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NCAA Tournament

Butler coach Brad Stevens talks about joining the Big East

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 5:16 PM
The big news in college sports on Wednesday morning was the launch of the new Big East. The old Big East's basketball schools, including Villanova, have formed a new league along with Butler, Creighton and Xavier. Soon after Butler athletic director Barry Collier and James Danko met the media in New... Read more

Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen: Butler is 'the gold standard'

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1:23 PM
For mid-major fans, the Butler-Bucknell matchup on Thursday in Lexington is one of the most appealing second-round games in the NCAA tournament. Here, courtesy of ASAP Sports, is a transcript of Bucknell's day-before press conference at Rupp Arena. THE MODERATOR: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen... Read more

La Salle coach John Giannini: 'You have to build a culture'

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 3:55 PM
Courtesy of ASAP Sports, here's a transcript of La Salle's press conference ahead of Wednesday night's NCAA tournament first round game against Boise State in Dayton. THE MODERATOR: We're ready to be joined by the La Salle student‑athletes, Sam Mills, Tyreek Duren, and Ramon Galloway. Q. Ramon... Read more

Boise State coach Leon Rice: La Salle has 'got so many weapons and so many ways to score'

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 3:29 PM
Courtesy of ASAP Sports, here's a transcript of Boise State's press conference ahead of Wednesday night's NCAA tournament first round game against La Salle in Dayton. THE MODERATOR: We're now being joined by Boise State student‑athletes Anthony Drmic, Jeff Elorriaga, and Derrick Marks. Q. Anthony... Read more

Here’s my 2013 NCAA tournament bracket

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 3:22 PM
For a while, I had talked myself out of doing a bracket this year. I wanted to have the discipline to not bother, to just sit back and enjoy watching games without caring about pools or being held to predictions. Well, just hours before the start of the first round, I got talked back into it. So here... Read more

Video: A burden off La Salle coach John Giannini's shoulders

Monday, March 18, 2013, 5:55 PM
La Salle coach John Giannini was very much the man of the hour during Monday's Coaches vs. Cancer March Madness Tip-Off Breakfast at the Palestra. After the event ended, I talked with him for a few minutes about how it feels to have ended the Explorers' 21-year NCAA Tournament drought. Read more

Video: National players to watch in the NCAA Tournament

Monday, March 18, 2013, 5:55 PM
It doesn't take much to get me and Dick Jerardi talking on camera, especially in the days before the NCAA Tournament. We got together Monday morning for a few minutes to chat about some of the players we're looking forward to seeing over the next few weeks. I suspect you've heard of Otto Porter, Trey... Read more

Video: Jay Wright preparing Villanova to face North Carolina

Monday, March 18, 2013, 3:37 PM
As Villanova gets set to face North Carolina in the NCAA tournament, I caught up with Wildcats coach Jay Wright at the Coaches vs. Cancer March Madness Tip-Off Breakfast on Monday at the Palestra. (Video by Samantha Corrado/ Read more

Video: La Salle celebrates its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1992

Sunday, March 17, 2013, 9:54 PM
There was quite a celebration at 20th and Olney on Sunday night, as La Salle earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 21 years. We've got two cool videos from the occasion: one by staff photographer David Maialetti and one by La Salle's athletic department. I would think that whatever school... Read more

2013 NCAA Tournament seed list published; La Salle is next-to-last at-large team in field

Sunday, March 17, 2013, 8:34 PM
The NCAA has published its overall ranking of seeds in the NCAA Tournament. It's similar to the S-Curve, in that it compares all 68 teams in the field to each other. It's a pretty close approximation to where the actual seeds ended up. But you'll see exactly where teams got bumped up or down a line... 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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