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You can't spell Nittany without...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 11:53 PM
Never thought you'd see a white-out at Madison Square Garden, did you? With no less a luminary than Joe Paterno looking on from the stands, Penn State held off a second-half charge from Notre Dame and beat the Fighting Irish, 67-59, in the NIT semifinals. The ESPN announcing crew said at the beginning... Read more

'It's actually starting to sink in today'

Monday, March 30, 2009, 11:43 PM
Staff photographer Sarah J. Glover was out on the Main Line this afternoon at a Villanova media session. She put together a nice video of Jay Wright and a number of his players talking about how it feels to have made it to the Final Four. Read more

Dominoes falling at Kentucky, Memphis

Monday, March 30, 2009, 4:39 PM
We've barely just finished the regional finals and already the coaching carousel is spinning at top speed. The Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting that Kentucky is on the verge of hiring John Calipari to replace Billy Gillispie as its basketball coach. At the same time, the Memphis Commercial Appeal... Read more

Final Four schedule announced

Sunday, March 29, 2009, 7:20 PM
Word is in from CBS that Villanova and North Carolina will contest the second game at the Final Four on Saturday night. Michigan State-Connecticut will be the first game, tipping off at 6:07 p.m. The second game is slated to start 40 minutes after that game concludes, so we're probably looking at a... Read more

Into the history books

Sunday, March 29, 2009, 1:19 AM
Villanova 78, Pittsburgh 76: Juliano | Kern | Ford | Jensen | Hofmann | On campus | Box National coverage: Weiss | Feinstein | Ryan | Katz | N.Y. Times | Wash. Post | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Okay, this might take a little while, and it might be a bit disjointed. So bear with me... I'm in shock.... Read more

The game as it happened: Villanova 78, Pittsburgh 76

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 6:24 PM
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Sweet dreams are made of this

Friday, March 27, 2009, 1:46 AM
Villanova 77, Duke 54: Juliano | Jerardi | Ford | Hofmann | Raleigh News and Observer | Box score So you probably thought coming in that Villanova had a pretty good shot to win the game, and maybe by a couple baskets instead of just one. But by 23 points? Seriously? This was a demolition the caliber... Read more

Live blog: Villanova vs. Duke

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 9:54 AM
Greetings from the shadow of the big screen at Tir Na Nog in Center City, where I'm hosting a viewing party for tonight's game that I hope you'll come join if you're nearby. Yeah, the weather stinks, but that didn't stop you from going to games during the season so it shouldn't stop you now. A few... Read more

Connecticut's mess

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 5:12 PM
I only just now got around to reading Yahoo! Sports' exposé on the NCAA rules Connecticut violated in recruiting guard Nate Miles. I suspect a number of you have seen it already today but as I write this there is about to be a press conference in Storrs to address the mater. The story is really... Read more

Who are you rooting against?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 10:08 PM
Say you're a fan of a Big 5 school. You're really loyal to your team but you get the meaning and history of the City Series, even if you weren't born yet when the thing was really in its heyday. You have, to put it one way, a healthy dislike for Villanova. It might vary among you, from the Penn fan... Read more
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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.

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

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