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DePaul Transfer Brandon Cyrus Commits to UC Santa Barbara

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Oakville, ON native Brandon Cyrus has committed to the Gauchos after two seasons in the Big East with DePaul. (Source: DePaul Online) (Header: Chicago Tribune)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Joe Pasternack has struck yet again on the recruiting trail.

He’s entering just his second season at the helm for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, but Pasternack continues to change the culture of the program with each passing day. He has helped turn the Gauchos into a major player on the recruiting trail, and that has been evident this off-season.

Prior to Thursday, the Gauchos added a pair of power conference transfers to their roster, one each for this season and next. Graduate transfer Ar’Mond Davis committed to UC Santa Barbara following his time with the Alabama Crimson Tide, and will be immediately eligible in 2018-19.

The Gauchos also added guard JaQuori McLaughlin, who joins the program after transferring from the Oregon State Beavers. He will sit out the 2018-19 season, and have two years of eligibility left starting in 2019-20.

This week, Pasternack added another talented player to the mix for the 2019-20 season, adding yet another guard from a power conference program to the mix. Canadian guard Brandon Cyrus committed to the Gauchos, giving the program another talented piece to build around moving forwards. Continue reading DePaul Transfer Brandon Cyrus Commits to UC Santa Barbara

Donte DiVincenzo Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft Without an Agent

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Donte DiVincenzo (middle) went for 31 points, on 10-of-15 shooting, to lead Villanova past Michigan to become the 2018 National Champions. (Source: The Denver Post) (Header: SB Nation)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — If you don’t know who Donte DiVincenzo is by now, you need to change your priorities during March Madness.

During the 2018 National Championship game, DiVIncenzo burst onto the scene with an incredible performance against the Michigan Wolverines. While many hardcore fans knew he was talented before the title game, his performance in San Antonio, TX cemented his place among the top players in all of college basketball.

DiVincenzo went for 31 points in the title game, on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 from three point range. He added in five rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks to complete the all-round performance.

The redshirt sophomore showed up on the biggest stage of them all in the college basketball world, and now he’s ready to get feedback from top executives and coaches in the NBA.

On Thursday, the 6’5” guard declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, thus allowing him to return to Villanova for the 2018-19 season. Continue reading Donte DiVincenzo Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft Without an Agent

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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