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RECAP: North Dakota secures first Big Sky regular season crown in 82-73 win over Portland State

Geno Crandall (above, 21 points) and Quinton Hooker (top, 29 points) combined for 50 points in the 82-73 win for North Dakota over Portland State on Saturday. (Source: Russell Hons - North Dakota Men's Basketball)
Geno Crandall (above, 21 points) and Quinton Hooker (top, 29 points) combined for 50 points in the 82-73 win for North Dakota over Portland State on Saturday. (Source: Russell Hons – North Dakota Men’s Basketball)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — On Senior Night inside ‘The Betty’, graduating guard Quinton Hooker made sure he left a lasting impression in what could be his final home game with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Against the visiting Portland State Vikings in the Big Sky finale for both teams, Hooker poured in a game-high 29 points to help lead the Fighting Hawks to the 82-73 victory.

The win secured the top seed for the Fighting Hawks in the Big Sky tournament down in Reno, Nevada. It was also the first-ever regular season Big Sky championship for the Fighting Hawks, as they finish conference play at 14-4.
Continue reading RECAP: North Dakota secures first Big Sky regular season crown in 82-73 win over Portland State

RECAP: Weisbrod scores 32 points to lead Lamar to season sweep of McNeese State, 90-83

Colton Weisbrod scored a game-high 32 points, and Lamar completed their first season sweep of McNeese since the 1993-94 season with a 90-83 victory. (Source: Lamar Athletics)
Colton Weisbrod scored a game-high 32 points, and Lamar completed their first season sweep of McNeese since the 1993-94 season with a 90-83 victory. (Source: Lamar Athletics)

LAKE CHARLES, La. — On Saturday afternoon, the Lamar Cardinals were looking for their first season sweep over the McNeese State Cowboys since the 1993-94 season.

It took a little bit of extra work down the stretch to hold off a late rally from the Cowboys, but the Cardinals successfully completed the sweep.

Junior forward Colton Weisbrod played all 40 minutes on the day, recording a game-high 32 points to help lead the Cardinals to the 90-83 victory to close out the regular season.

Weisbrod finished the game shooting 12-of-15 from the floor, and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. It was his second game scoring 30+ points this season, and he was just two points shy of his career high. Continue reading RECAP: Weisbrod scores 32 points to lead Lamar to season sweep of McNeese State, 90-83

RECAP: Big second half propels Wofford past Chattanooga, into semifinals of Southern Conference tournament

Eric Garcia went for 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in Wofford's 79-67 win over Chattanooga in the quarter-finals of the Southern Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Eric Garcia went for 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in Wofford’s 79-67 win over Chattanooga in the quarter-finals of the Southern Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — College basketball is a game of two halves. On Saturday afternoon, the Wofford Terriers proved that to be true.

In their quarter-finals match-up with the Chattanooga Mocs in the Southern Conference tournament in Asheville, N.C., the Terriers broke free in the second half, coming away with a 12-point victory over the Mocs, 79-67.

Both teams limped into the post-season, of sorts. Wofford fell in their regular season finale to the Furman Paladins. But, they had won their previous two contest.

The Mocs, on the other hand, struggled mightily at the end of conference play. Riddled by injuries to key players down the stretch, Chattanooga came into the conference tournament riding a four-game losing streak.  Continue reading RECAP: Big second half propels Wofford past Chattanooga, into semifinals of Southern Conference tournament

Trifecta: Three teams with the best chance of earning their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament

Matt Mooney and the South Dakota Coyotes earned their first-ever regular season Summit League crown this season, and will look to turn that into their first-ever trip to the Big Dance. (Source: South Dakota Athletics)
Matt Mooney and the South Dakota Coyotes earned their first-ever regular season Summit League crown this season, and will look to turn that into their first-ever trip to the Big Dance. (Source: South Dakota Athletics)
CALGARY, Alta. — Some power conference teams simply don’t know what it’s like to not make the NCAA Tournament each year. Teams like the Kansas JayhawksMichigan State Spartans, and even the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs have lengthy streaks of appearances in the Big Dance.

On the flip side, some smaller programs are still awaiting their first spot in the magical field of 68.

Advancing to the NCAA Tournament is always tougher for smaller programs. In most cases, non-power conferences are only represented by their respective conference champions. Outside of the Missouri Valley Conference and the West Coast Conference, it’s very rare to see to see multiple teams from the same small conference in the field of 68.

This season, the level of parity across the NCAA appears to be at an all-time high. So far in March, we’ve already seen our fair share of upsets. The Campbell Camels knocked off the UNC Asheville Bulldogs behind a Big South record 51 points from Chris Clemons, and two of the top three teams are already out of the Big South tournament.

Because of these upsets, it makes us think that anything is possible.

In the latest edition of the Trifecta, here are three teams who appear to have the best chance of securing their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Note: the three teams listed below have yet to begin their conference tournaments.
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RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore sneaks by Morgan State in regular season finale, 67-66

Ryan Andino hit a three to cap off an 8-0 run for Eastern Shore with under two minutes to play, propelling the Hawks to the 67-66 win over Morgan State in their regular season finale. (Source: Delmarva Now)
Ryan Andino scored 13 points on Thursday night, and Maryland-Eastern Shore used an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to come away with the 67-66 win over Morgan State in their regular season finale. (Source: Delmarva Now)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Coming into Thursday night’s regular season finale in the MEAC, there were several different scenarios that could play out for both the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks and the Morgan State Bears.

A win for the Bears would secure them the second seed in the conference tournament. Due to the Norfolk State Spartans being idle, the Bears would have made it a two-way tie for second spot with a 12-4 conference record. However, the Bears beat the Spartans back at the beginning of conference play, thus holding the tie-breaker.

As for the Hawks, regardless of how the game played out for them, they had secured the fifth seed in the MEAC Tournament. A loss, coupled with wins from a pair of other teams, would have created a three-way tie for sixth. The Hawks held the tiebreaker, thus Eastern Shore having secured the six seed.

Note: the Savannah State Tigers are ineligible for post-season play this season due to low APR scores.

Both teams were looking to ride the momentum of a win into the conference tournament. On their Seniors Night, the Hawks wanted to send their graduating players off to the post-season on a high note.

The game came down to the wire, but it was a sharp-shooting junior who ultimately sent the Hawks to the win.

A late three from Dontae Caldwell capped off a late 8-0 run for the Hawks, and they held on for the 67-66 victory to close out the regular season. Continue reading RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore sneaks by Morgan State in regular season finale, 67-66

RECAP: Southeast Missouri State comes back to down Tennessee State in overtime, 78-75

Freshman Denzel Mahoney scored a game-high 34 points on Wednesday, but it was another freshman who came up big in the closing seconds of Southeast Missouri State's 78-75 win over Tennessee State in the OVC Tournament. (Source: SE Missouri State Basketball)
Freshman Denzel Mahoney scored a career-high 34 points on Wednesday, but it was another freshman who came up big in the closing seconds of Southeast Missouri State’s 78-75 win over Tennessee State in the OVC Tournament. (Source: SE Missouri State Basketball)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tahj Eaddy may only be a freshman, but he showed on Wednesday night that he is poised beyond his years.

In the Music City, the Ohio Valley Conference tournament opened up with a match-up featuring the Tennessee State Tigers and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

Despite both teams boasting a high-profile senior guard, in Tahjere McCall for the Tigers and Antonius Cleveland for the Redhawks, two freshmen stole the show in the end. The veterans played a big role in the outcome, but ultimately it came to one big shot from a first-year player to give his team the win.

Tennessee State led by as many as 14 points early in the second half, but a 17-5 run brought the Redhawks back into the game, and they would keep the momentum going the rest of the way. Continue reading RECAP: Southeast Missouri State comes back to down Tennessee State in overtime, 78-75