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.
It was a relatively quiet week in the Patriot League, but there was still a bit of movement across the board.
While the top three teams remained the same, we have a new top-ranked team in the conference power rankings. The top two teams are set to square off this coming Saturday, which will only lead to some more movement next week, and beyond.
The conference itself seems to be in for an exciting race come March, as anyone can turn it on at any given time and make a run up the standings. We saw that this past week, as one team jumped up four spots and into the top five of the power rankings.
The New Year is already over a week old, and conference play is in full swing all across the country. We’ve seen our fair share of great games so far in 2017, and the frequency will only increase as the season moves closer to the NCAA Tournament in mid-March.
One conference, in particular, that has provided some exciting basketball over the first two weeks of conference play is the Patriot League. On opening night, four of the five road teams scored victories to open things up, while plenty of the games have been single-digit margins of victory.
Team rosters are decorated with star players, and there’s a ton of talent on display each and every night. While the usual suspects are either at, or near, the top of the standings after four games, the conference seems as though it could go any which way. As of Sunday night, all ten teams in the conference have at least one win in Patriot League play.
Based on the fact that the conference race could go several different directions, we felt as though it was time to see how the teams stack up.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to action Wednesday night after a nine day Christmas break, taking down the Saint Peter’s Peacocks 63-55.
Notre Dame remained in the AP Top 25 in their first game back , checking in at #24.
The (5-7) Peacocks were coming off a win against the St Francis (BKN) Terriers after a three game losing streak that included a loss to the Maryland Terrapins by only 10 points.
Notre Dame was coming off a win as well, taking down the Colgate Raiders before a surprise visit from Matt Farrell’s brother Bo stole the spotlight, as the military solider surprised his younger brother heading into the holiday season.
While some time away from the program was needed as noted by head coach Mike Brey, the Irish squad could not afford to take the Peacocks lightly.
After two straight losses to top 15 opponents, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned home Monday night to take on the Colgate Raiders, beating them 77-62 and improving to 8-2 on the season.
Regardless of their close losses, the Irish managed to stay in the AP Top 25, checking in at #25 and looked to secure a win heading into Christmas.
Being as it is the holiday season, who doesn’t love opening gifts early? As kids, we could not help but open an early gift because the idea of waiting until Christmas morning was just too much for us to handle.
The Notre Dame squad all received their early gifts with their victory over the Raiders but for point guard Matt Farrell, one present wasn’t enough. The up and coming star received the best gift anyone could ask for heading into the holiday season.
In a rare Monday afternoon contest in December, the American Univ. Eagles welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to town in what was the last non-conference home game for the Eagles.
Both the Hawks and Eagles were looking to build some positive momentum as the end of December quickly approaches. American Univ. entered the game on the heels of a win over the Youngstown State Penguins. That ended the Eagles’ two game losing streak, and gave them their second win of the year.
As for the Hawks, they were in the midst of a six-game road swing. The road hasn’t been to kind to Eastern Shore this season, as they entered the game 0-9 away from Hytche Arena. They were looking to end their three-game losing skid, and get back on the right track.
After the Hawks took a 5-2 lead early on, the Eagles held down their home court and maintained their advantage for most of the game.
Down the stretch, the Hawks were able to fight back and take a lead of their own, thanks in part to a technical foul given to the Eagles’ bench. However, the Eagles would not be denied.