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Prameet Kumar | ‘Shutting down the debate’

I’d encourage Loomba to reread her own words and to extend her embrace of “rigorous intellectual exchange” to a more recent hot-button international political issue: the invitation offered to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to be the keynote speaker for this year’s Wharton India Economic Forum.



















Romney wins Florida primary with strong student support

Mitt Romney coasted to a victory in the Florida primary yesterday, reclaiming his title as the frontrunner of the Republican presidential race. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, received more votes than his two closest competitors — former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen.


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    Press conference audio

    We've got audio from a whole slew of people who were at today's press conference introducing Glen Miller as the new Penn men's basketball coach.

    Keep this quiet

    Today we launch a new category of posts at the Buzz, as Penn Relays week has arrived. It actually started yesterday, with the men's and women's 20k and 5k runs, and if you really care that much the results are here and here.

    Of course the big show kicks off at 10 a.m.



    Dunphy's not-so-good record

    Penn coach Fran Dunphy set an NCAA record on Friday, just not the kind you want to set.

    Dunphy became the first coach in Division I basketball history to lose eight straight games in the NCAA Tournament, breaking the mark set by Don Corbett of North Carolina A&T, who amazingly lost seven straight opening or first round games -- in seven straight seasons -- between 1982-1988.

    Next on the list is another active coach -- Winthrop's Gregg Marshall -- who is 0-6 with the Eagles.

    Although Dunphy's teams have been no higher than an 11 seed and thus have always been underdogs, the number of upsets in the Tournament dictate that a coach that goes as often as Dunphy does should win eventually.


    Roll call of the states

    Not a bad year to be in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth is doing fairly well so far in the in the tournament with a 4-3 record even though Villanova is the only team from the Keystone State still dancing.


    Dunphy rumors should stay in Philly

    With yesterday's retirement of long-time Temple coach John Chaney, Penn coach Fran Dunphy's name has been mentioned in several sources as a possible successor.

    There was even a story in the Albany Times-Union about the possible departure of Penn alum and current Siena coach Fran McAffery to Penn if Dunphy leaves for Temple.

    After the scene two summers ago where Dunphy was heavily rumored to take over at his alma mater La Salle, and eventually declined, I personally doubt that Dunphy will leave Penn for Temple.


    Disappointment with a capital 'D'

    Here's the scene from tonight's selection show party at World Cafe:

    Greg Gumbel: ...And on Friday in Dallas, the number two seeded Longhorns will play...

    [Complete silence]

    Gumbel: the champions of the Ivy League, the Penn Quakers...

    [Complete silence]

    [Obligatory applause]

    OK, so 180-degree turn from last season's "Wow, we could actually play with those guys." This was more of a shock and awe.


    Today's the day

    A few hours from now, we'll be able to dispatch with all the speculation and wonder surrounding the NCAA slate.


    My All-Ivy ballot

    Another season of Ancient Eight basketball is in the books. Later this week, the results will be announced from the coaches voting for league honors.

    Who to root for (Day 7)

    Well, last night was not good for Penn's chances of boosting its NCAA Tournament seed. Now, the question is whether Penn will fall to a 15 seed.

    A game of real consequence

    PRINCETON, N.J. -- It's nothing new for Penn and Princeton to be meeting at Jadwin Gym at the end of the basketball season with the Ivy League title in the balance.

    Just do it

    Saint Peter's and Loyola Marymount all lost this evening, the latter of the three coming in excruciating fashion on a missed layup with a second to go.

    Who to root for (Day 5)

    Well, first off, happy 100th post on The Buzz. Now, here's what you need to know about what's going on in conference tournament action and how it impacts Penn's seed in the NCAA Tournament:

    Penn's projected seed: 14
    Conference leaders/winners behind Penn in the RPI: 11
    Penn's RPI ranking: 93rd

    America East Tournament
    No.1 Albany and No.


    Penn-Brown in-game updates

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Today is a good day to be traveling with the Penn basketball team. The Ivy title is secured, and the mood is definitely upbeat.

    Put it on the board

    So that's the season. Penn squeaks out a win after letting an inspired Yale team get back in it, while Princeton finally gets blown out - something I've been expecting for some time.

    For the first 30 minutes tonight, Penn looked like the dominant team it has been in this league.


    Who to root for (Day 3)

    Well, Penn is now officially in the NCAA Tournament. Here's who you need to root for if you want the Quakers to boost their seed:

    Penn's projected seed: 14
    Penn's RPI ranking: 99th

    America East Tournament
    Root for anyone here.


    Anything but Uniform: La Salle

    And 1 must love tonight's matchup -- both Penn and La Salle wear And 1 uniforms, which are nearly identical styles except for one major difference.

    Penn's uniforms have two-color piping. This same style extends to the colored uniforms as well.




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