Sunday, November 30, 2008
The Hoyas (4-1) looked extremely impressive tonight in a 75-48 win over upstart Maryland (4-2) in the third-place game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando.
Austin Freeman led the way with 18 points and 6 rebounds and freshman Greg Monroe had 12 points and 7 rebounds for a Hoyas squad that had four players in double figures.
John Thompson III's team shot 53 percent from the floor (26-for-49) and outrebounded the Terapins 34-24.
Georgetown held Maryland to 3-for-21 from 3-point range.
No. 3 Louisville was upset by Western Kentucky 68-54. A.J. Slaughter led the way for the Hilltoppers, scoring 17. NJ native Earl Clark scored 11 and grabbed 11 rebounds.
No. 8 Notre Dame beat Furman, 93-61. Kyle McAlarney scored 32, hitting a ridiculous nine threes, on an even more ridiculous 17 tries.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The position switch to 2-guard hasn't affected Pittsburgh's Sam Young. He led the way for 6-0 and No. 4 Pitt over Texas Tech in the Legends Classic in Newark.
Dayton must be a well-balanced team. The Flyers shot 0-for-24 from 3-point range last night and STILL BEAT Auburn 60-59.
The out-of-conference slate is heating up and our analyses can now be aided by actual game situations.
On a lazy Saturday (full of paper-writing and college football), I thought I'd share an article I wrote in May about former Duke guard and New Jersey-native Jay Williams... his story is truly inspirational.
Remember, RU men's basketball (3-2) hosts Saint Peter's at the RAC tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Friday, November 28, 2008
- Greg Monroe is good. But not that good. He's a very talented freshman but he still has a lot to improve on. His defense is weak and needs to do a better job of using his frame. And on offense, his shot selection is sometimes iffy. If you don't have teh shot, pass it out.
- Georgetown doesn't miss Roy Hibbert. I didn't think they would and this game backs it up. They get up and down the floor quicker and the offense is still smooth. Now if they could just get DaJaun Summers, Chris Wright or Austin Freeman to consistently pick up the slack scoring wise, they're easily a top 10 team.
- Cameron Tatum is good. And he seems to have no weaknesses. Ok, that's not true but he played like it in the second half. He scored 14 points in the last 20 minutes and seemingly brought the Vols back from a 66-63 deficit to a 90-78 win. This kid was hitting from everywhere. His only mistake was not dunking it on an easy fast break look, on which he missed. But he made it up for it a few possessions later with a nasty transition throw down.
- The offense is fine for the Hoyas but that D needs some work. Last year they were 4th in the country in points given up but just gave up 90 to the Vols. This is where they miss Hibbert. He did a good job of clogging the middle and forcing perimeter shots. Monroe is not there yet. And they need to improve their rebounding as they got outrebounded 30-23 by the Vols.
First Tier, Best of the best: Louisville, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Pittsburgh
Second Tier, Best of the rest: West Virginia, Villanova, Marquette, Syracuse
Third Tier, Something is missing: Seton Hall, DePaul
Fourth Tier, Have some work to do: Rutgers, South Florida, Providence, St. John's, Cincinnati
Thursday, November 27, 2008
- Corey Chandler. The best player on Rutgers, he is a bulldog on defense and sparkplug on offense. He needs more minutes but be thankful that you get a chance to see him play
- Bobby Gonzalez: The Seton Hall coach may not be the most well liked coach in the tri-state area (not with Fred Hill getting sanctified by every local HS coach) but unlike Hill, Gonzo is getting it done. He already upset one top 20 team this year and the Pirates are looking better than pre-season expectations. But most of all be thankful every time he gets near a microphone or recorder
- Johnny Flynn: Flash, as I like to call him, is quickly turning into the best point guard in the conference and has already led the Orange to some huge wins this season
- Stan Heath: South Florida fans should be thankful that their program is in his capable hands
- Hasheem Thabeet: His offensive game is coming around to match his defensive exploits. And that's SCARY
- Hamady N'diaye: Quite possibly the happiest person I have ever met, and one of the most exciting players in the nation
- Terrence Williams: The best player on a deep and well-rounded Louisville team, so that's saying something
- Keno Davis: For making Providence an offensive juggernaut so far in this early season (only one time under 83 points)
- North Carolina: No matter what team you root for, save Duke, you should be thankful for the show the Tar Heels will put on this season
- Kyle McAlarney: For his smooth jump shot
- Mike Rosario: I think everyone knows why by this point
- Making Rutgers basketball worth showin up for again
- Stephon Marbury: is an explanation really necessary?
- Chad Ocho Cinco
- Bobby Gonzo for his whole episode with Adam Zagoria
Last night, RU (3-2) followed it up by dropping a second-straight home game—this time to Lehigh of the Patriot League.
Rutgers showed little, if any, passion as the Mountain Hawks’ Marquis Hall led the way with 28 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists out of the guard spot.
Both teams shot sub-40 percent from the floor, sub-30 percent from deep and sub-70 percent from the charity stripe. RU only out-rebounded Lehigh 41-40 in a game that may have nullified the Scarlet Knights’ promising 3-0 start.
Freshman star Mike Rosario had 14 points, but shot a horrific 4-for-20 from the floor and 3-for-12 from three-point range. Sophomore Corey Chandler added 15 points in 19 minutes off the bench (he needs to start at this point) and freshman Gregory Echenique was stellar again with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Lehigh had four players put up double figures in points, sending the RAC crowd home stunned.
Fred Hill has some damage control to take care of after the Thanksgiving holiday, as the Scarlet Knights host Saint Peter’s on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Since last Thursday, starting with Seton Hall's upset win over then No. 20 USC, the conference has racked up quality win after quality win and taken down more than a handful of the country's best teams. Here is a recap since then
Seton Hall 63, No. 20 USC 61- Bobby G's club, playing only seven players, took it to the second-best Pac-10 team. A huge win for the conference as Hall is supposed to be the 13th best team in the Big East. Talk about depth.
Providence 111, Sacred Heart 87
West Virginia 86, Longwood 54
No. 2 UConn 89, LaSalle 81- The Huskies struggle with LaSalle, almost falling asleep at the wheel, but are too good to lose.
No. 6 Pitt 86, Akron 67
No. 9 Notre Dame 65, Loyola-Marymount 54
No. 12 Memphis 84, Seton Hall 70- John Calipari is too good a coach and the Tigers are too talented to repeat USC's mistakes.
Syracuse 86, Oakland 66
Rutgers 69, Robert Morris 55- Mike Rosario drops 27. Rutgers fans rejoice because they think they have the next coming of Quincy Douby.
No. 3 Louisville 79, Moorehead State 41
No. 6 Pitt 86, Indiana (PA) 60
No. 17 Marquette 100, Milwaukee 80
No. 18 Georgetown 81, Drexel 53- The Hoyas wipe the floor with a solid A-10 team, but the bigger story is freshman Greg Monroe. He scores 20, grabs 8 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks.
Providence 83, Maine 62
St. John's 79, Howard 44
Cincinnati 74, Western Illinois 46
DePaul 67, Illinois-Chicago 63
Sunday (3-1 )
No. 2 UConn 76, No. 16 Miami 63- a great win for UConn, as four Huskies go into double-figures. Jack McClinton drops 27 but on 23 shots and the rest of the Canes are quiet
No. 3 Louisville 81, South Alabama 54- South Alabama was considered a sleeper in last year's NCAA tourney and the Cards make this game a nap for fans.
Xavier 63, No. 12 Memphis- Not a Big East game but an important one for Georgetown. After being trounced by G'town, Xavier proves that either game was an aberration or the Hoyas are a whole lot better than anyone thought.
St. Bonaventure 64, Rutgers 63
Seton Hall 77, Virginia Tech 73
No. 2 UConn 76, No. 19 Wisconsin 57- only one guy over ten points for the Badgers and a new star on the night for the Huskies as Jerome Dyson leads all with 21 to show off UConn's depth.
No. 8 Notre Dame 88, Indiana 50- Bet you Tom Crean never thought it would be this bad this early in the Hoosier state.
Syracuse 89, No. 18 Florida 83- another huge upset win for the Big East. Five guys in double-figures for SU, and two with double-doubles.
St. John's 73, Eastern Michigan 61
Cincinnati 82, Coastal Carolina 56
No. 4 Pitt 74. Belmont 60- The Panthers make easy work of last year's almost-David
No. 8 Notre Dame 81, No. 7 Texas 80- it sounds like repition, but another huge win for the conference. Luke Harangody has 29 and 13, Kyle McLarney and Tory Jackson add 19 and 16, as ND beats the best team in the Big-12 with just 23 minutes from their bench.
No. 15 Marquette 85, Texas Southern 68
No. 22 Villanova 71, Monmouth 48
Syracuse 89, No. 23 Kansas 81- read above.
West Virginia 76, Delaware State 42
St. John's 73, Loyola (IL) 54
Final record: 31-2
Wins over top-25 teams: 6
Not a bad start to the year. This conference may really get 10 teams into the the Tournament.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
NCAA rules permit schools to give their scholarship athletes a cash stipend to cover living expenses. If a school doesn't have dormitories, the amount of the stipend is calculated according to the cost of living in that school's neighborhood. Best of all, the NCAA allows schools to dispense the full amount regardless of what an athlete's actual living expenses are. That means a local player attending St. John's could either live at home and pocket the entire amount of the stipend, or he could bunk up with several of his teammates, pay well under the stipend amount in rent, and pocket the difference. For decades, this was St. Johns's dirty little secret -- only it wasn't really dirty because it was fully sanctioned by the NCAA.But now with the creation of dorms on campus, this is no longer applicable. And Davis sees it as a huge problem for St. John's. Interesting.
LeBron James will have a tough decision to make in the Summer of 2010. Namely where to continue his career. The Knicks and Nets have been slashing payroll to make a run at King James, perhaps in vain. ESPN's Chris Broussard talks with James to try to get to the bottom of what LeBron's current thoughts are on where he will end up. His leaving is not as clear cut as has made out to be. An interesting tidbit:
LeBron knows he's not competing against only Kobe, Dwyane Wade, Boston's big three and the rest of the league's stars; he's got to approach Jordan. That obviously takes plenty of titles. One, two and maybe even three, won't do. So, in 2010, what team is going to give him the best chance to win ring after ring after ring?
But Jordan didn't just win championships. He built a dynasty from scratch. That's the mentality LeBron was raised with by his coaches in Akron -- that you have to build something to have a legacy.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
1. The RU women's basketball team lost a tough one at Cal 66-52. The squad never really found the flow of the game and trailed wire-to-wire. The Scarlet Knights (2-1) play at Stanford today at 4 p.m.
2. The Scarlet Knights men's basketball team defeated Robert Morris 69-55 Friday night at the RAC. Freshman Mike Rosario poured in 27 points for Rutgers, the most by a RU freshman since Quincy Douby's 35 in the 2004 NIT semifinals. RU (3-0) hosts Saint Bonaventure today at 2 p.m. in Piscataway.
3. Rutgers football is bowl eligible after a 1-5 start, following a resounding 30-3 defeat of Army at frigid Rutgers Stadium yesterday. The Scarlet Knights (6-5) can lock up a fourth-straight bowl invitation if they can defeat Louisville on Thurs. Dec. 4. It will mark the first time the Cardinals return to Piscataway since the infamous Nov. 9, 2006 matchup that put Rutgers football on the map.
Off to the RAC for Day #3 of Dominic Cheek's official visit to Rutgers... the Bonnies have a lot of talent, so they should be a solid test for the Scarlet Knights.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
There has been a lot of talk about $100 million contracts lately. Will Manny get one? Will CC get one and a half? An SI article breaks down the success of each of the 17 $100 million contracts. What's the results? Not so good.
SI is having a good day. They have a story up detailing the Kobe-Shaq feud. Shaq brought it back to life this week when he said his time in LA was actually fun. Let's just call him The Big Hypocrite.
Connecticut went down to the Virgin Islands, but maybe no one told them that it's not for vacation. The Huskies were only up six at the break over LaSalle and won meagerly, 89-81.
Brandon Jennings isn't fluent in Italian yet, but he sure is getting a good education over there.
The Knicks were so depleted, Stephon Marbury had to dress up.
The Yankees have a new boss, and he's already making his mark.
The 2010 World Cup has some new concerns.
One OSU Beaver is trying to make it to the Rose Bowl for the first time as well, but he's not on the football team
I showed up to a volleyball match between UCLA and Cal. Gotta tell you, volleyball is a lot better out here. If Rutgers had a decent team then maybe I would go to a game. The game went to five sets, ending at 7:25. Amazingly the court was deconstructed and the players were on the floor shooting around in 10 minutes. Not bad. The tip-off only moved five minutes.
But worse is the media situation. No water, no food. The press sits on a bench. I do not envy the beat writers for the Bears.
On the bright side, today was a t-shirt day just walking around the Haight. I hear its in the 30's in Jersey.
ESPN.com in now reporting that New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh made another big move trading Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins to the Los Angeles Clippers for former Villanova star and Rutgers fan favorite Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley.
This move came a few hours after Walsh traded Jamal Crawford to the Golden State Warriors for forward Al Harrington.
This clears up salary cap space for 2010 for the Knicks to have a real chance in signing LeBron James, Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh.
Knicks fans should definitely be happy with these moves even if it hurts their record this season and next year.
A look back on Thomas' arrival at Villanova
Thomas says no to Rutgers
Time will tell if Chandler remains a "super sub," or if getting beyond the issues surrounding his brief stint away from the court was enough to earn his way back into Fred Hill's starting five.
RU hosts Robert Morris at 8 p.m. tonight in Piscataway.
What this means: On the surface this looks like just another in a long line of questionable trades for the Knicks. Crawford is the superior player, evidenced by his stats and his fit in coach Mike D'Antoni's system. He is having a career year, averaging 19.6 ppg, 4.4 apg in four less minutes than last year, and shooting a career high 45.5% from beyond the arc. Crawford has flourished in the newly installed up-and-down system, combing for a good backcourt with Chris Duhon.
Harrington, on the other hand, has seen his career take a step back. For the fourth straight year his scoring average has dropped, now sitting at 12.4. And the 6'9" power forward is averaging only 5.6 rebounds a game. All this while playing six more minutes than last year. His name has been on the trading block for months and the Warriors finally pulled the deal. They wanted to give more time to their young bigs Brandan Wright and Anthony Randolph and this allows them to do it. It also stabilizes their backcourt after the loss of Baron Davis, as Crawford will most likely act ast the primary ballhandler.
For the Knicks, it will be interesting how it affects their rotation. Nate Robinson will most likely slide into the starting line-up and Harrington could come off the bench. But his place on the team will take away minutes from David Lee and the much improved Wilson Chandler. And due to the lack of depth at guard, the Knicks now only have one shooting guard left in Robinson, so expect to see more Quentin Richardson, Anthony Roberson and maybe even Mardy Collins.
But in the long term this deal is a steal. Crawford's contract ends after the 2010-11 season which doesn't fit in with GM Donnie Walsh's plans to clear cap space for the 2010 Summer of LeBron, Wade and Bosh. Harrington helps them here as his $10 million comes off the cap right on time.
If the Knicks are willing to give up Crawford for so little, expect to see Zach Randolph on his way out of town soon as well, as his mammoth contract is on the books till 2011
Thursday, November 20, 2008
If the Knights want to play with the big boys, they'll have to improve their transition defense.
A video preview of the Big East
Former Tar Heel Alex Stephenson's attempt to play right away at USC gets Hamadyed (denied)
The story of one Villanova recruit and his travel from Benin to Pa.
A quiet Dicky V?
Pollsters love the Big East, the NBA does not. Only four conference players are projected to be first round picks
Memo to NBA teams: getting a new team does not mean improvement. (Findings do not apply if old coach was Isiah Thomas)
Former Hun School star and current Florida State safety Myron Rolle is causing some controversey. He may miss FSU's pivotal matchup against Maryland that could determine a trip to the ACC championship game. And he's doing it because of acadmics. His interview to become a Rhodes scholar is only 3 hours before the game. Granted I do not play for his team or have a rooting interest in the game but any time a student-athlete lives up to the athlete part of his name, it is energizing to hear. But not to everyone.
He graduated from Florida State in two and a half years with a degree in pre-med and a grade point average of 3.75. He is so studious that the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator, Mickey Andrews, publicly criticized him for studying too much last year, saying it affected Rolle’s preparation for football. Rolle said the criticism was a “little unfair.”
“I gave him the benefit of the doubt,” Rolle said of Andrews. “I don’t think he’s ever sat through an organic chemistry lecture and seen just how difficult it is. He’s been through a couple ballgames, but that’s a different arena right there.”
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
--But, Rosario does have a quick release.
--He sometimes gets greedy from beyond the arc.
--Most likely his worst asset is his questionable decision making.
--He tries to use a two-handed running jump shot from ten feet and in.
--Rosario has a good cross-over move to create shooting space
--On defense Rosario likes to gamble.
In terms of a lack of a quick first step, I’d say that Rosario looks slower than your average guard because his moves are smooth and deceptively quick at the same time. While you will not see the explosive jab step out of triple-threat position that you will from Anthony Farmer, one can’t be oblivious to the fact that Rosario’s driving abilities look eerily similar to that of Quincy Douby. The styles are nearly identical, mannerisms and exaggerated movement tendencies included.
I agree with point two wholeheartedly. This quick release is what will make Rosario so dangerous all year long. In a crowd, he can still get a shot off and no player will be able to catch him off a curl before he lets the ball go.
As for getting greedy behind the arc, I have no problem with that. All good shooters are inherently at least mildly greedy. If you shoot until you make it, but can catch fire once you do, by all means, take shots.
Questionable decision-making will plague any second-game freshman. Post passing will come to him as he develops his ball movement skills, but this is a secondary concern.
The two-handed runner is part of his repertoire, but don’t be surprised to see a little Douby floater action with one hand leaning toward the baseline. It’s something the two worked on over the summer.
The cross over is an amazing compliment to the quick release and could make Rosario an elite scorer down the line. Not only can he shoot by working away from the ball, but he can create opportunities with his handling.
I know it’s a bore to return to Douby for the third time in this argument, but gambling in the passing lanes is something he did very well too. Rosario will scale back on this come Big East play because he can’t rely on the frontcourt the entire season when they have to deal with some of the best post players in the nation night-in and night-out.
We now know where the NCAA men’s hoops Final Fours will be held through 2016. A couple to note from the NCAA announcement—2014 at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium and 2016 at Reliant Field in Houston.
SI and CNN get together again for another interesting list. This one discusses the Top 10 undersized stars in the NFL…
ESPN outbids Fox Sports to take hold of BCS football game coverage starting in January 2011.
The team formerly known as the NY/NJ Metrostars—now Red Bull New York—has a shot at the MLS Cup after 13 down years of soccer in Giants Stadium.
Connecticut and Rutgers are 1-2 in the ESPN/USA Today Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll. The Scarlet Knights have looked unfazed by youth in their first two games, averaging 84.5 points per contest.
President Bush may be on his way out of the White House in a couple months, but that won’t stop him from taking in a tradition-rich football game between two armed forces.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- The very first part of his game that jumps out at me is his lack of a quick first step. He's fine getting up and down the floor, and he moves well laterally on defense, but he doesn't have that burst to get by his defender on the first dribble. This could pose a problem down the road as defenders decide to play him closer, taking away his jumper.
- But, Rosario does have a quick release. Sometimes it looks somewhat atypical to see him take a shot because he let's it go so quickly that it does not look like a prototype shot. It works for him though.
- He sometimes gets greedy from beyond the arc, shooting when there is no shot. Yet, he still makes some of them because he is such a good shooter.
- Most likely his worst asset is his questionable decision making. He tries to make plays that work in high school but aren't panning out at the college level. Sometimes there are problems making the entry pass into the post. Or the unnecessary shots. But this is also the point that can almost be taken with a grain of salt. Rosario is a smart player, and he should stop making most of these questionable decisions as he adjusts to the college game.
- He likes to get inside for a runner. If Rosario does get by his defender, he tries to use a two-handed running jump shot from ten feet and in.
- Rosario has a good cross-over move that he likes to use on the perimeter to create shooting space
- On defense Rosario likes to gamble. This may be because he is still uncertain on defense or because he understands that Gregory Echenique and Hamady N'diaye are behind him to erase his mistakes.
Most Rutgers fans may hope that Rosario can eventually become a Quincy Douby type-scorer, but at this point he reminds me more of one of the guys who went in that 2006 draft with Douby: JJ Reddick.
Coming into college Reddick was a very similar player to Rosario. He was a great shooter from beyond the arc, and used that skill to make an impact right away. Reddick did not have the best handle, at least not for a 2-guard, or a quick first step. He had to rely on his prolific outside shooting skills to create the chance to drive because defenders had to play him close.
Over the years he developed his handle and created a mid-range game, and eventually became an all around offensive genius. This scouting report from Draft Express after Reddick's senior year shows how he developed his trade and also could be a study guide for Rosario. Here is a snippet:
Beyond just being a threat from behind the 3-point line, Redick has also mastered the art of the mid-range shot which compliments his outside shooting proficiency so well. Because it takes him such little space and time to get his deadly shot off, he’s guarded about as closely as anyone in the NCAA, usually being the focal point of the opposing team’s defense. What Redick will do to counter that is use an impressive arsenal of head, shot and body fakes (which obviously have a ton of credibility) to get his man off-balance and drive right by him. He then is able to stop on a dime, elevate quickly while fading away left, right, backwards, forwards or straight up to knock down the mid-range jumper from anywhere inside the arc. This part of his game has become a deadly part of his arsenal in his senior year, to the point that he has to rely on his outside shot only for about half of his field goal attempts, as opposed to nearly 2/3rds of the time as a freshman or sophomore. His ball-handling has improved enough he can make his way to the basket effectively without much trouble, either to finish himself with a nifty layup off the glass or find the open man on the drive and dish if the paint is too crowded for his liking. In his senior year Redick is shooting an outstanding 50% from the field and 43.4% of his outside shots at the time of this report.
Monday, November 17, 2008
To prepare for Delaware, Rutgers went up to scrimmage UMass. It may have been a non-starter for most Rutgers fans, but the two programs have similarities. The Minutemen are starting to build a pretty good program themselves, and its because of Derek Kellogg.
ESPN's Page 2 has 65 reasons that college basketball is great. My favorite is #36, click on the link.
I have a soft spot in my sports heart for guys who focus on the fundamentals. I love dunks and threes, but a well run pick and roll is art to me. That's why it's saddening to read the news. A patriarch of the game passed away yesterday. Pete Newell will be missed.
If mothers didn't want their kids playing football, this might be an even tougher sell. MMA is coming to a high school near you.
Danny and I were talking about this on Saturday, Buffalo coach Turner Gill is doing a heck of a job up there in NY. Now people are noticing. Not really going out on a limb here, but I wouldn't put money on him returning to Buffalo for a 2009 season.
Connecticut football coach Randy Edsall to Syracuse about their new job opening: Thanks, but no thanks
ESPN's Brian Bennett says that Syracuse and Greg Robinson were never meant for each other.
Georgetown holds off Jacksonville to start their season. Greg Monroe has a nice debut.
Gonzo may be at it again. Adam Zagoria reports on his blog that the Seton Hall coach is going a little crazy, threatening to revoke Zag's media credential. A must read for any tri-state college basketball fan.
A talk with his coach is what sparked Mike Teel's turnaround, reports Tom Luicci.
Malcolm Gladwell, one of the best authors of this generation, has a new book out. This one is about rich people and how they got there. Here is a discussion on his book.
A closer look at Justice William Rehnquist
Mavericks owner and sports renegade Mark Cuban may be in some trouble with the law.
President-elect Obama has preached bipartisanship. The Wall Street Journal offers a few cabinet decisions that would achieve it.
Henry Paulson will go down as one of the most influential people in American economic history, but how did he get here?
A frightening tale of the events in the Congo
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The Rutgers men’s basketball team, which has long been criticized for a lack of success away from the RAC, may not need the adjustment period this year.
Junior center Hamady Ndiaye poured in a career-high 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds as the Scarlet Knights (2-0) pulled out an 85-77 win at Delaware on Sunday.
Rutgers shot 60.4 percent (29-of-48) from the floor on the day, out-rebounded the Fightin’ Blue Hens 42-26 and made 23-of-33 free throws.
The Scarlet Knights put four players in double figures, as freshman guard Mike Rosario, freshman forward Gregory Echenique and sophomore guard Corey Chandler had 17, 10 and 13 respectively.
Delaware (0-1) started the game on fire, hitting on all cylinders from beyond the arc (finished 9-of-27 from deep). The squad was led by Alphonso Dawson’s 28 points and Georgetown transfer Marc Egerson’s 28 points and 12 rebounds.
RU led 45-39 at the break after trailing 27-16 with 11:51 left in the first half, but needed clutch free throw shooting late by Rosario and senior Anthony Farmer to ice the win. The Scarlet Knights have won 17 of their last 19 over Delaware.
Rutgers’ next contest is another Garden State Challenge tilt, as the team hosts Robert Morris on Friday night at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Mike Rosario made his debut, leading the team in points. I should have linked this yesterday, but here is a story I wrote on Rosario, his road to Rutgers, and how he is dealing with the pressure that comes with being the biggest recruit at a school not used to players of his ilk.
And here is a story on JR Inman and Anthony Farmer, detailing their rocky road at Rutgers
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here’s your morning/afternoon run…
Rutgers takes on Marist tonight at the RAC…
The Jets stun New England in overtime… there were some truly amazing plays in this game.
UCLA destroyed Miami (OH)… oh wait, what? A nail-biter? Really?
The Knicks have looked good early, but received a bit of bad injury news…
Story on the Yankees picking up Billy Beane’s boy, Nick Swisher…
SI and CNN collaborate to discuss the closest MLB MVP races ever…
Thursday, November 13, 2008
1. Louisville: Too many guys who are multi-talented and the best coach in the conference, I hope Rick Pitino knows a good place to get Italian in Detroit.
2. Connecticut: A.J. Price needs to stay healthy this year, but will be helped by Kemba Walker in the backcourt. If Hasheem Thabeet develops a post game, watch out.
3. Notre Dame- Harangody and McLarney are the best inside-out combo in the conference.
4. Villanova- Scottie Reynolds will lead the conference in scoring, and the Coreys will make the jump.
5. Pittsburgh- Levance Fields needs to stay healthy this year in Big East play. Is there enough depth?
6. Georgetown- Roy Hibbert is gone, and it’s not a bad thing. Expect a huge year from Dajaun Summers.
7. Syracuse- Only ahead of Marquette because Johnny Flynn is that good.
8. West Virginia- Should be much improved in Bob Huggins’ second year, helped by a talented freshman class.
9. Marquette- Backcourt is great. Frontcourt is nonexistent.
10. Providence- Geoff McDermott is for real and Sharaud Curry is back. But can Keno Davis adjust?
11. Rutgers- JR Inman will be the key for this team, he needs to have a good year.
12. Cincinnati- Deonta Vaughn will lead this team, but will need help from Mike Williams.
13. St. John’s- A make-or-break year for Norm Roberts. He’ll have to rely heavily on Anthony Mason Jr.
14. DePaul- Dar Tucker and Mac Koshwal are good. Teams will learn that the hard way this year.
15. Seton Hall- I love Gonzo, but it’s going to be a long year if they only have eight scholarship players
16. South Florida- Stan Heath is a standup guy and a great interview. That’s the best thing I can say about
Preseason Player of the Year:
Rookie of the Year:
All-Big East Team
Darkhorse Player of the Year:
2. Louisville: The best player in the conference (Terrence Williams) and the best freshman in the conference (Samardo Samuels) make for a dangerous formula.
3. Notre Dame: Luke Harangody is highly-touted in the post and Mike Brey always has a great shooter on his squad (Kyle McAlarney).
4. Pittsburgh: I’m curious to see how Levance Fields’ foot heals, but this is still a dangerous team with a bruiser like DeJuan Blair underneath.
5. Villanova: Jay Wright has more choices at guard than any coach should ever have. Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes with Scottie Reynolds and some talented freshmen… how does he get them to that town?
6. Syracuse: Jonny Flynn gets to be the main target with the early defection of Donte Greene. The Orange could do damage.
7. Georgetown: Despite the loss of Roy Hibbert and Patrick Ewing Jr., I can’t bring myself to moving a JTIII squad into the bottom half of the Big East.
8. West Virginia: Other than McAlarney, nobody in the Big East can shoot it like Alex Ruoff. Bob Huggins has the pieces to make it happen.
9. Marquette: I love the backcourt—Dominic James, Wesley Matthews and Jerel McNeal are legit. However, I can’t see a team without a frontcourt to speak of getting into the top-half.
10. Cincinnati: Deonta Vaughn is a second-team player and that’s saying a lot for Mick Cronin’s Bearcats program.
11. Providence: The return of Sharaud Curry is big for Keno Davis at his new school and Geoff McDermott is a legitimate presence on the boards.
12. Rutgers: The year all 16 teams make it to MSG, RU probably would have anyway. With Hamady N’Diaye and Gregory Echenique anchoring the post and a trio of guards who can fill it up (Anthony Farmer, Corey Chandler and Mike Rosario), there will be improvement at the RAC.
14. DePaul: I don’t know what to make of Jerry Wainwright’s team. Dar Tucker is an athlete, but they’re far from flashy.
15. Seton Hall: Eight scholarship players. Bobby Gonzalez may be racking up the technical fouls again this season if his very talented backcourt (Eugene Harvey and Jeremy Hazell) doesn’t rack up a ton of points.
16. USF: The rebuilding job continues for Stan Heath in Tampa. Dominique Jones is a special player, but that may not be enough to pull them out of the cellar.
PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Terrence Williams, Louisville
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Samardo Samuels, Louisville
ALL BIG-EAST TEAM
Dominic James, Marquette
Sam Young, Pittsburgh
Terrence Williams, Louisville
Jeff Adrien, UConn
Jonny Flynn, Syracuse
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Dominique Jones, USF
1. Connecticut: The Huskies don’t just have the best frontcourt in the nation with Jeff Adrien and Hasheem Thabeet, but also have one of the best backcourts. The combination of A.J. Price, Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson and Craig Austrie is deadly.
2. Louisville: Samardo Samuels will make Cardinal fans forget about David Padgett quickly. The Terrence Williams injury will hurt the Cardinals early, but Rick Pitino will get his team running before the Big East schedule begins.
3. Pittsburgh: The Panthers will be as dangerous as they were last year with Sam Young, DeJuan Blaie and Levance Fields returning.
4. Villanova: This year Corey Fisher will emerge as a star guard in the Big East to make the Wildcat mix of Fisher, Reynolds and Stokes an offensive juggernaut.
5. Notre Dame: Everyone’s back for Mike Brey’s Irish including that guy Harangody, but lack of athleticism will stop them from reaching a Big East title.
6. Syracuse: Jonny Flynn is very good and very fast and very dynamic. Eric Devendorf is back to give the Orange the scoring depth with Donte Greene’s departure. Watch for Arinze Onuaku to be even better in the post this season.
7. West Virginia: Devin Ebanks is good enough to give the athletic slashing that Joe Alexander gave WVU, but is he good enough to keep the Mountaineers at the top of the Big East?
8. Marquette: I still think the Golden Eagle’s have enough talent to make the NCAA tournament. Jerel McNeal, Dominic James, Lazar Hayward Wesley Matthews and Maurice Aker is more than enough. I think that will outweigh whether Buzz Williams can coach or not.
9. Georgetown: Roy Hibbert and Patrick Ewing Jr. were too important to the Hoyas for them not to take a hit this season.
10. Cincinnati: Deonta Vaughn is a good player even though he’s a tad overrated, but watch for Rashad Bishop and Mike Williams to have solid years.
11. Providence: Geoff McDermott will have a big senior year and Sharaud Curry is a decent enough Big East point guard to keep Keno Davis from having a very bad first year.
12. St. John’s: Everyone is counting out St. John’s. I say take a look at the roster. Anthony Mason Jr. and Justin Burrell are better than anyone on Rutgers.
13. Rutgers: Mike Rosario is definitely as good as advertised. So, is Greg Echenique. Now, Fred Hill’s coaching needs to start doing the talking. The Scarlet Knights will be greatly improved this year, even if their record doesn’t show it. The Big East is that good.
14. DePaul: Dar Tucker is a borderline first-round draft pick prospect. But what else do the Blue Demons have this year. I mean, Mac Koshwal and Jabari Currie are decent players.
15. Seton Hall: Bobby Gonzalez is in a lot of trouble on a number of levels. Eugene Harvey and Jeremy Hazell are two exciting players. But Gonzalez has talked the talk, but hasn’t walked the walk on the recruiting trail. Frankly, Fred Hill has embarrassed Gonzo.
16. USF: Stan Heath has a very tough task that will take a few years for the results to show. Dominique Jones is very good, and Heath just needs time to show that he’s getting the right players into Tampa.
PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sam Young, Pittsburgh
ALL BIG-EAST TEAM
Sam Young, Pittsburgh
A.J. Price, Connecticut
Jeff Adrien, Connecticut
Jonny Flynn, Syracuse
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Anthony Mason Jr., St. John’s
Corey Fisher, Villanova
Devin Ebanks, West Virginia
Fred Hill’s recruiting prowess continues to bring highly-acclaimed players to the Rutgers men’s basketball program. That trend continued yesterday as RU inked two to 2009 letters of intent.
6-foot-7 forwards Dane Miller of Henrietta, N.Y. and Austin Johnson of Cheltenham, Pa. followed up on their verbal commitments from the first few months of the 2008 calendar year.
Miller averaged 22 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks as a junior at Rush-Henrietta HS and Rivals ranks him as the nation’s 94th-best player. He was the All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year in 2007-2008 and is considered a versatile swing option.
Johnson is currently enrolled at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. and gave Rutgers his verbal on the same night that current Scarlet Knight forward Gregory Echenique announced his intentions to play for Fred Hill. He averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds as a junior and has a high basketball IQ to go along with crafty post moves.
Notable Blair alums include Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva.
Rutgers opens up its 2008-2009 campaign on Friday night at 8:00pm, when Marist visits the RAC for the opening game of the Garden State Challenge.
A quick roundup of what some of the nation's most prominent schools did, including news Louisville may have found its point guard of the future
Rivals has the top 25 recruiting classes after early signing day. UNC is tops, and Villanova leads the way for the Big East at No. 3
One of the top prospects in the country did not sign today and he is going to take his sweet time
Jerry Carino adds his perspective to all that went down today and illuminates on the key to Rutgers' season
Finally ESPN gives everyone a Q&A session on what to make of the 2009 class and recruiting process
The New Jersey Devils seem to have some in-fighting going on in their locker room. It's not about their play or arguments about who will replace Marty Brodeur in net. It's about the music
Adam Zagoria talks to several just signed recruits from NJ about the recruiting process
Mets fans rejoice, Francisco Rodriguez will not be returning to the Angels
Thought you'd seen the last of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin? Not so fast. Looks like there is a chance she might be in the spotlight, but leaving the political ring for the squared circle
The economy is the worst its been since the Great Depression. The NJ Nets are the worst they have been since Jason Kidd was a Sun. Unemployment is steadily rising and Nets fans are quickly decreasing (well, more than usual). Looks like the Nets marketing staff might have a solution
The final days of Yankee Stadium (in picture form)
Does Donte Greene regret not being at Syracuse? Not really
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
- He does not envision the Big East starting its own television network, a la the Big Ten, as Marinatto is happy with the conference's deal with ESPN.
- Asked about the first thing on his agenda, Marinatto noted several times that he will try to enhance the Big East's football bowl game affiliations
- He denied any intention of adding a ninth football-playing school to the conference, but did leave the conference's options open.
"We’re open minded and we’ve built in precautions obviously in the event that something dramatic happens, a certain school or two become available from some other conferences. But right now I don’t think there is no immediate plan, or any plan for that matter, to expand."
- There has been no new movement on Notre Dame joining the conference to play football.
John Marinatto will be named your new Big East Commissioner later this morning according to Tom Luicci of the Star-Ledger… read Mike’s link in the below post for more information.
Without further ado, your pick of the litter of links…
ESPN the Magazine’s feature story on Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet
New York Times story about the college basketball three-point line moving back a foot
SI on Rutgers women’s basketball
Click on Slideshow at the bottom… slide-show essay link—it’s really interesting to see this pictorial analysis of playing styles.
Surprise, Surprise… The BCS committee doesn’t like President-elect Barack Obama’s plan for a new college football playoff system. Doesn’t he get some sort of executive power override in this spot? Maybe after January we can fix this...
Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law may be ready to play Thursday for the New York Jets in Foxboro, Mass. in a monstrous AFC East clash with New England.
And a shameless plug for one of my addictions… 22-year old Danish poker professional Peter Eastgate wins the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and over $9 million. Phil Hellmuth Jr. was previously the youngest to take the title at 24 years old in 1989.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Currently Marinatto is the Big East's senior associate commissioner and is from the Dave Gavitt family tree, as was current and soon to be former commissioner Mike Tranghese.
Over the summer, Mike Tranghese, 64, announced his intentions to step down at the end of the 2008-2009 athletic year. He has held the post since 1990.
The college basketball season has yet to begin but it's never too early to hypothesize about June's NBA Draft. DraftExpress takes a look at the top 25 pro prospects from the Big East. (This is a link to the top 5, you can find the rest by going to the articles section. Hint: a Huskie is #1)
The writers at Sports Illustrated take a look at the college basketball world and answer some important questions about the upcoming season
The uplifting story of one Stanford football recruit
When speaking to the players at Big East media day most players said that the new rule pushing the 3-point line back a foot would have a beneficial effect on the game, opening up space in the post and extending the game. UCLA coach Ben Howland disagrees
A story detailing how far Georgetown's Jesse Sapp has come
Alumni Game is a hit at Pitt
Mets manager finds something to laugh at this offseason
Monday, November 10, 2008
Rutgers men’s basketball highly-touted freshman guard scored a game-high 23 points on 5-of-8 from behind the arc to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 91-56 exhibition victory over Division II Caldwell College tonight in Piscataway.
In front of 2,264 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the Scarlet Knights showed an up-tempo offense, featuring extra fast break opportunities and adept perimeter shooting (7-of-16).
Defensively, RU even displayed a full-court press for approximately half the possessions and Fred Hill’s squad held the Cougars to 22 second-half points.
Junior center Hamady N’Diaye posted a triple-double, racking up 11 points, 10 rebounds and an astounding 10 blocks. Freshman power forward Gregory Echenique added 14 points and 8 rebounds of his own.
The Scarlet Knights had five players in double figures, as senior guard Anthony Farmer and sophomore swingman Earl Pettis posted 13 and 10 respectively.
Rosario also had four steals and three assists to go along with 23 points in just 29 minutes of game action.
Caldwell was led by Manny Perez’ 10 points on just 2-of-14 shooting.
Rutgers opens up 2008-2009 regular season play at the RAC on Friday night, when RU hosts Marist at 8:00pm.
Corey Chandler did not dress. Mike Rosario started his night off by missing his first two shots, a runner and an 18 foot jump shot. Rosario’s first three pointer drew a rousing ovation from the crowd. N’diaye swatted two Caldwell shots back to back and let out a smirk. Later in the half he missed a tip-back slam. When Gregory Echenique slams, he holds onto the rim that reminds you of the classic Shaq dunk. Rosario’s sixth three-pointer of the night got a friendly bounce off of the rim and backboard before falling in. Patrick Jackson bounced the ball off of his foot on a fast break, leading to a turnover. A technical foul was called on Caldwell’s coach with Farmer nailing both free throws.
The Student section drew as many fans as it did for games that counted last year. N’diaye made a foul line jumper off the dribble. Lunging for a loose ball near the RU bench Christian Morris sent a hard elbow into JR Inman before falling into a seat on the bench. Later in the game Morris went full speed after a ball and had to jump to avoid the fence behind the Knights’ bench. Rutgers spent a large part of the game working a 1-3-1 full court press after made baskets. N'diaye finished with a triple-double, admittedly his first since high school not including summer league, with 11 points, 10 rebounds and blocks.
LZ Granderson gives an inside look at Knicks rookie Danilo Gallinari
Obama had the NBA's vote
Jerry Carino writes that freshman Pat Jackson and Christian Morris will be playing an important role for Rutgers this year
If you had November 10th in your "First day that Notre Dame gets ripped in the papers" pool, go ahead and collect your money
Turkey has for a long time called itself a moderate and open minded country, at times almost forcing itself to stay secular, but now its tolerance is being tested by transvestites.
The story of an Ironman who is really a boy
Do you want to get inside Babe Ruth's pants?
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The Rutgers football program’s recent dominance over the Syracuse Orange continued today in Piscataway, with the Scarlet Knights following the same script as the 2007 game at the Carrier Dome.
RU (4-5, 3-2 in the Big East) won its fourth straight game over the Orange, falling behind 14-0 for the second year in a row after an 82-yard touchdown run by Doug Hogue and a blocked punt that resulted in a Syracuse (2-7, 1-4 in the Big East) score.
The stars of the day for Rutgers, which kept its bowl hopes alive with the win, were wide receiver Kenny Britt, running back Kordell Young and defensive end Jamal Westerman.
Britt posted his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season, compiling 107 yards and a touchdown. Young, who has battled injuries, ran for 143 yards and a score. Westerman had two of Rutgers’ five sacks and moved into a tie for third all-time on the RU career sacks list.
The Scarlet Knights even showed a bit of the “Wildcat” formation that has caught on substantially at the college level following the Miami Dolphins’ utilization of Ronnie Brown at the quarterback spot.
A little over midway through the third quarter, red-shirt freshman running back Joe Martinek took the snap and bolted 45 yards down the left side of the field for a touchdown that put Rutgers up 28-14.
Quarterback Mike Teel ended the day with 276 yards passing and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood has his first two touchdown receptions of the year.
RU’s defense held Syracuse’s two quarterbacks (Cam Dantley and Andrew Robinson) to 5-of-19 for 35 yards through the air.
The Scarlet Knights travel to Tampa, FL next Saturday to take on a struggling yet dangerous South Florida squad. Kickoff is set for noon.
Coincidentally ESPN's resident college scout and draft foreshadower Todd McShay released his updated list of top draft-eligible players at each position and top 64 overall. Britt lands comfortably in the top 64 and McShay has him as the fifth best receiver. And if the chatter wasn't kept to a miniumum before, this article and his play of late should re-raise the issue and bring it up a few decibals.
McShay's Draft Report
Friday, November 7, 2008
Myron Rolle, a former NJ high school football and current FSU Seminole, defines student-athlete, never more so than when he an exclusive education over a football game
The Stephon Marbury saga gets more interesting every day
SI's Luke Winn breaks down which early season tournaments are worth it and five of the top ten are in NY/NJ area
Former Scarlet Knight soccer star Alexi Lalas speaks out after his firing
Friday SPECIAL: 31 years ago, coming off a banner season and in an attempt to reach the Big-Time, Rutgers scheduled Penn State. The football game that ensued was a step back for the program. The story elicits a lot of parrallels about then and now, but it also has a nice quote about what could have been.
"We could have gone a lot of places," Paterno said, "but I liked the idea of playing Rutgers. It would be a great rivalry: state schools in sister states."Is college football more heartless than the NFL?
Obama's election as president had a significant effect on three UConn players
Thursday, November 6, 2008
A 73 year old man scored in a real college basketball game. Bobby Gonzalez announces he will hold tryouts at the local retirement home to fill out his 10 man rotation.
Rollie Massimino is returning to Villanova
How Barack Obama could help sports
Louisville's point guards are not your average backcourt mates
The new and the old are coming together for the Mountaineers
A tale of two UConn freshman
Cincinnati nabs recruit away from other Big East schools
Notes from Syracuse basketball practice
Now granted, being in third place on November 6th is not saying much. It just means that the Knicks have 78 games and five and a half months to slink their way down to the gutter. But the Knicks of November 2008 aren't the Knicks of April 2008, on and off the court. You could see it last night in their win over the Bobcats. The entire last four minutes I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, I was still stuck on last year's mindset where NY would find a way to lose that game. And it almost came after Wilson Chandler decided to step off and give Gerald Wallace his second straight corner three and then Zach Randolph went all Brett Favre on us, throwing the interception to DJ Augustine. But Augustine fell out of bounds, right in front of Spike Lee, and the Knicks retained possession. I doubt that would have happened last year. Last year he would have turned that play into Reggie Miller, circa 1995. And then the Knicks hit their free throws and actually won the game! A game that they would have made sure was a loss last year actually stayed a win.
And sure Mike D'Antoni made his errors last night, like not putting Jamal Crawford into the game late when Felton and Augustine were both on the court, but he brought a new belief to the team and the fan base. And already that's saying something.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
UCLA is still the class of the Pac-10, but watch out for this sleeper team that lost its best player from last year
How a Democrat in the White House could help Yankee fans
Some are comparing new Louisville Cardinal and St. Benedicts product Samardo Samuels to Derrick Caracter. ESPN's Dana O'Neil has an interesting story following the path of both
Former Knicks coach Larry Brown is coming back to NY for the first time since being fired. Here are a smatter of stories looking at that:
Marbury has his say
A $22 million haircut
Larry Brown hates NY
Obama's victory may give Chicago more than just a President
Rutgers is asking for your help and it's not for a silly stadium, it's for a good cause
The Rutgers women's basketball had an exhibition game last night and the Star Ledger's M.A. Mehta tells you what to take away from it
Looks like the Chicago White Sox GM and the new president are friends
Steve Nash Backs Change
Brian Johnson is a big story out in Utah
Tim Duncan wanted to help you out on election day
And of course, what kind of journalists would we be without a few day after stories about the election
The headline story in Arizona, from azcentral
The Chicago Tribune documents Barack Obama's new life
Last night in photos
Obama will be facing a challenge
Finally, what the Onion has to say
Now go enjoy your post-election day hangover
The women's college basketball coaches' poll was released... just like on the men's side, two Big East teams are in the Top 3. This time, it's UConn at No. 1 and Rutgers at No. 3.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The college basketball season gets started today as Duke takes on Presbyterian
The Team That Shall Not Be Named finally got their first win, Sonics fans drown themselves in mocha lattes
Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News gives his thoughts on the on-going Marbury saga
St. John's wins the Big East in men's soccer, gets story in Daily News. Will Norm Roberts' boys get this much attention?
A look at the Knicks from a non-NY point of view
The election is tomorrow and we here at the Big Beast IMPLORE you to go vote, regardless for whom. But here's a funny SNL skit that shows John McCain trying to win the youth vote
Vegas released its betting odds for the upcoming college basketball season. UNC leads the way at 3-1. Louisville leads the way in the Big East at 12-1. Seton Hall gets on the board at 1500-1. Rutgers? Vegas wants you to save your money.
Florida had a down year last season. Some could point to a loss of the core that led the Gators to two straight titles, but ESPN's Dana O'Neil points to a lack of humility from the highly unprovent team as a cause:
Donovan could have been the slickest salesman in the world, but he would have had an easier time convincing his players to wear short shorts than trying on a little humility. The 2008 Gators waltzed onto a campus where college basketball players were rock stars; where Joakim Noah could wear a muumuu to class and people would defend, rather than ridicule, him; where the job was so good the head coach nixed the elevator ride to the NBA. Forget that of the '07 Florida team, only two players returned; forget that the bulk of the roster was made up of newly minted college freshmen. Dude, this was Florida, where football champions begat basketball champions begat football champions begat basketball champions. "We figured we could just show up," point guard Jai Lucas said.Pittsburgh is moving leading scorer Sam Young from small forward to shooting guard. Coach Jamie Dixon needs his perimeter shooting with a dearth of reliable shooting from its backcourt, a possible fallacy for the Panthers this year.
One of my favorite sports events was held yesterday, the NYC Marathon. Brit Paula Radcliffe had another great showing, winning the event for the third time, but there was some somber news
Allen Iverson made his home in Philadelphia for over a decade. Now comes news that the Nugget is about to become a vagabond and get traded once again
Tonight at 7:00pm at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, RU (6-8-3, 3-5-2 in the Big East) will kick off against the No. 4 St. John's Red Storm with a Big East tournament bid at stake. Win and you're in, but a loss OR tie ends the 2008 season.
Let's see if sophomore Dilly Duka can pull out a few magic tricks, as he did back on Sept. 12 when the Scarlet Knights stunned No. 6 UC-Santa Barbara on Busch Campus.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Ray Rice had the first 100 yard performance of his career, rushing for 154 yards on 21 carries in he Ravens 37-27 win over the Browns. In classic Rice fashion, he broke a 60 yard run before being caught prior to reaching the endzone.
LJ Smith missed the Philadelphia Eagles' game toda to an injury. His replacement had over 100 receiving yards
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Senior running back Bryant Fitzgerald, who was the area’s leading scorer heading into the game with 102 points, stole the show again with five touchdowns on 262 yards rushing coming off 26 carries.
The Owls (6-1) took home their second straight Greater Middlesex Conference-Gold Division title, but not without a fight from the Blue Jays (6-1).
HP was trailing 14-13 at the break as Middlesex running back Mike Little (whose 97 points prior to the game was second in the area to Fitzgerald) rumbled into the end-zone. Little finished with 163 yards on the ground.
Fitzgerald, a state champion sprinter, not only visited the house five times on the ground, but he recovered a fumble and had a touchdown run and punt return called back on penalties.
“Gentlemen, you’re peaking at the right time,” second-year Highland Park head coach Rich McGlynn said to his team after the game. “This is our division again and now we have a lot more to work for.”
Special teams came up big for HP, who built a 33-14 lead thanks to junior Mike Ryan, as he forced the Blue Jays to fumble on consecutive kickoffs.
Jashon Holloway and Nate Smith added runs for scores for the Owls, who are expected to vault into the Central Jersey Group I top-three in power points following the victory.
Highland Park made it to the sectional semifinal in 2007, before losing to Keansburg. HP defeated CJG1 powerhouse Florence in its quarterfinal game.
NOTE: The game was played in Edison, as the new FieldTurf behind HPHS is in its final stages of installation.