FORT WAYNE, In. — We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. College basketball is a 40-minute game.
Often in college basketball, games are a tale of two halves, One team holds a sizable lead after the opening half, only to see their lead disappear in the second frame. While one can’t help but feel for the team who sees their lead evaporate, it does provide exciting basketball.
On Wednesday night up in Fort Wayne, that’s exactly what happened.
When the Ball State Cardinals took on the Fort Wayne Mastodons in the opening round of the CIT, which was also the inaugural Lou Henson Classic, it was a tale of two halves for both teams.
After the first 20 minutes, the visiting Cardinals held a seven-point lead over the Mastodons, at 41-34. In the second frame, the balanced offensive attack of Fort Wayne took over, and the home side stormed back to continue their winning ways at home.
Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.
Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.
Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.
That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.
CALGARY, Alb. — Last season, the Buffalo Bulls turned some heads with their run through the MAC Tournament and into the field of 68 in the NCAA Tournament.
While it’s a new season, the Bulls are turning heads once again as March is fast approaching.
Coming into the year, it looked as though the Ohio Bobcats were the clear favourite in the MAC. When forward Antonio Campbell went down with a season-ending injury last month, the conference race became wide open.
The Akron Zips had emerged as a top contender for the title, and despite their first conference loss this past week, the Zips are three games ahead of anyone else in the MAC.
Several teams are on the rise ,and one of those teams is Buffalo. The Bulls lost to the Zips by a single point last week, but they came back in a big way this past week.
The play of senior Blake Hamilton was a big factor in the Bulls’ two victories. Hamilton put the team on his back and put together back-to-back 20+ point performances to help get Buffalo back to .500 in conference play.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Year one of the Johnny Dawkins’ era has had its highs and lows for the UCF Knights.
Entering Sunday, the team was stuck in a deep valley that included a home loss to Penn and a road defeat at George Washington. During the losing streak, UCF averaged just 54 points per game, 17.5 less than their mark during the first eight contests.
Today, the Knights marched out of the precipice.
Led by a career-high 31 points from sophomore Tacko Fall, UCF fended off pesky Miami (OH), 80-73, in overtime.
Over the first month of the season, there have been plenty of stellar individual performances. From 40-point performances to triple-double games, players have put together some remarkable games in 2016-17.
However, nobody has been as consistent on the offensive end of the floor as junior guard Marcus Keene has been for the Central Michigan Chippewas.
In his first season with the Chippewas after transferring from the Youngstown State Penguins, the native of San Antonio, TX has been filling up the box score since his first game in a Central Michigan uniform.
Keene wasted little time making an impact with his new team, recording a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds in the Chippewas’ season opening win over IU-Kokomo,
As the season has moved along, he has showed no signs of slowing down.
Over the past seven days, the Chippewas went 1-1 in their two games, and pushed their record to 8-3 overall. Keene played 77 of a possible 80 minutes over the two games, and put up his first 40-point game of the season.