CALGARY, Alta. — As soon as the 2016-17 season came to an end, the 2017-18 season became the focal point for fans all across the country.
Everyone has made some sort of snap judgment about how things will play out next season, with the major books verified by analysts at Sports Betting Dime focused on odds for the major contenders, or pretenders, of the power conferences.
But, what about the teams that fill the role of ‘Cinderella’ each and every season? These are the teams that captivate a nation as they make their incredible runs through the NCAA Tournament, knocking off power conference foes with each passing game as the field dwindles down.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball team is back on campus for summer school, and the 2017-18 season is slowly approaching.
On July 6th, the team held an open practice, giving everyone a first look at the 2017-2018 Irish. The media got a look at players like T.J. Gibbs, who is looking lean and fast, Canadian Nikola Djogo who showed great skill but lacked confidence, and Notre Dame’s new guys on campus who looked good in their own right.
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.
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.