Category Archives: Big East

Road Woes Continue For Maryland Eastern Shore in 87-36 Loss at Creighton

Khyri Thomas was one of five Creighton players to score in double figures in Friday nights win over Maryland Eastern Shore. (Source: Omaha World-Herald) (Header: Omaha World-Herald)

OMAHA, Neb. — Playing away from home hasn’t been to kind for the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks this season.

In games played away from the Hytche Athletic Center, the Hawks are a combined 1-9. Their lone win came against the Jackson State Tigers in the Emerald Coast Classic. Eastern Shore went 1-1 in the event, and while they don’t count as road games due to the event being a neutral site, they weren’t playing on their home floor.

On Friday, the Hawks were in Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays for the first time in program history. The odds weren’t in their favour, but the Hawks were looking to put forth a strong effort to try and end their three game losing streak.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Bluejays put the game away early in the first half, thanks in large part to strong shooting from all areas of the floor.

As a team, Creighton shot over 52% from the floor, while holding Eastern Shore to just 23.6% shooting on the night. The Bluejays cruised to the 87-36 win over the Hawks, extending the Hawks’ losing streak to four games in the process. Continue reading Road Woes Continue For Maryland Eastern Shore in 87-36 Loss at Creighton

Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the Creighton Bluejays

Marcus Foster and the Creighton Bluejays have won two straight games since their loss to Gonzaga back on December 1st. (Source: ESPN) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

OMAHA, Neb. — On Friday night, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks make their first-ever trip to Omaha, Nebraska to take on the Creighton Bluejays and their high-octane offense.

The contest marks the fourth game of a six-game road trip for the Hawks, who have lost the first three contests, all by at least 22 points. Maryland Eastern Shore has been short-handed all season due to injuries, and the Bluejays will look to take full advantage of that from the get-go on Friday inside CenturyLink Center Omaha.

On paper, the Bluejays come in as heavy favourites, and for good reason. If the Hawks want to have any shot at pulling off the massive upset, they need to have a perfect night on both ends of the floor. A perfect night almost never happens, and the odds are stacked against the Hawks, who have just one win in their last six outings.

Here’s what you need to know for Friday’s contest.
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Career Night from Matt McQuaid Propels Michigan State Past DePaul at the PK80 Invitational

Freshman Jaren Jackson, Jr. recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds against DePaul on Thursday night. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: Sporting News)

PORTLAND, OR. — It’s not how you start a game, but how you end it.

On Thursday night, in their opener at the PK80 Invitational Tournament, the Michigan State Spartans looked like a different team in the second half when compared to the first half. The Spartans took on the DePaul Blue Demons without the services of sophomore Miles Bridges, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle sustained in their last outing.

Michigan State led 10-2 early on, but allowed the Blue Demons to stay within striking distance. The teams went into the break tied at 31-all, and the Spartans were struggling on both ends of the floor.

In the second half, Matt McQuaid put the team on his back and help the Spartans put separation between themselves and the Blue Demons.

McQuaid finished the night with a career-high 20 points, on 6-of-8 shooting from three point range, and the Spartans pulled away in the second half for the 73-51 win over DePaul to open the PK80 Invitational. Continue reading Career Night from Matt McQuaid Propels Michigan State Past DePaul at the PK80 Invitational

A Look at Michigan State’s Half of the Victory Bracket at the PK80 Invitational

The Victory Bracket of the PK80 Invitational is headlined by a pair of nationally ranked teams, in the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels. (Source: Blogging the Bracket)

PORTLAND, OR. — Thanksgiving Week in the United States always provides fans with some of the best college basketball of the season. With early season events taking place across the country, there are ample opportunities for teams to bolster their tournament resumes early on.

This season, fans are treated to the PK80 Invitational, an event that will honour Nike founder Phil Knight. Technically, it’s one event, but there are two brackets with eight teams apiece, and each bracket will produce a tournament winner. So, it’s two brackets, with two winners, but only one event.

Regardless, some of the nation’s top teams will ascend on Portland, Oregon over Thanksgiving Weekend to partake in some of the best college basketball action we will see all season long, outside of March Madness.

In the Victory Bracket, teams like the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Michigan State Spartans headline each half of the bracket. There are teams with some question marks heading into the event, while there are others who are looking to pull off the biggest win in program history (Portland Pilots).

Below, we have broken down the Michigan State half of the bracket, which features a Final Four team from last season, a team on the rise in the Big East, and the 2014 National Champion.
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Slow start dooms Maryland Eastern Shore on the road at Georgetown

Jessie Govan recorded his third straight double-double to open the season on Saturday, as he posted 23 points and 14 rebounds against Maryland Eastern Shore. (Header: Casual Hoya)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Saturday afternoon, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks continued their six-game road swing with game against the Georgetown Hoyas.

The Hawks have had an extra day of rest, as their game against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies from Wednesday was cancelled due to power failures inside the Reilly Center. That game was rescheduled for November 20th at 7:00pm EST.

Georgetown and Maryland Eastern Shore last met in the 2015-16 season, with the Hoyas picking up a 68-49 victory over the Hawks inside Capital One Arena.

On Saturday, the Hawks were looking to get back on track after suffering a lopsided defeat at the hands of the Maryland Terrapins in their previous game. Logan McIntosh was still out of the lineup for the Hawks against the Hoyas, leaving the Hawks short-handed once again.

Eastern Shore was simply overwhelmed by the Hoyas from the outset of the game. Georgetown opened the day on a 10-0 run, holding the Hawks scoreless for over three minutes in the process. They had runs of eight and nine points in the first half, and took a 21-point lead into the locker room.

Georgetown had five players score in double-figures on the day, and the Hoyas cruised to the 83-57 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Continue reading Slow start dooms Maryland Eastern Shore on the road at Georgetown

Georgetown never trails in 73-57 win over Jacksonville

Jessie Govan (15) and Marcus Derrickson (top) scored 20 points apiece to lead Georgetown past Jacksonville in their season opener, 73-57.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head coaching era for Patrick Ewing with the Georgetown Hoyas officially got underway on Sunday afternoon inside Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

Ewing returned to his alma mater this off-season to become the latest head coach of the Hoyas. In his regular season head coaching debut, Georgetown welcomed the Jacksonville Dolphins to town to kick off the 2017-18 season.

Jacksonville was coming off a season-opening loss at the hands of the UAB Blazers on Friday, 96-67, and were looking to get in the win column.

Georgetown took an early lead on Sunday afternoon, as Jamorko Pickett hit a three pointer less than a minute in for the first points of the season for the Hoyas. From there, Georgetown would never trail on the day, and they rolled to the 73-57 victory over the Dolphins. Continue reading Georgetown never trails in 73-57 win over Jacksonville