Vegas: Villanova Tied for 11th Best Odds of Going All the Way

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The Wynn Race and Sports book in Las Vegas has released the betting lines for the first two rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament.

On Thursday, in the second round of the East Regional in New York, Villanova is a 17-point favorite to beat the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. If the Wildcats win, they could play the Hawks of St. Joe’s in a championship version of the Holy War. However, St. Joe’s is a four-point underdog against the University of Connecticut.

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St. Joe’s Sends Out Mass Email Revealing Everyone’s GPA

Transparency is nice and all, but…

“Upperclassmen at Saint Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business found out precisely where they stood among their peers when a mass email sent from the dean’s office March 6 accidentally included a spreadsheet of their grade-point averages. Officials said Tuesday that the extensive report card hitched a ride on a solicitation for an internship in Italy that went out to nearly 500 undergrads.”

Lucky this is a business school and not a law school; an especially litigious bunch could make St. Joe’s pay dearly for this mistake: “Federal law forbids a student’s grades from being disclosed without written consent.” [Daily News]

Philly’s Big Five Basketball Is Actually Good, Better Than New York Ball

So says Dick Weiss at the New York Daily News, who notes that LaSalle, Temple, St. Joseph’s and Penn all have good basketball teams this year, and laments that the Big Apple doesn’t embrace college ball the way Philly continues to do:

It doesn’t matter whether they are playing in front of crowds of 4,000 in college gyms or 20,000 at Wells Fargo, they will always lay it on the line. The formation of the Big Five in 1956 created a parity among local teams that has lasted for close to 60 years. Unlike New York City, this is one of the few cities where the NBA has never trumped the college game.

New York City has become a Knicks town and it is quickly becoming a Nets town, too, now that that franchise has taken up residence in Brooklyn. Fordham, Manhattan and Iona have all had their moments in the past, but almost all of the interest in the city college hoops revolves around St. John’s. The Johnnies are the barometer of how the city views college basketball and interest peaked with a Final Four appearance in 1985. … Beyond that, sadly, no one embraces college basketball in this town the way fans have 90 miles south of Manhattan.

Hey! That’s one thing we don’t have to feel inferior to New York about!

PHOTO: Hawk Flips Nova Fans the Bird

After draining a clutch fourth-quarter three to take the lead against Villanova yesterday, St. Joseph’s forward Halil Kanacevic whipped the crowd into a frenzy. Too bad he was at the Pavilion.

As he backed down the court facing the Villanova students, he raised three fingers in the air. Then he lowered two of them. The ‘Nova student section had been fairly sedate. So had most of their fans. That changed instantly.

After sufficiently revving up his opponents’ fans, Kanasevic proceeded to give away the game, missing two free throws with 45 seconds to play, and throwing a ball off his own player with five seconds left. [Daily News]

Dorm Room Fund Wants to Make Philly’s College Kids Rich

A boss partner at First Round Capital, Penn alum Josh Kopelman, has announced the start of Dorm Room Fund in Philly. The student run investment fund will help students or recent graduates of Philly’s universities get their start-ups off the ground. Kopelman co-founded Infonautics in 1991 while he was still a Junior at Penn. First Round Capital will contribute $500,000 to Dorm Room Fund in the hopes that Philly’s college entrepreneurs make it big. [Inquirer]

St. Joseph’s Pays $10 Million for Cardinal’s Residence

Pope John Paul II visited there. So did Ronald Reagan. Now the property at 5700 City Avenue—known as the Cardinal’s Residence—has been purchased by St. Joseph’s University for a cool $10 million, taking the property off the hands of the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Archbishop Charles Chaput said in January the church would sell the 16-room stone mansion, which has been home to Roman Catholic cardinals for more than 75 years—but had also come to be seen by some as a symbol of the church hierarchy’s “complacency and pride.” The school hasn’t figured out how it will use the property, though in the short term it may service as administrative offices. “As we look to the future, this opens exciting possibilities for the university community, and it will further enhance our students’ experience for decades to come,” said university president C. Kevin Gillespie. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

Which Local Teams Will Make It to the NCAA Tournament?

Monday night, Villanova found out exactly what it is like to get a 30-foot knife in the throat, when Shabazz Napier completed UConn’s gigantic comeback by draining a long-range heartbreaker with 0:00.6 left to lift the Huskies to victory. It was the second straight game in which the Wildcats had coughed up a huge lead, and it was the perfect metaphor for a season that has gone horribly wrong. Read more »

Lesbian Couple Wins St. Joe’s Alumni Association Contest

Equality kicks ass. And so does irony. A lesbian couple was originally barred from entering the St. Joseph’s University Alumni Association’s “How I Met My Hawkmate” contest because the Catholic church doesn’t recognize homosexual relationships. When word reached the Twitterverse and blogsphere, people used social media to rapidly spread the news—and bad publicity—quickly convincing the alumni to reverse their decision. Today, the alumni association announced via Facebook that Megan Edwards and Katie MacTurk won the contest. [NBC Philadelphia]

St. Joe’s Alumni Association Respects Lesbians After Media Scandal

St. Joe’s Says Lesbians Don’t Count. Sike. Remember that time when the St. Joseph’s Alumni Association didn’t want to include a lesbian couple in its “How I Met My Hawk Mate” contest? Yeah, so do we. But it looks like SJU is hoping you forget because they’ve decided to let the couple participate. How thoughtful. [NBC Philadelphia]

Knock, Knock. So, the Nashville Predators are good (they’ve notched 66 points this season). But, they’re not good enough to stop Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers from beating them 4-1.[The 700 Level]

Babysitter Arrested for Molesting Toddler. You know what’s a good indicator if someone is likely to molest a child? If they were arrested a year ago for possessing child pornography. A Norristown man is alleged to have molested a two-year-old girl a year after facing child porn charges. The family found him online at SitterCity.com. [NBC Philadelphia]

Philadelphia School District Cuts Cops. What’s the best way to combat rampant violence and prevalent bullying? Cutting 90 cops from the public school system. [Inquirer]

Sad. A 25-year-old man committed suicide last night by shooting himself in the head on the Liacouras Walk at Temple University. [Inquirer]

People in Jersey Protest Rutgers-Camden/Rowan Merger. Governor Chris Christie and many others in Jersey support the idea of Rowan University engulfing Rutgers-Camden in an effort to consolidate the state’s higher education system. These people disagree. [WHYY]

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