Last week's theme was how nobody in the City Six after Villanova has a shot at an at-large NCAA bid, and that's still obviously true, although Penn has been furiously digging out of its 0-6 Ivy hole. A 4-6 record now puts the Quakers in either the driver's seat or at least the front passenger's spot for the last opening at the four-team Ivy tournament. That spot could come down to Saturday's game at Columbia.
Torrey Brooks Jr. of Glassboro hears his father say, once you cross that bridge, the game changes, so here Torrey is, wearing No. 9 in a red Sixers jersey in the Right Turn Youth Academy League, inside a converted warehouse at G and Erie in Philadelphia's Juniata section.
Just after noon on a Saturday inside the WIP studios above East Market Street, two men in a little studio talked sports, talked Sixers. This was not, however, for WIP listeners. Two other men in a larger studio down the hall at the sports talk station were talking for the radio airwaves, also about the Sixers.
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Temple women's coach Tonya Cardoza didn't let Owls point guard Feyonda Fitzgerald get to the timeout huddle. Cardoza stopped her a few steps short, put an arm around Fitzgerald's shoulder. This wasn't a rant or a lecture. The facial expressions suggested pep talk.
During the time Ed Foley was Temple's interim football coach, after Matt Rhule had left for Baylor, Foley made the point that, despite all the fine seniors graduating, the future was bright, that an era had not ended. He was talking about the physical dimensions of the Owls who were ready to move up on the depth chart.
So if Villanova takes 34 three-pointers and makes six, they're vulnerable, even if seven might have done the trick Tuesday at Marquette. That's all a given and, by the way, was true last season. A tough shooting night spelled danger. The only time it happened in the NCAA tournament, against Kansas, Villanova's defense carried that day.
If you've never heard of Charlie Brown - wait, everyone's heard of Charlie Brown. It's rare that a St. Joseph's freshman basketball player, already demonstrating advanced skills on Hawk Hill, gets through a day without some reference to . . . being Charlie Brown.
NEWARK, Del. - The call didn't go the way Dionte Christmas wanted. He thought he'd gotten the clean block. Sure the refs say before games: You miss some shots, right? We miss some calls. His initial flurry of anger also was about letting his man get backdoor on him, forcing the ref to make a decision, block or foul.
Outcome determined in this girls' high school game, reserves getting time, two men sitting just past a basket at Cardinal O'Hara High, an 82-year-old and a 72-year-old, were: (a) falling asleep; (b) leaving; or (c) paying even closer attention.
It's easy to forget how long it's been. Matt Brady was a familiar face around here for a lot of years, a hoops star at Paul VI, a top assistant at St. Joseph's. For the last dozen years Brady was away, a head coach at Marist and James Madison. He's won plenty of games, 212 over those dozen years, coached in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
It might not be your first thought about Kris Jenkins, or second. Let's make a deal, though: Check out the Villanova star on defense sometime this season; just focus on him for a bit. You'll see a guy who is more than his silky jump shot, not resting on that three-pointer for the ages.
Outcome determined in this girls' high school game, reserves getting time, two men sitting just past a basket at Cardinal O'Hara High, an 82 year-old and a 72-year-old, were A) falling asleep B) leaving or C) paying even closer attention.
Among other assignments, Mike Jensen writes "Off Campus," a regular column on college sports for the Inquirer. A staff writer with the paper since 1988, Jensen covered college basketball and football beats for 15 years, wrote about soccer from 10 countries on five continents, and was assigned to the Kentucky Derby the year of Smarty Jones. He won Eclipse Awards for his coverage of Smarty Jones and Barbaro.