Tag Archives: Bobby Bancroft

Best case/Worst case for St. John’s

20 Sep

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

It’s been nothing but good times in Queens, N.Y. since Steve Lavin arrived last May.  On the court he led St. John’s to a surprising fifth place finish in the Big East which resulted in the Red Storm’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since way back in 2002 when Mike Jarvis was still in charge.  Off the court he signed nine players – seven freshmen, one sophomore, and one junior – that resulted in the third best recruiting class in the country according to Rivals.  After so many years in the college basketball wilderness, St. John’s is finally back in the spotlight.  The extra media attention continued this week but for all of the wrong reasons. Continue reading

Making sense of the uneven Big East TV schedule

5 Sep

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

Way back in July we got out first glimpse of the 2011-2012 Big East season when we found out which teams would be playing each other and where those games would take place.  Well on Wednesday we found out the final piece of the puzzle as the Big East officially released their conference schedule along with TV information and tip-off times for most games.

In other words, “game-on”. Continue reading

The Show Must Go On….To Shanghai

20 Aug

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

Chances are that by now, whether you are a college basketball fan or not, you have seen the footage of Thursday’s exhibition ending brawl between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Bayi Rockets of the Chinese Basketball Association.

With nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the scored tied at 64, a hard foul on Georgetown senior guard Jason Clark by Rockets forward Hu Ke quickly escalated into both benches emptying onto the floor while mayhem ensued for a little over two minutes.  Once order was finally restored, the game was abandoned.

Without an actual game broadcast, how the game got to that point will likely become another one of China’s mysteries, however it’s unlikely to make its way to “great” status. Continue reading

Peach Jam: Tony Parker reveals his top three

14 Jul

Three high-major programs are in the final hunt for Tony Parker.

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. – Team Takeover (DC) can still win the 2011 EYBL Finals in North August, South Carolina this week.  They just can’t go undefeated anymore -not after running into a serious roadblock in the form of Tony Parker and the rest of the Georgia Stars.

After defeating the previously 17-0 Team Takeover in their third game of pool play 62-61, Parker admitted that he had never quite experienced anything like it on the AAU stage. Continue reading

The good news and bad news of the Big East schedule

2 Jul

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

While we are just heading into July, the first big event on the 2011-2012 Big East men’s basketball calendar has already come and gone with the official announcement of the conference opponents.

With most conferences playing an unbalanced league schedule these days, the conference schedule can go a long way to determining which schools qualify for the NCAA Tournament.  In no other conference is this a bigger deal than in the Big East with its 16 teams. Continue reading