March 29th, 2009 by Raphielle Johnson
The Big East, in the final months of commissioner Mike Tranghese’s tenure, went into Saturday guaranteed at least one spot in the Final Four with Pittsburgh and Villanova meeting in Boston. But how those two fought for the East Regional title is something that will be remembered for a long time to come, with the Wildcats winning on a Scottie Reynolds shot with 0.5 seconds remaining. A Levance Fields heave from about seventy feet was online but long, sealing the 78-76 win and the Wildcats’ first Final Four since 1985.
March 28th, 2009 by Raphielle Johnson
Thanks are in order for Kansas and Michigan State. They gave viewers the lone bit of drama on this night.
March 27th, 2009 by Raphielle Johnson
Five Big East teams made their way into the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and so far five remain. A trio of teams from the nation’s best conference won tonight, guaranteeing the conference of at least one Final Four team as a retirement present for commissioner Mike Tranghese. The dominant question: how would Connecticut deal with the off-court distractions in facing Purdue? Point blank, the outside issues didn’t matter, with the Huskies controlling the game from start to finish in a 72-60 victory.
March 22nd, 2009 by Raphielle Johnson
The argument in the immediate aftermath of Gonzaga’s 83-81 win over Western Kentucky was that the officials should have acknowledged the Hilltoppers’ request for a timeout. Both head coach Ken McDonald and guard A.J. Slaughter made the request after Demetri Goodson’s layup with 0.9 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs the lead. But neither was granted the timeout, leaving Orlando Mendez-Valdez to attempt a full-court heave that was well off the mark.
March 21st, 2009 by Raphielle Johnson
Recent history led many to believe that Friday would supply the crazy happenings that college basketball fans look for every March. It began with a Byron Eaton three-point play with seven seconds remaining to advance Oklahoma State and ended with Siena’s Ronald Moore knocking down a three to knock off Ohio State. But neither of those matched the magnitude of thirteen-seed Cleveland State dominating Wake Forest from start to finish in the final game from Miami.
March 20th, 2009 by Raphielle Johnson
March 15th, 2009 by Raphielle Johnson
NEW YORK- The time when fatigue begins to show in most cases is the beginning of the second half. Why here? It's easy for the body to start, but restarting after sitting for fifteen minutes is a far more difficult task. That's exactly what happened to Syracuse in the title game of the Big East Championship, going from handling Louisville's pressure to tossing lax crosscourt passes. The Cardinals, who won their first Big East Championship crown, jumped out on a 21-5 run to start the second half to go from down eight to up eight.
March 14th, 2009 by Raphielle Johnson
The prevailing thought in Madison Square Garden after West Virginia's Devin Ebanks hit a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining to tie the game was "here we go again".
Turns out all the freshman did was delay the inevitable.