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UNC Wilmington Gets Commitment From Georgia Southern Transfer Shawn O’Connell

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Shawn O’Connell (11) committed to the UNC Wilmington Seahawks on Thursday, where he will add more depth to the front court rotation. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: The North State Journal)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — One of the NCAA’s most improved front court rotations for the 2018-19 season got a little bit deeper on Thursday by way of the transfer market.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks already boast the nation’s top rebounder, in big man Devontae Cacok. The 6’7” forward from Riverdale, CA averaged 13.5 rebounds per game as a junior in 2017-18, which led the country. Add in his 17.7 points per contest, and Cacok is easily one of the top forwards in the country.

After sitting out last season due to transfer, Jeantal Cylla is eligible for the 2018-19 season, and adds more depth to the front court. Cylla played two seasons with the Florida Atlantic Owls, where he averaged 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2016-17.

On Thursday, the Seahawks added yet another forward to the mix by way of a graduate transfer.

After three seasons with the Georgia Southern Eagles in the Sun Belt Conference, 6’8” forward Shawn O’Connell is on his way to the Colonial Athletic Association to join the Seahawks for his final year of collegiate eligibility. Continue reading UNC Wilmington Gets Commitment From Georgia Southern Transfer Shawn O’Connell

January 5th Game of the Day: Elon Phoenix at Northeastern Huskies

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Senior guard Dmitri Thompson is averaging 15 points over his last three games, all of which have been wins for the Elon Phoenix. (Source: HERO Sports) (Header: Boston Herald)

BOSTON — Traditionally, the college basketball world is rather quieter on Friday nights before the action ramps up on Saturday and Sunday to close out the week.

However, on January 5th, there are several intriguing match-ups that are sure to satisfy fans across the country. Twenty-three games are on tap for Friday night as teams continue their quest for a conference title and a spot in the field of 68 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Several teams from the Colonial Athletic Association are in action, and that’s the direction we went for today’s Game of the Day selection. In Boston, the Northeastern Huskies welcome the Elon Phoenix to town for the first of two regular season meetings between the two schools in 2017-18. The Phoenix are in a tie for first in the conference with a perfect 2-0 record, while the Huskies have split their first two games against CAA opponents.

Last season, the teams split the regular season series at a game apiece, and each team won on the road. Their two games were decided by a combined three points. Elon won their game at Northeastern in January, 51-49, while the Huskies needed double-overtime to pick up their 105-104 win in February.

With that in mind, expect another close game on Friday night. Here’s what you need to know in advance of the first meeting of the season between Elon and Northeastern.
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Notre Dame Rolls in Mike Brey’s Return to Delaware, 92-68

Kevin Anderson scored a season-high 23 points on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to lead Delaware past ninth-ranked Notre Dame. (Source: Mark Campbell – Delaware Athletics) (Header: Notre Dame Athletics)

NEWARK, Del. — For the first time since 2000, Mike Brey was on the sideline as a coach inside the Bob Carpenter Center.

Only this time, he was coaching against the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Brey and the ninth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish were in town for a non-conference match-up in front of close to 5,000 fans in snowy Newark.

Brey led the Blue Hens to the NCAA Tournament in both 1998 and 1999, and is a member of the UD Athletics Hall of Fame. Fans were excited about his return to the sideline, regardless of what team he was coaching for, as he helped the team become a name on the national scale during his time as the head coach.

Delaware’s current head coach, Martin Ingelsby, was an assistant under Brey for 13 seasons after playing his senior year at Notre Dame for coach Brey in 2000-01. The two agreed to the game due to their long ties to one another, and it didn’t disappoint.

For the majority of the first half, Delaware put another scare into the Fighting Irish, who were coming off a loss to the Ball State Cardinals in their last outing. But, Notre Dame found their groove towards the end of the first frame, and pulled away in the second for the 92-68 win in Brey’s return to Newark. Continue reading Notre Dame Rolls in Mike Brey’s Return to Delaware, 92-68

Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens

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T.J. Gibbs guarding Ball State’s Tayler Persons in Notre Dame’s 80-77 loss to the Cardinals. (Source: The Associated Press)

South Bend, IN. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are hitting the road to Delaware to take on the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens after their last-second, buzzer-beater loss to the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday.

This game could be seen as a welcome home party for Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, who began his head coaching career in Delaware before starting his tenure in South Bend.

Brey coached the Fightin’ Blue Hens from 1995-2000, going 99-51 in five years, leading them to two NCAA Tournament appearances and two America East Championships.

Delaware is currently 4-5 on the season, losing their most recent game to the Buffalo Bulls, 75-72, and are coached by Martin Ingelsby, who was an assistant coach for the Fighting Irish from 2009-2016.

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Towson, Bucknell set to Take Part in Disaster Relief Exhibition Game on October 28th

On Saturday, October 28th, the host Towson Tigers and the Bucknell Bison will take to the court inside SECU Arena for an exhibition game to raise funds for disaster relief efforts. (Source: PressBox Baltimore)

TOWSON, Md. — Teams from across the entire NCAA have come together to help raise funds and awareness for disaster relief efforts all across North America and the World.

The NCAA has granted a plethora of waivers that are allowing teams to take part in a third exhibition game in advance of the 2017-18 season. While they provide teams with an extra tune-up game for the season, they are also using them to help those in need.

On Friday, two more talented programs announced that they were taking part in an exhibition game to raise funds for the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund.

The Towson Tigers will play host to the Bucknell Bison on Saturday, October 28th inside SECU Arena.

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Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to junior forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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