Monday, December 22, 2014

Big 5

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

Fan info for College GameDay, Temple-La Salle at the Palestra

Monday, January 13, 2014, 1:20 PM
This coming Saturday is one of the most anticipated dates on the Philadelphia college basketball calendar, as the Palestra finally gets to host ESPN's College GameDay. The show will precede a twinbill on 33rd Street, as La Salle faces Temple and Penn faces Saint Joseph's. Both games have some tickets... Read more

This season’s Big 5 TV schedule and unofficial doubleheaders

Friday, November 8, 2013, 3:40 PM
I always intend to do this every year, and more often than not I forget. I remembered this time, even if it was just a few hours before the start of the season. Here’s the schedule of all of this season’s Big 5 City Series games and how you can (or can’t, in a few cases) watch them... Read more

ESPN's College GameDay coming to the Palestra for Temple-La Salle

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 11:19 AM
The day Big 5 fans have long hoped to see is finally coming. ESPN is bringing its "College GameDay" show to the Palestra on Saturday, January 18 for the Temple-La Salle game. That means a two-hour morning show live from 33rd Street: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on ESPNU, and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on ESPN. The... Read more
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