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2016-17 Schedules: UCLA Bruins

The 2015-16 season was a rough one for Bryce Alford and the UCLA Bruins. In 2016-17, the senior guard will look to lead the Bruins back into contention in the Pac-12, and will have a strong recruiting class to bolster the roster. (Source: USA Today Sports)
The 2015-16 season was a rough one for Bryce Alford and the UCLA Bruins. In 2016-17, the senior guard will look to lead the Bruins back into contention in the Pac-12, and will have a strong recruiting class to bolster the roster. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Simply put, the 2015-16 season didn’t go as planned for the UCLA Bruins, as they struggled to a 10th-place finish in the Pac-12 regular season standings.

Fans have made last season a distant memory, and are getting excited about the upcoming 2016-17 season. It’s tough to blame them, as the Bruins have a healthy combination of youth and experience this season, with talent all over the roster.

Returnees like Bryce AlfordAaron Holiday, and Thomas Welsh provide experience and leadership, along with offensive and defensive contributions. Then, add in freshmen like point guard Lonzo Ball, who is one of three top 100 recruits to commit to UCLA this season, and who is also the top point guard in the class of 2016, and the Bruins have a ton of talent at their disposal.

Their top two scorers return from last year’s team, while four players in total are back who averaged double-digit points per game a year ago. Expect UCLA to make a big jump back up the conference standings this season.

A strong non-conference schedule, highlighted by tough match-ups against power conference opponents, will show fans early on what this year’s team is all about.
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2016-17 Schedules: Monmouth Hawks

Justin Robinson and the Monmouth Hawks took the college basketball world by storm a season ago, and they'll be a threat in the MAAC once again in 2016-17. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Justin Robinson and the Monmouth Hawks took the college basketball world by storm a season ago, and they’ll be a threat in the MAAC once again in 2016-17. (Source: USA Today Sports)

The Monmouth Hawks were one of the biggest surprises to open the 2015-16, but they didn’t slow down as the season progressed. From their upset victories over the likes of the UCLA Bruins and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, to their eccentric bench celebrations, the Hawks thrived in the spotlight.

Despite their strong season, they were ‘snubbed’ on Selection Sunday, finding themselves in the NIT as opposed to the NCAA Tournament, like many thought they’d be.

In 2016-17, the Hawks will have a chip on their shoulder as they look to prove to everyone that last year was no fluke.

They have the talent in place to win the MAAC title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. With the bulk of their core back for another season, the Monmouth Hawks should continue to soar, and they are more than capable of more upsets in non-conference play. Continue reading 2016-17 Schedules: Monmouth Hawks

2016-17 Schedules: Northwestern Wildcats

Guard Bryant McIntosh is back and looking to lead the Northwestern Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.
Guard Bryant McIntosh is back and looking to lead the Northwestern Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17.

The struggles for the Northwestern Wildcats have been well-documented over the years.

They are one of only a handful of teams to have never made the NCAA Tournament in their history. Despite heightened levels of optimism surrounding the program in recent years, and strong starts in non-conference play, they haven’t been able to punch their first ticket to the Big Dance.

After departures to key players in advance of the 2016-17 season, some are left wondering whether this year can be the year. Led by guard Bryant McIntosh and a strong recruiting class that features three 3-star recruits, Northwestern will be looking to get back to the post-season, and finally clinch a spot in the ever-elusive field of 68. Continue reading 2016-17 Schedules: Northwestern Wildcats

Three Biggest Winners from the NBA Draft Early Entrant Deadline

With both Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey back for the 2016-17 season, the Oregon Ducks could be in store for a special year.
With both Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey back for the 2016-17 season, the Oregon Ducks could be in store for a special year.

With the new NBA Draft rules, there were a number of underclassmen who declared early for the draft without signing with an agent. Players were able to go through the pre-draft process, and 70 players were invited to the NBA Draft Combine.

Depending on the feedback players heard, projections, and how the players felt in general, they were able to return to school if they so chose. The deadline to either sign with an agent or return to school was May 25th.

As the deadline came and went, several key players opted to return to school for another kick at the can in the NCAA. Some are back to improve their game with the hopes of becoming a lock for a first-round selection in future years, while others simply went through the process to get noticed and the experience.

After the decisions came, several teams were considered ‘winners’. Three teams stood out from the rest, as the decisions for key players to return to school will give each team a better shot at not only a conference title, but possibly a national title.
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Monmouth Hawks Release 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule; Open Season on November 11th Against Drexel

On Monday, the Monmouth Hawks released their non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season. (Source: Monmouth Athletics)
On Monday, the Monmouth Hawks released their non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season. (Source: Monmouth Athletics)

Throughout the 2015-16 season, the Monmouth Hawks were the talk of the town. From their strong play on the court, to their bench celebrations, they quickly became one of America’s favourite teams.

Monmouth wasted little time making a statement last season. In their first game of the season, they went on the road and knocked off the UCLA Bruins inside historic Pauley Pavilion, 84-81 in overtime.

They followed that up with a third-place finish at the AdvoCare Invitational, a run that included an upset win over the then-#17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 70-68, in the opener.

That was just the start of things to come for the Hawks in 2015-16.

More and more people started to focus on Monmouth, and they didn’t disappoint. Admittedly, a good amount of people focused on the bench celebrations, but the on-court product was much more worthy of the attention.

Monmouth finished the year with a record of 28-8 overall, and 17-3 in conference play. They took home the regular season MAAC title, but lost in the tournament finals to the Iona Gaels, 79-76.

Many pegged the Hawks to be an at-large team for the NCAA Tournament after their strong showing, but that dream did not come into focus. The Hawks were awarded a 1-seed in the 2016 NIT, and advanced to the 2nd Round before falling to the eventual champions, the George Washington Colonials.

Heading into 2016-17, the Hawks will undoubtedly have a chip on their shoulder after narrowly missing out on the NCAA Tournament. Their strong play a year ago has resulted in several power conference opponents scheduling them for the upcoming year.

With the likes of Justin RobinsonMicah SeabornJe’lon Hornbeak, and Chris Brady returning from last year’s team, among others, the Hawks have the look of the top contender in the MAAC once again. They also have the talent and experience to pull off more upsets in non-conference play.

On Monday, the Hawks released their non-conference slate for the 2016-17 season. Take a look below to see who the Hawks will take on in advance of MAAC play next season.
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