Archive: August, 2011
Villanova will open its 18-game Big East schedule at West Virginia on Wednesday, Dec. 28, according to the conference schedule released today.
All 144 league games will be televised with more than half on national television. After a season when the league placed a record 11 teams in the NCAA Tournament, 91 percent of all conference games in 2011-12 will include a team that played in the 2011 NCAA tourney.
Villanova also will take part in the Jimmy V Classic at Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats face Missouri, followed by Marquette against Washington.
When your team has lost 20 games in consecutive seasons, you look for an edge. And when two of your Big 5 opponents, teams you have not be able to beat in recent seasons, always play their home games against you on their campus, you decide to change your philosophy.
For the first time since the Big 5 was formed, Saint Joseph’s will play its game with Villanova on its campus at Hagan Arena. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17. The date has not been set, but St. Joe’s also will play Temple at Hagan this season.
Phil Martelli said that as long he is the coach, the Hawks would always play Big 5 home games at the Palestra. Well, SJU has not been very good the past 2 seasons. The fan support has waned. The home court edge that used to be so strong is gone. This is a way to get some juice back into a program and the arena.
La Salle has added Rohan Brown, an all-state player from Connecticut, to its freshman recruiting class.
Brown, who averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds as a senior at East Catholic High in Manchester, has enrolled in classes and will play this season.
“We were able to see Rohan play numerous times during the July evaluation period,” Explorers coach John Giannini said of the 6-6, 205-pounder. “He brings toughness, consistent effort, rebounding, defense and finishing ability. He has a big upside as he further develops his perimeter skills.”
Saint Joseph's is losing one player and added another.
Guard Evan Maschmeyer has accepted a scholarship and will be eligible to play this coming season.
Maschmeyer is a 6-3 wing player from Jeffersonville High School and Jeffersonville, Ind. He averaged 15.0 points per game this past season and was an All-Area selection by the News and Tribune. As a junior, Maschmeyer was on the Jeffersonville team that was a win away from the Class 4A State championship.
Villanova junior Isaiah Armwood, a 6-8 forward, is transferring. He started all five games on the Wildcats’ recent trip to Europe, where he averaged 2.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.
Last season he started seven times, and averaged 2.5 points and 3.6 boards in 17.4 minutes. Perhaps his biggest claim to fame was making a rare three-pointer to beat George Mason in a tournament in Puerto Rico in the third game of his career.
Temple senior forward Craig Williams has transferred to Texas Christian, according to the Horned Frogs web site.
Williams, a 6-9, 240-pounder, redshirted last season with the Owls after suffering a preseason foot injury. He will be eligible this season for TCU.
The native of Christiansted, St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, played 61 games over three seasons with Temple, starting 13 times. As a sophomore in 2008-09, he averaged 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds. As a junior, he averaged 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds.
Villanova ended a 1-4 European trip with an 87-54 loss Sunday to the Georgia Senior National Team at Almere, The Netherlands.
Junior Dominic Cheek scored 14 points and juniors Mouphtaou Yarou and Maalik Wayns each scored nine points for the Wildcats. Villanova freshman Achraf Yacoubou scored eight points off the bench. JayVaught Pinkston had seven points and six rebounds.
“This Georgia team was the best team we faced on this trip," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. "They have great shooters and are well-coached. It’s a good team with a great player in Zaza Pachulia.
Dominic Cheek scored 34 points and Mouphtaou Yarou had 22 points and 12 rebounds as Villanova downed Israel’s national team, 94-92, in a game played at Almere in the Netherlands.
Two free throws by Yarou and one by freshman JayVaughn Pinkston in the game’s final seconds proved to be the tying and winning points.