Category Archives: Big 12

Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

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Michigan guard Ibi Wagner announced his intentions to transfer from the Wolverines on Thursday night, less than two weeks after appearing in the 2018 National Championship game. (Source: 247 Sports) (Header: Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SARNIA, Ont. — Friday the 13th was a quiet day on the transfer market, as none of the big names committed to new schools for next season and beyond.

With that said, several teams from across the NCAA got better with the moves that did take place over the course of the day. A handful of schools landed commitments from players outside of Division I, while one new head coach in particular landed his first major recruit.

In addition to the commitments, a pair of players announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Late Thursday night, a player that took part in the 2018 National Championship game announced his intentions to transfer, while another who advanced to the Elite Eight transferred on Friday.

Here’s all that you may have missed on the transfer market during the day on Friday. Continue reading Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

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The 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational will feature four of the nation’s top programs, bringing exciting basketball to Sin City early in 2018-19. (Source: Michigan State Athletics) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — It’s only fitting that four of the biggest programs in all of college basketball ascend on Sin City for a two-day event.

During the 2018-19 season, that’s exactly what will happen at the 18th annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The event will take place over Thanksgiving on November 22nd and 23rd at the Orleans Arena. The ‘city that never sleeps’ will give its residents and visitors alike another attraction to enjoy for two days.

On Thursday, the field for the 2018 edition of the event was released, and it will be a star-studded affair to say the least. Four of the nation’s biggest programs will bring their talents to Las Vegas for the event.

The Michigan State Spartans, Texas Longhorns, UCLA Bruins, and North Carolina Tar Heels will all vie for the tournament title when the time rolls around. They will also be looking to bolster their tournament resumes with some quality wins early on in the season.

Here’s an early look at all four teams in the event heading into next season. Continue reading Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Iowa State Holds Off Comeback Bid From Maryland Eastern Shore, 55-49

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Freshman Cameron Lard (2) came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points on Wednesday, leading Iowa State past Maryland Eastern Shore, 55-49. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: Sports Illustrated)

AMES, Iowa — Both the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks and the Iowa State Cyclones came into Wednesday’s tilt short-handed.

The Hawks have been dealing with injuries all season long, and with the recent injury to guard Colen Gaynor, the Hawks were down to just six active scholarship players against the Cyclones. Their freshmen have been thrown into the fire from the get-go this season, and would play a prominent role yet again on Wednesday.

As for the Cyclones, they were down to eight players themselves. Then, graduate transfer Hans Brase suffered an ankle injury in practice on Tuesday, and it was announced shortly before game-time that he wouldn’t be able to go against the Hawks. That left Steve Prohm’s crew with just seven players in uniform.

From start to finish, it was a low scoring affair. The Hawks held Iowa State to their lowest offensive output of the season. It was the third time this season that the Cyclones were held below 60 points, but unlike the previous two times, they managed to come away victorious on Wednesday.

Iowa State took a 17-point lead at half-time, and looked to be in control. But, the Hawks outscored the Cyclones by 11 in the second frame, and made things interesting. When all was said and done, Iowa State held off a late rally from Eastern Shore to notch their ninth straight win by way of a 55-49 decision over the Hawks. Continue reading Iowa State Holds Off Comeback Bid From Maryland Eastern Shore, 55-49

Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the Iowa State Cyclones

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Freshman Lindell Wigginton looks to lead the Iowa State Cyclones to their ninth straight win on Wednesday when the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks ascend on Ames, IA. (Source: 247 Sports) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

AMES, Iowa. — Wednesday’s tilt between the visiting Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks and the host Iowa State Cyclones is a battle of two teams going in opposite directions.

Eastern Shore comes into the day having lost their last four games, all of which have come on the road. Wednesday marks the fifth game of a six game trek for the Hawks, which will take them to the Christmas break. On the flip side, the Cyclones have won eight straight games after losing their first two games of the season. They won the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, which kick-started their winning streak.

The last time the Cyclones and Hawks met was back in 2001. Iowa State cruised to the 77-54 win over the Hawks in Ames, and the Cyclones have won all four previous meetings between the two schools.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the fifth installment of the series between the Hawks and Cyclones. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the Iowa State Cyclones

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Big 12

Alex Robinson (25) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) will look to lead TCU to a Big 12 crown in 2017-18. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header: 247 Sports)

CANMORE, Alta. –The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Once again in the Big 12, the Kansas Jayhawks look to be the clear favourite in the title picture. However, several other teams return talented roster that will push Bill Self’s crew to the limit come conference play.

Scroll down to see who we have selected as our Big 12 Player of the Year, and who cracks our Preseason All-Big 12 teams!

Continue reading College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Big 12

Former Old Dominion forward Zoran Talley commits to Iowa State

Iowa State picked up their fourth graduate transfer of the off-season on Thursday, in the form of former Old Dominion forward Zoran Talley.

AMES, Iowa — The likes of the Nevada Wolfpack and the Kansas Jayhawks have left their mark on the transfer market this season, and have both been referred to as ‘Transfer U‘ by their respective fan bases.

If they’re known as Transfer U, then the Iowa State Cyclones should be known as ‘Grad Transfer U.’

For the 2017-18 season, the Cyclones had already added a trio of experienced players to their roster. Marial ShayokJeff Beverly, and Hans Brase have all committed to Steve Prohm and Iowa State. The trio will look to help a younger Iowa State team contend in the Big 12.

On Thursday, they added themselves yet another veteran who can help the team right away.

Iowa State announced the addition of forward Zoran Talley, who previously played two seasons in the Conference USA for the Old Dominion Monarchs. Continue reading Former Old Dominion forward Zoran Talley commits to Iowa State