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Eleven Under-the-Radar Freshmen That Every Fan Should Know About

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The play of freshman Terry Taylor is a big reason for the 5-3 start in conference play for Austin Peay. (Source: Austin Peay Athletics) (Header: HBCU Gameday)

LONDON, Ont. — To say the least, the 2017-18 college basketball season has been an exciting one, and we still have over two months of action left before another dreaded off-season.

Conference play is in full swing for every league across the NCAA, and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. There have been several surprise teams, both for the better and for the worse, that have caused some shakeups in leagues that many thought were locks for particular teams this season.

With the excitement comes the plethora of emerging young talents from coast to coast. Freshmen from all across the country have emerged as potential stars with their respective programs, and have taken on starring roles in their first seasons in the NCAA.

For whatever reason, the majority of freshmen outside of the Big Seven conferences (B1G, B12, Pac-12, ACC, SEC, AAC, BEast) don’t get their fair share of attention on a national scale. Most media outlets will only focus on the biggest names and the top programs, all while turning a blind eye to players who are just as deserving. One player, in particular, ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, yet many fans don’t know his name.

That needs to change, and in a hurry.

Here are 11 freshmen that fans from coast to coast need to become familiar with, as they are poised  for big things over their collegiate careers, including one of the nation’s elite scorers who just so happens to play in the nation’s capital.
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Ball State Knocks Off Eastern Michigan Behind Big Second Half, 72-62

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Center Trey Moses (24) recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double over his last four games, and Ball State used a 41-point second half to knock off Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night, 72-62. (Source: Boston Herald) (Header: Ball State Athletics)

MUNICE, In. — The race in the Mid-American Conference promises to be an exciting one yet again in 2017-18, and every team entered the 2018 calendar year with a record of 6-7 or better..

On Tuesday, the conference play portion of the schedule opened up for all 12 teams across the league, and there was a marquee match-up between a pair of West Division teams in Munice. The Ball State Cardinals put their eight game winning streak on the line against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Ball State came into the day having won the last four meetings between the two programs, but the Eagles came to play on Tuesday night. The visitors led by as many as nine points in the first half, and took a 36-31 lead into the break.

But, it was all for not, as the Cardinals outscored the Eagles in the second half by 15 points. Ball State held down their home court, and extended their winning streak to nine games with a 72-62 win over Eastern Michigan to open up MAC play. Continue reading Ball State Knocks Off Eastern Michigan Behind Big Second Half, 72-62

January 2nd Game of the Day: Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ball State Cardinals

Paul Jackson is one of three players for the Eagles that average more than 30 minutes and 16 points per game this season. (Source: (Header: Ball State Daily)

MUNICE, In. — Year after year, the race in the Mid-Atlantic Conference is one of the more exciting races to watch, and it promises to be one of the top races yet again during the 2017-18 season.

This year, 11 of the 12 teams in the MAC entered the 2018 calendar year with a winning record in conference play. All six teams from the East Division were at least 7-6, while five teams from the West Division had a record of 7-6 or better. The only team to enter the New Year below .500 were the Kent State Golden Flashes, who sit at 6-7 on the year.

On Tuesday, the Game of the Day for January 2nd features two top contenders from the West Division, as the Eastern Michigan Eagles visit the Ball State Cardinals to open up MAC play for both teams. The Eagles ended a two-game skid with a win in their last outing, while the Cardinals are one of the hottest teams in the country, having won eight straight games.

Eastern Michigan will look to exact some revenge on the Cardinals, as the Eagles lost both meetings against Ball State in 2016-17. It won’t be an easy feat, as the Cardinals are a perfect 7-0 on the year inside Worthen Arena.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Tuesday night’s showdown between the Eagles and Cardinals.
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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: (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