Sam Jones scored a season-high 17 points and AJ Brodeur added 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lift Penn over Columbia 70-62 on Friday night for the Quakers' first Ivy League win this season.
Matt Howard added 13 points and eight rebounds for Penn (8-12, 1-6), which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Penn went ahead for good on Brodeur's 3-point play with 4:15 to go. Two Mike Smith free throws with 2:19 remaining got Columbia within 62-60 but a bucket by Brodeur then, in the final minute, six consecutive Penn free throws mixed in with a couple of blocks by Howard on Lions' drives to the basket secured the win.
Luke Petrasek scored 18 points, Smith 15 and Nate Hickman 14 while Lukas Meisner collected 12 rebounds for the Lions (10-10, 4-3).
Penn outrebounded Columbia 48-31, including 19-10 on the offensive glass.
Because of his success at Villanova, Jay Wright is always a hot name when a high-profile coaching job becomes available. But Wright really does seem happy at Villanova.
It looks like Wright subscribes to the idea that money can’t buy happiness.
The Los Angeles Times published a story today about UCLA’s long and winding search for a new head coach. Before they eventually landed on Mick Cronin, they went after some big names in the coaching world, including John Calipari and Wright.
While Calipari showed some real interest in the gig, it doesn’t seem like Wright gave it a second thought, not even after UCLA offered to double his salary, according to the LA Times.
Read by the LA Times, here’s part of what UCLA’s senior associate AD Josh Rebholz said in a text message to donors after the school failed to hire Calipari:
We would have loved for Jay Wright to walk out on the floor, but even when we offered to double his salary, he still wasn’t coming. Nothing we can do about that. But I am proud of our effort. We didn’t assume anything, took our shots and I believe will end up with a solid coach who will embrace UCLA and build a program we all can be proud of and root for.
If that’s true, that UCLA offered to double his salary, Wright turned down a ton of money. According to USA Today, Wright makes $3,878,768 per season, so doubling that would give him an annual salary of over $7.75 million. That would be the second-highest salary in college basketball behind Calipari and ahead of Mike Krzyzewski.
It seems like Wright really does love it here.
Sports fans, it’s the best time of the year.
Even if you don’t have a team in the dance, you’re probably filling out a bracket and will be just as interested in all the games, until your bracket has been busted.
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Good luck this year and be sure to be gracious in both victory and defeat in your office pool.