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UNC Greensboro Tops Liberty in Triple Overtime Thriller, 76-75

Francis Alonso scored a career-high 36 points on Saturday, and he hit the game-winning three pointer in triple overtime to give UNC Greensboro the 76-75 win over Liberty.

LYNCHBURG, VA. — Big time players hit big time shots.

Junior guard Francis Alonso is a big time player. On Saturday afternoon, Alonso hit big shot after big shot for the UNC Greensboro Spartans, who were in a dog fight on the road against the Liberty Flames.

Liberty held an 11-point lead with under five minutes to play, but the Spartans launched a comeback, one that saw Alonso hit a clutch shot in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime. They needed three overtime periods, but Alonso made sure that UNCG was the team that came out on top when all was said and done.

Alonso recorded a career-high 36 points, but none were bigger than his game-winning three pointer in the third overtime with 2.4 seconds left on the clock. The Spartans clawed back in regulation to force extra time, and came away with the hard-fought 76-75 win over Liberty on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading UNC Greensboro Tops Liberty in Triple Overtime Thriller, 76-75

Duke Wins Fifth Straight Game With Victory Over Furman

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Marvin Bagley III continues his hot start in his freshman campaign with a 24 points performance versus the Furman Paladins. (Source: Duke Athletics)

DURHAM, NC. – The Duke Blue Devils are now 5-0 in 2017-18, after their latest win over the Furman Paladins on Monday night, 92-63.

Duke has suffered from back-to-back slow starts. In their prior game against the Southern University Jaguars, it was caused by the number of turnovers they committed. Last night, the Paladins were making seemingly every shot attempt they had early.

The Paladins started the game shooting 5-for-6 from the field, and they took an early 16-15 lead over the Blue Devils just eight minutes into the game. Continue reading Duke Wins Fifth Straight Game With Victory Over Furman

Holland, Strawberry lead Mercer past Liberty at the Paradise Jam, 63-48

Jordan Strawberry flirted with a triple-double on Friday, posting nine points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists in Mercers 63-48 win over Liberty at the 2017 Paradise Jam. (Source: Macon.com) (Header: Mercer Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — It’s hard to believe that the 2017-18 season tipped off a week ago already.

A lot has happened over the course of the week. From a few upsets, to an exciting Champions Classic, fans have been treated to some exciting basketball over the first seven days of the season.

On Friday, the 2017 Paradise Jam tipped off in Lynchburg, VA, and the host Liberty Flames took on the Mercer Bears to kick off the event. The contest featured two teams who many expect to contend in their respective conferences this season, and it’s one of the top match-ups that the event could produce.

Mercer came out of the gate strong, scoring eight of the first 11 points, holding Liberty to three points over the first five-plus minutes in the process. After the Flames took a brief two-point lead before the midway point of the frame, the Bears retook the lead and never looked back.

Jordan Strawberry scored the final six points of the game over the final 3:04, and Mercer pulled away for the 63-48 victory over the host Flames to kick off the 2017 Paradise Jam. Continue reading Holland, Strawberry lead Mercer past Liberty at the Paradise Jam, 63-48

Liberty Flames open the 2017 Paradise Jam Against Mercer

Ryan Kemrite comes into the 2017 Paradise Jam just 125 points shy of the 1,000-point mark for his career. While it’s unlikely he’ll pass the mark during the three-day event, he will make strides to get closer to the career milestone over the weekend. (Photo by Joel Coleman)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Due to severe damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of the multiple hurricanes and natural disasters over the summer months, the 2017 Paradise Jam was relocated to Lynchburg, VA, home of the Liberty Flames.

On Friday, the three-day event tips off with the home team taking part in the first contest. Twelve games will be played over the weekend, with some potential marquee match-ups on the horizon.

However, one of the top match-ups that the event could produce happens to be the one that kicks everything off. The host Flames take on the senior-laden Mercer Bears to open the event.

With both teams expected to contend in their respective conferences in 2017-18, the opener of the 2017 Paradise Jam won’t disappoint. Continue reading Liberty Flames open the 2017 Paradise Jam Against Mercer

Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to junior forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Three

Josh Sharkey and the Samford Bulldogs are expected to be a top contender in the Southern Conference in 2017-18.

CANMORE, Alta. — With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to sophomore guards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

Each will have 10 sophomore guards who will become household names in 2017-18, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here.
Check out Part Two here.

Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Three