Mullin On Facing Ewing & Georgetown In Big East Tournament

(Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing at Big East Media Day back in October – Photo by Jason Schott)

St. John’s Red Storm Head Coach Chris Mullin took part in a tele-conference on Monday morning ahead of the Big East Tournament.

St. John’s, who enters as the ninth seed, will be taking on eight-seeded Georgetown Hoyas in the opening game of the tournament on Wednesday night at 7 pm. at Madison Square Garden.

During the regular season, St. John’s and Georgetown played two classics, both of which were won by the Hoyas.

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ACC Tournament In Brooklyn Starting Tuesday

(The floor is ready at Barclays Center – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament will be starting this Tuesday, March 6, at the Barclays Center.

The ACC announced the seedings and bracket for the tournament, which will run through Saturday night.

Regular-season champion Virginia, who finished the regular season with a 28-2 record overall, including 17-1 in ACC play, will be the top-seeded team for the third time in five years and the fourth time overall. The Cavaliers will receive a double-bye into Thursday’s quarterfinal round, along with No. 2 seed Duke (25-6, 13-5), No. 3 Miami (22-8, 11-7) and No. 4 Clemson (22-8, 11-7).

Led by Virginia, the ACC leads all conferences in the top 12 of the RPI, which is twice as many as any other conference. Virginia is first, Duke is fifth, and North Carolina is 12th.

The ACC leads all conferences with eight teams in the Top 50 and 11 in the Top 70. The ACC is also at the top with six teams listed in the Top 20 of overall schedule strength.

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NYCFC Opens Season With Win In Kansas City

(Maxi Moralez (10) gets a hug from David Villa as he celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the first half – Photo by USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club opened their fourth season in style, as they earned a 2-0 win on the road at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night.

NYCFC had a strong season last year, as they earned a second-place finish overall, but fell in the playoffs to Columbus, so they are looking to build on that this season.

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CBS, Turner Sports Announcers For March Madness

(Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, and Bill Raftery will call the Final Four)

Turner Sports and CBS Sports announced their broadcast pairings for their eighth year of combined coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

All 67 games from the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be televised across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live, beginning Tuesday, March 13, with the NCAA First Four on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Ed O’Bannon Gets “Court Justice”

Court Justice: The Inside Story Of My Battle Against The NCAA

By Ed O’Bannon, With Michael McCann

Diversion Books

In 2009, Ed O’Bannon, who was a star on the 1995 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins and a first-round NBA draft pick for the New Jersey Nets, thought he’d made peace with the NCAA’s exploitive system of “amateurism.”

College athletes generated huge profits, yet, despite training nearly full-time, forced to tailor coursework around sports, often pawns in corrupt investigations; they saw little from those riches other than revocable scholarships and miniscule chances of going pro.

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Ponds Named To All-Big East First Team

(Shamorie Ponds – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s sophomore point guard Shamorie Ponds was named to the All-Big East First Team on Sunday afternoon.

Ponds, who averaged 21.6 points per game in 28 appearances this season, becomes the first St. John’s player since D’Angelo Harrison in 2015 and the 16th Johnnie all-time to earn a spot on the conference’s top team. In total, a member of the Red Storm has been named to the All-Big East First Team 22 times since 1980.

Ponds earned this award with an incredible seven-game stretch that began with 31 points in a loss against Xavier on January 31, followed by 33 points in a win against then-number 4 Duke on February 3, then 26 in another huge win against then-number 1 Villanova, followed by 44 in a win against Marquette on February 10, which is now the Carnesecca Arena record; then 26 at DePaul in a one-point victory on February 14, followed by 19 in a loss to Marquette on February 21, and a 25-point effort on February 24 in an overtime loss to Seton Hall.

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Seton Hall Wins On Senior Night To Earn 3 Seed At Big East Tournament

(Angel Delgado touching the Pirate logo at center court when he was pulled late in the game – Photo by Jason Schott)

Seton Hall, on an emotional Senior Night, beat Butler 77-70 on Saturday night at Prudential Center to earn the third seed in the  Big East Tournament.

Seton Hall entered the night needing a win to finish 10-8 and take the third seed, or else they would have been seventh.

The Pirates will have a rematch with Butler on Thursday night at 9:30 in the Big East quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.

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Red Bulls Acquire Parker From Vancouver

The Red Bulls have acquired center back Tim Parker from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for midfielder Felipe, $500,000 in Targeted Allocation Money over two years, and an international roster spot for 2018 on Friday afternoon.

The Red Bulls will send Vancouver $225,000 of TAM for 2018, and $275,000 of TAM for 2019.

Parker, 24, was drafted by the Whitecaps 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Parker made 32 MLS appearances in 2017, recording his first MLS goal and assist. He was second in MLS with 86 headed clearances, and was fifth league-wide with 73 aerials won. The center back led Vancouver in minutes played, touches, and successful passes.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “If I Die Tonight” By Alison Gaylin

If I Die Tonight

By Alison Gaylin

William Morrow, An Imprint of Harper Collins, on sale March 6th

Alison Gaylin, the USA Today bestselling author, puts her strengths as a writer – dynamic characters, family drama, and absorbing plot twists – on display in her new novel If I Die Tonight.

When a teenage boy is run over during a carjacking involving a former 80’s pop star, suspicion falls on another teen from the neighborhood. Perpetuated by a social media blitzkrieg, roles of hero and villain solidify, but the seemingly open-and-shut police case turns out to be anything but simple.

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Red Bulls Beat C.D. Olimpia To Move On In Champions League

(The Red Bulls celebrating their first goal of the night – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls beat Club Deportivo Olimpia of Honduras 2-0 on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16.

Coupled with the 1-1 draw they played a week ago in Costa Rica, the Red Bulls won 3-1 on aggregate.

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