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29 November 2008

'Nova faces URI for Philly Hoop title

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
11/29/2008 05:57:00 PM
#20 Villanova (5-0) vs. Rhode Island (5-1)
8:50 p.m., Saturday, 29 November, at the Palestra
Line: Villanova -9

Villanova put away Towson last night to advance to the "Independence Bracket" championship in the Philly Hoop Group Classic.

The Wildcats will take on the 5-1 Rhode Island Rams of the Atlantic 10 tonight at the Palestra for the title. The game will be televised regionally on Comcast's CN8 network.

Rhode Island has had an impressive season so far, winning five games and losing just one on a disputed end-of-game call against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Villanova has been installed as the nine-point favorite, but the Rams will be the toughest test the for the Wildcats so far this season.

Senior swingman Dwayne Anderson remains out for the 'Cats. Look tonight to see whether center Casiem Drummond returns to the floor after serving a disciplinary suspension.

I Bleed Blue and White and VUhoops also have game previews for tonight.

Villanova by the Numbers runs a Towson recap, as does Nova News. Congratulations to "BossHogHarrard" for most closely predicting the final score of the Towson game.

Take your shot at predicting tonight's final score in the comment section below.

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At 6:25 PM, November 29, 2008, Blogger Matthew said...

Nova - 72
URI - 58

At 6:28 PM, November 29, 2008, Blogger Pete said...

Villanova 68
Rhode Island 64

At 6:45 PM, November 29, 2008, Anonymous Gregg said...

Nova 75
URI 66
This game is scary.

At 7:21 PM, November 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody have updates on Cheek?

At 8:29 PM, November 29, 2008, Anonymous sexpanther said...

cheek has taken all of his visits(nova, kansas, memphis, pitt, rutgers) now, and he hasn't given a time table for his decision...
nova 69
uri 61

At 10:01 AM, November 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Zagsblog on Dominic Cheek

Having completed his final official visit to Pittsburgh this week, Dominic Cheek has no timetable for making a decision but will sit down next week his coaches to discuss his options.

“Today [Friday] was our first day of practice so we’ve got to concentrate on St. Anthony right now,” Friars associate head coach Ben Gamble said in a phone interview. “And then maybe sometime late next week we’ll sit down and talk about each of the schools’ strengths, but there is no date set for a decision and no timeframe on an announcement.”

The 6-foot-5 Cheek visited Pitt Tuesday-Thursday and saw the No. 4 Panthers beat Belmont at home on Tuesday.

“He enjoyed it,” Gamble said. “He liked their style. He enjoyed the visit. He said the facilities were really nice.”

Unfortunately, the weather conditions were not ideal.

“I guess it was snowing most of the days he was down there and also I don’t know how much he saw of the city,” Gamble said. “I don’t think a lot of the students were on campus.”

Former St. Anthony guard Travon Woodall is actively recruiting Cheek to Pitt and they spent a good deal of time together.

“He said he saw Travon a lot during the two days,” Gamble said.

As I wrote in this feature for SNY, PItt has a strong New Jersey connection. Woodall and fellow freshman guard Ashton Gibbs (pictured) both opted to join the Panthers for this year; Tyrell Biggs of Don Bosco Prep is a senior; former Seton Hall Prep star Brandin Knight is an assistant under Jamie Dixon; and St. Benedict’s star Lamar Patterson will join the Panthers next year.

Pitt was the last of Cheek’s official visits. He has also been to Kansas, Villanova, Memphis and Rutgers. He went through the early signing period without committing, and must wait until April to sign.

“We got all the school visits out the way,” Gamble said. “He already knows what to expect of any school that he picks because he made all his visits. But we want to worry about St. Anthony right now.”

The Friars are the defending New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner and are the reigning mythical national high school champs.


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