Category Archives: Patriot League

Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

Miller-Stewart, Tory
Former Colorado big man Tory Miller-Stewart played just six games in 2017-18 before sustaining a season-ending injury. (Source: The Ralphie Report) (Header: The Advocate)

SARNIA, Ont. — Experience goes a long way in today’s college basketball.

A team can have all the talent in the world, but if they don’t have those veteran players that the younger ones can lean on during tough times, that could lead to an early exit from the NCAA Tournament or a rough stretch during the regular season. It could mean the difference between making the field of 68 or missing out on the Big Dance altogether.

As the off-season continues to move along, players on the transfer market are committing to their new programs for next season and beyond. With each passing day, it seems as though names are being added to the transfer list, while others are taking their names off the list with their school announcements.

With the high turnover, it’s become somewhat confusing to keep track of who is still on the market and who has committed. There are still a ton of talented players on the market, taking visits and determining the best course of action for the next chapter of their basketball careers.

In terms of the seniors who transferred following the 2017-18 season, the big names like Ehab Amin, Tre Campbell, Christen Cunningman, Ar’Mond Davis, and Zaynah Robinson are all of the market. However, there are still some intriguing options left that could be key role players for several teams across the country.

Here are the top 10 remaining senior transfers for the 2018-19, all of whom are immediately eligible for the upcoming season. Continue reading Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

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Miles Bridges was a star on Friday night for the Spartans, posting a game-high 29 points in Michigan State’s 82-78 win over Bucknell in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. (Source: WXYZ.com) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

DETROIT, Mich. — The game may have been played in Detroit on a neutral floor, but the atmosphere inside Little Caesars Arena was anything but neutral on Friday night.

Fans of the Michigan State Spartans came out in full force to support their beloved Green and White in their First Round game against the Bucknell Bison. Cheers of “Go Green…Go White” echoed throughout the arena all game long, and it gave the Spartans that extra boost of motivation they needed, especially in the second frame.

Coming into the contest, the Spartans stressed the importance of not overlooking an opponent in the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, they were eliminated in the First Round by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who were a 15-seed.

Michigan State wanted to avoid another early exit from the NCAA Tournament, and while they had to sweat things down the stretch, they made sure to avoid a repeat from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Bucknell made things interesting in the closing seconds with some key shots from long range, but Michigan State sealed the deal on an 82-78 win over the Bison thanks in large part to free throws. Continue reading Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

Believe in Yourself: How Andre Wolford Went From Zero Division I Offers to One of The Nation’s Top Shooters at Saint Francis

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Andre Wolford didn’t receive a single scholarship offer from a Division I program out of high school, and is now one of the top three point shooters in the country. (Source: Saint Francis Athletics) (Header: Saint Francis Athletics)

LORETTO, Pa. — Zero.

That’s the number of Division I offers that guard Andre Wolford had out of high school.

One.

That’s how many people truly believed in Wolford’s abilities on the hardwood and knew he was wood enough to play at the top level in college.

That person was Andre himself.

“I want people to hear my story not for my own benefit, but to be a ray of hope in their careers,” said Wolford. “I want players to learn from my story to have faith in themselves, because there is always going to be people rooting against them.”

“But if you work hard and make sure you get better everyday, something good will come for it.” Continue reading Believe in Yourself: How Andre Wolford Went From Zero Division I Offers to One of The Nation’s Top Shooters at Saint Francis

Navy Leads Wire-to-Wire in Rivalry Win Over Army West Point, 68-59

Navy Alumni Trophy
With Navy’s 68-59 win over Army West Point on Saturday, the Alumni Trophy will return to Annapolis, MD with the Midshipmen. (Source: Navy Athletics) (Header: The Athletic)

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Saturday afternoon brought one of college basketball’s top rivalries to the spotlight before a full day of action.

The Navy Midshipmen were in West Point, NY to take on the Army West Point Black Knights in the second meeting of the season between the two programs. Back on January 14th, 2018, the Black Knights picked up a 64-62 win in Annapolis, MD.

On Saturday, the Midshipmen were looking for a little redemption inside Christl Arena in front of a sold-out crowd.

Having won three of their last four outings, Navy was looking to keep their positive momentum rolling as they continue their climb in the Patriot League standings. With the exception of an early 2-2 tie against Army West Point in the opening minutes of Saturday’s tilt, the Midshipmen were in control of the contest from start to finish.

The Midshipmen never trailed on the road on Saturday, and picked up their fourth win in five outings with a 68-59 victory over the Black Knights.

With the win, the Navy Midshipmen won the Alumni Trophy in the rivalry series. Continue reading Navy Leads Wire-to-Wire in Rivalry Win Over Army West Point, 68-59

January 8th Game of the Day: Navy Midshipmen at Colgate Raiders

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Senior guard Bryce Dulin is averaging a career-high 12.0 points per game in 2017-18, and will look to help Navy pick up its third straight win on Monday against the Colgate Raiders. (Source: Navy Athletics)

HAMILTON, NY — Monday nights are usually quiet across the college basketball landscape, with teams from the MEAC and SWAC usually occupying the bulk of the game slots.

January 8th features both those conferences, as well as the Patriot League. On the same night as the College Football National Championship, there aren’t any top 25 match-ups or power conference teams in action, and the attention of most fans will be on the gridiron as opposed to the hardwood.

With that said, there are still some intriguing match-ups across the college basketball world. One of those games comes from the aforementioned Patriot League, where the Navy Midshipmen will visit the Colgate Raiders in the fourth game of conference play for both teams.

The Midshipmen and Raiders are a part of a seven-way tie for first place in the conference standings, sitting at 2-1 through three games. The race for the Patriot League crown is shaping up to be an exciting one, and a win for either Navy or Colgate could go a long way when all is said and done.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s tilt between the Raiders and Midshipmen. Continue reading January 8th Game of the Day: Navy Midshipmen at Colgate Raiders

Maryland Eastern Shore Uses Second Half Comeback for 74-70 Win Over American

Tyler Jones recorded a team-high 18 points to help lead Maryland Eastern Shore past American, 74-70, on Saturday afternoon. (Photos: Brad Mills – USA Today Sports)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — For the first time since the 2017-18 season opener, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks were back inside the Hytche Center.

The Hawks went 1-5 on their six game road trip, with all five losses coming by at least 26 points. Their lone win came against the Jackson State Tigers in the Emerald Coast Classic, 66-63.

On Saturday, the Hawks took on the American University Eagles for the third season in a row. It’s the first meeting on the Hawks’ home floor. Eastern Shore won the first meeting back in the 2015-16 season, 79-64, with the Eagles picking up a 61-58 win last year.

Both teams came into Saturday with two wins on the year, and were looking to inch closer to the .500 mark as they opened the month of December. While the Eagles held the lead for most of the afternoon, they were unable to hold off the Hawks down the stretch.

Timely free throw shooting from Ahmad Frost and Miryne Thomas in the closing minutes sealed the deal for Eastern Shore, who came away with the 74-70 win over the Eagles. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore Uses Second Half Comeback for 74-70 Win Over American