The College Blog

Scott McLaughlin
March 17, 2017 - 3:22 pm
[caption id="attachment_5441" align="alignright" width="400"] UMass Lowell is heading to the Hockey East championship game for the fifth year in a row. (WEEI.com)[/caption] The middle of March is a time for traditions, like filling out your bracket, drinking green beer and watching UMass Lowell win...
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March 16, 2017 - 3:40 am
[caption id="attachment_5430" align="alignright" width="350"] Providence fell in the First Four Wednesday night. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)[/caption] To spin a phrase once written so capably by Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."...
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March 14, 2017 - 2:24 pm
[caption id="attachment_5427" align="alignright" width="400"] The Friars are ready to go in Dayton. (John Rooke photo)[/caption] It isn't a long and storied history between the two programs, but their most recent meeting on the hardwood has had lingering effects for both sides. As Providence and...
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March 14, 2017 - 5:16 am
There's something to be said for getting out of town, at just the right time. With a snowstorm barreling down on the northeast, travel plans involving east coast teams in this week's NCAA tournament have been adjusted and in some cases, moved up so the weather won't keep anyone from arriving for...
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March 12, 2017 - 5:01 pm
They've met 127 times previously on the basketball floor and Rhode Island has certainly won its' share over the past 97 years. But without playing a game this time, Rhody's Rams may have dealt Providence's Friars a loss they weren't expecting. As expected, Providence reached the NCAA Tournament as...
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Scott McLaughlin
March 12, 2017 - 2:50 pm
It was surprising that top-seeded UMass Lowell didn't sweep 10th-seeded New Hampshire in the Hockey East quarterfinals. It wasn't surprising at all that Lowell blew the doors off UNH in Sunday's decisive Game 3 at the Tsongas Center, winning by a rather convincing 8-2 margin. The River Hawks had,...
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Scott McLaughlin
March 11, 2017 - 6:14 pm
It was déjà vu all over again in the Hockey East quarterfinals at Agganis Arena Saturday night. For the second night in a row, Boston University fell behind Northeastern 2-0 by the middle of the first period. For the second night in a row, BU cut the lead to 2-1 in the second period and then tied...
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March 11, 2017 - 3:26 pm
Ask the Friars. Turnovers can hurt a team's chances to win a game, about as quickly as a pickpocket can take your wallet on a New York subway. Ten first half turnovers for Creighton got the ball rolling in Villanova's direction – not that the defending national champs needed any help – and the...
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March 10, 2017 - 6:15 pm
It was close for the defending national champs. Real close. Yes, Villanova won the NCAA crown a year ago, but they couldn't win the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Instead, Seton Hall managed to put their own name in the league record book by beating the Wildcats in the 2016 league...
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March 10, 2017 - 2:19 am
[caption id="attachment_5405" align="alignright" width="400"] Ed Cooley and the Friars lost in the Big East Tournament. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports)[/caption] It was pretty simple, really. Hold onto the ball, and the other team gets fewer shots at the basket. But holding onto the ball was a...
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