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Anthony Jaskulski

WOODALL BACK IN THE SADDLE FOR PITT

January 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Junior point guard finishes with 17 points & 9 assists against Providence as Pitt ends 8-game losing streak Tuesday

By Anthony Jaskulski

November 30th of the Panthers basketball season seemed like no big deal.

As per status quo, Pitt knocked off Duquesne, and it just seemed like guard Travon Woodall sprained a muscle or something to a lesser degree.

Present day, that injury turned out to be a major component to what was the longest losing streak for a Pitt basketball team since the 1994-95 season, dropping an unheard of eight straight games, including an 0-7 start to their BIG EAST schedule.

Wednesday night was a sign of bliss for the Panthers, as everything seemed back to normal, as the squad bounced back with an 86-74 victory over Providence, and Travon Woodall finished the game with a strong 17 points, 9 assists and just 1 turnover, not to mention going a perfect 4 of 4 from beyond-the-arc.
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COULD LONG BEACH STATE BE NEXT MARCH DARLING TO ADORE?

November 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Anthony Jaskulski

Falling in love with Cinderella is nothing to be ashamed of.

We allowed Butler to capture our imaginations when they did the impossible and came just two games shy of winning two back-to-back National Championships the last two years.

Last season we adored watching Shaka Smart take a “no-name” Virginia Commonwealth squad, who wasn’t even picked to win their conference—the CAA—to the Final Four.

And while it is only November, Long Beach State is an under the radar team that may just be working its way right into all of our hearts this basketball season.

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MERNAGH: CASPER WARE LEADS HIS TEAM…AND THEY FOLLOW

November 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Ray Mernagh

Casper Ware, Long Beach State’s stud point guard said it very clearly so that everyone would understand.

“We knew we were going to win,” Ware told me after scoring a career high 28 points in LBSU’s 86-76 victory at Pitt, “we expected it.” The 49′ers certainly played like it.

Loose balls — got ‘em.

Offensive rebounds –got 4 or 5 on one possession in the second half.

Big shots — cue Ware, a 5’9″ dynamo that on separate occasions met Pitt frontcourt players Nasir Robinson and Talib Zanna’s bodies in front of the rim, absorbed the contact, and then finished through that contact like it was a walk in the park. Ware also dropped bomb-like three pointers, with defenders draped on him, throughout the game on his way to that career high. But please don’t misunderstand that last phrase (career high).

Don’t dare get it twisted.
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MACK, GIBBS WILL PUT FRIENDSHIP ASIDE WHEN PITT AND BUTLER COLLIDE SATURDAY NIGHT

March 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

by ANTHONY JASKULSKI

Washington, D.C.–The 2010 NCAA Tournament was pure-magic for Butler

Standing at a 5 seed, the Bulldogs pushed and clawed their way to five straight victories leading to a National Championship date with Duke, in which the Blue Devils knocked them off, 61-59, after a buzzer-beating half-court attempt from then-senior Gordon Hayward hit the rim, falling just short of a miracle.

“You hoped for a miracle, but it was what it was, and we’re over that now,” said Bulldogs point guard Shelvin Mack, who was one of four starters on this year’s team that was apart of the National Championship squad.

Butler, who lost four of five conference games at one point in the season, is currently on a 10-game winning streak that started all the way back on Feb. 5 and Mack is a big reason why, averaging 15.2 points a game on the season. In order to make it 11 in a row, Mack and his teammates will have to beat the No. 1 seed Pittsburgh and slow down their leading scorer, Ashton Gibbs.

“Our goal is to not win just one game, but obviously to win it all,” the junior guard Mack said. “It’s going to be a hard game; and we’re feeling good after yesterday’s win (against Old Dominion). We have to take that into this game against Pitt and show that we’re ready to go.”

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