Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tom Gola honored with statue

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:12 PM
La Salle’s interim president Dr. James Gallagher stood in front of a crowded lobby in the University’s Hayman Center wearing a sport coat with a gold tie. He spoke to a crowd that included Dave Montgomery, Lionel Simmons, Fran Dunphy and Sonny Hill about Tom Gola and his ever present legacy... Read more

Wilson answered Martelli's call

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10:07 PM
It had been 26 days since Saint Joseph’s had won a basketball game going into Wednesday night. Three straight losses to open the Atlantic 10 season had some Hawks players hanging their heads, and Phil Martelli took notice. He called his senior point guard into his office. He challenged him in... Read more

Amar Stukes settling in at point guard for La Salle

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:42 PM
Right after Steve Zack won the opening tip to start La Salle's 63-50 beatdown of George Washington, Amar Stukes drove down the right side of the lane and tried to go up with his right hand. He lost the ball, which hit off his leg, and the possession was over. That is exactly what La Salle needs from... Read more

Cleon Roberts fueling La Salle's offensive surge

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10:01 PM
Following a last minute loss to Temple at the Palestra, La Salle coach Dr. John Giannini finally admitted what many were thinking about his team: it was afraid to shoot the ball. And he did not know why. The Explorers were in the midst of a four-game losing streak in which their highest offensive... Read more

Villanova proves its mettle with gutsy comeback

Monday, December 22, 2014, 9:20 AM
As I headed into the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, I had some nagging questions stuck in the back of my mind. Was Villanova really, truly, the nation's seventh-best team? And were the Wildcats that high in the polls because of their undefeated record and a lack of alternatives? I knew they were... Read more

La Salle needs to start shooting

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:05 PM
La Salle has a problem. It's not that the team lacks chemistry, like last year. It's not that all the new pieces aren't adapting to playing with each other, like many thought could happen. No, the Explorers' problem is much simpler than anything anyone could have anticipated coming off last season's... Read more

Palestra's echoes wake up a familiar lament

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:43 PM
We hear all the time about what things like to be in the Big 5's halcyon days, when every City Series game was played at the Palestra and had the feel of a big occasion. The reminiscing gets repetitive after a while, and indeed tiresome. Perhaps that's because I've only ever lived here in an era when... Read more

La Salle looks for answers amid slump

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:05 PM
[A quick preamble: You all know Andrew from his past work for the Daily News and City of Basketball Love, among other outlets. I'm really happy to announce that we've hired him to the sports team at You'll be reading his stuff on here throughout this season and beyond. Although this blog... Read more

Philadelphia to host 2016 NCAA men's basketball East Regional

Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:26 PM
The NCAA gave Philadelphia college basketball fans some very good news on Monday: the 2016 men's basketball tournament's East Regional rounds are coming to the Wells Fargo Center. La Salle will serve as the host institution. It will be the 28th time that the Big Dance has come to town, and the eighth... Read more

Free college hoops across Philadelphia

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 2:46 PM
If you're a top-25 team that schedules an exhibition game against a Division II program at a NBA arena, and you want to get people to watch, you sometimes have to get a bit creative. So, credit to Villanova, which is offering free tickets to Sunday's exhibition against Nyack at the Wells Fargo Center... Read more
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Soft Pretzel Logic is's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

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