Category Archives: Team Features

Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Brandon Goodwin and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be flying high once again in 2017-18. Can they recreate the magic from their Sweet 16 run from back in the 2013 NCAA Tournament? (Source: Naples Herald)

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.

Every year, fans get on the bandwagon of certain teams, with the hope that they make a deep run in March. It’s never too early to pick a Cinderella team, and we’ve got four of our own teams who will put a serious scare into power conference teams over the course of the upcoming 2017-18 season. Continue reading Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Three burning questions that Notre Dame must answer heading into the 2017-18 season

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Bonzie Colson should be on the short list for National Player of the Year candidates heading into the 2017-18 season.

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.

Throughout the off-season, the Irish have a lot of work to do and have questions that must be answered either before the season opener or early on in the season if they want to reach the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Three burning questions that Notre Dame must answer heading into the 2017-18 season

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.
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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.

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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

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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