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Villanova-Xavier Preview

2:00 PM ET, February 28, 2015 Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio Points Rebounds Assists VILL Hillia... 14.7 Ochefu 8.3 Arcidi... 3.6 XAV Bluiett 12.3 Stainb... 6.7 Davis 6.1
Villanova is on the verge of repeating as outright Big East regular-season champions. Wrapping it up as quickly as possible might be tough against an opponent that also has plenty to play for.
Xavier already has four wins over Top 25 foes but earning one Saturday over the sixth-ranked Wildcats would certainly be the most meaningful to its NCAA tournament hopes, not to mention a great way to celebrate senior day at the Cintas Center.
Villanova (26-2, 13-2) has won nine straight -- the last three by an average of 21.6 points -- to claim a piece of the Big East regular-season crown. The Wildcats won't have to share it if they win one of their final three games or if Butler and Georgetown each lose once, so it seems a foregone conclusion that the outright title is theirs.
However, they don't want any slip-ups w…

Rating Percentage Index (RPI)

The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is a quantity used to rank sports teams based upon a team's wins and losses and its strength of schedule.  It is one of the sports rating systems by which NCAA basketball, baseball, softball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and volleyball teams are ranked.  This system has been in use in college basketball since 1981 to aid in the selecting and seeding of teams appearing in the men's playoffs (March Madness), and for the women's tournament since its inception in 1982
In its current formulation, the index comprises a team's winning percentage (25%), its opponents' winning percentage (50%), and the winning percentage of those opponents' opponents (25%). The opponents' winning percentage and the winning percentage of those opponents' opponents both comprise the strength of schedule (SOS).  Thus, the SOS accounts for 75% of the RPI calculation and is 2/3 its opponents' winning percentage and 1/3 its opponents' opponent…

Sulla Premier League pesa la disuguaglianza

di Will Hutton
Il Regno Unito sta cominciando a fare più attenzione alla disuguaglianza. Le rivelazioni secondo cui la banca Hsbc aiutava i suoi clienti a evadere le tasse hanno causato l’indignazione generale. Nella società britannica lo sfoggio della disuguaglianza è ormai inaccettabile. Anche la Premier League – la serie A inglese – è finita nell’occhio del ciclone dopo l’asta dei suoi diritti televisivi. Nei prossimi tre anni Sky e Bt pagheranno la bellezza di 6,8 miliardi di euro per il diritto a trasmettere in diretta 200 partite di calcio l’anno.
La massima serie del campionato inglese è ormai lo spettacolo sportivo più scandalosamente plutocratico del pianeta. Il football americano è più ricco, ma è anche più equo nella distribuzione degli introiti. I principali club della Premier League fanno compagnia agli oligarchi russi, agli sceicchi del petrolio e agli aristocratici inglesi nella galleria degli esempi più lampanti di ricchezza immeritata. Ora però tutto questo comincia …

Getting To Know: Villanova's Darrun Hilliard

Senior Forward Leads The Sixth-Ranked Wildcats
Feb. 25, 2015
By SEAN BRENNAN - Special to

In the latest edition of "Getting to Know," we put the full court press on Villanova's stellar senior Darrun Hilliard. Darrun tells us why being as well known as say, Duke's Jahlil Okafor, is not high on his priority list, how chasing a school record he was unaware of is also not in his crosshairs, about a story he will one day tell his kids and grandkids - but not for a while - and why he may be checking on a particular item is selling in the Villanova Team Store on campus. Last year you shared the BIG EAST's Most Improved Player award with your teammate Daniel Ochefu. Are you a better player this year than you were last year?

HILLIARD: "Yeah for sure. I think that every player has the drive to get better year in and year out. I don't know what I look like on paper but I think that mentally and physically I feel I'm a better player t…

Welcome to Lavin’s World. Enjoy the Ride

March 30, 2010
By BILLY WITZ New York Times

A little more than a month before Steve Lavin, with John Wooden as his best man, was to marry the actress Mary Jarou at an exclusive cliffside resort in Laguna Beach in 2007, several hundred wedding guests received an e-mail message from the couple. 
Sorry to inform them, it read, but too many guests had accepted their invitations to the wedding, far more than the resort could accommodate. Instead, the couple announced, they would be heading to Europe to marry. 
The couple apologized for any inconvenience and assured guests that they would receive photographs of the wedding. 
The story of Lavin’s nuptials should prove instructive for fans of St. John’s, which made its own commitment to Lavin, an ESPN analyst and former U.C.L.A. coach, on Tuesday when he agreed to a six-year contract worth at least $9 million. The Red Storm and its fans are about to be welcomed into Lav’s World, where wedding plans are not the only decisions that are made by…

St. John's point guard Rysheed Jordan takes leave of absence

By Sam Vecenie |
January 2, 2015 9:07 pm ET

St. John's point guard Rysheed Jordan is taking an indefinite leave of absence, according to a release from the school.

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin announced that Rysheed Jordan is taking a leave of absence from the basketball program as he deals with personal and family matters in Philadelphia. Jordan, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, will not be with the team for Saturday's contest with Butler at Carnesecca Arena.
"Rysheed will take an indefinite leave of absence from our basketball program and will not be with the team as he focuses his attention on personal and family circumstances," said Lavin.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman was first to report the news.

It's unknown at this point what Jordan's personal matters pertain to. However, it is known that Jordan hasn't…

The X factors...

• Xavier (#29) is among 5 BIG EAST teams in the top 30 of the NCAA official Daily RPI . St. John’s is at #44.
Xavier, 18-10 and 8-7 in the BIG EAST, is coming off an impressive 73-56 win over #19 Butler on Saturday.
Xavier is now 4-1 this season against AP Top 25 teams.
Xavier leads the BIG EA ST in offense (75.7 PPG.), assists (17.0 APG), AST-to-TO ratio (1.44) and FG% (.481).
Xavier sr. DEE DAVIS (#11) is 2nd in the BIG EAST & 11th in the nation in assists (6.2 APG.).
• Xavier soph. Myles Davis, who is third on the team in scoring at 11.4 PPG, leads XU in scoring for BIG EAST games at 12.5 ppg.
Xavier fr. TREVON BLUIETT (#5) leads XU & is 2nd among BIG EAST freshmen at 12.1 PPG.
Xavier sr. Matt Stainbrook (#40), a BIG EAST leader in reb. (6th), scoring (17th) & FG% (4th), is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
Xavier jr. JAMES FARR (#2) tied for game-high rebounding honors vs. Butler with 11, his team-high fifth double-figure rebounding game.
Xavier s…

Xavier - 2014-2015 Blue Ribbon's Preview

A different, interesting situation has settled over Victory Parkway as Xavier heads into the 2014-15 season as one of only 13 teams that have advanced to the NCAA tournament 8 of the last 9 seasons.

In one corner of Cintas Center stand 6 returning players off last year’s team that was picked to finish sixth in its first season in the Big East, then rocketed up the league standings to wind up tied for third. In another corner of the arena stand 6 freshmen, all of whom believe they can contribute right from the jump but who have to handle the highs and lows that come with a long season of college competition.

And somewhere in the middle of both groups, say standing on the “X” at center court, is Indiana transfer Reby Abell, who was around the program every day last year but whose next basket for coach Chris Mack will be his first.

Six old guys, 6 new guys and one new/old guy are ready to chase a conference crown for one of the country’s most consistent programs in an ultra-demanding …

Red Storm 2014-2015 - Blue Ribbon's Preview

by Mike Waters In 2011, Steve Lavin’s first year at St. John’s, he guided the Red Storm to 21 wins and the school’s first NCAA tournament appearance in nine years. But that team was laden with seniors, players recruited by previous head coach Norm Roberts
Lavin’s first-year success was nice, but it was temporary. And he knew it. 
“We didn’t have any returning players in year two,” Lavin said. “I’ve never experienced that before as a coach or even in my time in broadcasting. Sometimes you have two or three returning players. We had none.” 
That year, Lavin put together a stellar recruiting class, his recruits were thrown into the fire, and St. John’s managed just 13 wins. The next year the win total improved to 17, and last season the Red Storm won 20 games and made the NIT. Now, Lavin’s first recruits at St. John’s—five players out of his original class—are entering their senior year. 
“They are battle-tested seniors, who have been on their journey of re-establishing our program,” La…

St. John's - Redmen, Red Storm, Johnnies & Thunderbird

Prior to the 1994–1995 school year, the university's nickname was the St. John's Redmen, which referenced the red uniforms worn by its teams in competition. The name was interpreted as a Native American reference in the 1960s, and the university did have a mascot (adorned in Native American dress), which eventually led to the team's name change to the Red Storm.  The change happened at a time when there was mounting pressure on colleges and universities to adopt names more sensitive to Native American culture. The Redmen name still remains popular among fans, however, as does "Johnnies". 
In spring 2009, St. John's allowed its students to vote on what the new official Red Storm mascot would be. At a soccer game in fall 2009, members of the Athletics Department announced that a Thunderbird had received the majority of votes and would become the new mascot. After a vote, the new mascot was named Johnny Thunderbird. He can be seen at many of the school's at…

Xavier's Mascots - Two is Better Than One

Xavier is one of a handful of universities with two mascots. D'Artagnan, the Musketeer, is the university's official mascot and is the origin of the school's nickname, The Xavier Musketeers.  The Musketeer concept was suggested in 1925 by the late Reverend Francis J. Finn, S.J. 
The Blue Blob is a furry creature that has made several television and magazine appearances over the years, including a controversial Playboy appearance. The Blue Blob has Bobble-Body dolls, Plush replicas, and T-shirts made in his likeness, and an annual Blue Blob Appreciation Night during the Musketeer's basketball season.
He most recently appeared on two ESPN This is SportsCenter commercials with Pro Football Hall of Fame member Jim Kelly and Sports Center anchors Scott Van Pelt and John Anderson.

The Blue Blob came about in 1985 when the spirit squad coordinators realized that a more audience-friendly mascot was needed as the musketeer mascot, who sported a handlebar mustache and a prop sw…

St. John's vs. Xavier: 3-Point Preview

It's a game that both teams have to have to bolster their resume for the "big dance." St. John's. Xavier. Basketball. Madison Square Garden. Tonight. Let's do it.
It seems like most "experts" agree that the Big East has 4 teams as locks for the NCAA Tournament, with a chance to have as many as 6. The two teams who could add those two spots for the Big East happen to do battle tonight from (I think it's mandatory to say this or else I get in trouble), "The World's Most Famous Arena." St. John's hosts Xavier tonight in the second meeting of the year, with each team sharing the national spotlight (Tip off 8:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 nationally) for a chance to show the committee that they are the more deserving team to make the tournament.
These teams met 9 days ago at the Cintas Center in Ohio, with the Red Storm coming away with a 78-70 victory over the Musketeers. Sir'Dominic Pointer notched 24 points for the Johnnies, matching h…

Xavier v. St. John's: Preview

Both teams are somewhere on the bubble, with this game going a long way toward determining exactly where. Xavier needs it, but St. John's will be tough at home.
In the 9 days since Xavier last played, and lost to, St. John's a lot has changed. The Red Storm were resurgent at that point, with the Musketeers marking their third win in a row and a rise back into NCAA tournament bubble consideration. That loss had the effect of leaving Xavier on the edge of desperate for at least two good wins down the stretch to solidify their own standing. The Musketeers had looked good coming into the game, and looked very bad coming out.
Since then, the teams have essentially flipped positions. St. John's got obliterated by Georgetown in a game that was effectively over at the half. A win over a Seton Hall team that it's possible that the Banners staff and some of the top Twitter contributors could beat right now hardly went any way in repairing the damage. Meanwhile, Xavier went to UC …

Mack Attack

SEDLER FAMILY MEN'S HEAD BASKETBALL COACH Xavier University announced a gift from Tom and Genny Sedler to endow its Head Men's Basketball coaching position. Thanks to the largest donation ever made to the men's basketball program, the position of Men's Head Basketball Coach will be re-named the "Sedler Family Men's Head Basketball Coach." This is the first endowed coaching position at Xavier.
OVER 100 WINS AND COUNTING Xavier head coach Chris Mack has recorded a 111-57 (.661) mark overall and stands fourth on Xavier's all-time wins list after his first five seasons at the helm. Mack signed a contract extension in the off-season that goes through the 2019-20 season.  Mack, 44, has led Xavier to the NCAA Tournament in four of his first five seasons at the helm, including the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012. Mack led Xavier to Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championships in 2010 and 2011.  XU finished in the top 25 of the Associated Pre…

Steve Lavin Takes New York by Storm

Steve Lavin Takes New York by Storm [AOL Fan House] « on: August 02, 2010, 08:17:37 PM »
Brett McMurphy, Senior NCAA Writer

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Even before Steve Lavin is one sentence into answering my first question, a realization quickly settles in: The fully-charged batteries in my digital recorder will not be able to outlast St. John's new basketball coach.
Lavin is extraordinarily accommodating and gracious with his time. And, boy can he talk. He manages to reference plate tectonics, continental drift speed, the Bible, poetry, John Wooden, Rome, Don Coryell, Don Zimmer, Paris, Sid Gillman, Joe Torre, Noah's Ark, Gene Keady and the Karate Kid's Mr. Miyagi. And that's just in the first 10 minutes.
There has never been a question about Lavin's gift of gab. But the former UCLA coach did have doubts if he would ever return to the sideline. That all changed on March 30.
"St. John's was the first school that presented three kind of key elements that I looked fo…

Tourney resumes at stake for Xavier, St. John's
Shannon Russell, 3:03 p.m. EST February 22, 2015
NEW YORK - Nine days after losing to St. John's at Cintas Center, Xavier's men's basketball team is about to get another crack at the Red Storm.
And Monday's 8 p.m. meeting at Madison Square Garden could be just as tough.
Steve Lavin's club has won 4 of its last 5 games, including the 78-70 defeat of the MusketeersFeb. 14 at Cintas Center, and is 14-4 at home. With only a handful of regular-season games left, time is of the essence for both teams as they jockey for placement in the Big East standings and attempt to polish their resumes for postseason consideration.
"We play a team that beat us just a week ago, the most athletic team in our conference, a team that's going to present a lot different challenge than Butler," Musketeers coach Chris Mack said Saturday aft…