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Four Observations: Temple/Penn

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Patrick Paul (@P_Paul20) – Temple opened up the 2014-15 Big 5 season with a 76-67 win over Penn on Tuesday night at the Liacouras Center. Here are some extra notes from the evening: Williams emerging as … Continue reading

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Pinkston’s block delivers Legends Classic title for Villanova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Zak Irvin saw the wide-open bucket and a win for Michigan right in front of him. JayVaughn Pinkston saw differently, and it was Villanova who walked away victorious. A beautiful out-of-bounds play drawn up by Michigan … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph’s gets third 2015 commitment in Pierfrancesco Oliva

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – After getting two guards to start off its 2015 recruiting class, Saint Joseph’s has added the big man it was looking for. Pierfrancesco Oliva, a 6-foot-8 forward from Bergen Catholic (N.J.), has … Continue reading

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Temple outlasts Penn, 76-67, in Big 5 opener

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Patrick Paul (@p_paul20) – When Fran Dunphy recruited Mark Williams to Temple for his incoming 2013 class, he wasn’t expecting a big scoring punch from the power forward. A late addition to the class after signing in the spring, … Continue reading

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Villanova asserts itself in 77-53 win over No. 14 VCU

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – (Ed. Note: Thanks so much to Terrence Payne for his help with this story) In a battle of unbeaten, unanimous preseason conference favorites of the two premier East Coast basketball-only leagues, Villanova showed Virginia Commonwealth that … Continue reading

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Ja’Quan Newton making impact off Miami’s bench

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It’s strange to see Ja’Quan Newton come off the bench. After starting–and starring–for four years at Neumann-Goretti, he’s settling into a different role in his freshman season at Miami (Fl.), learning what it’s like to be … Continue reading

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92 in 92: Susquehanna Township (Pa.)

Madison Elliott (@m_elliott95) – (Ed. Note: This piece is part of CoBL’s “92 Stories in 92 Days” high school season preview, which will feature a different team in the CoBL coverage range each day from September 1 to December 1. … Continue reading

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Columbia keeps Lehigh winless, 54-44

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – A career game by sophomore reserve Jeff Coby and a big first-half run provided Columbia all the cushion it needed against Lehigh in a 54-44 win at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. on Sunday afternoon. The … Continue reading

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Four Observations: Penn/Lafayette

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Pat Paul (@P_Paul20) – Here are some extra observations from Lafayette’s 83-77 win over Penn at the Palestra on Saturday evening: Leopards win without star production Last year, it seemed like Lafayette’s formula for winning was … Continue reading

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D-III: Collins’ career game powers Dickinson past Haverford

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Once Gerry Wixted got rolling, Haverford didn’t stand a chance. The Dickinson senior and Preseason D-III All-American had just five points in a game that was tied at halftime, but he couldn’t be kept down for … Continue reading

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Drexel solves offensive woes but falls to Southern Cal, 72-70

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Four games into the season, Drexel’s offense finally showed up. The team that had managed not to score 50 points in each of its first three games hit its first seven shots against Southern California, but … Continue reading

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92 in 92: Pennsbury (Pa.)

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – (Ed. Note: This piece is part of CoBL’s “92 Stories in 92 Days” high school season preview, which will feature a different team in the CoBL coverage range each day from September 1 to December 1. … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Charleston woes continue in 106-97 2OT loss to Charlotte

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – CHARLESTON, S.C.–It had been five years since Penn State last competed in the Charleston Classic, when they went a disappointing 1-2, with losses to UNC-Wilmington and Tulane before salvaging a win over Davidson in the consolation … Continue reading

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Drexel falls to Miami, 66-46, in Charleston Classic opener

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – CHARLESTON, S.C.–Drexel’s offensive woes have followed them team all over the country, from Colorado to Philadelphia and now down to the Charleston Classic. The Dragons have failed to break the 50-point mark in each of their … Continue reading

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Gonzaga hands SJU worst defeat of Martelli era

Sean Kramer (@SKramerWrites) – In hindsight, what happened Wednesday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. isn’t that surprising. The level of how badly it happened was surprising. After playing a Monday night game in Philadelphia against Drexel, … Continue reading

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Ptasinski leads Lafayette to 83-66 win over Princeton

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Joey Ptasinski scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring effort for Lafayette, whose offense clicked en route to a 83-66 win over Princeton in its home opener. Lafayette (2-1) opened the second half on a … Continue reading

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Larrier adjusting to life at Virginia Commonwealth

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – If you could design the perfect player for Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” defense from scratch, there are a few traits that player would have to possess. Long arms would be a must–with the zone full-court press defense that brought … Continue reading

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Weber’s all-around performance powers VCU past Toledo

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – RICHMOND, Va.–Toledo found out something on Tuesday night that quite a few opponents have discovered when they take on Virginia Commonwealth under Shaka Smart. It’s tough to beat the Rams in a track race. The Rockets … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph’s toughs out 52-49 win over Drexel

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – With so much youth and inexperience on his squad, Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli has to be okay with winning ugly. And that’s exactly what his Hawks did on Monday night, taking down Drexel 52-49 … Continue reading

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92 in 92: Episcopal Academy (Pa.)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – (Ed. Note: This piece is part of CoBL’s “92 Stories in 92 Days” high school season preview, which will feature a different team in the CoBL coverage range each day from September 1 to December 1. … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Monday, November 17

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s daily hub where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day of action as well as various other things … Continue reading

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Four Observations: La Salle/Colgate

Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & – La Salle grinded out a 57-52 victory over Colgate in its home opener on Saturday afternoon. While it was not pretty, there were still a few things to take away from a … Continue reading

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La Salle fights off poor shooting, Colgate 57-52

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – After losing close game after close game last year, La Salle head coach John Giannini wasn’t concerned with the specifics of a close win. La Salle fought off a tough challenge from Colgate thanks to a double-double by … Continue reading

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Four Observations: Lehigh/Villanova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Here are some observations from Villanova’s 77-66 win over Lehigh at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. on Friday night: ‘Nova reliance on long ball continues Last season was a live-and-die approach with the 3-point shot … Continue reading

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92 in 92: LaSalle College HS (Pa.)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – (Ed. Note: This piece is part of CoBL’s “92 Stories in 92 Days” high school season preview, which will feature a different team in the CoBL coverage range each day from September 1 to December 1. … Continue reading

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