Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Who's best in the Big 5?

Putting today's debate to a proper vote.

Who's best in the Big 5?

My post last night generated a great debate in the comments about who the best player in the Big 5 is this season.

So with Temple's game against Saint Louis literally the only sporting contest in town tonight, I figured I'd keep the debate going by asking all of you to cast your vote.

Naturally, the Owls' leading candidate, Dionte Christmas, scored only eight points in 25 minutes against the Bilikens before leaving the game with a nasty cut over his eye.

But there's no question he ought to be in the conversation for this year's Geasey Award, also known as the Big 5 MVP.

It seems to me that the leading candidates for the award right now are Christmas, Ahmad Nivins of St. Joe's (who got Phil Martelli's vote last night) and Dante Cunningham of Villanova. So they're the main candidates in the poll, but if you think someone else is more deserving you can vote that way too. Leave a comment below if you do so.

By the way, the Line of the Game from Temple's 65-40 blowout has to go to Lavoy Allen, who made his first eight field goal attempts en route to a game-high 16 points.

I wonder if Allen used this Joe Lunardi column on ESPN.com, which has some not-so-nice things to say about the Atlantic 10's season so far, as motivation.

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Who is the city player of the year in men's college basketball?
Dionte Christmas (Temple)
Ahmad Nivins (St. Joseph's)
Dante Cunningham (Villanova)

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
L. Allen
25
8-10
0-0
0-0
2
5
7
1
0
0
1
0
22
16


Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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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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