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Big stage, Miami await Temple in New York

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Playing at Madison Square Garden, like Temple will be doing on Tuesday in the NIT semifinals when the Owls face off against Miami (Fl.), means playing upon one of the biggest stages in basketball. And not … Continue reading

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Dingle returns to form in Temple’s win

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It’s been a tough season for Temple redshirt sophomore Daniel Dingle. The 6-foot-7 forward from New York City tore his meniscus 10 games into a 2013-14 season where he was averaging 6.7 ppg in just over … Continue reading

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Temple going to the Garden after downing LA Tech, 77-59

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When Selection Sunday came and went and Temple found itself on the outside looking in a the NCAA Tournament, senior guard Will Cummings said he wouldn’t be satisfied until the Owls emerged with a championship in the National … Continue reading

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Donofrio Classic Report: Tuesday, March 24

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Ethan Miller (@ByEthanMiller) – Here’s a report from Donofrio Classic action at the Fellowship House (515 Harry St., Conshohocken) on Tuesday, March 24: ~~~ Game One: Pizza Time 95, Del-Val VC 71 After a back-and-forth opening … Continue reading

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Trio inducted into Phila. area small-college Hall of Fame

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The 2015 edition of the Philadelphia Area Small College Hall of Fame induction ceremony turned into a bit of the Dave Pauley Show on Monday night. The University of Sciences coach got plenty of time in front … Continue reading

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La Salle gets Syracuse transfer B.J. Johnson; adds 2015 forward

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – La Salle head coach John Giannini has done well in the past few years adding local talent who transfer home, and it continued on Monday. The Explorers will add former Syracuse wing B.J. Johnson, a 2013 … Continue reading

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2015 Donofrio Classic Homepage

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – The Donofrio Classic is ready to return to Conshohocken for its 55th annual edition, bringing many of the area’s top high school ballplayers to the Fellowship House (515 Harry St, Conshohocken) as 26 teams battle it out over … Continue reading

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NC State’s frontcourt depth presents problem for undersized Villanova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – For most of NC State’s season, the Wolfpack lived and died by the play of their three high-scoring guards: junior Trevor Lacey (15.6 ppg), senior Ralston Turner (13.1 ppg) and sophomore Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber (12.2 ppg). … Continue reading

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NCAA Breakdown: 1) Villanova vs. 8) NC State

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Here’s a quick look at the Third Round (Round of 32) game between Villanova and NC State, which will tipoff at 7:10 PM EST on Saturday evening: Tale of the Tape Villanova Wildcats Seed: No. 1, … Continue reading

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Villanova-Lafayette not your typical 1-16 matchup

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Jay Wright knows the history. Since the NCAA Tournament’s expansion to 64 teams in 1985, no 1-seed has never lost to a 16-seed. It’s something Villanova’s 14th-year head coach is acutely aware of a day before … Continue reading

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Lindner, Arcidiacono continue rivalry on biggest stage yet

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – PITTSBURGH, Pa.–Nick Lindner never expected to play against Ryan Arcidiacono in college. The Lafayette sophomore point guard, who’s known his Villanova counterpart since they were opponents on the elementary school courts, figured by this point their … Continue reading

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Donahue sets priorities to start Penn’s rebuild

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Fifteen years after his career took him out of the only area he’s called home, Steve Donahue returned to Philadelphia. The newly-named 20th head coach in the 115-year history of Penn basketball stood at a podium … Continue reading

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Sciolla, Conwell-Egan make first PIAA final with win over Loyalsock

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – MECHANICSBURG, Pa.–Stevie Jordan had never dunked in a high school game before. So when Conwell-Egan’s 5-foot-11 point guard rose up towards the bucket in the closing minutes of the Eagles’ PIAA Class AA semifinal, he had … Continue reading

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Penn’s Calhoun goes with safe choice in Donahue hire

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Before the 2014-15 season, after two straight years of single-digit wins and with a new athletic director in town, it was clear that Jerome Allen was running out of time at Penn if he didn’t turn things around. … Continue reading

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PIAA Tournament Semifinal Preview

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Here’s a quick look at the eight games taking place on Tuesday night that will determine the PIAA finalists: Class A Constitution (12-1) vs. Math, Civics & Sciences (12-2) Philadelphia University, 8 PM It’s a Public … Continue reading

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Temple’s NCAA hopes up in air after 69-56 loss to Southern Methodist

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – HARTFORD, Conn.–With a chance to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, Temple instead has to wait a day to find out its fate. The Owls were in position to move off the bubble, with an … Continue reading

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Kerr, USciences advance in NCAA Tournament with 73-57 win over St. Anselm (N.H.)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – SPRINGFIELD, Mass.–With nine minutes remaining in the first half of University of the Science’s first-ever Division II men’s basketball tournament game, Garret Kerr picked up his second foul. USciences head coach Dave Pauley, who couldn’t afford … Continue reading

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Temple facing Southern Methodist with NCAA hopes on the line

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – For Temple, the NCAA Tournament picture has become fairly clear: beat Southern Methodist. If the Owls can overcome the No. 20/21 Mustangs on Saturday afternoon in the American Athletic Conference semifinals (3 PM, ESPN2), it would … Continue reading

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Temple survives Memphis, 80-75, in American quarterfinals

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – With Temple’s NCAA hopes resting right on the bubble, the Owls played an American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal to match. Even the eventual game-clinching shot was a nail-biter. In a tie game with under 50 seconds … Continue reading

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Lindner leads Lafayette into NCAA Tournament with 65-63 win over American

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – As wide-open as the Patriot League was all season, postseason victories usually come hand-in-hand with two things: guard play and experience. And when it mattered the most, Lafayette got plenty of both. Sophomore Nick Lindner led the … Continue reading

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Mixed emotions in Palestra stands for Allen’s final game

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When Penn’s Jerome Allen was introduced before his final home game as Quakers head coach on Tuesday night, the stands told the story. Half of the seats in the Palestra had fans who rose to their … Continue reading

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Jerome Allen’s tenure at Penn ends with 73-52 loss

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Before Penn’s season finale against Princeton, the Quakers wore two shirts during warm-ups. First, Penn’s players came out dressed in plain black t-shirts. Then, they changed into navy blue shirts with a “53” on the back. … Continue reading

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PIAA Class AA & AAAA Second-Round Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Half of the 128 teams who started off last weekend with Pennsylvania state title hopes are gone, with 16 left in each of the state’s four classifications for the second round that takes place over the next … Continue reading

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PIAA Class A & AAA Second-Round Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Half of the 128 teams who started off last weekend with Pennsylvania state title hopes are gone, with 16 left in each of the state’s four classifications for the second round that takes place over the next … Continue reading

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USciences qualifies for first NCAA Tournament

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Five minutes before the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Selection Show started, Dave Pauley paced behind his team. “Let’s see what happens,” the University of the Sciences head coach said out loud to no one in … Continue reading

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