Category Archives: Features

2014-15 CoBL Small College Awards

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Though Philadelphia is known as a college basketball town primarily for the six Division I schools in the immediate vicinity, there are plenty of great Division II and Division III programs alike in the City of … Continue reading

Posted in College, Division II/III, Features, News, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Constitution’s Williams commits to FIU while on visit

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – On Friday, Constitution High School point guard Kimar Williams left a cold and windy early spring Philadelphia day and landed in sunny, warm Miami for an official visit to Florida International University, the latest of four … Continue reading

Posted in Features, High School, Jeff Neiburg, News, Public League, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in College, Features, Josh Verlin, News, Temple, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in College, Features, Josh Verlin, News, Temple, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in College, Features, Josh Verlin, News, Temple, Top Stories, Writers | Comments Off

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

Posted in Catholic League, Delaware, Donofrio Classic, Ethan Miller, Features, High School, Josh Verlin, News, Public League, Summer Leagues, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

2014-15 CoBL Division I Awards

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – The college basketball season is nearly over, and the only CoBL team remaining in the postseason after Villanova’s abrupt ending in the NCAA Tournament is Temple, which plays tomorrow night in the NIT quarterfinals. This means it’s … Continue reading

Posted in College, Delaware, Drexel, Features, La Salle, Lafayette, Lehigh, News, Penn, Penn State, Saint Joseph's, Temple, Top Stories, Villanova, Writers | Comments Off

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

Posted in College, Division II/III, Features, Josh Verlin, News, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in College, Features, Josh Verlin, La Salle, News, Recruiting, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in College, Features, Josh Verlin, News, Top Stories, Villanova, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Holbrook and Taylor on the verge of ending career as champions

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – With one game left in the 2014-15 high school basketball season, one of the most storied Philadelphia basketball programs finds itself playing for its first state championship. Roman Catholic, located near the heart of Philadelphia at … Continue reading

Posted in Aron Minkoff, Catholic League, Columns, Features, High School, News, Public League, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Unselfish Villanova peaking at right time

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Villanova is not a one-man team. That much has been evident all year, with not one player averaging more than 15 points per game, but six players averaging more than nine. The Wildcats are a balanced … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Koob, College, Features, Top Stories, Villanova, Writers | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in College, Features, News, Top Stories, Villanova, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

Vasturia’s NCAA Tournament debut a success

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – No one would blame Steve Vasturia if the nerves were settling in. The clock on the CONSOL Energy Center video board made its slow descent towards zero as Vasturia, a former star at St. Joseph’s Prep, and … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Koob, Catholic League, College, Features, High School, News, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in College, Features, Josh Verlin, Lafayette, News, Top Stories, Villanova, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in College, Features, Josh Verlin, Lafayette, News, Top Stories, Villanova, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in College, Features, Josh Verlin, News, Penn, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in Catholic League, District 1, District 3, Features, High School, News, PIAA Playoffs, Public League, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Allderdice’s historic run brings them a step closer to state crown

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – Taylor Allderdice High School, a name made famous by its alumni such as Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, is proving to be more than just a factory for modern musical artists, thanks to its quality basketball … Continue reading

Posted in Aron Minkoff, Columns, Features, High School, News, PIAA Playoffs, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Villanova primed for deep NCAA Tournament run

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The Rev. Rob Hagan, Villanova’s team chaplain, got a turn to climb up the ladder at Madison Square Garden and snip off a piece of the net after the Wildcats won their first Big East championship … Continue reading

Posted in College, Columns, Features, Jeff Neiburg, News, Top Stories, Villanova, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Moundou-Missi, Saunders lift Harvard to fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament

Tom Reifsnyder (@tom_reifsnyder) – Coming into tonight’s Ivy League playoff against co-champion Yale, Harvard’s seniors had been to the NCAA Tournament in every single year of their careers. With mere seconds to play and their tournament hopes hanging in the balance, … Continue reading

Posted in College, Features, News, Tom Reifsnyder, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

Harvard defeats Yale in Ivy League final at Palestra

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – PHILADELPHIA–With the regular season not being enough for just the ninth time in conference history, a one-game playoff between Harvard and Yale, one of the nation’s richest rivalries would decide who was going to the NCAA … Continue reading

Posted in Aron Minkoff, College, Columns, Features, News, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in College, Features, Josh Verlin, News, Temple, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Hart’s strong play in the Garden continuing at perfect time

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – NEW YORK–Josh Hart said after Thursday’s rout against Marquette in the Big East quarterfinals that he wished he could play every game at Madison Square Garden. He’s not a local kid like JayVaughn Pinkston was when … Continue reading

Posted in College, Features, Jeff Neiburg, News, Top Stories, Villanova, Writers | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

For second straight year, La Salle can’t quite solve the puzzle

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – La Salle was one of the more puzzling teams in college basketball this season. Explorers head coach John Giannini would certainly agree. With an experienced core of the roster, the Explorers had relatively lofty expectations placed … Continue reading

Posted in College, Features, Garrett Miley, La Salle, News, Top Stories, Writers | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off