Category Archives: 2017-18 Post-Season

Maryland Eastern Shore Names Clifford Reed Interim Head Coach for 2018-19

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Associate head coach Clifford Reed has been named the interim head coach of the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks after the school opted not to renew the contract of Bobby Collins. (Source: HBCU Buzz) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

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.

Following the dismal season, the Hawks have started to make some significant changes. That started with the head coaching position, as the school announced that it would not be renewing the contract of head coach Bobby Collins, who was the head coach of the Hawks for the past four seasons. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore Names Clifford Reed Interim Head Coach for 2018-19

Michael Finke, Te’Jon Lucas Become the Latest to Leave the Illinois Men’s Basketball Program

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Sophomore guard Te’Jon Lucas (above) and redshirt junior Michael Finke (top) became the latest players to leave the Illinois men’s basketball program following the completion of the 2017-18 season. (Source: Big Ten Powerhouse) (Header: ABC7 Chicago)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — As if Mondays weren’t bad enough already, it wasn’t a positive start to the week for the Illinois Fighting Illini and head coach Brad Underwood.

In separate announcements on Monday, sophomore guard Te’Jon Lucas and redshirt junior forward Michael Finke both announced that they would be transferring from Illinois.

Finke will be a graduate transfer next season and will be eligible in 2018-19, while Lucas will have to sit out the 2018-19 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

The list of players who have left Illinois before their eligibility has expired this off-season is now up to four. Leron Black left early to pursue professional opportunities, while freshman Mark Smith announced his intentions to transfer after a disappointing first season in the NCAA. Continue reading Michael Finke, Te’Jon Lucas Become the Latest to Leave the Illinois Men’s Basketball Program

Arkansas State Transfer Connor Kern Commits to The Citadel

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Connor Kern averaged 3.7 points per game in 2017-18 for Arkansas State while appearing in all 32 games. (Source: Arkansas State Athletics) (Header: Arkansas State Athletics)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It’s been quite the week for The Citadel Bulldogs on the transfer market, to say the least.

Earlier in the week, they had three players transfer out of the programTariq SimmonsFrankie Johnson, and Rob Johnson all requested their releases from the Bulldogs’ program following the 2017-18 campaign.

The Citadel went 11-21 overall this past season, and 5-13 in Southern Conference play.

When you add in the loss of Preston Parks, who was dismissed from the program during the regular season, and the Bulldogs have lost four pieces of the puzzle for next season and beyond.

However, over the weekend, the Bulldogs got a bit of good news on the transfer market, landing a Division I transfer who played two seasons in the Sun Belt Conference. Continue reading Arkansas State Transfer Connor Kern Commits to The Citadel

Ledoux Brothers to Transfer From McNeese State

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Sophomores Kalob Ledoux (above) and twin brother Jacob will transfer from McNeese, per ESPN.

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.

Per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, brothers Kalob Ledoux and Jacob Ledoux are transferring from the program, leaving a pair of holes to fill as the Cowboys look ahead to next season, and beyond. Continue reading Ledoux Brothers to Transfer From McNeese State

Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

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Miles Bridges was a star on Friday night for the Spartans, posting a game-high 29 points in Michigan State’s 82-78 win over Bucknell in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. (Source: WXYZ.com) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

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.

Bucknell made things interesting in the closing seconds with some key shots from long range, but Michigan State sealed the deal on an 82-78 win over the Bison thanks in large part to free throws. Continue reading Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

Purdue Center Isaac Haas Fractures Elbow in Tournament Win Over Cal State Fullerton

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Purdue senior forward Isaac Haas suffered a fractured right elbow in the Boilermakers’ 74-48 win over Cal State Fullerton on Friday in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. (Source: For The Win – USA Today Sports) (Header: The Herald Bulletin)

DETROIT, Mich. — Friday afternoon wasn’t all good news for the Purdue Boilermakers.

Shortly after the Boilermakers picked up a 74-48 win over the Cal State Fullerton Titans, they were dealt a big blow in terms of player personnel for the remainder of the season.

Head coach Matt Painter announced that senior forward Isaac Haas will miss the remainder of the season due to a fracture in his right elbow. Haas sustained the injury during the Boilermakers’ 26-point win over the Titans. Continue reading Purdue Center Isaac Haas Fractures Elbow in Tournament Win Over Cal State Fullerton