quick thoughts:
Welcome to the latest edition of Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. It is our special Championship Week edition, where we talk about a stretch that has not disappointed given the way the regular season went.
In this edition, we touch on action at the Big East Tournament, where Ted has been the past couple of days. He saw the impressive performance by Xavier, as well as Villanova in the second half of their win, while Providence won and gets a third try at the Wildcats after splitting with them during the regular season. We also touch on how a number of teams have managed to beat another team three times this season.
NEW YORK – You ring up 90 points and the first thing coming to mind is an offensive clinic. In the estimation of Xavier coach Chris Mack, it was about the defense. Xavier defeated Marquette in the first quarterfinal of the evening session at the Big East Tournament. The Musketeers would be paired against the winner of Seton Hall-Creighton, the night cap combatants.
“We got back to playing defense the way we can and had been doing earlier,” Mack said. “We addressed our defense in practice the last few weeks, I was pleased with what we did.”
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The thinking was given their defensive stance and how they finished up the season on a strong note, Fordham might surprise and hang around a bit. Instead, Richmond, which struggled to defeat the Rams earlier at Rose Hill, took care of business in resounding fashion.
The 70-55 victory in the Atlantic 10 second round action at Barclays Center highlighted some of the season-long traits of Chris Mooney’s club. The offensive efficiency was a stellar 113. The Spiders shot a 52 percent eFG percentage, including .579 from two point range. Care for the ball was exhibited with a 15 percent TO rate. The difference was defense. Fordham’s was not up to par, Richmond was well above average in limiting the Rams to an 87 offensive efficiency.
Last week, I shared how I voted for the CAA postseason awards, as I usually do. While I have been a voter there for 11 years now, I have been a USBWA member a bit longer and as such, always vote for their postseason awards as well. In the same spirit as the CAA awards, I will share my vote for the USBWA honors here.
The USBWA selects All-District teams of ten players each, as well as a Player of the Year and Coach of the Year in each district. In addition, writers select a team of ten All-Americans, a National Player of the Year (Oscar Robertson Trophy), a National Freshman of the Year (Wayman Tisdale Award) and a National Coach of the Year (Henry Iba Award).
NEW YORK – First the numbers. Georgetown defeated DePaul 70-53 in the Big East Tournament opener at Madison Square Garden. The Hoyas ended a six-game losing streak that coincided with Bradley Hayes being out of the lineup. The seven-foot senior scored 12 points, adding seven boards in his very well-anticipated return. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led all scorers, pacing the Hoyas with 20 points. Georgetown placed three in double figures.
DePaul’s lone double-digit scorer was Freshman guard Eli Cain with 14. Billy Garrett, a prominent scorer for DePaul, was held to four points on 2 of 10 shooting from the floor.
Maurice Newby. Ben Jacobson (the player, not the coach). Ali Farokhmanesh. Wes Washpun.
A growing history of memorable buzzer-beating shots is building at Northern Iowa. Not coincidentally, so is a record of postseason success.
Washpun’s stepback 17-footer hit the back of the rim, went straight up and rattled in to give the Panthers a 56-54 win over Evansville in the 40th annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and the 26th edition of the event as Arch Madness. Northern Iowa won its second consecutive MVC tourney title, its fourth in the last eight years and its fifth overall, once again establishing the purple and gold as the team to beat when this conference gathers at the end of the season in St. Louis. … Continue Reading
At a time when any coach could’ve been excused for being disappointed, quiet and short with words, Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson was as true to himself as ever. He was indeed disappointed, and his voice softened to a near-whisper at times, but he was hardly reserved.
Fifth-seeded SIU had just lost a hard-fought 66-60 decision to No. 4 seed Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals, a game even closer than the final score. The game was tied with less than a minute left before UNI’s Wes Washpun-as he would so often in this tournament-delivered in the clutch, driving hard for the go-ahead basket with 47 seconds left, and the Panthers finished it off by making 6 of 6 free throws in the final 28 seconds.
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Stony Brook is finally going to the NCAA Tournament, and the story of tragic endings – and all that goes with it – is a thing of the past.
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