Category Archives: Team Features

Trifecta: Three teams who could steal an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament

Bryce Dulin has emerged as a star for Navy, and his play has the Midshipmen in line to contend for the Patriot League's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. (Source: Navy Athletics)
Bryce Dulin has emerged as a star for Navy, and his play has the Midshipmen in line to contend for the Patriot League’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. (Source: Navy Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — Conference tournaments officially get underway on Monday, which means the 2017 NCAA Tournament is just around the corner.

Selection Sunday is less than two weeks away, which means it’s also time to get looking at some teams who could be surprise entrants into the field of 68 as conference champions.

Every year, teams get hot down the stretch and ride the positive momentum into the NCAA Tournament, and that will be the case again this season. It’s inevitable.

Cinderellas make their first appearance in the two weeks prior to the Big Dance, rolling to unexpected conference tournament titles as lower seeds and ‘stealing’ a bid from the top teams in their respective conferences. As college basketball fanatics, we love the drama that comes with March.

Some prefer to see the best teams from each conference go to battle in March. But, if teams earn the right to be in the field, we’d much rather see that. Plus, who doesn’t love the underdogs?

This is the first edition of the ‘Trifecta’, where we will focus on groups of three players, teams, or events that will affect March Madness.

Below are three teams who could very well knock off the top teams in their respective conferences, thus earning themselves a coveted spot in the field of 68 that otherwise wouldn’t come their way.
Continue reading Trifecta: Three teams who could steal an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament

Something Special is on the Horizon Down in Lake Worth

The Palm Beach State roster is full of talent, depth, and balance, and the Panthers sit at a dazzling 13-1 after the first half of the season. (Source: Palm Beach State Hoops)
The Palm Beach State roster is full of talent, depth, and balance, and the Panthers sit at a dazzling 13-1 after the first half of the season. (Source: Palm Beach State Hoops)

With the first semester now firmly in the rearview mirror, one thing is for certain.

Something special is happening down in Lake Worth, FL.

The Palm Beach State Panthers closed out the first half of their season with a sparkling 13-1 record, and are currently the 17th-ranked team in the NJCAA Rankings. They have been on quite the roll since the 2016-17 season began, and show no signs of slowing down.

Palm Beach State won both games in the Battle by the Beach Classic to open the season, and followed that up with a pair of wins at the IRSC Classic a couple of weeks later. Their lone loss came at the hands of the Tallahassee Eagles as a part of the Florida JUCO Shootout, 84-69.

So, after a year in which the Panthers went a combined 24-8, and were ranked #3 in the country, how has Palm Beach State been able to continue the momentum generated last season?

Balance, depth, and a whole lot of talent.

With a roster that is decorated with talented players from across the country, and one from north of the border, the Panthers have several players who can step up on any given night and lead the team to a victory.

Continue reading Something Special is on the Horizon Down in Lake Worth

Cornell Showing Mixed Results in 2016-17, But Still Reason for Optimism

Matt Morgan (10) scored 34 points in Cornell's first win of the season, an 82-75 decision over Lafayette.
Matt Morgan (10) scored 34 points in Cornell’s second win of the season, an 80-77 decision over Northeastern.

In this year of transition for the Cornell Big Red, the young team has produced mixed results thus far.

With the semester’s finals week upon them, the players have reached the quarter point of their season. Inconsistent play has been the team’s Achilles heel and has limited them to a 2-5 start. Continue reading Cornell Showing Mixed Results in 2016-17, But Still Reason for Optimism

Fighting Irish Ink DeMatha Small Forward DJ Harvey as Lone Signee

dj-harvey-photo-2

The early period National Signing Day has come and gone and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish came away with inking only one recruit in small forward DJ Harvey.

So far, this is Notre Dame’s smallest recruiting class since 2011, when they only signed Pat Connaughton and Eric Katenda.

Since 2011, Notre Dame has signed at least three players each year. The only exception being the class of 2013, which included Boston Celtics’ guard Demetrius Jackson, current senior captains VJ Beachem and Steve Vasturia, and senior forward Austin Torres Continue reading Fighting Irish Ink DeMatha Small Forward DJ Harvey as Lone Signee

New Season, New Identity for the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks

During the off-season, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks moved away from the UMES acronym, releasing a new brand. Sophomore forward Isaac Taylor models the new jerseys for the Hawks in 2016-17. Source: UniWatch on Twitter)
During the off-season, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks moved away from the UMES acronym, releasing a new brand. Sophomore forward Isaac Taylor models the new jerseys for the Hawks in 2016-17. (Source: UniWatch on Twitter)

With the 2016-17 season set to kick off on Remembrance Day / Veteran’s Day, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks will have a new identity, both in terms of their brand and on-court personnel.

During the off-season following the 2015-16 campaign, the Hawks underwent several changes. For starters, they switched from Russell to Nike for their athletic apparel.

Then, they went through a re-brand for the entire athletics department. According to Shawn Yonker, the Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing and Media Relations, the department wanted to move away from the ‘UMES’ acronym for various reasons.

With that, the new-look Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks were born. On their basketball jerseys, ‘Eastern Shore’ is featured prominently across the chest, with ‘Hawks’ down both sides of the shorts.

However, the brand isn’t the only thing that’s new for the men’s basketball team in 2016-17. The roster itself will look vastly different than it did a year ago, as the team’s biggest stars from last season have graduated, leaving two big holes to fill. Continue reading New Season, New Identity for the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks

Pre-Season Ivy League Expectations: Clear a Spot on the Fridge

Sophomore guard Matt Morgan will look to lead the Cornell Big Red to a playoff spot in the Ivy League in 2016-17. (Source: American Sportsnet) (Header Photo Source: Princeton Athletics)
Sophomore guard Matt Morgan will look to lead the Cornell Big Red to a playoff spot in the Ivy League in 2016-17. (Source: American Sportsnet)
(Header Photo Source: Princeton Athletics)

Are you shaking with excitement like we are? Everyone should be excited for the season that is finally upon us.

The Ivy League has proved its significance in the college basketball landscape and is considered one of the better mid-major leagues. With the new development of the 4-team play-off, the League’s crown is up for grabs.

Here is a concise look at our predicted Ivy League rankings by season-end. Continue reading Pre-Season Ivy League Expectations: Clear a Spot on the Fridge