Category Archives: Game Previews

Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.
Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.

The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full-swing, and what a weekend it was. Upsets were scattered about, mixed in with record-breaking performances from some of the nation’s best programs.

After the first weekend is in the books, basketball fans from across the nation get geared up for a full 24 hours of top-notch college basketball action, in the form of the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. From Monday, November 16th at 5:30pm until Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00pm, there are basketball games all throughout. Yes, that means even in the wee hours of the morning, there are basketball games (we see you, Nevada and Hawaii).

The event brings together a handful of the country’s best games over that time frame and all of the games are showcased on ESPN networks. To get you ready for this year’s festivities, we have previewed all of the games for you in one convenient location.

Take a scroll down to read a bit about each game that will take place over the 2015 ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. Grab some caffeine, get comfortable, and get ready for a crazy 24 hours. Continue reading Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Looking Ahead: 10 Can’t-Miss Opening Night Games Featuring Mid-Major Teams

Lee, William
Fresh off their NCAA Tournament berth and upset over Iowa State in the opening round a year ago, William Lee and the UAB Blazers are ready to get back to the Big Dance in 2015-16. They open their season with a road date at Auburn.

The 2015-16 college basketball season is less than two months away. It’s on the horizon, and it can’t get here fast enough.

Non-conference schedules from across the country have been released, and the first full day of games is Friday, November 13th. So far, there are over 140 games slated for that day, according to ESPN and their schedule page. That means there are a plethora of games to choose from, but which ones are worth your time to watch?

Opening contests usually pit power conference teams against mid-major programs, and they often result in blowout victories for the power schools. With that being said, mid-majors are very capable of pulling off the upsets, and hopefully you will tune in to a game or two despite the possibility of a total mismatch.

To make your opening day a little easier, and the decision of what game(s) to watch a little less stressful, we have gone through the list of games and selected the 10 best games that feature mid-major programs.

These games are definitely worth your time, and are the best chance to see an upset victory or two.
Continue reading Looking Ahead: 10 Can’t-Miss Opening Night Games Featuring Mid-Major Teams

The Top 15 Non-Conference Games of the 2015-16 Season: Part Two

Marcus Paige and the UNC Tar Heels and Melo Trimble and the Maryland Terrapins are the top two teams in the country heading into the season, which makes their non-conference match-up that much more exciting.
Marcus Paige and the UNC Tar Heels and Melo Trimble and the Maryland Terrapins are the top two teams in the country heading into the season, which makes their non-conference match-up that much more exciting.

Welcome back to the Top 15 Non-Conference Games of the 2015-16 Season!

We will now count down the Top 10 games to watch this year. Each game looks to be incredibly promising, and hopefully they do not disappoint.

So without further ado, let’s delve back into the countdown.

For the list of Honourable Mentions and #s 15 – 11, please click here! Continue reading The Top 15 Non-Conference Games of the 2015-16 Season: Part Two

The Top 15 Non-Conference Games for the 2015-16 Season: Part One

Both Indiana's  Yogi Ferrell, above, and Notre Dame's Zach Auguste, top, opted to return for the 2015-16 season. Indiana and Notre Dame face off in non-conference play in the 12th-best non-conference game of the season. (Source: Bleacher Report)
Both Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, above, and Notre Dame’s Zach Auguste, top, opted to return for the 2015-16 season. Indiana and Notre Dame face off in non-conference play in the 12th-best non-conference game of the season. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Even though it’s still August, that does not mean it is too early to begin analyzing the approaching college basketball season.

This year could be one for the history books, as power will be distributed throughout the nation, rather than being centered around one or two dominant favorites. Perennial dynasties will clash with rising powerhouses, old rivalries will be restored with new fire, and incredible incoming talent will give their teams a much needed boost.

With such a distribution of power, the non-conference schedule will be a grueling, and thrilling battle with major implications come Selection Sunday.

The slate of exciting non-conference games is quite vast this year. However, there are 15 games that cannot be afford to be missed. In this article, we will break down games 15-11 along with a few honorable mentions as well. (Because let’s be honest, narrowing a list of this magnitude to only fifteen games would have been down right impossible.) Continue reading The Top 15 Non-Conference Games for the 2015-16 Season: Part One

Previewing the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game

At the 1st Annual BioSteel All-Canadian Showcase, the likes of Thon Maker and other top basketball players from Canada will display their talents in Toronto, ON on April 13 - 14. (Source: Vancouver Basketball)
At the 1st Annual BioSteel All-Canadian Showcase, the likes of Thon Maker and other top basketball players from Canada will display their talents in Toronto, ON on April 13 – 14. (Source: Vancouver Basketball)

The McDonald’s All-American game showcases the best talent that the US has to offer when it comes to high school prospects. The event draws a large audience, both in the arena and on television, and Canada Basketball is hoping to reap the same benefits.

Monday marks the start of the 1st Annual BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game in Toronto, ON, and some of the best talent that Canada has to offer will be on display. The event brings 24 of the best players from Canadian high schools together under one roof for two days of exciting basketball. Monday night sees the skills portion of the event take place, with the BioSteel Future All-Canadians game, the Sport Chek 3-Point Contest, and the BMO Dunk Contest.

The BioSteel Future All-Canadians game features some of the best high school players in either grade 9 or 10 from around the country. They tip off at 6pm on Monday, with the three point contest and the dunk contest to follow.

Tuesday night marks the inaugural BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game, which will be broadcast on TSN at 10pm EST, following the completion of the Toronto Raptors – Boston Celtics game. All eyes will be on the likes of Jamal Murray and Thon Maker, but there are plenty of other players who are worthy of your attention, and who are looking to make some noise on the national stage.

We have taken a look at 12 of the top prospects in the game to try and provide some insight into the talent that you will see on the floor over the next two days. Continue reading Previewing the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game

Stetson and Bethune-Cookman Renew Instate Rivalry

Stetson v BCU

Monday was a quiet day around the college basketball landscape, with only two games featuring nationally-ranked teams in action. Virginia bounced back with a big road win over North Carolina, and Kansas held down their home court with an impressive win over the Iowa State Cyclones.

As we move into Tuesday night, there are a handful more games slated to go all across the country, with some great games on tap all throughout the evening. There are a plethora of great mid-major games that we could have chosen from for our Mid-Major Game of the Day for Tuesday, February 3rd, but we went with an under-the-radar, instate non-conference rivalry that will be a great contest to watch.

Both teams are separated by Interstate-92 in the great state of Florida, and these two teams have played each other in each of the past four seasons. In each of those four contests, the home team has won the game. While they aren’t two of the marquee programs in the country, the games always bring out a large crowd, and these games are constantly among the top attended games for both programs on an annual basis.

Both teams enter Tuesday night’s game with 7 – 15 records on the year, and a win tonight will be another big confidence boost for either team. While they may fly under the radar at times, this rivalry is one of the better ones between mid-major programs, and there is plenty of talent all over this game that will make it worth your while.

We’ve been hyping this game up over the past 24 hours, so enjoy our Mid-Major Game of the Day for Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015, when the Stetson Hatters take the 30-minute drive down to Daytona Beach, FL to take on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats! Continue reading Stetson and Bethune-Cookman Renew Instate Rivalry