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Thursday, March 22, 2012, 11:28 PM
(Rick Pitino's first NCAA Tournament Game) LA SALLE LOOKS SOUTH, SEES WINS (Philadelphia Daily News, March 16, 1983) By MARK WHICKER Sports Columnist They all said La Salle would go South at NCAA tournament time. What they didn’t say was that coach Lefty Ervin would like it. “I look... Read more

The Perfect Pitino

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 10:25 PM
Thursday night, Rick Pitino ran his record in regional semifinal games to 10-0. That is made all the more impressive by the fact that four times his club was the lower seed. (Those 10 games are listed below.) Two little-known facts about Pitino's coaching career: ♦ His NCAA Tournament debut... Read more

The Sweet 13

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 9:32 PM
ESPN reports that 13 of this year's Sweet 16 teams have won NCAA titles. Here they are with their title years or (for the other three schools) the years of their furthest advancement. School Titles Seasons Cincinnati 2 1961, 1962 Florida 2 2006, 2007 Indiana 5 1940, 1953, 1976... Read more

Sixers, Flyers Gulping on Big Apple

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 12:29 AM
With Wednesday night's loss, the Sixers and Flyers have now combined to lose nine of their last 10 and 11 of their last 13 games to the Knicks and Rangers. That run: Date Team Opponent Result Feb. 6, 2011 Sixers at Knicks L 103-117 Feb. 20, 2011 Flyers at Rangers ... Read more

Who is Philly's Number One No. 1?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 8:20 AM
They came from afar and played games as different as grass and ice. They played as Hall of Famers decades apart and dabbled elsewhere, but set down roots in the Delaware Valley that would last the reminder of their lives ... and beyond. And they wore the same uniform number, the ultimate uniform... Read more

Doing Dougie C. Up Big!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 12:05 AM
Sixers head coach Doug Collins recorded his 399th career victory Monday night against the Bobcats. Collins has as many 20-point wins as the Sixers coach (19) as he does single-digit victories (19). Another 29 of his Sixers Ws have been by 10-to-19 points. Below are the number of wins by margin of... Read more

2011-12 City Series Leaders

Monday, March 19, 2012, 11:32 PM
Josh Verlin, of Philahoops.com, passes along the following — each Big 5 school's leaders in their respective city series games this season. (All played four games unless otherwise noted.) Nice hustle, Josh! La Salle (1-3 Big 5) Earl Pettis: 20 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals,... Read more

USF Bulls Gave Philly Fits

Monday, March 19, 2012, 1:50 AM
You can't blame the Philadelphia college basketball community if they don't care to see the University of South Florida men's team anytime soon. The Bulls' victory over Temple in an NCAA first-round game Friday capped a perfect 4-0 season against Philly teams. That includes two regular season wins... Read more

NCAA Late Friday Matchups

Friday, March 16, 2012, 4:00 PM
Facts, stats and fun stuff culled from, among other sources, the thumbnails on all 68 NCAA teams put together by the Daily News sports staff — East, South, Midwest, West. 6:50 (TBS) Memphis vs. Saint Louis BoopNotes: Tigers won their three Conference USA tourney games by a combined 75 points... Read more

NCAA Early Friday Matchups

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 4:00 PM
Facts, stats and fun stuff culled from, among other sources, the thumbnails on all 68 NCAA teams put together by the Daily News sports staff — East, South, Midwest, West. Friday evening matchups will post at 4 p.m. Friday. 12:15 (CBS) Cincinnati vs. Texas BoopNotes: Five of Bearcats’ 10... Read more
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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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