Tale of the tape: Duke and Xavier

Setting: Saturday, 2:00 pm at the Izod Center – or the Arena formerly known as Byrne Arena or formerly known as the Meadowlands. Conflict : Duke vs. Xavier Plot: Duke (9-1) comes into the game ranked 6th in the AP and Coaches Polls. Xavier (9-0) enters the contest ranked 7th in both polls. Sub-Plots: The […]

Big Bad Big East

What a better time to start writing about Big East Basketball than right now? At the beginning of the week the best conference in college basketball had seven teams in the Top 15 to go along with UConn and Pittsburgh coming in at two and three respectively. After seeing Marquette lose to a streaky Tennessee […]

Atlantic 10 building its resume

With the Charlotte at Duquesne tip-off marking the official opening of conference play in less than a month, the Atlantic 10 has slowly put together a resume worthy of catching the attention of the NCAA tournament selection committee come March. Fresh off the 2008 tourney where the A10 grabbed two of the 34 at-large bids, […]

Game of the Week 12/8 – 12/14

Was there a game this past week that had you riveted to your seat?  Maybe it was a game you saw in person.  Maybe the action was so intense you dare not touch the remote.  OR is there a game that you are looking forward to this week?  Let’s us know about it here. For […]

11 hours of driving, 40:00 of hoops – Merry Christmas

It’s about 6:15 a.m. Saturday and my co-pilot, my brother-in-law, Roger, and I are about fifteen minutes south of Syracuse on Rte. 81. The Liacouras Center, home of the Temple Owls and our destination, looms four hours away. We have watched the temperature gauge on the dashboard drop from a, what seems now, balmy 21 […]

Why Gonzaga is important

This week’s Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today’s top five are identical: UNC, UConn, Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, and Oklahoma. Kinda rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? The Bulldogs of Gonzaga with a record of six wins and zero losses seem right at home in the top five. That hasn’t always been the case. Once was a time […]

If A>B and B>C then A>C….right?

Don’t worry – I have no plans for drifting into a discussion about mathematical equations and a possible exploration of relativity, quantum theory, or atomic transition. Instead I hope to stay with the season. And ‘tis the season to debate the impact that inter-conference basketball games will have come March when the NCAA’s selection committee […]


As the Michigan State Spartans did their finest Roberto Duran and begged – ‘no mas’, the North Carolina Tar Heels secured a six to five advantage for the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2008 Big Ten/ACC Challenge . Tyler Hansbrough dropped 25 points and Ty Lawson dished out eight assists as the Heels spanked the […]

When 50% or thereabouts will get the job done

Fifteen years in the classroom can make a guy crazy. All those numbers -1200 on the SATs, 4.0 GPA, yeah, yeah, yeah. 65% is passing. 70% is rather mediocre, but it is a C. 80% earns a B. 90%? Well that is an A. Somewhere we decided that 85% represents mastery. That point when a […]