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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 9, 2016

by - Published February 9, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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With all of the basketball history at Villanova, it’s hard to believe the Wildcats had never been the No. 1-ranked team in the country in the 67-year history of the Associated Press poll until yesterday.

It’s not necessarily surprising the program hadn’t quite reached the top yet in the highly successful Jay Wright era, if only because it’s fresh in the memory how those years have been included repeated NCAA trips with moderate success, save for a Final Four in 2009 and an Elite Eight in 2006. The program’s history goes back far, though, even well before the famous Rollie Massimino in the 1980s. … Continue Reading

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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