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Jay Wright Reportedly Turned Down Big Money UCLA Offer

Kevin Kinkead - April 30, 2019

Is Villanova a Philly school?

Just kidding. This story is about Jay Wright, who reportedly turned down a huge money offer to coach the UCLA Bruins.

That’s via Ben Bolch at the Los Angeles Times, who wrote an article titled “The back story on UCLA’s long, strange search for a basketball coach.” In the piece, he shares the content of a text message sent from UCLA senior associate athletic director Josh Rebholz to major donors after the program failed to land John Calipari from Kentucky.

Here’s the first of two relevant Jay Wright passages:

Rebholz told the donors in the message viewed by The Times that the search committee started with a list of more than 60 candidates that included some of the biggest names in coaching: Calipari, Stevens, Tom Izzo, Jay Wright, Billy Donovan, Mark Few and Tony Bennett.

And the second after the jump:

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A Video Response To The Villanova Loss

Kyle Scott - March 25, 2019

Even the defending National Champions two of the last three years get knocked down every once in a while.

The next wave of National Champions.

A Full List of Our NCAA Tournament Coverage

Kyle Scott - March 20, 2019

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve spent the last week putting together everything you need to know for the tournament and March Madness betting. Here’s a full list of the coverage:

The best March Madness sportsbooks in NJ: this is a list of the best apps to wager on the big dance for those of you in New Jersey.

The top 5 buzzer beaters in NCAA history: I bet you can’t guess which was number 1.

Printable bracket: beautiful in its simplicity.

NCAA TV schedule: the full TV schedule complete with channels and announcer pairings.

DraftKings bracket challenge: how to enter DraftKings’ free bracket contest.

FanDuel Bracket Madness: ditto for Fanduel.

Why PointsBet NJ is a must check out for March Madness: PointsBet is the new app on the scene and its “points betting” format is worth checking out alone– we also have the best promo for any NJ sportsbook exclusive to CB.

March Madness Predictions: the absolute best post for all your first round picks.

Why your Villanova Philly school argument is stupid: Kevin put it best.

Potential upset picks: 5 underdogs to consider… and then wager on.

Is Villanova a Philly School? Please Stop Using the “City Limits” Argument

Kevin Kinkead - March 20, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when we debate whether or not Villanova is a “Philly school,” as if it even really matters (spoiler: it doesn’t). It’s just something people say to discredit the basketball program instead of rightfully applauding Jay Wright and his players for their elite-level achievements over the past few seasons.

Now, I PERSONALLY BELIEVE that Villanova, despite campus not being physically located within the Philadelphia city limits, is a “Philly school” for the following reasons:

  1. they play a number of home games at the Wells Fargo Center, which is in the Philadelphia city limits
  2. they also play some non-Penn Big Five games at the Palestra, which is in the Philadelphia city limits
  3. Jay Wright has always recruited players like Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Maalik Wayns, who come from high schools in the Philadelphia city limits
  4. thousands of people came to watch their national championship parades, which took place within the Philadelphia city limits
  5. they garner more media attention from outlets within the Philadelphia city limits (because they’re a bigger and better program)
  6. the Big Five website describes involved programs as “five prestigious Philadelphia universities”

Those are my arguments.

Please do not give me the geography thing. The geography thing holds up worse than a wet paper bag receiving a Jorge Masvidal left hook.

For instance, St. Joe’s is literally 20 feet from Montgomery County, yet Hawk fans will claim SJU as a “Philly school,” even though it’s closer to Bala Cynwyd, where houses go for upwards of half a million dollars, than any typical Philadelphia neighborhood. Plus, most of the people on both sides of the argument are white kids who grew up in the suburbs anyway.

But if we have to do the geography argument, consider this:

You know how Mike Trout is such a Philly dude? How he lives and breathes Philly sports despite committing his future to the Angels? He’s from Millville, which is 44.7 miles and 48 minutes from City Hall.

Here, see for yourself, after the jump:

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Emotional Jay Wright on Phil Martelli’s Firing

Kevin Kinkead - March 19, 2019

I don’t know what this is. I didn’t know Mike Shh-shef-sky hosted a radio show on Sirius XM.

But here we are, with Villanova head coach and Kyle Scott man-crush Jay Wright hopping on “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.” Wright was a bit choked up talking about the departure of Big Five brother Phil Martelli from St. Joe’s:

“I’m really shocked.”

Well, I think it was time for new blood. That’s my opinion as an outsider.

FYI Jay Wright was 14-4 against Phil Martelli and won seven Holy War games in a row.

Kyle Lowry Believes that Ben Simmons is “Freaking Unbelievably Good”

Kevin Kinkead - February 5, 2019

North Philly native Kyle Lowry will play tonight.

He been dealing with a back injury but will be good to go when the Sixers host the Raptors at the Wells Fargo Center at 8 p.m. on national television.

Lowry recently sat down with Sixers play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff to talk about his Philadelphia roots and the current iteration of his hometown team.

Said Lowry of the 2019 Sixers:

“I think Ben Simmons is an unbelievable super talent. We got into it whatever year that was, last year, but that doesn’t take away the fact that he’s freaking unbelievably good. Jimmy Butler’s a friend of mine, we Facetime, we talk. Then you got T.J. McConnell, (which is) random because I worked out with him a few times in the summer. He’s such a good kid and he wants it. I enjoy watching them play even though they’re in our division. I don’t cheer for them at all, but I’m happy the city has a reason to sell out the Wells Fargo.”

It’s a good pod. The Philly-specific stuff starts around 12:30 –

And you can relive the Lowry/Simmons beef after the jump:

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How ‘Bout Them Quakers?

Kevin Kinkead - December 12, 2018

I know what you’re thinking –

“Kyle won’t write about the Villanova loss since he’s a biased Villanova guy.”

That’s partially true. He’s doing business stuff for the site, so he himself is not going to write about it. He asked me to whip something up in his stead.

Penn looked good last night. Really good. Credit where it’s due; they’re a well-coached squad that knows how to space the floor and play disruptive defense and do the small things well. It’s not to say that Jay Wright is chopped liver compared to Steve Donahue, because Jay obviously just won two national championships, but I think we all knew that Villanova was gonna fall off a little bit after losing a bunch of guys to the NBA. Going down to Furman early in the season showed us that they were probably ripe for a Big 5 picking.

The Quakers didn’t win every category across the board last night. They actually took three fewer shots than Nova but were better from the three point line, hitting 7 of 16 tries for a 43.8% number. Villanova put up some deep bricks to the tune of a 9-26 night (34.6%), and that was probably the key difference, the three point shooting, along with Penn grabbing 13 offensive rebounds to offset a -3 turnover margin. Nova’s bench went 0-5 from three and contributed just 11 of their 75 points, while the Quakers got 25 combined points from Michael Wang and Jake Silpe on 7-14 shooting. Nova only mustered six assists as Penn forced them to play off the bounce, and when it came down to the final minutes, they team hit their free throws to finish the job.

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Jahvon Quinerly Expresses Frustration With Villanova on Instagram

Bob Wankel - December 12, 2018

Things seems to be going well on the Main Line.

Following the Wildcats’ surprising 78-75 loss to Penn, it appears freshman guard and former five-star recruit Jahvon Quinerly logged on to Instagram and shared some postgame thoughts:

Ouch.

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