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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, November 26, 2014

by - Published November 26, 2014 in The Morning Dish
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The Big East is getting by just fine.

Here is how good the Big East has been so far this year: nine of its 10 teams are thus far undefeated. Villanova is 5-0. So are Providence and Creighton. Xavier and Seton Hall are 4-0. Georgetown, St. John’s and Butler are 3-0. Shoot, even DePaul is 2-0. And while some of those wins are filler (which makes the conference no different than any other top 10 league), there also are quality wins already over the likes of Michigan, VCU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Long Beach State and Stephen F. Austin.

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2013-14 MAAC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 6, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The MAAC underwent a membership change in 2013-14, and one that appears to be a net positive. What hasn’t changed, and surely won’t anytime soon, is how fiercely competitive the conference is. That was demonstrated right up to the end this past season.

The conference had several teams right there in the race for the top until late in the season. Iona got hot and pulled away, but even so only three games separated first from fourth place and just two separated fifth from eighth. The real question going forward is if anyone can break into that top group, as Iona and Manhattan seem set to rule the conference for a while, with Quinnipiac having a lot of potential based on its first year in the conference. There are some who could join them, but questions abound in all.

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Manhattan 74, St. Peter’s 62: Box Score Analysis

by - Published January 3, 2014 in Columns
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Before the storm hit the New York metropolitan area, St. Peter’s found the visiting Jaspers too much a force to weather. It was the type of game that has snagged a few conference favorites – an early road game against a team capable of knocking off a good team at home.

The key possession numbers:

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John Dunne is looking beyond St. Peter’s record

by - Published December 2, 2013 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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BOSTON – Coaches are not ones to look for moral victories, and John Dunne is no different.  The St. Peter’s mentor has been to the mountain top at the school and is trying to get back there, and wins have been hard to come by since their NCAA Tournament run in 2011.  Part of that journey means the record doesn’t matter right now, and the Peacocks fell to 2-4 on Saturday but have Dunne thinking positively.

“We lost the game, but I thought it was probably our most well-played game, including the two wins,” said Dunne.

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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

John Dunne sad the season is over for St. Peter’s

by - Published March 15, 2013 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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John Dunne is sad that his team’s season is over. You might wonder if that would be the case for a team like his, a St. Peter’s team that went 9-21 on the season. But you can believe Dunne when he says it, much as you can believe he would like the results to be a little different.

This year was not a memorable one for the Peacocks on the bottom line, although it started with promise as they won their first three games. Friday night’s 54-47 loss to Fairfield finished a season where they were 3-15 in the MAAC in as competitive a year as the conference has seen. They were 6-6 when MAAC play began in earnest, but started 2013 with eight straight losses in January and never recovered. After the season-opening three-game winning streak, they never won consecutive games again.

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

by - Published December 23, 2012 in Columns
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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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St. Peter’s 64, Iona 62: The numbers and difference a week made

by - Published December 7, 2012 in Columns
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Iona and St. Peter‘s battled it out in a down to the wire game at Yanitelli Center. The Peacocks upset Iona 64-62 on Wednesday  in the type of contest that will be the norm in the MAAC this season. Blaise French hit a shot in the lane with the shot clock running out and under five seconds remaining.

The possessions:

Iona 70
St. Peter’s 71

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

by - Published December 1, 2012 in Columns
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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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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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Fran Dunphy deals with bubble uncertainty for the first time

March 15, 2015 by

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Temple is firmly on the bubble after losing in the American Athletic Conference Tournament to SMU. It’s the first time in head coach Fran Dunphy’s storied career that his team has been in this situation.

It didn’t take Larry Brown long to change SMU

March 15, 2015 by

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Larry Brown won’t be the head coach at SMU forever. As such, it’s a good thing he has already turned the program into one that can get better players and possibly win championships.

History shows the challenge ahead of East Carolina

March 14, 2015 by

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East Carolina’s first season in the American Athletic Conference is complete. With that, the challenge they face as shown by their history looks clear, and they may have just the right coach to navigate it.

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2015 Boston Winter Invitational: What to expect

January 23, 2015 by

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.