Wednesday, November 25, 2015


'College GameDay' going to Independence Mall for Temple-Notre Dame

Monday, October 26, 2015, 12:47 PM
It's official: ESPN's "College GameDay" show is coming to Philadelphia to set the stage for Saturday night's Temple vs. Notre Dame showdown at sold-out Lincoln Financial Field. And as has been rumored, the site for the show will be Independence Mall. The Inquirer's Marc Narducci confirmed Monday evening... Read more

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

Selection Show chat with Andrew Albert

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 4:53 PM
Join's Andrew Albert as he answers questions about the NCAA Tournament Selection Show and college basketball starting at 6 p.m. 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

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

Temple picked 6th in AAC preseason coaches' poll

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:45 AM
Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls were picked sixth in the American Athletic Conference's preseason coaches' poll, which was released Wednesday morning at the conference's media day in New York. Connecticut barely edged out Southern Methodist as the favorite. Huskies guard Ryan Boatright was named preseason... 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

Big East, Atlantic 10 and American Athletic Conference men's basketball tournaments TV schedule

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 9:26 PM
Here's how to watch the conference tournaments involving Philadelphia's teams during Championship Week. I'll update this post as more seeds are finalized, and throughout the tournaments as teams advance. Big East All games at Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. Wednesday, March 12 7:00 p.m.:... Read more

Bill Raftery dishes on the Big East and American Athletic Conference tournaments

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 2:39 PM
NEW YORK - Bill Raftery is in for a busy week. He'll be calling all the prime time games at the Big East tournament on Fox Sports 1, then on Sunday he'll cross the East River for the A-10 title game on CBS. To set the stage, I caught up with Raftery for a few minutes on Tuesday at CBS and Turner... 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.

Jonathan Tannenwald
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