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Career Night from Matt McQuaid Propels Michigan State Past DePaul at the PK80 Invitational

Freshman Jaren Jackson, Jr. recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds against DePaul on Thursday night. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: Sporting News)

PORTLAND, OR. — It’s not how you start a game, but how you end it.

On Thursday night, in their opener at the PK80 Invitational Tournament, the Michigan State Spartans looked like a different team in the second half when compared to the first half. The Spartans took on the DePaul Blue Demons without the services of sophomore Miles Bridges, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle sustained in their last outing.

Michigan State led 10-2 early on, but allowed the Blue Demons to stay within striking distance. The teams went into the break tied at 31-all, and the Spartans were struggling on both ends of the floor.

In the second half, Matt McQuaid put the team on his back and help the Spartans put separation between themselves and the Blue Demons.

McQuaid finished the night with a career-high 20 points, on 6-of-8 shooting from three point range, and the Spartans pulled away in the second half for the 73-51 win over DePaul to open the PK80 Invitational. Continue reading Career Night from Matt McQuaid Propels Michigan State Past DePaul at the PK80 Invitational

Notre Dame Comes Back From 16-Point Deficit To Win Maui Invitational

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#13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs #6 Wichita State Shockers in the 2017 Maui Invitational Tournament Championship. (Source: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports).

MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been crowned the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational champions, after beating the Wichita State Shockers, 67-66, coming back from a 16-point deficit to take home the title.

The last time these two programs faced each other was in 2015 during the regional semi-final of the NCAA Tournament in which the Irish came out victorious, beating the Shockers in a close one, 81-70.

It was a game that the college basketball world wanted and expected to see on the last day of the tournament: #13 Notre Dame vs #6 Wichita State; two teams that always seem to fly under the radar, but are among the best in the country.

After a week full of basketball games in Maui, this one certainly didn’t disappoint.

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Previewing Notre Dame’s Championship Game Against the Wichita State Shockers

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Notre Dame vs Wichita State in the regional semi-final of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.(Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images).

MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face their biggest opponent to date in #6 Wichita State after demolishing the LSU Tigers in the semi finals, 92-53.

The last time these two programs faced each other was during the regional semi-final of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, in which the Irish took down the Shockers, 81-70.

This was a game that everyone expected to happen, but also what everyone wanted as two of college basketball’s great but underrated programs will clash for the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament title.

Notre Dame is proving they are a force to be reckoned with on the court, behind their big three in Matt Farrell, Bonzie Colson and the emerging T.J. Gibbs, while Wichita State is constantly snubbed every year but have the talent to be a top three team.

This game will be interesting, to say the least.

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Notre Dame Demolishes LSU; Punches Ticket to Championship Game Against #6 Wichita State

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Martinas Geben joined four Irish players in the double-digit scoring club in their win over LSU, 92-53. (Source: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports).

MAUI, HI – After opening their 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament with a win over Division II’s Chaminade, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the LSU Tigers, demolishing them 92-53 in the semi-finals.

The winner of this game would go on to play the sixth-ranked Wichita State Shockers in the finals, who punched their ticket earlier Tuesday with a win over the Marquette Golden Eagles, 80-66.

This was only the second-ever meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Tigers, with LSU claiming a victory back in 1990 in front of a then-record breaking crowd of over 68,000, led by NBA Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal.

Notre Dame made sure this game had a different result, and boy did it ever.

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Notre Dame Opens Their Maui Invitational Tournament With A Win Over Chaminade

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Rex Pflueger throws a pass to teammate Bonzie Colson, with Chaminade’s Grant Dressler on Defence. (Source: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports).

MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now 4-0  on the year after they won 83-56 against the Chaminade Silverswords in their opening game of the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament.

This was the second time the Irish have faced the Silverswords, who are based out of Honolulu, Hawaii and play in Division II. Notre Dame leads the all time series 2-0.

The Irish will now face their second power conference opponent of the year after wins against the DePaul Blue Demons and a few smaller schools, in the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, the Chicago State Cougars, and now the Silverswords.

Notre Dame will take on the LSU Tigers in the semi-finals, who used a late comeback in the second half to knock off the Michigan Wolverines in the final game of the quarter-finals on Monday night, 77-75.

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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