Archive for October 2010

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October 31, 2010

I have just got a twitter account where you can be a follower of all the news in the sports world and on thesportscycle.com. I am excited to use this more and hope you are too.

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Marquette Women Soccer win in the Big East Quarterfinal against Depaul 3-0

October 31, 2010

I went down to Valley Fields today to cover this soccer game for Marquette University Television (MUTV). Here is the video:

…This Marquette team is the best team on campus right now and no one can stop them. They have won 12 in a row and are going on 13. They are even ranked #13 in the country. But let’s see if #13 can be unlucky. You never know, it’s Halloween…

Marquette Mens Soccer Clinches Big East berth with win against Seton Hall 3-2

October 31, 2010

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer went down to Valley Fields to report the Men’s Soccer game between The Golden Eagles and the Pirates. The Golden Eagles played a back and forth game with Seton Hall but scored in the 97th minute on a goal by Bryan Ciesiulka to clinch a berth to the Big East Tournament. They head out to New York to play the first round against St. John’s. Here is the video:

…This team played well until the final part of the year. They developed injuries and a lot of inconsistency which almost prevented them not to make the tournament. They hope to get healthy in a few days and make some noise in the Tournament…

Update: Fordham-Villanova scrimmage today

October 30, 2010

Via Chris Gaston:

We played od Goood today against villanova I’m very proud of my team !!!

…This is great news for the team as they played a quality Big East team. I will find out the results later but Gaston is very honest with the way he and his team plays on social networking sites. Interesting to see how this one turned out. Stay tuned…

Donnie Dwyer’s NBA Pre-season picks

October 26, 2010


Donnie Dwyer’s 2010-2011 NBA picks for the season because the NBA season starts tonight:

Eastern Conference

1. Orlando Magic – Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson looking to get back to the Finals any way they can.

2. Miami Heat – Big three will be hard to stop.

3. Boston Celtics – Their version of the Big three is unstoppable with a deep bench and very good defense.

4.  Atlanta Hawks – Offensive and Defensive side of the ball is amazing. Jordan Crawford from Xavier might be ROY.

5. Milwaukee Bucks – Brandon Jennings and Salmons look to take the Central by storm.

6. New York Knicks – With newly acquire Amare’ Stoudemire and Ray Felton, the Knicks are a serious contender.

7. Chicago Bulls – one of the best PG in the game, Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer look to take over Chi-town.

8. Detroit Pistons – Young and full of surprises from Austin Daye to DaJuan Summers and Rookie Greg Monroe.

9. Washington Wizards – John Wall is the potential ROY along side Arenas in the backcourt but have strong front court with Blatche.

10. Cleveland Cavaliers – No Lebron means rebuilding year. Hickson shows shades of stardom and Mo Williams will  lead troops.

11. Charlotte Bobcats – Loss key PG in Felton. Very young but with lack of frontcourt, will hurt their chances of making the playoffs.

12. New Jersey Nets – A lot better than last year. Harris and Lopez are All Stars and win about 22 games. Much improved than 12.

13. Toronto Raptors – No Bosh and Turkoglu. Need to develop through the draft. Very inexperienced team that needs a PG.

14. Indiana Pacers – Hibbert has shown he can be a valuable Center in the league. Collinson is a future star. Healthy Granger leads to W’s.

15. Philadelphia 76ers – Too many youth and questionable players on roster. Players will find it hard to adjust to Coach Doug Collins system.

Western Conference

1. Los Angeles Lakers – Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum looking for 3 peat.

2. Phoenix Suns– May have lost Amare’ but Nash, Turkoglu, Childress, Frye, and Richardson will step up and play the fast pace game.

3. Denver Nuggets – Their Defense is spectacular and if they retain Carmelo through the year, they could make some noise.

4. Memphis Grizzlies – Surprise team of the league. Best young talent and Conley will prove to be top 5 PG in conference.

5. Portland Trailblazers – Roy and some savvy veterans will lead the bunch along with Cunningham and Matthews for the youth.

6. Oklahoma City Thunder – Future MVP Durant will lead the team to many more wins. With Westbrook controlling the point, they become a threat.

7. San Antonio Spurs – Defense and the health of their players will be key with the likes of Duncan, Jefferson, Ginobili, and Parker.

8. Dallas Mavericks – Dirk and Kidd will be key to success along with their 6th man Terry. Need to find some frontcourt help.

9. Utah Jazz- Too many loses hurt them but realize that Gordon Hayward will be a star and Deron Williams will be the leader.

10. Houston – Have talent at each position but need to mold youth of Hill, Brooks, and Budinger. Need Yao healthy at Center to win.

11. Los Angeles Clippers – Rookie Blake Griffin will improve young team along with the veterans of Chris Kaman and Baron Davis.

12. Sacramento Kings – Last year’s ROY Tyreke Evans and this young team mold under Paul Westphal. Frontcourt is much improved.

13. New Orleans Hornets- Chris Paul wants out and they have too much Salary Cap they need to get rid of. Hard to be successful.

14. Golden State Warriors- Defense is very poor. Steph Curry, David Lee, and Monta Ellis are scoring studs but lose by a lot of points.

15. Minnesota Timberwolves – Too many problems on the roster. Will have difficulty rebounding but Kevin Love will be a star. Wes Johnson will struggle in first year.

…Very excited for the season and I really want to see what is going to happen with the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Lakers. Can the Lakers three-peat? I don’t know but we will find out. However in the west, the key team to watch out for is the Memphis Grizzlies. They are going to become a young legitimate force in the league with Gasol, Conley, Mayo, and Gay. They will vastly improve while the teams like the Jazz and the Mavericks might be a step back from everyone else. On the other side of the spectrum, The East will improve more than people say it will and this should make for a good season. Finally, the Nets won’t be the worst team in the league. With a lot of young talent, they will actually show some teams that in a few years they could be possible contenders. It’s NBA Time! Get excited folks…

Atlantic 10 Pre-Season predictions and awards

October 26, 2010

Preseason Poll (1st place), Total
1 – Temple (19), 350
2 – Xavier (3), 325
3 – Richmond (3), 311
4 – Dayton (1), 310
5 – Rhode Island, 233
6 – Saint Louis, 223
7 – Charlotte, 218
8 – Duquesne, 172
9 – La Salle, 133
10 – George Washington, 130
11 – Massachusetts, 126
12 – Saint Joseph’s, 91
13 – St. Bonaventure, 80
14 – Fordham, 28
 

First Team
Lavoy Allen, Temple
Kevin Anderson, Richmond
Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
Damian Saunders, Duquesne
Chris Wright, Dayton

Second Team
Juan Fernandez, Temple
Chris Gaston, Fordham
Tu Holloway, Xavier
Delroy James, Rhode Island
Shamari Spears, Charlotte
 

Third Team
Chris Braswell, Charlotte
Cody Ellis, Saint Louis
Chris Johnson, Dayton
Lasan Kromah, George Washington
Aaric Murray, La Salle
 

All-Defensive Team
Lavoy Allen, Temple
Kevin Anderson, Richmond
Dante Jackson, Xavier
Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
Damian Saunders, Duquesne
 

All-Rookie Team
C.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph’s
Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph’s
Jordan Latham, Xavier
Rob Loe, Saint Louis
Juwan Staten, Dayton

…I think that these standings are perfect for the preseason. They really illustrate what it will look like at the end of the season. Being a Fordham fan, you don’t want to see them being last but it might end up that way. I really think that Temple, Xavier, and Richmond will lead the pack and get an NCAA bid. But there will be some surprises from the St. Louis, Charlotte, and Duquesne at the end of the year. I really like how deep this conference truly can be. They will once again be a multiple bid league and the recruits coming in year after year are becoming bigger and badder. I really like the direction this conference is going in and can see it being up there with the Big East, SEC, and Big Ten. Two players to look out for if you are into NBA stock is Andrew Nicholson and Kevin Anderson. Anderson has star PG potential and could possibly repeat as player of the year. Nicholson is a huge body inside who can block, rebound, and score. He is the leader for the Bonnies this year and his stock will be looked at by his play this upcoming season. Love A-10 basketball and let’s get it started…

Big East Pre-season Basketball predictions

October 26, 2010

Via Zagsblog:

NEW YORK — Pittsburgh is the choice to win the 2010-11 BIG EAST men’s basketball regular-season crown in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  The Panthers, who finished 25-9 overall and tied for second place in the conference at 13-5 last season, collected 12 first-place votes from the head coaches who did not place their own teams on their ballots.

The Panthers return four starters from last year’s squad, including Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Ashton Gibbs.  Coach Jamie Dixon’s club sits atop the preseason poll for the first time since 2006-07.  Pitt is the only team in the conference to win at least 10 IG EAST contests in each of the last nine seasons.

 Villanova follows Pitt in the poll in second place.  The Wildcats had 208 points which included one first-place vote. Villanova tied the Panthers for second place in BIG EAST play last year with a 13-5 record and is coming off a 25-8 season.  This year, the Wildcats are expected to depend on senior guard Corey Fisher, a Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team member, for production and leadership.

Syracuse, last year’s regular-season league champion, was picked third.  The Orange corralled a pair of first-place votes and a total of 187 points in the poll.  In 2009-10, SU compiled a 15-3 BIG EAST mark after being picked sixth in the preseason poll.  Coach Jim Boeheim directed Syracuse to a 30-5 overall record.

The coaches placed Georgetown fourth.  The Hoyas, who can lean on Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year Austin Freeman and three other returning starters, totaled 173 points in the poll.  Georgetown finished 23-11 last year.

West Virginia was slotted for fifth place.  The Mountaineers won their first BIG EAST Championship last March and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.  WVU’s final record was 31-7 overall, including 13-5 in conference play.  This season, the Mountaineers can build around junior forward Kevin Jones, a Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team selection.

St. John’s received one first-place vote and finished sixth in the poll.  The Red Storm have not been picked higher than ninth in the preseason poll since 2002-03.  St, John’s has 10 seniors and a new coach, Steve Lavin.  The league coaches feel the Red Storm are capable of making a big jump.  St. John’s finished 6-12 in league play last year and 17-16 overall.

Notre Dame was in seventh place with 123 points.  The Fighting Irish were 23-12 last year and 10-8 in the league standings.  Louisville and Marquette tied for eighth place in the poll just behind the Irish with 121 points.  The Cardinals and Golden Eagles also tied in the standings last year at 11-7.

The coaches put Connecticut 10th and Seton Hall 11th.  Both teams were NIT participants last season.  The Huskies, who finished 18-16, had 113 points, while the Pirates, who were 19-13, garnered 104 points.

Cincinnati took 12th place in the poll with 91 points.  Last year, the Bearcats tied Connecticut for 11th place in the standings with a 7-11 BIG EAST mark.  Cincinnati finished 19-16 overall and made the NIT.

The coaches have tabbed Providence for 14th place followed by Rutgers and DePaul.

1. Pittsburgh  (12 votes)

2. Villanova (1)

3. Syracuse (3)

4. Georgetown

5. West Virginia

6. St. John’s (1)

7. Notre Dame

8(t). Louisville

Marquette

10. UConn

11. Seton Hall

12. Cincinnati

13. USF

14. Providence

15. Rutgers

16. DePaul

…This is a really interesting list. To be honest, I see some flaws in this list. Let me start out with the school I go to, Marquette. Marquette finished 4th in the league and they have two returning players who are going to be huge contributors in Darius Johnson-Odom and Jimmy Butler. This team is young and fast and Buzz Williams really knows how to coach and teach them. I do not see them finishing 8th but 5th or 4th in the league. Remember they were supposed to finish 13th last year. Look what happened to that. It’s the Big East, anything can happen. I do like where St. John’s is on the list. I like Steve Lavin and his system with the senior leadership he has this year. I can see them being a sleeper in this league. What I do find interesting is who gave them the  one 1st place vote? It’s kind of peculiar. Also, I can see Rutgers and Depaul moving up that list because of the new coaches coming in. I think Mike Rice for Rutgers will propel his team to wins and make them a legit threat in years to come. I also see Depaul being better than they actually are. With Oliver Purnell running the staff from Clemson I can really see them winning but not going far in the post season tournaments. They are a team that can surprise with their guard play. Overall, the Big East is taking a huge drop because of all the players that left via NBA Draft or because of seniority. I feel that this won’t be the best basketball conference in College Basketball and I feel that winning this league is up to any team and the way they compete. I am already excited for college basketball. Let’s get the balls rolling…