PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Fans of the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks were left wondering ‘what could’ve been’ following the 2017-18 season.
From the outset of the season, the Hawks were riddled with injuries to their key players. The trio of Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell, and Isaac Taylor all missed the season due to various injuries. The Hawks were forced to turn to their freshmen and walk-ons from the start of the season, and while they were competitive in some games, they were ultimately out-matched on both ends of the floor.
When all was said and done, the Hawks finished with a record of 7-25 overall, and just 3-13 in conference play. Eastern Shore finished 12th in the MEAC during the regular season, and fell in the First Round of the MEAC Tournament to the Norfolk State Spartans.
LAKE CHARLES, La. — The 2017-18 was a step in the right direction for the McNeese State Cowboys in the Southland Conference.
In the 2016-17 season, the Cowboys went just 7-22 overall, and 4-14 in conference play. Fast forward to this season, and they improved their overall record by four wins, finishing the year at 11-18 overall. Being seven games below .500 may not scream improvement, but the fact that they had a chance at a spot in the Southland Conference on the last game of the regular season shows that the team was trending upwards.
Now, with the transfer news that came out on Sunday surrounding two of the team’s top four scorers, the Cowboys may take a step or two backwards in 2018-19.
DETROIT, Mich. — The game may have been played in Detroit on a neutral floor, but the atmosphere inside Little Caesars Arena was anything but neutral on Friday night.
Fans of the Michigan State Spartans came out in full force to support their beloved Green and White in their First Round game against the Bucknell Bison. Cheers of “Go Green…Go White” echoed throughout the arena all game long, and it gave the Spartans that extra boost of motivation they needed, especially in the second frame.
Coming into the contest, the Spartans stressed the importance of not overlooking an opponent in the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, they were eliminated in the First Round by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who were a 15-seed.
Michigan State wanted to avoid another early exit from the NCAA Tournament, and while they had to sweat things down the stretch, they made sure to avoid a repeat from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.