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How much was 'Nova hurt by UConn loss?

Friday, February 19, 2010, 4:21 PM
I've been wondering for a few days how badly Villanova was hurt in the rankings by Monday's loss to Connecticut, and today I finally had time to look it up. Obviously there have been games since then, but not so many that the numbers aren't still fair. The answer seems to be that the Wildcats didn't... Read more

Game 27: Penn 79, Cornell 64

Friday, February 12, 2010, 4:40 PM
Yes, this really just happened. And no, I can't believe it either. Behind 24 points from Jack Eggleston and 22 from Zack Rosen, Penn upset two-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell at the Palestra, 79-64. The Quakers shot 56.5 percent from the field and won at home for the first time since February... Read more

A blizzard of Crunchy Numbers

Friday, February 5, 2010, 3:20 PM
Corrected after nayr83 pointed out in the comments that La Salle at Temple wasn't an official Big 5 game. The official schedule is here, if you're wondering. PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For as much as I enjoy train travel, five hours is a long time to sit and look out the window. So as my train to Boston makes... Read more

One-on-one with Jay Bilas

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 3:58 PM
(In a conversational sense. Not on the basketball court, thankfully.) Say what you will about ESPN's Jay Bilas, but he gets to see some pretty good games this week. After calling Georgetown-Syracuse last night, Bilas will be courtside at the Wachovia Center for Notre Dame-Villanova tomorrow. Then... Read more

Crunchy Numbers: Temple, 'Nova far ahead of the pack

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 3:41 PM
I've been working on a project over the last few days, so I haven't had time to dig too deep. But it's definitely worth noting that the only teams in the Schuylkill 16 with wins over Top 50 RPI teams are Temple and Villanova. The Patriot League could produce a local champion, but other than that,... Read more

Crunchy Numbers: 'Nova, Temple suited just fine

Monday, January 11, 2010, 2:39 PM
As Villanova gets ready to visit Louisville tonight, the Wildcats are looking pretty good in the computer rankings. For the first time this season, 'Nova is ranked 10th in both the RPI and Sagarin index. Temple is flying high too, at No. 15 in Sagarin and a gaudy No. 3 in the RPI. There are people... Read more

Crunchy Numbers: New Orleans in March sounds nice

Monday, January 4, 2010, 11:12 PM
Though we heard from Joe Lunardi on Saturday, it's been a while since we last checked out Bracketology. Now seems as good a time as ever to do something about that, especially with the Boise State-TCU national championship game on TV in the background. (Oh well.) Let's start with Villanova, which... Read more

Crunchy Numbers: Basketball tip-off edition

Thursday, December 24, 2009, 12:06 AM
With typos corrected (twice). Argh. Before you head off for Christmas, here's an appetizer to set up your weekend feasting. It's the first Crunchy Numbers of the basketball season. This year, I'm going to do the Schuylkill 16 NCAA Tournament teamsheet compilation each week in addition to the City... Read more

Could Villanova's football team beat Notre Dame?

Friday, December 11, 2009, 2:14 PM
As Villanova's football team prepares to face William & Mary in the I-AA playoff semifinals tonight, I thought it would be cool to take a look at just how high the Wildcats have risen in Jeff Sagarin's computer ratings. 'Nova is ranked No. 37, and is the highest-ranked I-AA team by 12 spots. The... Read more

Crunchy Numbers Week 13: How high will Villanova climb?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 11:06 PM
And you thought we were done with this. Not yet. We'll keep it going until Villanova's season ends. But we'll keep things short because most of the local teams' seasons are over. Rutgers also has another game left, at home against West Virginia at noon Saturday on ESPN2. Villanova's 3:30 p.m. kickoff... Read more
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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com'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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