Category Archives: MAC

Notre Dame Slips Against Ball State; Is It Time To Panic?

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Matt Farrell played 39 minutes and scored 14 points while dishing out 8 assists in their 80-77 loss to Ball State. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, IN. — With 10 seconds left on the clock, the score tied at 77 and the ball in the hands of Ball State‘s Tayler Persons, the Cardinals’ leading scorer drained a last-second three pointer to shock the Notre Dame Fighting Irish inside the Purcell Pavilion, 80-77.

Prior to the 10th meeting between the Irish and the Cardinals, Notre Dame had claimed victories in all nine previous games, with their last win coming back in 1976.

Notre Dame has never let Ball State come close to ever upsetting them. Yesterday was a different story.

This might be a wake up call for the Irish, who got outmatched by the Michigan State Spartans two games ago, had some struggles against the St. Francis (Brooklyn) Terriers, and have now lost to the Ball State Cardinals.

ACC play is fast approaching, and some changes might have to be made.

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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Ball State Cardinals

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Bonzie Colson will be back in the line up after being ejected from Sunday’s game against St. Francis (Brooklyn). (Source: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTH BEND, IN – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will not get much of a break before returning to the court Tuesday night, as they will host the Ball State Cardinals of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Notre Dame is coming off a 71-53 win over the St. Francis (BKN) Terriers, a game that saw them lose both Bonzie Colson and Head Coach Mike Brey towards the end of the game due to ejections. Colson was ejected for a flagrant two foul, while Brey was thrown out for disagreeing.

It made for an interesting Sunday!

Ball State, on the other hand, is currently 4-4 on the season, and the Cardinals are coming off of a win against the IUPUI Jaguars, 83-64.

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Sunday Recap: Colorado Remains Perfect, Miles Bridges, and a Quadruple Overtime Thriller

George King recorded 25 points and eight rebounds in the Championship game of the Paradise Jam to lead the Colorado Buffaloes past Mercer for the title, 79-70. (Source: Buffzone.com) (Header: Sports Illustrated)

CANMORE, Alta. — The second weekend of the 2017-18 season is officially in the books, and what a Sunday we all experienced to cap it off.

Admittedly, the first week of the season had its moments where it was a bit underwhelming. A lack of upsets left excitement on the table and fans wanting more, but we also got to experience our fair share of exciting basketball and close games. College basketball is unpredictable with each passing game, which is why we take it all in stride.

November 19th brought a little bit of everything to the forefront. A trio of early-season tournaments came to a close, a pair of top ten teams dodged upset bids, and we witnessed our fair share of overtime games that had fans on the edge of their seats right to the final buzzer.

If you opted for the NFL as opposed to the NCAA, here’s what you may have missed over the course of the day on Sunday. Continue reading Sunday Recap: Colorado Remains Perfect, Miles Bridges, and a Quadruple Overtime Thriller

College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Justin Turner, Bowling Green Falcons

Justin Turner posted 33 points, seven assists, and four rebounds in his 2017-18 debut, leading Bowling Green to a win over Drexel. (Source: Bowling Green Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — It’s safe to say that Justin Turner is looking to make up for lost time with the Bowling Green Falcons in 2017-18.

The redshirt freshman played in just four games a season ago, opting to use his redshirt season after battling an injury for most of the year. Turner did post 10 points and two rebounds on December 30th against the Norfolk State Spartans.

Sitting out a year is never the easiest thing to do, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do.

Now, Turner is healthy and ready to make up for lost time. With key players gone from last season, including Zack Denny and Wes Alcegaire, the Falcons needed someone to step up in 2017-18 alongside Demajeo Wiggins and Dylan Frye to help lead the offense.

After the first game of the season, that player may very well be Turner.

Despite playing just one game over the opening weekend of the 2017-18 season, Turner made a statement in the Falcons’ win over the Drexel Dragons.

After an impressive start to his redshirt freshman season, Bowling Green guard Justin Turner has been named the College Court Report Freshman of the Week(end) for November 10 – 12, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Justin Turner, Bowling Green Falcons

Ohio slips past Alabama A&M, 61-53

Doug Taylor (45) narrowly missed a double-double in the Bobcats’ season opener, posting six points and 12 rebounds to help lead Ohio past Alabama A&M. (Source: WOUB)

ATHENS, Ohio — Heading into Saturday’s tilt with the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, the Ohio Bobcats were looking to keep the winning ways going for the Mid-American Conference.

Only one team has lost their season opening game at this point in the MAC (sorry, Ball State), and the Bobcats didn’t want to kick off their season with an 0-1 record.

The SWAC, on the other hand, had only one team pick up a win on opening night (shoutout to Jackson State). On Saturday, the Bulldogs were looking to reverse the conference’s early-season fortunes and get their own season started on the right foot.

Out of the gate, the teams were neck and neck. Ohio closed the first half on a 9-0 run to take a double-digit lead into the break, and wouldn’t trail throughout the entire second half. Alabama A&M cut the deficit down to five points as the second half was winding down, but were never able to overtake the Bobcats.

Ohio held down their home court with a 61-53 victory over Alabama A&M. Continue reading Ohio slips past Alabama A&M, 61-53

Career-high 26 points from Perkins leads Buffalo past Canisius, 80-75

CJ Massinburg (5) was limited to just eight points in Buffalo’s season opening victory over instate rival Canisius. (Source: Buffalo Athletics)

BUFFALO, NY — There’s nothing quite like a crosstown rivalry game to tip off the 2017-18 regular season.

Saturday afternoon, the Canisius Golden Griffins and Buffalo Bulls went head-to-head in a Big Four rivalry game. With both schools located in the city of Buffalo, bragging rights between the two student bodies were also on the line.

Heading into the season, Buffalo was projected by many to contend for a MAC title. The Bulls return an experienced roster, led by forward Nick Perkins and guard CJ Massinburg, and they added guard Jeremy Harris, who was the second-ranked JUCO player in the country a season ago.

Canisius, on the other hand, was considered to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the MAAC. They do, however, return arguably the best young back court in the MAAC, with sophomores Isaiah Reese, Malik Johnson, and Spencer Foley all ready to take starring roles with the team.

On Saturday, only one team could come away victorious. The game was knotted up at 73-all with 3:15 to play. The Bulls closed the game on a 7-2 run over the final three-plus minutes, notching their first win of the season with an 80-75 victory in the process. Continue reading Career-high 26 points from Perkins leads Buffalo past Canisius, 80-75