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Archive: November, 2008

Nova passes first "test"

Sunday, November 30, 2008, 5:39 PM
Some winning teams, you can judge by their statistics. Other winning teams, you can understand by watching on television. To judge at least one winning team in this town, you need to be in the gym. Villanova will never dazzle you with stats or the beauty of its play. But if you take the time to watch... Read more

Owls are road warriors

Friday, November 28, 2008, 7:51 PM
Temple, which is off to a 3-1 start for the first time since the 2000-01 team won its four, is at Buffalo Saturday. That 2000-01 team, by the way, was the last of five that John Chaney took to the Final Eight. And those Owls would follow that opening winning streak by losing their next seven. It would... Read more

How Good Is Temple

Friday, November 28, 2008, 10:43 AM
Temple has not played a game at home. Villanova has not played a game anywhere but home. So, making pronouncements at this stage is probably silly. But this blog needs a little action so, I am thinking, rankings and expectations aside, the Owls may very well be as good as the Wildcats. And that really... Read more

Hoops fills up Palestra this weekend

Thursday, November 27, 2008, 7:04 PM
When Rob Kennedy of the Hoop Group conceived the Philly Hoop Group Classic, he looked at the hybrid tournament that ends at the Palestra today and tomorrow as something that could help fill the big vacuum left by the late (and very lamented) Big 5 tripleheader. In just its second year, the Classic... Read more

Owls celebrate their Thanksgiving tradition

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 5:06 PM
Thanksgiving is the time of year to pause and remember all the things one has to be thankful for. An athletic team is a family, and so, since I have been coaching, I have used this holiday to gather the team together and have everyone that is part of “our family” express what it is that... Read more

Changes in Atlantic 10 Tournament

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 1:50 PM
The Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball tournament will be broadcast on Selection Sunday on CBS beginning in 2010 and the league also announced a new format for its conference tournament starting that year. In 2010, the top 12 teams will participate with the top four seeds receiving a bye... Read more

Overall a decent trip for La Salle

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 12:47 PM
.In a phone conversation yesterday from the Virgin Islands, La Salle coach John Giannini sounded somewhat disappointed that his team had lost two of its three games in the Paradise Jam down in the Virgin Islands. I don't think his attitude is solely because of the losses there, but more because of... Read more

Learning to Win

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 8:49 AM
...What La Salle needs to do now is learn how to win games. Even at 2-3, that was the lesson from the Explorers' journey to paradise. What is no longer in doubt that is the La Salle has the athletes to compete. That was obvious Friday night when they hung with No. 2 Connecticut all evening. UConn... Read more

Villanova continues non-conference schedule in Philly Hoop Group Classic

Monday, November 24, 2008, 4:50 PM
Villanova's 23rd-ranked hoops team continues the non-Big East portion of its schedule Tuesday night at home against Monmouth, in the second preliminary game of the second Philly Hoop Group Classic. The same Monmouth team that just got beat by Penn at the Palestra by 21. But if you were expecting to... Read more

St. Joe's readies in Maui

Sunday, November 23, 2008, 5:25 PM
During my years at Saint Joseph’s, I have always prided myself on our preparation on and off the court. Keeping everyone and everything going in the same direction has allowed our players to concentrate on daily improvement, competing at the highest level and hopefully enjoying the experience... Read more
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