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St. Joe’s Beat UConn on the Road

Kevin Kinkead - November 14, 2019

Wait, what?

Yes it’s true, the Hawk, which will never die, went up to Storrs last night and beat UConn at Gampel Pavilion.

Dan Hurley’s Huskies are a far cry from the Jim Calhoun and Kevin Ollie title-winning squads, but for St. Joe’s to get a win up there is rather significant, especially when you consider the fact that SJU was coming off a 13-point loss to Old Dominion with Billy Lange coaching his third game for the Hawks.

Ryan Daly ripped off 30 points while Hurley said this after the game:

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Jahvon Quinerly’s Mother Not Happy With NCAA Eligibility Decision

Kevin Kinkead - November 12, 2019

Jahvon Quinerly was a five-star recruit who played one season at Villanova before transferring to Alabama.

After being originally denied an eligibility waiver by the NCAA last month, he spoke to the Committee for Legislative Relief on Monday, but had his appeal also denied. That means he’ll have to sit out until next year.

Bama Athletic Director Greg Byrne and head basketball coach Nate Oats released this statement in response to the news:

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National Champion Update: Eric Paschall Went Off Last Night in Warriors Win

Kyle Scott - November 5, 2019

Excuse me. I awake from my blogging slumber to bring you this very important National Champion update.

Eric Paschall, who was drafted 41st overall by the Warriors, behind the Sixers’ 33rd and 34th overall picks, Carson Edwards and Bruno Fernando (draft day swaps), put up 36 and 13 for the Warriors last night alongside fellow National Champion Omari Spellman (7 and 3 in 15 minutes). Paschall, who has turned in three 20+ point games, is averaging 16 and 4 over his first five NBA games.

Head coach and sometimes stance-taker Steve Kerr, however, veered a bit too close to the third rail for my liking, insinuating that Jay Wright didn’t know what to do with such a talent:

“Jay’s my guy.” I wonder if they get together and compare stories of championships and rings. Yeah, I bet they probably do.

Paschall, whom I never thought would catch on in the NBA let alone ever turn in a 30+ point scoring performance, becomes just the latest Wildcat from the National Championship squad (2018 edition– there are three) to turn in a standout NBA performance, leading some to speculate…

I thought about it, Gary. And I concur.

Thus concludes my trolling.

Nope. Now I’m done.

Villanova is Not the Big East Preseason Favorite

Kevin Kinkead - October 10, 2019

At least according to the coaches.

The annual preseason poll came out today and Seton Hall just barely scraped past Nova, who had been #1 in this poll for five years straight:

Nova has won the Big East regular season in five of the last six years while claiming four of the last five conference tournament titles.

And Kyle probably doesn’t want to hear it, but the Cats didn’t truly become an elite program until UConn, Syracuse, Pitt, WVU, and Louisville left the conference.

Time’s yours.

Would Villanova’s Mark Jackson Return to Southern Cal as Athletic Director?

Kevin Kinkead - September 19, 2019

Shout out to reader Bryan Knight for bringing this to my attention.

Here’s a clip from the Dan Patrick show today where the radio host discusses the possibility of Urban Meyer returning to the sidelines as USC’s coach. In the snippet, Patrick is sharing information received from a source, which includes a reference to Villanova’s Mark Jackson as well:

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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.