Teams across the Atlantic 10 are announcing their basketball schedules today. So far Temple and Saint Joseph's have released their slates.
The Owls have a number of big games. Their non-conference schedule includes neutral-site games against Duke at the Izod Center and Syracuse at Madison Square Garden. There's also a trip to famed Allen Fieldhouse to face Kansas.
That game and the season-ending home game against Virginia Commonwealth will be televised by CBS over-the-air. It is the first time since the 2001-02 season that Temple will appear on network television.
Losing Scootie Randall wasn't enough to keep the Temple Owls from beating the Saint Joseph's Hawks, 66-52, at the Liacouras Center. Lavoy Allen broke the all-time record for rebounds in the game. Philly.com's Dave Isaac recaps the action with Bernard Fernandez of the Daily News.
In all but the Ivy League, conference schedules are nearing the halfway point. There are discussions in offices, around campuses and in the media about surprises both good and bad, players of the year candidates and which teams have the look to make a postseason run - all of this and there are still more than a dozen games to play.
In my program we are focused on daily improvement. It has always been my makeup to pursue our best basketball in February and March. Constantly reading the eyes and bodies of my players – are they tired, physically, mentally, emotionally? Who is disappointed in their own game or their role? It is a challenge to keep things fresh and upbeat.
Specific to the goal of improvement, it is imperative that we improve as a rebounding team. It sounds simple but we have not caught the ball well enough. A rebound should be seen as a pass. The key will be for us to “catch more passes” off the backboard.
College basketball is opening earlier and earlier every year. I’m not certain that this is a good step for the game. Practice preparation is cut short so we can compete but the product is flawed in my opinion.
At Saint Joseph's we have gotten through all of the excitement of the spectacular dedication of the Hagan Arena. A great night for historians of the program – Dr. Jack, Matt Guokas, Mike Bantom – all in attendance along with many former players. The Hagan Arena and Ramsay Basketball Center are second to none in providing comfort and class to our history-rich men’s and women’s programs.
The opening game with Drexel brought the SJU basketball experience back to Hawk Hill. Many thanks to Bruiser Flint and his Drexel Dragons for the hotly contested battle played out in front of a standing-room-only crowd, including more than 1,200 students.
Saint Joseph's will face Boston College in the opening round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament on Nov. 20 in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
The other first-round games that day feature Northern Iowa vs. DePaul, Tennessee vs. East Carolina and South Dakota State vs. Purdue.
The four-day tournament features four games each day with the first-round losers playing Nov. 21 and the first-round winners in action Nov. 22. The final day features games to determine the order of finish, capped by the title game.
ATLANTIC CITY -- Despite one field goal from Dionte Christmas and a hobbled Lavoy Allen, Temple pinned its third defeat of the season on Saint Josephs with a 79-65 victory in a quarterfinal game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
The only field goal for Christmas came with a little less than 6 minutes left on a driving layup that gave the Owls a 65-48 lead.
Allen, who finished with nine points and 12 rebounds points, entered Boardwalk Hall before the game with a boot on his right ankle. He showed no sign of injury, though, during the game.
ATLANTIC CITY -- Saint Joseph’s trailed Charlotte by 13 points midway through the first half of its Atlantic 10 Tournament first-round game at Boardwalk Hall. The Hawks have given up more than a few big leads this season so there was no reason to think they could not overcome one.
When they second half began, they overcame it quickly and easily, scoring on 14 of 16 possessions and outscoring the 49ers 29-11 on their way to a 72-62 win.
St. Joe’s (17-14) will play Temple (19-11) tomorrow afternoon in the quarterfinals. It is the 11th A-10 meeting between the two schools that played for the championship Temple won last season.