Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Big 5

Palestra to host Big 5 doubleheader in January

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 8:39 AM
Two times in recent months we've seen reports surface about discussions to get a Big 5 doubleheader into the Palestra at some point during the 2015-16 season. On Wednesday, confirmation finally came that a twinbill will happen. The date to save is Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Temple will play La Salle... Read more

Villanova's Darrun Hilliard named Big 5 Player of the Year

Monday, March 23, 2015, 3:51 PM
Although Villanova's season ended in disappointing fashion, the Wildcats' overall success got some deserved recognition on Monday. 'Nova guard Darrun Hilliard was named Big 5 Player of the Year, and backcourt partner Ryan Arcidiacono was also named to the all-Big 5 first team. Phil Booth won Rookie... Read more

Big 5 unveils stellar 2015 Hall of Fame class

Monday, February 2, 2015, 3:17 PM
If you were starting to wonder when the Big 5 would announce this year's Hall of Fame class, the news came Monday. And it was worth the wait. This year's class is loaded with marquee names. The biggest headliner is Temple legend Pepe Sanchez, a two-time Big 5 MVP who still holds the Owls' assists-per-game... 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

Steve Bilsky named Big 5 executive director

Monday, April 14, 2014, 1:25 PM
Even though Penn athletic director Steve Bilsky is retiring at the end of June, he isn't going far. In fact, he isn't even leaving his alma mater's campus. Bilsky will become the executive director of the Philadelphia Big 5 this summer. According to a release from the organization, his role "will... Read more

Villanova's James Bell, Penn's Alyssa Baron win Big 5 Player of the Year honors

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11:56 AM
Big 5 honors for the 2013-14 season were announced Tuesday. It comes as little surprise that the Players of the Year are Villanova's James Bell on the men's side and Penn's Alyssa Baron on the women's side. Congrats to both of them, and to all of this season's honorees. Here's the full list: Men's... Read more

CBS’ Bill Raftery excited to call Villanova, St. Joe’s in NCAA tournament

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 4:22 PM
There’s never a bad time to talk college hoops with CBS and Fox Sports analyst Bill Raftery. But I must admit that after interviewing him and Verne Lundquist during Championship Week, I thought that was all I’d need for a while. Then Selection Sunday happened. Villanova and Saint Joseph’s... Read more

Video: Will a Villanova-St. Joe's NCAA tournament game happen?

Monday, March 17, 2014, 2:06 PM
How likely is a Villanova-Saint Joseph's matchup in the third round of the NCAA tournament? The Inquirer's Joe Juliano offers his take in a video chat with CineSport's Justin Shackil. Read more

2014 Big 5 Hall of Fame class announced

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 10:44 AM
This year's Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame class has been announced. I'm pretty sure you will be familiar with the honorees: former Saint Joseph's sharpshooter Pat Carroll, former Penn guard Michael Jordan, former La Salle forward Crista Ricketts, and longtime college basketball writer Dick Weiss... Read more
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