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George Mason and VCU: Now What?

by - Published March 9, 2011 in Conference Notes, Your Phil of Hoops

We know Old Dominion will be in the NCAA Tournament. The Monarchs claimed their second straight conference title on Monday night with a win over arch-rival VCU. With that out of the way, what happens for some of the other top teams in the conference? Specifically, will George Mason and VCU make the NCAA Tournament as well?

That question can’t be answered here, but examining both teams’ case is a worthwhile exercise.

Most pundits figure George Mason is in. The Patriots won the regular season in what may be the best year ever for the CAA. They entered Championship Week as the hottest team in the country with 15 straight wins before the CAA Tournament. Their RPI is 27, which historically bodes well, although Missouri State can attest to that not being a sure thing. And the Patriots’ case is perhaps a little more interesting than one might think. … Continue Reading

March “Sadness” – Bidding an Outstanding Senior Good Bye

by - Published March 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – This was one that hurt. Like salt on a fresh wound. Seventh-seeded Canisius dropped a quarterfinal heartbreaker to second seed Loyola on Friday in the MAAC women’s quarterfinal.

The pain was on the expression of Micayla Drysdale. The Canisius senior guard, as usual, did all she could. Drysdale canned two free throws with three seconds left to give her team a three-point lead. The joyous anticipation of a semifinal date was fleeting. Seconds later, Miriam McKenzie buried a game-tying trey for Loyola to force overtime. There were five minutes of overtime to play but the spirit was noticeably drained from Canisius. The extra session was dominated by Loyola, a 68-53 winner. … Continue Reading

CAA Tournament Quick Hitters – Quarterfinals

by - Published March 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

RICHMOND, Va. – Some quick hitters from Saturday’s quarterfinal games at the CAA Tournament:

  • A common theme thus far has revolved around the teams with byes into the quarterfinals starting slowly because they aren’t in the same rhythm as the teams who had to win on Friday to get to this point. It happened in every game on Saturday, and even the coaches felt it made a difference at first. Clearly, though, each team found their footing after a while as all four top seeds advanced to the semifinals.
  • A little related to that, all eight games thus far have either been tied or had a two-point margin at halftime. … Continue Reading

CAA Tournament Quick Hitters – First Round

by - Published March 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

RICHMOND, Va. – A few more quick hitters from the first round of the CAA Tournament:

  • Georgia State big man James Vincent didn’t have big numbers, but you couldn’t help but notice him. He scored six points on 3-3 shooting, but all came on nice post moves to get close shots. UNC Wilmington doesn’t have much size, but Vincent could have scored on a lot of post players with what he showed. It’s enough to make you wonder why he didn’t do it more often. … Continue Reading

Manley Formula Helps Highlight Great Game by Rutgers Women

by - Published March 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

LYNDHURST, N.J. — When it comes to measuring player performance, there are several methods and accompanying formulas. From the Tendex system, developed in the 1960s, to John Hollinger’s PER, the quest for an accurate player measurement has persisted through the decades.

One of the most widely used formulas is the Manley formula, named after its developer, Martin Manley. The author of “Basketball Heaven,” an NBA statistical analysis book published in the late 1980s, Manley devised a formula for player efficiency that is user-friendly and useful. … Continue Reading

The First Four Minutes: A look at URI-Fordham and WVU-Rutgers

by - Published February 28, 2011 in Conference Notes

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The first four minutes. Coaches constantly preach their importance and significance. Getting off to a good start is paramount. Getting out of the gate quickly, or poorly for that matter, is important but does not guarantee a victory, loss or what may transpire the duration of the contest.

At games covered I frequently chart the shots and possessions of both teams over the first four minutes of both halves. The “first four” can tell us a great deal. In this article we will look at two games from the past weekend and how their “first four” of the game played out. … Continue Reading

Seniors Carry Brown on Their Big Night

by - Published February 28, 2011 in Conference Notes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On a night that was all about the seniors, the play on the court followed the pregame ceremony for Brown. It was Senior Night, and while it’s easy to look at Brown’s underclassmen and the promise and growth they have shown, the seniors were the focus for more reasons than the obvious in Brown’s 100-76 blowout of Dartmouth.


The seniors played an integral role in the win, starting with Adrian Williams. Hampered at times by a balky knee this season, he shot the lights out en route to 26 points, reminiscent of a game a couple of years ago in the same building when he was 9-11 from the field with seven three-pointers en route to scoring 29 points against Quinnipiac. He’s always had the ability to put up a game like this, and Saturday night was one of those nights. … Continue Reading

UNC Wilmington a Pleasant Surprise in Peterson’s First Year

by - Published February 27, 2011 in Conference Notes

BOSTON – Put Saturday’s 78-68 loss at Northeastern aside for a minute. UNC Wilmington has to go down as one of the pleasant surprises in the Colonial Athletic Association this season as the conference tournament beckons.

Little was expected of the Seahawks this season. From a personnel standpoint, they were already in rough shape before John Fields, one of their best players last season, transferred, and a coaching search that dragged on didn’t help as it didn’t give new head coach Buzz Peterson much time to recruit some newcomers for this season. They start two seniors, two sophomores and a freshman, and only five upperclassmen are on the roster. So it’s understandable that Peterson was preaching patience to the fan base before the season. … Continue Reading

For Harvard, History Repeats Itself at Brown

by - Published February 26, 2011 in Conference Notes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – History repeated itself on Friday night, and fortunately for Harvard, it was in a good way. Their 74-68 win at Brown looked a little like what happened less than two weeks earlier.

In the first half, Brown was unstoppable, much like less than two weeks earlier in Cambridge. The Bears got just about anything they want, especially the duo of Sean McGonagill and Tucker Halpern. They led by as many as 15 and had a double-digit lead for most of the half. As if it wasn’t enough, with about a minute left in the half, as Halpern was being guarded by former teammate Kyle Casey, he hoisted a three-pointer that was almost a set shot from the top of the key that dropped to put Brown up 41-30, which was the halftime score. … Continue Reading

Miami Follows Formula For a Key Road Win

by - Published February 24, 2011 in Conference Notes

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Miami followed a pretty simple formula for getting a good win, and one on the road, on Wednesday night. They got strong play inside, didn’t let Boston College get very close during a second-half rally, and played a good defensive game, resulting in a 73-64 win over the Eagles.

The Hurricanes have now won three straight on the road and five of seven overall. That came after losing six of eight to start 2011, including four straight by four points or less. The close games have at times been a problem for them, as they are 5-6 in games decided by five points or less, but Wednesday night was a step in the right direction even though the final margin was nine points. … Continue Reading


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Saturday Notes – January 24, 2015

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This Saturday didn’t have quite the marquee matchups as a week earlier, but there were some important ones, especially with teams in the middle of a few conferences trying to separate themselves from the pack.

Saturday notes – January 17, 2015

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High school games may have grabbed a lot of attention, but there were plenty of college games as well. Most results weren’t surprising, but were well worth looking at some notes on, and we do that here.

Rhode Island keeping perspective after tough loss

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Rhode Island controlled Tuesday night’s game against VCU, but couldn’t finish it and took a tough loss. Their improvement is evident, though, and they are keeping perspective on that in trying to keep improving.

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2015 Boston Winter Invitational: What to expect

January 23, 2015 by


The Boston Winter Invitational is coming up on Sunday at UMass-Boston. Here is a look at some of what to expect in the four prep school games that are on the schedule.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Monday notes

January 21, 2015 by


Monday was the big day despite having just five games, as all were big matchups and most were nationally televised. There was plenty of talent in these games, and some big names played well.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Sunday notes

January 19, 2015 by


It was a bad weather day outside, but fortunately we play the games indoors. Prep schools took center stage on a busy Sunday with some good talent and good games all the way to the end.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Saturday notes

January 18, 2015 by


The Spalding Hoophall Classic picked up on Saturday, with a few good games, a couple of blowouts, then the best game of the day at the end. There was also plenty of good talent in each game.

2015 Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic – Sunday notes

January 14, 2015 by


Sunday was the day for a trip a little down the road from Saturday’s destination to check out some prep school action. We take a look at some notes from the day’s games in the Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic.

2014 Prep School Tour

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

Sept. 9: Putnam Science Academy
Sept 10: Commonwealth Academy
Sept. 11: St. Andrew's
Sept. 12: Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 16: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 17: Brooks School
Sept. 21: Holderness School
Sept. 23: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 24: South Kent School and Kent School
Sept. 25: Williston Northampton
Sept. 28: Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Suffield Academy
Sept. 30: New Hampton
Oct. 5: Worcester Academy
Oct. 7: Brimmer and May
Oct. 8: Cushing Academy
Oct. 9: Tilton
Oct. 12: Tabor Academy and Rivers School
Oct. 14: The Master's School
Oct. 16: Vermont Academy

You can also find them all right here.