Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, the Marquette Golden Eagles’ transfer has committed to the La Salle Explorers of the Atlantic 10. The sophomore was averaging 4.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 8 games (4 starts) for the 12-6 (3-3) Golden Eagles.
Travis Ford is building something special at Saint Louis.
Reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN, class of 2018 guard Fred Thatch Jr. has committed to Saint Louis. Thatch is currently in the midst of a sensational junior season and has led Sikeston High School to a 10-1 start.
Reported by FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Saint Joseph’s junior James Demery has been fully cleared for basketball activities. The North Carolina native missed the last ten games with a stress fracture in his left foot.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to action Wednesday night after a nine day Christmas break, taking down the Saint Peter’s Peacocks 63-55.
Notre Dame remained in the AP Top 25 in their first game back , checking in at #24.
The (5-7) Peacocks were coming off a win against the St Francis (BKN) Terriers after a three game losing streak that included a loss to the Maryland Terrapins by only 10 points.
Notre Dame was coming off a win as well, taking down the Colgate Raiders before a surprise visit from Matt Farrell’s brother Bo stole the spotlight, as the military solider surprised his younger brother heading into the holiday season.
While some time away from the program was needed as noted by head coach Mike Brey, the Irish squad could not afford to take the Peacocks lightly.
After back-to-back losses to the Florida Gators and Little Rock Trojans, by a combined 10 points, the Bonnies have been one of the more impressive teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Following the loss to the Trojans to open up the Lone Star Showcase, the Bonnies routed the Central Michigan Chippewas by 31 points, and followed that up with a 26-point win over Lamond Murray, Jr. and the Pepperdine Waves to close out the event.
Wins over the Siena Saints and Buffalo Bulls followed, giving the Bonnies a four-game winning streak, and a 5-2 record overall. They’ve been on quite the roll over the last week and a half, and given their remaining non-conference schedule, they could win out and enter conference play as one of the hottest teams in the nation.
A big reason for their success? The play of junior guard Jaylen Adams.
Early season tournaments provide teams with the challenge of playing several games on back-to-back days. It will test the team’s durability, their ability to adjust quickly, and several other key areas that will be detrimental to team success down the road.
With the unpredictability of the games, teams need to also be able to bounce back from big losses, or maintain the winning momentum they generated the night before.
Over the last seven days, the George Mason Patriots have had to do both. They’ve had to bounce back quickly from a blowout loss one night, then build off their first win of the season a day later.
The Patriots took part in the 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase this past week, and after an opening round loss, they reeled off a three-game winning streak to close out the week. A big reason for their 3-1 week was the play of senior guard Marquise Moore.