Category Archives: 2017-18 Post-Season

Purdue Overcomes Slow Start to Rout Cal State Fullerton, 74-48

Edwards, Carsen
Carsen Edwards surpassed the 1,000-point mark on Friday in Purdue’s 26-point win over Cal State Fullerton at the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Detroit. (Source: WTOP.com) (Header: For the Win – USA Today Sports)

DETROIT, Mich. — It’s not necessarily how you start, but how you finish.

For the Purdue Boilermakers, that rang true on Friday afternoon in their 2018 NCAA Tournament opener against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Boilermakers are the two-seed in the East Region, and were taking on the Big West Conference champions, who came into the tournament seeded 15th.

Friday marked the first time that the Boilermakers and Titans have met on the hardwood. While the odds were heavily on Purdue’s side coming into the event, the Titans weren’t lacking confidence in themselves on Media Day.

“I think we stand a chance,” said senior Arkim Robertson at the Titans’ press conference on Thursday afternoon. “If we stick to what Coach Taylor gives us and we stick to the game plan, we’re going to be okay.” Continue reading Purdue Overcomes Slow Start to Rout Cal State Fullerton, 74-48

Cal State Fullerton Landed Kyle Allman Jr. Thanks to a YouTube Video

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Kyle Allman Jr. (#0) was an overlooked prep recruit out of New York. Now, he’s the reigning Big West Conference Tournament MVP at Cal State Fullerton. (Source: Cal State Fullerton Athletics) (Header: Associated Press)

DETROIT, Mich. – It’s no secret that recruiting a player is an expensive venture for all schools across the country. When a player is 3,000 miles away, that expense only increases.

For the Cal State Fullerton Titans, they landed one of their best players in an unconventional way thanks in part to an online YouTube video.

Kyle Allman Jr. is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and played basketball at the High School for Construction-Trades, Engineering, and Architecture in Queens. Titans’ head coach Dedrique Taylor and assistant coach John Smith were watching another player when they first saw Allman play. Continue reading Cal State Fullerton Landed Kyle Allman Jr. Thanks to a YouTube Video

Guard Jamal Wright to Transfer From High Point

Wright, Jamal
After a strong freshman season in 2016-17, Jamal Wright averaged just 3.2 points per game in under 13 minutes of floor time per night as a sophomore. (Header: Getty Images)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The 2017-18 season is over for a lot of teams across the NCAA, which means that players and coaches have turned their attention to the 2018-19 season, and beyond.

With the end of the season comes the influx of players transferring to new schools. It happens each and every year as players are looking for the right fit in college basketball and a fresh opportunity to showcase their skills.

On Monday, the transfer market added a talented guard who will have two years of eligibility left after sitting out next season. Guard Jamal Wright has received his release from the High Point Panthers, and will transfer from the program to seek new opportunities in the college basketball world. Continue reading Guard Jamal Wright to Transfer From High Point

Defense Propels Liberty Past North Carolina A&T, 65-52

Homesley, Caleb
Caleb Homesley had a game-high 16 points to help lead Liberty past North Carolina A&T in the opener of the 2018 CIT. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The NCAA Tournament doesn’t get underway until Tuesday night with a pair of First Four games in Dayton, but post-season basketball took place on Monday afternoon and evening.

At 12:00pm EST, the 10th edition of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament got underway in Fort Wayne, IN. Four games were scheduled for Monday in the First Round of the 20-team event, all featuring schools from outside of the power conferences.

In Lynchburg, VA, the Liberty Flames played host to the North Carolina A&T Aggies to kick off the post-season for both teams. Equipped with identical 20-14 records, both teams were looking to pick up a win and advance into the second round of the tournament next week.

All season, the Flames have had one of the nation’s top scoring defenses, and they made things extremely tough for the Aggies on Monday night. Liberty held North Carolina A&T to their lowest offensive output of the season, and rolled to the 65-52 win over the Aggies in the Jim Phelan Classic. Continue reading Defense Propels Liberty Past North Carolina A&T, 65-52

Liberty Set to Host North Carolina A&T in the First Round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament

Olujobi, Femi
Junior Femi Olujobi (25) was one of the biggest breakout stars in the country this season, and was a key piece in the run to the semi-finals of the MEAC Tournament for North Carolina A&T. (Source: NCAT Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The 2017-18 season is extended for at least one more game for a pair of teams who put together impressive runs during the regular season and conference tournaments.

Monday marks the start of postseason tournament basketball across the NCAA, as the 10th anniversary of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) will begin play with a slew of games across the country. Programs from outside of the power conferences who weren’t selected for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT make up the field and will vie for the tournament title.

Earlier this week, the Liberty Flames accepted an invitation into the 2018 CIT, and they learned who their first opponent would be on Saturday. The Flames will welcome the North Carolina A&T Aggies to Lynchburg, VA on Monday night, with tip-off scheduled for 6:00pm EST.

The game is an intriguing match-up, and both teams are coming off of lengthy runs in their conference tournaments. Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday night’s tilt between the Flames and the Aggies. Continue reading Liberty Set to Host North Carolina A&T in the First Round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament