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Author Archives | Sean Burke

Starting Five: Undefeated Temple Tops City 6 Rankings

Starting Five will be a weekly update on the Philadelphia basketball schools, ranking the teams from 1-5 and one team “on the bench”.  It will come out every Friday afternoon. 1.  Temple Owls: Temple posted solid wins over Wagner and Villanova this week, although they struggled in the first half against the Wildcats.  The 6-0 […]

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2012 Big 5 Predictions: Rankings and Analysis

A year after getting one team into the NCAA tournament, Philadelphia’s historic collection of basketball schools will go at it once again in 2012-13.  The Big 5, which is what it will be referred to as because Drexel does not play all of their neighbors every year, lost some great players last season when Zack Rosen, Rudy […]

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NCAA Conference Realignment: Where Does ‘Nova Fall?

After a year of little conference realignment talk, the news broke Monday that Maryland and Rutgers would be headed to the Big Ten.  This has aroused talks once again of Villanova possibly being on the move in the coming years. The question is: do these big conferences want Villanova and its small football program? After […]

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‘Nova Roars Back to Stun Boilermakers

This 2012 Villanova basketball team may not accumulate substantial quantities of wins, but we know they have a lot of heart. With resilience, perseverance, and a little help from the officials, the Cats took down Purdue 89-81 in OT in the ESPN 2K Sports semifinal at Madison Square Garden.  hey advance to play Alabama in the […]

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Why the Wide-Nine Needs to Go

It does not take a football genius to figure out that the wide-nine has been ineffective for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012. Jason Babin and Trent Cole, once feared sack specialists, have a combined five sacks thus far. One year removed from combining for 29 sacks in Jim Washburn’s wide-nine scheme, these two, along with the rest of […]

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Drexel 2012-2013 Season Preview: How Good Can the Dragons Be?

A year removed from shaking up the college basketball world when they were snubbed by the NCAA tournament committee, the Drexel Dragons (0-1) look to regroup and do it again in 2012-2013. Apparently 29 wins was not good enough for the Big Dance, but the Dragons are not so quick to panic. They lost just […]

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Xs and Os: Birds and ‘Boys to Battle at the Linc

Background/Storylines: Cowboys (3-5) @ Eagles (3-5) After nine head-scratching, mind-boggling weeks that make fans want to tear their hair out, the Eagles and Cowboys enter an all-or-nothing duel at Lincoln Financial field.  Both have endured similar struggles with turnovers, blown leads, and red zone inefficiency.  Like the Eagles, the Cowboys also reside at the top of the league in total […]

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Villanova Basketball Preview: Guards

Once known as Guard U, Villanova has seen its wealth of talent at the guard position diminish over the past few seasons.  With the loss of Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek, Jay Wright finds himself with an unexperienced but deep frontcourt.  Sean Burke tackles part two of Khandyman Sports’ Villanova preview as he breaks down […]

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Villanova Basketball Preview: Centers and Forwards

The Villanova season opener is 2 days away as excitement builds for the 2012-2013 season. Although it will be a challenge for the Wildcats to eclipse their win total of 13 from last season without 2011-12 top scorers Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek, some new faces and developing underclassmen could cause headaches for the Big […]

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Ty Johnson Transfers From Nova

Two days prior to the season opener, Villanova announced that sophomore point guard Ty Johnson will transfer. This is according to Jon Rothstein via Twitter. Johnson averaged 3.3 points, 2.0 assists, and 17.7 minutes per game last season as the backup point guard. With the arrival of Wake Forest transfer Tony Chennault and freshman sharpshooter […]

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