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Analyzing Kentucky’s 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

Tyler Ulis returns to lead the Kentucky Wildcats into the 2015-16 season, where the Wildcats won't have the hype of 2014-15, but will have talented pieces in place. (Source: Sporting News)
Tyler Ulis returns to lead the Kentucky Wildcats into the 2015-16 season, where the Wildcats won’t have the hype of 2014-15, but will have talented pieces in place. (Source: Sporting News)

Last season, the platoon offense that John Calipari ran at Kentucky made headlines throughout the year. The Wildcats ran to a 38 – 0 record, and advanced to the Final Four to meet the Wisconsin Badgers.

Despite their perfect record, the Wildcats couldn’t finish the year undefeated. They suffered a loss to Bo Ryan’s Badgers, ending their run at perfection.

As the off-season rolled along, the Wildcats remained firmly in the headlines. Their top 7 scorers from last season all declared for the NBA Draft, headlined by Willie Cauley-Stein, the Harrison twins, and talented freshmen Devin Booker and Trey Lyles.

John Calipari then stated that he would no longer run the platoon offense, stating that’s not how he likes to coach.

In 2015-16, the Wildcats don’t have the loaded roster that they had last season. However, they do have talented pieces back in place. Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee, and Alex Poythress are all back to provide some veteran leadership for the Wildcats. Add in freshmen Skal Labissiere,  Isaiah Briscoe and Charles Matthews, and the Wildcats are once again among the elite in the country.

Their non-conference schedule was recently released, and we decided to take a deeper look at what the early part of the 2015-16 has in store for this edition of the Kentucky Wildcats. Continue reading Analyzing Kentucky’s 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

Northern Kentucky Makes the Move to the Horizon League

The Bank of Kentucky Center will have a new logo on it for next season, as the Norse make the move to the Horizon League.
The Bank of Kentucky Center will have a new logo on it for next season, as the Northern Kentucky Norse make the move to the Horizon League.

When the Northern Kentucky Norse made the move to Division I athletics, they put up shop in the Atlantic Sun Conference. While the Norse made their transition to the top-tier of the NCAA, the Atlantic Sun would be their home.

As they continued to make the change into Division I, it was rumoured that the Norse would switch conferences as they completed their transition. On Monday, that change happened.

The Northern Kentucky Norse took up membership in the Horizon League Conference, where they will begin competition starting in the 2015-16 calendar year. Continue reading Northern Kentucky Makes the Move to the Horizon League

What Purdue’s Lineup Could Look Like in 2015-16

With big man A.J. Hammons back for a senior season, the Purdue Boilermakers are shaping up to be a viable threat in the Big Ten in 2015-16. (Source: IndyStar.com)
With big man A.J. Hammons back for a senior season, the Purdue Boilermakers are shaping up to be a viable threat in the Big Ten in 2015-16. (Source: IndyStar.com)

The last week or so has been great for fans of the Purdue Boilermakers’ men’s basketball team.

First, the team found themselves back in contention in terms of landing five-star recruit Caleb Swanigan after he de-committed from Michigan State. Next, they received a commitment from former UT-Arlington guard Johnny Hill, a move that will certainly bolster their back court for the 2015-16 season.

As the off-season continues to move along, Purdue will likely be in the news again as they are in the hunt for more talented recruits and potential transfer targets as they aim to contend in the Big Ten conference next season.

With all of the recent changes, it got us thinking about what their starting five could look like next season. Below, you can find what we think the starting five will look like for next season, plus a brief discussion on their depth chart and bench players for the 2015-16 season.  Continue reading What Purdue’s Lineup Could Look Like in 2015-16

UAB Basketball Gives Birmingham a Reason to Smile

Amidst the pain of losing the football program, the UAB Blazers' men's basketball program has given the people of Birmingham, AL, and the students and faculty of UAB a reason to smile. (Source: Matt Almond - AL.com)
Amidst the pain of losing the football program, the UAB Blazers’ men’s basketball program has given the people of Birmingham, AL, and the students and faculty of UAB a reason to smile. (Source: Matt Almond – AL.com)

Just a few short months ago, the University of Alabama – Birmingham was covered with a large, dark cloud that looked to remain for a while. With so much controversy surrounding the elimination of the school’s football program, the Blazers weren’t in a good situation in the eye of the public, especially in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. The dismissal of the football program left a sour taste in the mouths of many, and gave the school a black-eye across the NCAA. It was questioned as to whether or not the school would remain a part of the Conference USA, as they didn’t meet the requirements for the conference due to the number of teams.

Little did we know, there was a light at the end of the tunnel that would surely ease the pain.

Enter the men’s basketball program, who would assume the role of hero. The men’s basketball team assumed the role of Robin Hood, as they would go on a run to steal an NCAA Tournament berth from the “rich” programs in the conference, and give it to the “poor” fans of the Blazers who were simply looking for a reason to fall in love with the hometown UAB Blazers once again. Continue reading UAB Basketball Gives Birmingham a Reason to Smile