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Welcome to Championship Week

Monday, March 9, 2009, 2:13 AM
We have reached the greatest time of year for college basketball fans. March Madness has not truly arrived yet, but Championship Week is the opening act for the biggest party in sports. Before we get there, however, we need to take a look back at an exhilarating weekend of hoops. There were big games... Read more

The Schuylkill 16 shot of the year?

Friday, March 6, 2009, 1:30 AM
This post was originally going to be about the great display of Fran Dunphy offense that Temple put on against St. Joe's tonight at the Liacouras Center: 16 assists on 21 made field goals, only nine turnovers and 1.03 points per possession. But at the very end of a big night of local hoops, Penn State's... Read more

The Schuylkill 16 Week 16: Square Edition

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 1:19 AM
I picked a heck of a time to get sick. Sore throat, runny nose, general sense of grogginess while sitting at my desk attempting to run the whole of Philly.com at night all week... yeah. Not so good. Between my health and the ugly forecast for central New York this weekend, I'm bailing on the trip... Read more

Welcome to The Big Dance

Monday, March 2, 2009, 6:45 PM
Tonight, I'm unveiling something on the blog that I've wanted to do for a long time. If you take a look at the right rail, you'll see a new widget called The Big Dance. It's based on a combination of the CoverItLive software we use for live blogging and the microblogging platform Twitter. Anyone... Read more

Serving statistics and a look ahead

Monday, March 2, 2009, 1:32 AM
Time for another compilation of data from Basketball State's NCAA Tournament teamsheets. Before we start, though, I think it's worth taking a moment to lay out where the blog is headed over the next few weeks. First of all, because of Villanova's game tonight at Notre Dame, the Schuylkill 16 poll... Read more

Schuylkill 16 Poll Week 15: Star Trek Edition

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 7:36 PM
I was thinking about starting this off with a joke about being a day late and a dollar short, but as you've all probably seen by now this isn't a particularly good time for me to do that. So instead, this week's poll results are accompanied by an extra helping of data. After the rankings, you'll see... Read more

Going deep with the RPI

Monday, February 23, 2009, 2:04 AM
Not long after I put together those tables of NCAA Selection Committee team sheet data last week, I realized that those numbers merited more serious consideration. So I decided to assemble that data again, but this time I expanded the number of teams involved. Below you'll find average opponent... Read more

Penn State 38, Illinois 33

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 12:53 PM
Consider the box score from Penn State's 38-33 upset win in Champaign. (No, it is not a football box score, though it may resemble one in some ways.) Take it slowly, as you would a glass of red wine or maybe a plate full of brussels sprouts and asparagus. Be deliberate in considering all the numbers:... Read more

Schuylkill 16 Poll Week 14: More ballot-box stuffing

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 1:54 AM
The headline of the post isn't actually about this week's rankings but about another poll relating to local college basketball. The Washington Post's college basketball blog, Press Break, is running a knockout tournament in which fans vote on who they think is the best non-BCS coach in college hoops... Read more

Schuylkill 16 Poll Week 13: Earning stripes

Monday, February 9, 2009, 11:35 PM
Before we get to the rankings, we've arrived at the Fantasy HORSE Invitational championship game. It pits Kentucky's Jodie Meeks against Temple's Dionte Christmas. Voting will be open until tipoff of the Temple-St. Joe's game on Thursday. Also, it looks like comments are back. Thanks for bearing with... Read more
About this blog
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.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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