Ron Glover’s All-Time Big East Basketball Team

Posted in Blogroll on March 18th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(NY Daily Post)

Where would Big East Men’s Basketball be without John Thompson, Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas?

This weekend the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament crowned its conference champion for the last time. The formation of the Big East Conference in 1979 caused a seismic shift of power in college basketball from the South and West Coast to the Northeastern part of the United States. The Big East has produced 16 Final Four participants (Louisville, Marquette, DePaul, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh made all their trips before joining the Big East) and six National Champions. Since it’s inception in 1979, the Big East has had three No. 1 overall picks in the NBA Draft; Patrick Ewing (1985, the first ever NBA Lottery pick), Derrick Coleman (1990) and Allen Iverson (1996).

Here is my all-time Big East team, complete with a starting five, reserves and head coach. Enjoy!

*Note* The players selected are prior to expansion of the conference.

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Tip-Off for 3/18/13 (featuring The Spinners): Miami Heat tie NBA’s second longest winning streak of 22 games; Dwight Howard hosts a block party

Posted in Blogroll on March 18th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Chris Young/AP)

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Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat remained true to form against the Toronto Raptors.

The Miami Heat began their winning streak on February 3rd in Toronto with a win over the Raptors. Led by Dwyane Wade, the Heat tied the second longest winning streak in NBA history (22 games) with a 108-91 win over the Raptors yesterday. The Heat are now 51-14.

The Los Angeles Lakers don’t know when Kobe Bryant will return from his ankle injury. In the meantime, reserves Antwan Jamison and Steve Blake have stepped up in the most critical of times. The Lakers won their second game in a row without Bryant, defeating the Sacramento Kings 113-102. Dwight Howard anchored the Lakers defense with five blocked shots.

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Saturday Morning Suicides: Kobe Bryant starts, but Dwight Howard finishes strong as Lakers defeat Pacers 99-93

Posted in Blogroll on March 16th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Washington Post)

(Michael Conroy/ Associated Press ) - Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, draws a play for center Dwight Howard as they sit on the bench in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Friday, March 15, 2013.

Unable to finish against the Pacers, Kobe Bryant had no problem scripting out the Lakers’ game plan for Dwight Howard.

Kobe Bryant gave it a go on his injured ankle, but could only last 12 minutes against the Indiana Pacers. The Lakers compensated with 35 points between reserves Steve Blake and Antawn Jamison — they combined for 9-14 shooting from beyond the arc. Dwight Howard anchored Los Angeles at both ends of the floor in a 99-93 victory.

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Tip-Off for 3/15/13 (featuring Bobby Brown): No answer for Damian Lillard as Trail Blazers defeat hobbled Knicks 105-90

Posted in Blogroll on March 15th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(CBS Sports)

Portland’s Damian Lillard is the front-runner for NBA Rookie of the Year

Damian Lillard became the fastest rookie to reach 1,200 points and 400 assists since Allen Iverson in 1996-97. Against the New York Knicks, Lilliard led the Portland Trail Blazers with 26 points and 10 assists in a 105-90 victory.

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Tip-Off for 3/14/13 (featuring Tuff Crew): Sacramento Kings stomp Chicago Bulls 121-79; Heat hang on for 20th in a row

Posted in Blogroll on March 14th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Niketalk.com)

LeBron James and the Miami Heat are at the center of the sports world.

The Sacramento Kings used an outstanding performance from Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans to blow out the Chicago Bulls 121-79. The Bulls trailed 65-36 at the half and scored only 43 points the rest of the way. For all the good Chicago has done this season without point guard Derrick Rose, this team has taken some serious beat downs along the way.

The Miami Heat survived a scare from the less than scary Philadelphia 76ers to pull out a 98-94 win. The victory pushes the Heat’s streak to a season-high 20 games.

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Mike Woodson: The most known unknown

Posted in Blogroll on March 13th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(USA Today)

All Mike Woodson has done is make the NY Knicks a top team in the East.

Mike Woodson took over a New York Knicks squad teetering on disaster a year ago. Mike D’Antoni’s uptempo, yet defenseless style had worn out faster than his players jacked up shots. D’Antoio took sniping from his players, most notably all-star Carmelo Anthony. Woodson was no stranger to things running their coarse. In six seasons as coach of the Atlanta Hawks, he steadily improved a talented squad, but was never able to get out of the second round. Hawks’ management decided they could go no further with Woodson as coach after the Hawks were swept in the semi-finals of the 2010 playoffs.

Woodson is a big reason the Knicks are 38-23 and one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Most impressive, is Woodson taking his team to new heights while flying under the radar — something very few have pulled off coaching in New York.

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Tip-Off for 3/13/13 (featuring Big L): Pretty Ricky Rubio posts first triple-double as T-Wolves shock Spurs 107-83

Posted in Blogroll on March 13th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Associated Press)

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (9) drives to the basket

Ricky Rubio’s return has been a bright spot in a frustrating season for the T-Wolves.

Ricky Rubio’s first year and a half in the NBA has had it’s flashes, but he’s also had to deal with a serious knee injury. The good news is Rubio is completely healed from the injury and back to playing his flashy brand of basketball.

Rubio’s first career triple-double was filled with flash and dash. Alley-oops and double behind-the-back dribbles were present in the Minnesota T-Wolves 107-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

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Tip-Off for 3/12/13 (featuring Oran Juice Jones): Spurs come up big to silence Thunder 105-93

Posted in Blogroll on March 12th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Getty Images)

Tiago Splitter and the Spurs were up for the challenge against the Thunder.

Led by Tiago Splitter, the San Antonio Spurs were fueled by a 35-point second quarter to pull ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder and stay there in a 105-93 victory. The victory was a much-needed one for San Antonio — who was coming off a 30-point drubbing by the Portland Trail Blazers. The Spurs placed four starters in double figures.

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Built From Scratch: Passing and Game Management

Posted in Blogroll on March 11th, 2013 by Okori Wadsworth

(NBAE/Getty Images)

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‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich.

In my last article ,I tried to help young basketball players with the mastery of the single most important offensive skill there is, shooting. Being a knock-down shooter is like being a left-handed pitcher in baseball — there will always be room for you. Frankly, if you can do nothing else but shoot, you’ll continue to exist as a basketball player.

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Tip-Off for 3/11/12 (featuring The Roots and Betty Wright): LA Lakers handle Chicago Bulls 90-81 to claim 8th seed in the West

Posted in Blogroll on March 11th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(NBA.com)

The Lakers are playing above .500 as they have possession of the 8th seed.

It’s been a long season for the Los Angeles Lakers — a coaching change, injuries and internal strife have all had their place with the purple and gold this season.

Thing are finally looking up for the Lakers. With their 90-81 victory over the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers claimed possession of the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The win also placed Los Angeles two games above .500 for the first time this season.

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Temple Owls knockout VCU Rams in an Atlantic-10 clash 84-76

Posted in Blogroll on March 11th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Photo Credit: Mike McAfee)

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Temple’s senior guard Khalif Wyatt poured in 30 points in his final regular season home game.

If the first Atlantic 10 meeting between the Temple Owls (23-8, 11-5) and the VCU Rams (24-7, 12-4) is a precursor to the upcoming conference tournament this week, we’re in for some dynamite basketball.

The Owls were the last team standing in a slugfest in which both teams held double-digit leads. The Owls jumped out to an early lead only to trail at the half. The Owls regained the lead midway through the second half and never looked back. A barrage of three point baskets allowed them to pull away from the Rams 84-76. The win pushed the Owls win streak to a season-high seven games and clinched a #3 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

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Saturday Morning Suicides: The Black Mamba strikes down Raptors; Deron Williams has a magical night against the Wizards

Posted in Blogroll on March 9th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Harry How/Getty Images)

KB24 is as driven as he’s ever been.

Kobe Bryant has literally taken the Los Angeles Lakers playoff hopes into his own hands. Bryant brought the home team back from and 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Bryant hit 3 three-pointers in the final minutes of regulation and scored four more points in overtime to life the Lakers to a 118-116 victory in overtime. Bryant finished with 41 points and 12 assists.

Brooklyn’s Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine three pointers in the first half on his way to 42 points in the Nets 95-78 victory over the Washington Wizards. Williams finished with 11 three-pointers making his first eight attempts.

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Repost: Diggin’ In The Crates: The 1987-88 Temple Owls

Posted in Blogroll on March 9th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(James On Basketball)

John Chaney finest season on North Broad St. came during the 1987-88 season.

In my lifetime, few men have had an impact on me as a person the way Hall of Fame coach John Chaney has. I’ve never met him personally, but in listening to him speak, he opens the pages of his soul. Pouring out immeasurable quantities of what life has to offer. An engaging personality — whether it was giving a referee the “One-Eyed Jack Stare” for a bad call or weeping openly about the young men he’s surrogately fathered. Many of whom overcame the stigma of being casualties of Proposition 48 and became college graduates.

In the 1987-88 season, John Chaney’s 32-2 Temple Owls gave us the best they could offer – led by an unbelievable freshman,

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Tip-Off for 3/8/12 (featuring Michael Tillery): Knicks put up a fight but fall to Thunder 95-94; Nuggets defeat Clippers 107-92

Posted in Blogroll on March 8th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Kevin Durant’s 34 points were just enough to keep the game out of the Knicks reach.

The Knicks were without Carmelo Anthony (knee), but J.R. Smith did not allow his team to go quietly into the night. Smith finished with a game-high 36 points, but it wasn’t enough as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 55 points as OKC defeated New York in a 95-94 thriller.

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Tip-Off for 3/7/13 (featuring MF Doom and Ghostface): Blake Griffin banks an Oscar; Heat win Sweet 16th

Posted in Blogroll on March 7th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today)

Blake Griffin pulls down one of his eleven rebounds against the Bucks.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin posted his third career triple double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Clippers knocked off the Milwaukee Bucks 117-101. The Bucks are 1-12 on the road against the Clippers since the 2000-01 season.

LeBron James scored on a streaking layup with a little more than 3 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Miami Heat a 97-96 over the Orlando Magic. The Heat blew a 20-point lead before winning their franchise record 16th game in succession.

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