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Notre Dame blows by Chicago State, 105-66

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T.J. Gibbs recorded his second 20 point game in three regular season games. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, In. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took care of business Thursday night, demolishing the Chicago State Cougars, 105-66.

This was the fifth meeting between the Irish and the Cougars, with Notre Dame now leading 5-0 in the all time series. In each of the first four games, Notre Dame has beaten the Chicago State Cougars by at least 27 points.

Tonight was no different.

Notre Dame’s senior class, which includes Matt Farrell, Bonzie Colson, Austin Torres and Matt Gregory, are now just 13 wins away from becoming the most winning senior class in Notre Dame history.

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Notre Dame Welcomes Chicago State back to South Bend

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Martinas Geben squaring up against Chicago State’s Patrick
Szpir in last years 91-60 win. (Source: Joe Raymond-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, In. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are back in action on November 16th when they take on the Chicago State Cougars who are making a return back to South Bend after the Irish took them down last season, 91-60.

Thursday night’s game will be the fifth meeting between the Irish and Cougars, with Notre Dame leading the all-time series at 4-0.

Notre Dame has won all four of their games against the Cougars by at least 27 points, and look to advance to 3-0 on the season. Chicago State will look to build off their first win, which they notched over the Silver Lake College Lakers two days ago.

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Big first half leads UT-Rio Grande Valley past Bethune-Cookman, 92-74

Nick Dixon scored a team-high 18 points, the Vaqueros had six players score at least eight points in their 92-74 win over Bethune-Cookman on Monday night.

EDINBURG, Tex. — They may have only played a pair of games so far in 2017-18, but the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros have put up their fair share of points.

In their opener on Friday night, the Vaqueros put up 106 points on the Nicholls Colonels, but still came away with the loss. The Colonels spoiled the Vaqueros’ home opener with the 111-106 win in a shootout.

On Monday, the Vaqueros were looking to get the first win out of the way when they welcomed the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats to Edinburg. The Wildcats were coming off a win in their opener, as they topped Johnson University (FL) on Friday, 108-66.

Malik Maitland opened the scoring for the Wildcats, giving the visitors an early 2-0 lead. Xavier McDaniel, Jr. answered with a jumper for the Vaqueros on the next possession, and UTRGV was off and rolling.

Bethune-Cookman wouldn’t hold another lead the rest of the way, and it was also the last time that the game would be tied on the night. The Vaqueros put up 51 points in the first frame, and took a 19-point lead into the break.

They maintained their lead all throughout the second frame, and picked up the 92-74 win for their first victory of 2017-18. Continue reading Big first half leads UT-Rio Grande Valley past Bethune-Cookman, 92-74

Chicago State alum Aaron Williams selected first overall in 2017 NBL Canada Draft

Former Chicago State forward Aaron Williams has been selected first overall in the 2017 NBL Canada Draft by the expansion St. John’s Edge. (Source: Jay LaPrete – Associated Press) (Header: St. John’s Edge Basketball)

CANMORE, Alta. — The first draft pick in the history of St. John’s Edge basketball is in the books.

The Edge are the tenth team in the NBL Canada for the 2017-18 season, and the sixth in the Atlantic Division. On Sunday, they made the first overall selection in the 2017 NBL Canada Draft, one of their two selections on the day.

After the Draft Combine that saw close to 130 players put their talents on display for coaches and general managers of the ten teams in the league, the Edge were on the clock.

With their first selection as a member of the NBL Canada, the Edge selected forward Aaron Williams, formerly of the Chicago State Cougars. Continue reading Chicago State alum Aaron Williams selected first overall in 2017 NBL Canada Draft

Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to junior forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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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