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Villanova's worst loss yet?

Friday, March 18, 2011, 4:56 PM
I picked George Mason to beat Villanova in my bracket, but I certainly didn't expect a Wildcats collapse quite like that. With 3:53 left in the game and 'Nova winning 52-46, stats guru Ken Pomeroy tweeted that the Wildcats had an 80 percent chance to win. As probabilities go, that's pretty high. Jay... Read more

Live updates: NCAA Tournament Second Round Day 2

Friday, March 18, 2011, 9:38 AM
Will we get the drama of yesterday's afternoon session games, or the relative dullness of the night session games (other than Michigan State-UCLA)? It's time to find out. I can't help thinking that the one game of major local interest is going to be one of the better ones today. George Mason is a... Read more

The Schuylkill 16 2010-11: Week 18

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 4:07 PM
As we get set to tip off the NCAA Tournament tonight, here's your take on how the local teams stack up against each other. One last reminder to make your selections in's NCAA Tournament Pick'Em contest. You can join the Soft Pretzel Logic readers group by clicking here. 1. Temple, 20 points -... Read more

Here's my bracket. What's yours?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 7:20 AM
I finally have all my picks in. It took me a while to decide on some of them, but with the First Round starting tonight, there wasn't much time to waste. So here's my bracket. Now I want to see yours. Sign up for's NCAA Tournament pick'em contest, and join the "Soft Pretzel Logic Readers"... Read more

Local coaches make their Final Four picks

Monday, March 14, 2011, 8:29 PM
Local coaches make their Final Four picks This time of year is full of rituals. One of my favorites comes on the morning after Selection Sunday, when all six local Division I men's basketball coaches gather at the Palestra for a breakfast fundraiser to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer. No one will ever... Read more

Video: Jay Wright interview

Monday, March 14, 2011, 8:21 PM
My interview with Villanova coach Jay Wright at the 2011 Coaches vs. Cancer March Madness Tip-Off Breakfast. Read more

The Schuylkill 16 2010-11: Week 17

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 4:03 PM
NEW YORK - Sorry this is a day late. I was going to post it yesterday, but then the refereeing mess happened in the Rutgers-St. John's game so I decided to write about that. I should note that ballots were cast before that game, so they don't reflect Rutgers' loss. But if you read all the way to the... Read more

'You know, this wasn't in the plan'

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 4:55 AM
South Florida 70, Villanova 69: Joe Juliano | Super 'Nova | Ashley Fox | Mike Kern | Sam Donnellon NEW YORK - It probably wasn't the best choice of words, all things considered. But things get said in the heat of the moment, especially when that moment follows the biggest comeback from halftime in... Read more

Crunchy Numbers: Championship Week edition

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 4:44 PM
NEW YORK - Greetings from Madison Square Garden, where as you know by now I'm live-blogging today's Big East Tournament action. While we have time between games, here's the latest edition of Crunchy Numbers. Thoughts on what you see here? Read more

Games 33-36: Big East Tournament First Round

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 12:30 AM
NEW YORK - One of the best weeks of the college basketball season, perhaps the best full-length week of them all, has finally arrived. Championship Week kicks into high gear today as Madison Square Garden opens its doors once again to the Big East. Fans of all 16 of the conference's schools - yes... 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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