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Big East Tournament: Session 3

Session 3 got off to a pretty great start with a really quality game between Depaul and Providence. Providence is sitting on the bubble and really got a scare today by the Blue Deamons. After winning it’s first conference game of the season yesterday, Depaul rallied and really gave a dynamite effort to pull off another one. Dar Tucker was sensational, dropping 30 points and yanking down 8 boards. He was poised, aggresive, and by far the best player on the floor. Providence played tight and looked like they were feeling the added pressure of being in a must win situation. Sharaud Curry had 25 points on just 14 shots, and did a nice job getting the Friars together and pulling out the Win. Providence is sitting on the bubble and more than likely still needs to beat Big East regular season champion, Louisville, in order to feel good about their chances of making the tournament.

The second game was basically a joke. Marquette came into today’s contest with a chip on it’s shoulder having lost 4 straight to end the regular season. They certainly took it out on St. John’s, holding them to 10 points in the first half. That’s right, the Red Storm only managed 10 first half points. At that point most people in the Garden decided to take off and shift their focus to tonight’s session. That list included yours truly. The final score was 74-45 as Marquette cruised it’s way to the win. Marquette will face off with Villanova tommorow, and should expect a much stiffer opponent.

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago at 2:14 PM.

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**Fantasy SLEEPER ALERT**

Florida ‘Hot’ Panthers - David Booth (LW) has 10 G’s 9 A’s and is (+/-) 12. With the ‘Hot’ Panthers making a serious run at the playoffs this year, there have seemed to be a plethora of Util players on this team only some have shunned away. So to answer your question, “No, they DO NOT only play roller-hockey in Florida.”

Vancouver ‘Crazy’ Canucks - Alexander Edler (D) has 5G’s 11 A’s is (+/-) 2 and has 14 PIM. Edler is seeing lots of ice time on the PP and is putting up numbers close to the likes of Jay Bouwmeester and Shea Weber. Right now, the ‘Crazy’ Canucks are as curious as the Sedin twins are to me; there chances at a Cup lil’ own the playoffs would be an outlandish statement to make right now…but then again they are the ‘Crazy’ Canucks in my minds eye.

Buffalo ‘Wing’ Sabres - Tim Connolly (C) has 7 G’s 12 A’s and is (+/-) 4. Although Buffalo looked as if they had gone back to there old bad habits when facing Ottawa on Saturday Night, Connolly is still a strong and impressive presence in the faceoff circle. If able to win ‘perfect’ (which seems to be often in his case) he can produce instant goals directly off the draws. The ‘Wing’ Sabres will look to utilize him in their attempt to battle with the ‘Canes, Pens, Rangers, and the ‘Hot’ Panthers. Look for Connolly…DO IT!!

Ryan Enta

Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago at 1:52 PM.

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Simon Gagne flying on the Flyers

Midway through the NHL season I realized that I had somehow mathematically dislodged myself from my fantasy hockey league. Whether it be related to karma (for naming my team “Chef Boyardee”) or what not, I was compelled to fight my way out of last place. Let’s face it, only thing worse then losing in these things is being dead last. Football season was over, t’was time to put pride back into Team ‘Chef Boyardee’, strap on ‘dem blades of steel and kick some proverbial fantasy butt! Now can i get an A’men from the people reading back there in the cheap seats? I’m glad we’re all on the same page here.

Please allow me to toot my own horn a little. Low and behold that my diamond in the rough was that of Simon Gagne. Philadelphia Flyers currently being seeded 4th in the Eastern Conference, have fought hard and well to be where they are. Simon Gagne has posted 12 G-Notes, 21 Assists and has an impressive overall (+/-) 11. Being only able to play 25 games and obtaining 18 total Pts in the ‘07 - ‘08, Gagne has pleased many of weary fantasy owners for having faith in Drafting him this year. So “Thanks Simon,” you have made fantasy land a little better for this man…but only a little.

Ryan Enta

Posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago at 1:48 PM.

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Big East Tournament: Session 2

In one of the worst basketball games I’ve ever seen, Notre Dame was able to barely get by Rutgers and advance to play West Virginia in round 2. The defensive effort on both sides was there, but the offensive execution was as bad as it gets in a Division 1 basketball game. Missed layups by everyone seemed to be the theme. At halftime, I heard a kid tell his dad that the Knicks could have shut out Notre Dame tonight, and I think he might have been right. When I got to MSG, I was genuinely excited to see Luc Harangody play, but his 7 point effort came on 3-17 shooting. It also included at least 4 missed bunnies that my mother would have finished. Tory Jackson led the way for Notre Dame with 12 points and 4 assists. Yup, that was the line of the night folks!!! As for Rutgers, it wasn’t much better. There’s a reason they only went 2-16 in the Big East Conference. They just aren’t very good. Their Big guys were active, but also struggled to finish. The lone bright spot for the Scarlet Knights was Hamady N’Diaye. Hamady finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds and shot 6-7 from the floor. A horrific contest that I’ve been trying to forget since the final buzzer.

In the late game Seton Hall’s Jeremy Hazell put on a show. He scored 23 points and led the Pirates to a 14 point vicotry over South Florida. Hazell shot 9-14 and looked excellent. Seton Hall shot 50% as a team and played a quality game. They will face Syracuse tommorow night in front of a crowd that figures to be heavily Orange.

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago at 4:34 AM.

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