Off The Boards by Jack Scheuer

Off The Boards

By Jack Scheuer

February 12, 2020

Saint Joseph’s Ryan Daly is having some kind of a season. The 6-5 junior, who transferred to Hawk Hill from Delaware, leads the team in points, assists, rebounds, and steals. He also leads the city in scoring putting up 20.3 points a game. (his next closest teammate is at 9 ppg). All this despite being double-teamed, and some times triple-teamed by the opponent. I  forgot to mention, he’s also the team leader in minutes played, impressive when you think of all the energy he uses while trying to get an open shot. Watching him play, it seems like he seldom stops moving the the entire time he is on the court. Since St. Joe’s has a record of 4 – 20 it is unlikely that Daly will be named this year’s Most Outstanding Player. Nova’s Saddiq Bey, and Collin Gillespie, along with Penn’s AJ Brodeur are in the running for that award. Nevertheless, Ryan Daly, the grandson of former Hawk player and coach Jim Boyle, should certainly be considered an outstanding player.  

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Tough schedule for Villanova as it tries to snap a three game losing streak. After hosting Marquette tonight at Finneran, the Wildcats play three straight on the road: at Temple on Sunday (game is sold out), at DePaul, and at Xavier. It will be interesting to see how Jay Wright’s talented young players meet those challenges.

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Penn State hit ten 3-pointers in the first half, and led by 24 points early in the second, before holding off host Purdue, 88-76 last night. Purdue cut the lead to 81-74 with 1:06 left, but the 13th-ranked Nits made their free throws to win their 7th straight. Question: When was the last time Penn State was ahead of Villanova (15th) in the AP rankings?

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Trivia Time: Who is the NBA’s all-time leader in shots taken ? Answer at the end of the column.

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Penn seems to have figured things out with its Ivy sweep over the weekend. That’s five straight  wins for the Quakers, who can make things interesting in the league by defeating Brown and Yale at the Palestra on Friday and Saturday.

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This and That: Temple has become the nation’s hottest overtime team. The Owls have won their last six O.T. games, and since the 2008-09 season, they are 24-7 when the game goes an extra period….Roman grad Brad Wanamaker is a nice success story. After an excellent career at Pitt, he bounced around in Europe for seven years before catching on with the Celtics, where he’s getting meaningful minutes….Question for TV watchers: How annoyed are you getting because of all the time-outs and/or reviews we are getting in the last 2-3 minutes of games? Some of these contests last forever ….Cincinnati’s  All-America candidate Jarron Cumberland  has just become the AAC’s all-time leader in free throws made….In the Drexel -Delaware series, the home team has been the victor in the last 10 games…. Led by the Wessons, Andre and Kaleb, Ohio State looked like a well-oiled machine in winning it’s first nine games of the year. However, the Buckeyes let some leads slip away during a stretch in January, and are now 15 – 8 before hosting Rutgers tonight.

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Answer to Trivia Time : Kareem Abdul- Jabbar had 28,307 shot attempts.

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