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Three Can’t Miss Games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2016-17

With a new-look squad in 2016-17, Head Coach Mike Brey will look to lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on another run come NCAA Tournament time. Before that, he has to weather a storm of tough games, both in non-conference and ACC play. (Source: Jason Getz - USA Today Sports)
With a new-look squad in 2016-17, Head Coach Mike Brey will look to lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on another run come NCAA Tournament time. Before that, he has to weather a storm of tough games, both in non-conference and ACC play. (Source: Jason Getz – USA Today Sports)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming off a strong season that included another trip to the Elite 8, where they eventually fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 88-74.

Despite the preseason praise for the program, 2015-16 season started off slow, with early losses to both the Monmouth Hawks and Alabama Crimson Tide. But, the Fighting Irish built momentum after a win against the Duke Blue Devils inside Cameron Indoor Arena, and three straight victories that included the Tar Heels, the Clemson Tigers, and the Louisville Cardinals.

This year, the Irish are without 2nd Team All-ACC guard Demetrius Jackson, now with the Boston Celtics, and big man Zach Auguste, who signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.

With that said, the ‘Golden Domers’ return an experienced roster with a variety of players who received valuable minutes last season.

The backcourt will be lead by senior captains Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem, as well as junior Matt Ferrell who will assume the point guard role now with Jackson gone. Ferrell appeared in 28 games last season, with four starts in the NCAA tournament.

Look for sophomore guard Rex Pflueger to aid the Irish in perimeter shooting.

The front court will be lead by 6-5 forward Bonzie Colson, who has great quickness and toughness that more than make up for being an undersized forward.

With Auguste gone, the Irish will look for junior Martinas Geben to step up and take over the big man role. Geben has appeared in 38 games in his two years at Notre Dame. Another option at the forward position is sophomore forward Matt Ryan, who has the size to be a force inside while also possessing the ability to shoot the lights out. 

The Irish bring in a promising recruiting class in Temple Gibbs, Jack Mooney, and Canadian native Nikola Diogo, who was a teammate of Thon Maker. Look for Gibbs to see court time right away this year at the point guard position. Continue reading Three Can’t Miss Games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2016-17

North Dakota Fighting Hawks Release Full 2016-17 Schedule

Three teams who made the 2016 NCAA Tournament, and three straight home games to kick off the year highlight North Dakota's 2016-17 non-conference schedule. (Source: UND Sports)
Three teams who made the 2016 NCAA Tournament, and three straight home games to kick off the year highlight North Dakota’s 2016-17 non-conference schedule. (Source: UND Sports)

The newly-appointed North Dakota Fighting Hawks are coming off a season where they made their fifth appearance in the CIT in the last six seasons. An opening round loss to the UC Irvine Anteaters brought an end to their 2015-16 campaign.

With several star players returning in 2016-17, including senior guard Quinton Hooker, who is the reigning CCR Player of the Year, there is a heightened level of optimism around the program. The team has their sights set on the NCAA Tournament, and they have the talent and personnel to achieve their goals.

On Wednesday, the Fighting Hawks released their full schedule for the 2016-17 season. Head coach Brian Jones assembled a tough non-conference slate that should have the team more than ready for the grind of Big Sky play come late-December.

Teams who appeared in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, as well as three straight home games inside ‘The Betty’ to kick off the year, highlight the non-conference slate. Continue reading North Dakota Fighting Hawks Release Full 2016-17 Schedule

2016-17 Schedules: Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks

Head Coach Bobby Collins will be without his two senior leaders from a season ago, but will have a core group of returnees capable of leading the Hawks back into contention in the MEAC after a down 2015-16 season. (Source: Delmarva Now) (Header: UMES Athletics)
Head Coach Bobby Collins will be without his two senior leaders from a season ago, but will have a core group of returnees capable of leading the Hawks back into contention in the MEAC after a down 2015-16 season. (Source: Delmarva Now) (Header: UMES Athletics)

Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks

2015-16 Record: 10-22 (7-9 in MEAC; Tied-6th)
Key Returnees: Bakari Copeland, Ryan Andino, Dontae Caldwell
Key Departures: Devin Martin, Dominique Elliott

2016-17 Schedule
(** Denotes Conference Play)

11/11/2016: @ George Washington Colonials
*Washington, DC

11/13/2016: v. UMBC Retrievers
*Princess Anne, MD

11/15/2016: @ Boston College Eagles
*Chestnut Hill, MA

11/20/2016: @ Wichita State Shockers
*Wichita, KS

11/23/2016: @ Colorado State Rams
*Fort Collins, CO

11/27/2016: @ Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
*Ruston, LA

11/30/2016: @ Southeastern Louisiana Golden Lions
*Hammond, LA

12/5/2016: v. Central Penn
*Princess Anne, MD

12/7/2016: @ Virginia Tech Hokies
*Blacksburg, VA

12/10/2016: @ Central Florida Knights
*Orlando, FL

12/17/2016: @ Michigan Wolverines
*Ann Arbor, MI

12/19/2016: @ American Univ. Eagles
*Washington, DC

12/21/2016: @ UTEP Miners (Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational)
*El Paso, TX

12/22/2016: TBD (Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational)
*El Paso, TX

1/2/2017: v. Valley Forge
*Princess Anne, MD

1/7/2017: @ North Carolina Central Eagles **
*Durham, NC

1/9/2017: @ North Carolina A&T Aggies **
*Greensboro, NC

1/14/2017: v. Howard Bison **
*Princess Anne, MD

1/21/2017: @ Bethune-Cookman Wildcats **
*Daytona Beach, FL

1/23/2017: @ Florida A&M Rattlers **
*Tallahassee, FL

1/28/2017: v. South Carolina State Bulldogs **
*Princess Anne, MD

1/30/2017: v. Savannah State Tigers **
*Princess Anne, MD

2/1/2017: @ Hampton Pirates **
*Hampton, VA

2/4/2017: v. Coppin State Eagles **
*Princess Anne, MD

2/11/2017: @ Norfolk State Spartans **
*Norfolk, VA

2/13/2017: v. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats **
*Princess Anne, MD

2/18/2017: v. North Carolina Central Eagles **
*Princess Anne, MD

2/20/2017: v. North Carolina A&T Aggies **
*Princess Anne, MD

2/25/2017: @ Delaware State Hornets **
*Dover, DE

2/27/2017: @ Howard Bison **
*Washington, DC

3/2/2017: v. Morgan State Bears **
*Princess Anne, MD

2016-17 Schedules: Alcorn State Braves

Despite the Alcorn State Braves being ineligible for post-season again in 2016-17 due to low APR scores, the effect that Head Coach Montez Robinson is having on the program has been strong from the outset of his tenure.
Despite the Alcorn State Braves being ineligible for post-season again in 2016-17 due to low APR scores, the effect that Head Coach Montez Robinson is having on the program has been strong from the outset of his tenure.

Alcorn State Braves

2015-16 Record: 15-15 (13-5 in SWAC; 2nd)
Key Returnees: Marquis Vance, Reginal Johnson
Key Departures: Tamarico Wilson, Malachy Onwudiegwu, Trey Brown, Patrick Onwenu
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2016-17 Schedules: North Texas Mean Green

In 2016-17, the North Texas Mean Green return 90% of their offensive production from a season ago, a group that Deckie Johnson, and the team's top three scorers overall.
In 2016-17, the North Texas Mean Green return 90% of their offensive production from a season ago, a group that includes senior Deckie Johnson, and the team’s top three scorers overall.

North Texas Mean Green

2015-16 Record: 12-20 (7-11 in Conference USA; Tied-9th)
Key Returnees: Jeremy Combs, J-Mychal Reese, Deckie Johnson, Ja’Michael Brown
Key Departures: Eric Katenda
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2016-17 Schedules: Loyola Marymount Lions

The Loyola Marymount Lions return two of their top three scorers in 2016-17, including Brandon Brown (10), which should help the team improve on their 7th-place finish in the WCC from a year ago. (Source: AP)
The Loyola Marymount Lions return two of their top three scorers in 2016-17, including Brandon Brown (10), which should help the team improve on their 7th-place finish in the WCC from a year ago. (Source: AP)

Loyola Marymount Lions

2015-16 Record: 14-17 (6-12 in WCC; Tied-7th)
Key Returnees: Steven Haney, Brandon Brown, Shamar Johnson, Munis Tutu
Key Departures: Adom Jacko, Marin Mornar, David Humphries
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