Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.
By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru
PHILADELPHIA -- Hello all. Yes, it's been a while in terms of offering some prose though the Guru has remained active on his twitter account.
However, lots of things about to come this way since we are now in November and on Tuesday when the Associated Press preseason enn gpoll rolls out it will begin the 40th anniversary season so expect all kinds of trivia -- the first of which will be the preseason poll once the Gur knows who is in it to add to the equation.
In the interim, since the Guru's composite schedule is done, with some refinements likely to happen between now and the Friday the 13th opening tip this month, to whet your local appetite here is the 10-game Big 5 slate.
Some notes first.
Based on the calendar it is unlikely anyone can clinch a share or outright crown till late since three Penn games are in January though Temple, Villanova and Saint Joseph's each have a chance to win three of their four games by the Christmas break.
As for sites by each team, La Salle will be home for all four; Saint Joseph's will be away for three and home for one; Temple will be away for one and home for three (all in McGonigle Hall); Villanova will be an even two away, two home; and Penn will be away for all four.
Last year in a rarity, Penn (first time in the mix), Villanova, and Saint Joseph's split the title with 3-1 records.
That said, here's your schedule.
Nov. 18, Wed.,7 p.m. Temple at La Salle (Tom Gola Arena)
Nov. 24, Tue., 7 p.m. Saint Joseph's at Villanova (The Pavilion)
Nov. 29, Sun., 2 p.m.. Saint Joseph's at Temple (McGonigle Hall)
Dec. 2, Wed., 5 p.m. Villanova at Temple (McGonigle Hall)
Dec. 8, Tue., 5 p.m. Penn at Saint Joseph's (Hagan Arena)
Dec. 20, Sun., 1 p.m. Villanova at La Salle (Tom Gola Arena)
Jan. 18, Mon., 7 p.m. Penn at La Salle (Tom Gola Arena)
Jan. 21, Thu., 7 p.m. Penn at Temple (McGonigle Hall)
Jan. 26, Tue., 7 p.m. Penn at Villanova (The Pavilion)
Feb. 17, Wed., 12 p.m. Saint Joseph's at La Salle (Tom Gola Arena)**
**-Also the second game of the home-and-home series in the Atlantic 10.
That's it on this post.