Kieran Darcy

Kieran Darcy is an staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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Richard Pitino cut down the nets for the first time. And it likely won't be the last.

Tournament finally returns to Garden

After 53 years, the NCAA tournament returns to Madison Square Garden.

St. John's ended its season on a sour note, losing in an ugly upset to RMU.

Sunday was a dream for Manhattan's Steve Masiello, but it didn't last long.

St. John's got it done in a must-win game. One down, one to go.

Three to go: LIU's Brickman on brink of history

Jason Brickman needs three assists to become the fourth to notch 1,000.

SJU remained on the fast track to March Madness despite Tuesday's slow start.

The Storm continued their push for the Big Dance with an upset over the Hoyas.

It seems SJU will crash March Madness after all following Sunday's stunner.

St. John's finally put it all together. Is this a sign of more good things to come?

Hofstra turnaround required more than Pride

After a disastrous 2012-13 season, Hofstra's reboot has been remarkable.

From Super Bowls to super sweets

No one's played six Super Bowls like Mike Lodish. His new career has crunch.

St. John's narrowly nabs first Big (East) win

St. John's bagged its first Big East win, but can they carry over the momentum?

For St. John's, it's getting late early

It's still early, but St. John's is running out of time to save the season.

What rivalry? Hoyas stomp St. John's again

Georgetown effectively ended its rivalry with St. John's on Saturday with a rout.

Napier leads UConn to 2K Sports title

Shabazz Napier leads UConn to the 2K Sports title over Indiana.

St. John's preview: Sweet 16 or bust

Steve Lavin needs to get the Johnnies to the Sweet 16 or he probably never will.

Fordham recalling prominent past

This Fordham football team is ready to make its own history.

From front lines to between the lines

Joey Falcone, a military vet and the son of an ex-Met, now stars at Columbia.

Charles Jenkins at NBA crossroads

At age 24, former Hofstra star Charles Jenkins' future is suddenly up in the air.

Big East tourney: End of an era

Big East tournament preview: End of an era for the conference.

St. John's team got a life lesson

The Johnnies learned a lot in Syracuse -- and it had nothing to do with basketball.

Janet Rice is Ray's Super inspiration

Meet New Rochelle's Janet Rice, the inspiration behind Ray's Super journey.

You'll never guess who saved UK

On the Big Apple's brand-new stage, a Kentucky understudy stole the show.

Mets starters enter Subway on a roll

The Mets starting pitching enters the Subway Series on a roll.

Nova answers Pettitte's call vs. Rays

Ivan Nova answered Andy Pettitte's challenge with a gem of his own.

our 2012 Mets: Better than the Yankees

The Mets aren't better than the Yanks on paper, but they've been better in 2012.

David Wright in a league of his own

With all due respect to Josh Hamilton, he's got competition in David Wright.

Stanford routs Minnesota in NIT final

In the final college hoops game of the season at MSG, Stanford won in a rout.

Despite 16 seed, don't count LIU out

LIU-Brooklyn isn't your typical No. 16 seed, and here are five reasons why.

Iona out to prove it belongs

At-large nod got Iona dancing, but the Gaels are hungry to prove they belong.

NCAA destiny slips from Hall's grasp

Seton Hall's stumble against Louisville throws tournament hopes up in the air.

St. John's heading into uncertain future

The Johnnies' future hangs on Moe Harkless' pending NBA decision.

This Big East tourney is one to savor

Big East tournament begins Tuesday. And Syracuse will be tough to beat.

LIU survives on a wild day for NY hoops

Four New York teams with NCAA dreams played Sunday -- only two survived.

Rutgers slips past St. John's at the RAC

Rutgers leap-frogged over St. John's in the Big East after a dramatic win.

Johnnies get rid of the goose egg

Suddenly hot St. John's snapped its 0-for-10 skid against ranked teams.

Iona wraps up MAAC, and looks ahead

Iona, now MAAC champs, has its sights set on March and the NCAA tournament.

Hall halts Hoyas, looks ready to dance

Seton Hall proved that on its best day, it can beat just about anybody.

Johnnies making late surge

St. John's defeats DePaul, as five freshmen continue to defy the odds.

Rutgers scares Cuse

Rutgers threw a scare into second-ranked Syracuse. That's progress.

Don't stick a fork in St. John's just yet. The Johnnies are not done.

Don't stick a fork in St. John's just yet. The Johnnies are not done.

Seton Hall and St. John's are going their separate ways as the season closes out.

Seton Hall and St. John's are going their separate ways as the season closes out.

St. John's suffers defeat with honor

Overmatched Johnnies left it all on the floor vs. No. 11 Georgetown.

Rivalry's all good in the neighborhood

The LIU-St. Francis rivalry is all good in their Brooklyn neighborhood.

Gaels in full force as major test looms

Can the Iona Gaels take it one step further than they did a year ago?

St. John's loses Stith, and then to Cincinnati

St. John's lost another player, and then suffered its worst loss of the season.

St. John's no match for No. 2 Syracuse

St. John's was overpowered by Syracuse, which looks like best team in country.

Seton Hall reeling after loss to Louisville

Seton Hall's on a roller coaster, from Top 25 to losers of four straight.

St. John's 'fab five' frosh stun West Virginia

St. John's and its 'Fab Five' freshmen played game of season vs. West Virginia.

Johnnies' inexperience shows vs. Villanova

St. John's inexperience showed in its first overtime defeat.

SJU growing pains continue vs. G-town

St. John's keeps playing ranked opponents -- and keeps losing to them.

Jacobs leading running resurgence

Brandon Jacobs could play a pivotal role in the Giants' running game on Sunday.

Lavin sees Johnnies flop

With Steve Lavin watching, St. John's-Louisville was an ugly sight.

Rutgers wraps season on a high

Pinstripe Bowl win helps Rutgers put collapse vs. UConn behind them.

Rutgers ready for backyard bowl game

Rutgers returns to a bowl game Friday, this time in its own backyard.

Big East Preview: Wild ride begins now

If early results are any indication, it could be a wild ride ahead in the Big East.

Harkless, SJU open eyes vs. Providence

Moe Harkless outdid Allen Iverson. Not bad for your first Big East game, eh?

Garrett gives St. John's huge lift in debut

Amir Garrett had the loudest three-point, two-rebound night a player can have.

Johnnies find second wind vs. Fordham

With many players' minutes increasing, St. John's found a way to win.

Johnnies put the best behind them

SJU won't face a team more talented than Kentucky, which lived up to its ranking.

Bluegrass-bound SJU bands together

Bluegrass-bound St. John's bands together during Steve Lavin's absence.

Knights can't make history vs. Huskies

It's hard to look at the bright side after a Rutgers loss as dark as Saturday's.

Scarlet's letters could be BCS

Next week, Rutgers can nab share of Big East title -- and perhaps a BCS bowl bid.

Garden-variety woes hurt St. John's

St. John's would have a pair of big wins at MSG, if not for Garden-variety mistakes.

St. John's shows promise in loss to Arizona

Game 4 of the season marked St. John's first defeat -- and its coming-out party.

Rutgers barges back into Big East race

Rutgers won in Bronx while two rivals lost, blowing Big East race wide open.

Johnnies rally to win in Lavin's return

St. John's was able to rally to earn a win in Steve Lavin's season debut.

Johnnies get off to great start in win

The youthful Johnnies got off to a flying start with a win over William & Mary.

Meet Steve Lavin's 2011-12 Johnnies

What better way to preview St. John's season than to introduce all nine players?

Late strikes mean Rutgers bowls again

Late strikes by a pair of sophomores mean Rutgers can go bowling again.

Stony Brook hopes for Dance, finally

Stony Brook is in the hunt after losing a heartbreaker at the buzzer last year.

Talent, tough love have Iona sparkling

Tim Cluess has Iona scrubbing the court, so it can wipe the floor with the MAAC.

Turnovers doom Rutgers on special day

Turnovers doomed the Scarlet Knights on a special day for Eric LeGrand.

St. John's takes first step in bright future

St. John's took its first step in a promising future in an exhibition win over C.W. Post.

St. John's readies for life without Lavin

Sans Steve Lavin, St. John's is preparing for exhibition play.

Masiello shaking things up at Manhattan

New coach Steve Masiello is shaking things up at Manhattan College.

St. John's can't wait for Lavin's return

Red Storm misses Steve Lavin, but that doesn't mean they're idle without him.

St. John's walk-ons jump through hoops

St. John's invited 26 walk-ons for a 6 a.m. tryout. We were there.

Rutgers turning heads with latest win

Now 5-1, Rutgers is one of the biggest surprises in college football.

Short-handed Johnnies usher in new era

A young, inexperieced St. John's team took to the floor for Midnight Madness.

Knights have reason to remember, hope

Nearly a year after Greg Schiano's darkest day, Rutgers is rising once more.

A-10 conference in N.Y. state of mind

The Atlantic-10 conference tourney will be making the move to Brooklyn in 2013.

Red Storm ready for early adversity

Coaching young, short-handed St. John's team won't dim Steve Lavin's enthusiasm.

Yankees relievers carry team to playoffs

Seven under-the-radar relievers came up big as the Yanks clinched a playoff berth.

A letter to my father 10 years later

An open letter to my father, a Giants fan whose life was cut short on 9/11.

Tight end trio looking to fill Boss' shoes

A trio of Giants tight ends are hoping to fill Kevin Boss' big shoes this year.

Rutgers hopes to beat the odds in 2011

Rutgers hopes to beat the odds in 2011. We've got the season preview here.

Kennedy singing redemption song in NY

Yonkers native Jimmy Kennedy wants to prove he's the best tackle in the NFL.

Yankees HOPE Week makes big splash

It was about water balloons and Yankees memories for some kids affected by 9/11.

We may have seen the last of Beltran

New York Mets fans at Citi Field may have seen last of Carlos Beltran.

Local kids make area proud at draft

Irving, Walker and Faried lived out draft dreams in very different ways Thursday.

Solid start takes bad turn for Colon

Things fell apart quickly for Bartolo Colon against the Blue Jays on Monday.

St. John's blessed with gift from above

God's Gift Achiuwa is one of the biggest names coming to SJU -- literally.

Results not coming for Dickey, Mets

R.A. Dickey is not producing results for the Mets this season.

Mets not feeling so amazing after sweep

After a hot start to the season, Terry Collins' Mets are in a nosedive.

New coach has big plans for Manhattan

New coach Steve Masiello says Manhattan will become the best program in NYC.

Cats come together, claw into Final Four

Brandon Knight & Co. ended the longest Final Four drought in Kentucky history.

Defense has UK on Final Four doorstep

Game-winners are nice, but defense has Kentucky on the Final Four's doorstep.

Veterans carry load for Kentucky in win

Queens native Doron Lamb didn't have his best game, but UK still prevailed.

Hoops? Don't pass on The Rock, baby!

Ohio State, UNC, Marquette and Kentucky will descend on Newark this weekend.

Season a huge success for St. John's

A memorable season of improvement and new excitement is over for St. John's.

St. John's seniors end careers in tears

On Thursday night, there was heartbreak to be seen in St. John's locker room.

Lavin's experience a plus for St. John's

Steve Lavin's confidence and swagger is rubbing off on his St. John's team.

Role players must step up for Johnnies

Sean Evans and others must step up for the Red Storm in D.J. Kennedy's absence.

D.J. Kennedy puts positive spin on fate

D.J. Kennedy's teammates are amazed at how well he's handled his injury.

Johnnies look to zig Zags out of tourney

The Red Storm hope to have better luck against Gonzaga this time around.

Kemba Walker, 1-man show? No, no, no

Kemba Walker's faith in teammates was rewarded as UConn won the Big East.

Walker's run mirrors McNamara magic

UConn's Kemba Walker is on a run that mirrors Gerry McNamara's '06 magic.

SJU runs into one declining moment

SJU fought valiantly afterward, but D.J. Kennedy's torn ACL is a cruel blow.

Red Storm still sipping the Kool-Aid

Slumping St. John's faces a rematch with Syracuse today. Why all the optimism?

The 2000 Johnnies recall Big East title

The 2000 St. John's team will always remember their Big East title run.

Knights see Red after edging Pirates

Rutgers topped the Hall in OT, then quickly turned focus to St. John's matchup.

Delicious prospects at Big East tourney

This year's Big East tournament should be the most competitive in a long time.

Seniors bid fond farewell to Carnesecca

SJU seniors won final home game before what could be memorable postseason.

St. John's misses golden opportunity

Seton Hall damaged St. John's chances at a double-bye in the Big East tourney.

Hardworking Johnnies are rock stars

Blue-collar Red Storm put "hammer to rock" and watch the victories pile up.

SJU issues Storm warning for March

St. John's is a team no foe should want to see in the Big East tourney or Big Dance.

Johnnies a hungry, determined group

One of the country's hottest teams, St. John's believes now is its time.

St. John's passes test against DePaul

Playing its first game as a ranked team this season, St. John's passed the test.

St. John's managing recent triumphs

St. John's is back in the Top 25, and the team is making sure not to lose focus.

St. John's enjoys senior moment at MSG

Dwight Hardy was just one of the seniors who helped St. John's topple No. 4 Pitt.

Hurley's histrionics pump up Wagner

If they ranked the most animated college coaches, Dan Hurley would be Top 25.

Iona hopes NCAA berth comes to pass

Assist machine Scott Machado has Iona clicking as MAAC tournament approaches.

Seton Hall comes up short yet again

Another Seton Hall game vs. a ranked opponent, another devastating loss.

Seton Hall brings Rutgers back to reality

Seton Hall invaded Rutgers' home and won a clash of Jersey's Big East teams.

St. John's throwin' Garden parties again

It's official: When it comes to college hoops, St. John's owns MSG again.

LIU enjoying resurgence in Brooklyn

Led by Julian Boyd, LIU has its sights set on an NCAA tournament berth.

Seton Hall suffers another setback

Seton Hall suffered a demoralizing loss to No. 7 UConn on Saturday.

Lavin ready for 'surreal' homecoming

From the day Steve Lavin came aboard, St. John's-UCLA has been a hot ticket.

Heads-up effort has Johnnies sky-high

St. John's ended its brutal stretch with an affirming win over No. 3 Duke.

Red Storm facing wintry mix of issues

If the Johnnies want to go dancing in March, they must right the ship -- fast.

St. John's suffers another foul defeat

Red Storm's formula at Carnesecca? Miss free throws, lose in the waning moments.

Hazell, Hall can't hold on vs. Hoyas

Seton Hall's most recent defeat was even more gut-wrenching than the last.

Boothe provides spark for Red Storm

Malik Boothe provided a spark for St. John's in its win over Notre Dame.

Mitchell's second chance paying off

Ex-Gator Jonathan Mitchell is making the most of his time at Rutgers.

St. John's needs a tourniquet ... and fast

Following latest drubbing, Red Storm need to stop the bleeding ... soon.

Hall could use help from healthy Hazell

Things could've been different with Jeremy Hazell as Hall loses to Cuse.

Early slumbers yield dream night at MSG

St. John's experienced a moment to savor against No. 13 Georgetown.

Cuse coach triumphs on home turf

It's only fitting that the coach from the Bronx won the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl.

Sour second half sinks Seton Hall

Seton Hall coughed up a 14-point halftime lead in its loss to Dayton at the Rock.

Diploma, not ball, comes first for Jenkins

Basketball's great, but graduation comes first for Hofstra's Jenkins.

Optimus Prime scores like a machine

Iona's Mike Glover scores big and earns his Optimus Prime moniker.

Rice has Rutgers striving for more

New coach Mike Rice has Rutgers striving for more on the hardwood.

Fordham's joy is St. John's sorrow

Fordham won a thriller before a packed house as St. John's failed to seal the deal.

St. John's struggling to toe (foul) line

St. John's free throw woes could cost Lavin's club a chance to dance.

Kyrie Irving makes most of homecoming

Duke freshman Kyrie Irving made the most of his return to New Jersey.

Lavin shakes up lineup in Johnnies' win

Steve Lavin shook things up -- but his starting lineup didn't matter Wednesday.

Hurleys bring brother act to Wagner

Reunited at Wagner, Dan and Bobby Hurley can't get hoops out of their system.

Bronx cheers for old Notre Dame

Meadowlands in October? Awful. Yankee Stadium in November? Sweet for Irish.

Ashton Gibbs at home at the Garden

Ashton Gibbs led Pitt past Texas and let fans in NYC know what they're missing.

Lavin celebrates first win at St. John's

Steve Lavin was ecstatic to get his first win at St. John's.

Lavin's recruits re-energizing Red Storm

Early returns say Steve Lavin and staff can handle the great recruiting rat race.

Lavin's impressive staff faces tall task

Steve Lavin has assembled an impressive staff at St. John's. Can it deliver?

High expectations surround Red Storm

St. John's preview, part 1: Can Lavin instill a killer instinct?

Ladies and gents, A.I. is off ... to Turkey!

Ladies and gentleman, Allen Iverson has found a team ... in Turkey!

The turning of the tide

Saturday's loss to Navy was yet another demoralizing defeat for Notre Dame.

Steve Lavin takes media day by Storm

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin was a star at Big East media day.

Dodd ushers in new era for Rutgers

Dodd leads Scarlet Knights earn come-from-behind win against UConn.

Which way will Scarlet Knights go?

Rutgers is a team at a crossroads as Friday night's Big East opener looms.

Budding QB controversy in Piscataway?

Rutgers has a two-game losing streak, and perhaps a quarterback controversy.

Rutgers lets golden opportunity slip

Rutgers let a golden opportunity slip away against North Carolina.

Nets eye future, with or without Carmelo

The Nets aren't a playoff team. But if they get Carmelo Anthony, all bets are off.

Opportunity knocks for Rutgers vs. UNC

Topping the Tar Heels could vault Rutgers into the national conversation.

Rutgers wins ugly in opener

Rutgers overcame a sluggish first half to win its opener over Norfolk State.

Time is now for Rutgers, freshman duo

Freshmen Deering, Thomas could play key roles when Rutgers kicks off season.

Schiano's Rutgers revival at Year 10

After all the blood, sweat and tears, Rutgers' lean years are ancient history.

Jets OLB Calvin Pace injures foot

Rex Ryan said Jason Taylor will take Calvin Pace's place in the starting lineup.

Captain's kudos come quickly for A-Rod

On base when A-Rod hit his 600th homer, Derek Jeter was first with congratulations.

Second class? Yanks fall from perch

For one night at least, the Bronx Bombers are going to bed as second-place citizens.

A-Rod plunked, Yankees ... relieved?

"We got lucky," Yanks manager Girardi says after pitch merely bruises A-Rod.

Mitre fails to give the Yanks a chance

Sergio Mitre's performance proves the Yankees need another starter.

Fifty days later, Mets-Braves a big one

Mets, Braves will clash as heavyweights. What a difference 50 days can make.

CC lifts spirits with gem in the Bronx

Gems are the Yanks' best friend. And CC Sabathia delivered one on Thursday.

Journey to bigs brings Feliciano home

Jesus Feliciano is on his way back to Puerto Rico, likely as Mets' center fielder.

Backman hopes for second shot at bigs

Now in Brooklyn, Wally Backman has his sights set on another big league call-up.

Pettitte valiant, but comes up short

"Stupid" pitches dogged Andy Pettitte in a valiant effort vs. the Phillies.

Magic man? Moyer mystifies in Bronx

Magic man? At 47 years old, Jamie Moyer bewildered the Yanks.

Niese brilliant -- just ask his catcher

Jon Niese was brilliant against the Padres -- just ask Rod Barajas.

Value play: Follow the money

The best way for LeBron James to increase his marketability? Win a ring.

Wright's bat showing life at right time

Don't look now -- David Wright's projected to hit 29 homers in 2010.

CC shakes off liner, hands O's loss

On Thursday, the Bronx Bombers' promising 2010 season almost imploded.

Surging Mets complete shutout sweep

A week ago nothing was working. Now, Jerry Manuel's team can do no wrong.

Mets lose game, gain starter

The Mets lost the Subway Series opener, but they gained a new starting picher.

In big week, Yankees coming up small

An exciting week has turned into a troubling one for the New York Yankees.

Lottery luck eludes Nets, who pick third

The Nets hoped the lottery would be a franchise-changing event. Didn't happen.

Mets' mettle shows despite late loss

The Mets exhibited an unfamiliar trait in their recent homestand -- heart.

Mets' prayer: Thank god for Rod and Ike

Mets weren't banking hopes on Barajas and Davis, but they'd be lost without 'em.

Columbia's new Lion is ready to roar

Kyle Smith believes Columbia can challenge in the Ivy, but it will take time.

Mets ready to take revival on road

Confident after 9-1 homestand, first-place Mets motor toward Philadelphia.

Pardon, but have we Met?

The Mets look brand new, winning six in a row and ascending to the NL East lead.

Mets' heavy hitters light on production

Mets skipper ponders a lineup shift as righties Wright, Bay, Francoeur struggle.

Newark prep star chases title with Duke

Newark prep star Lance Thomas hopes to give Duke an edge against Butler.