Friday, May 22, 2015

A 4-0 Night for the Big 5

A 4-0 night for the Big 5.

A 4-0 Night for the Big 5

The four Big 5 men’s schools in action Wednesday — Penn, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Temple — all won their games by a combined margin of 73 points. (If you want to include Saint Joseph’s and Villanova women ... and the Flyers ... that’s a 7-0 night by a total combined margin of 109.)

The four Big 5 victors outshot their opponents by nearly 10 percentage points overall and by over 15 percentage points from the arc, but only outrebounded them by one. They did earn 30 more assists on 20 more field goals.

Below are the totals for Wednesday’s four men’s games:

     Big 5 Team     Opponents 
 Points 310  237 
 Field Goals 107-222  87-224 
    Pct. 48.2%    38.8% 
 3-Pt FGs 41-93  16-57 
    Pct. 44.1%   28.1% 
 Free Throws 55-76  47-71 
    Pct. 72.4%  66.2% 
 Rebounds 138  137 
 Assists 64  34 
 Blocked Shots      15  13 
 Turnovers 50  60 
 Steals 32  25 
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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