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Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

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Miles Bridges was a star on Friday night for the Spartans, posting a game-high 29 points in Michigan State’s 82-78 win over Bucknell in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. (Source: WXYZ.com) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

DETROIT, Mich. — The game may have been played in Detroit on a neutral floor, but the atmosphere inside Little Caesars Arena was anything but neutral on Friday night.

Fans of the Michigan State Spartans came out in full force to support their beloved Green and White in their First Round game against the Bucknell Bison. Cheers of “Go Green…Go White” echoed throughout the arena all game long, and it gave the Spartans that extra boost of motivation they needed, especially in the second frame.

Coming into the contest, the Spartans stressed the importance of not overlooking an opponent in the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, they were eliminated in the First Round by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who were a 15-seed.

Michigan State wanted to avoid another early exit from the NCAA Tournament, and while they had to sweat things down the stretch, they made sure to avoid a repeat from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Bucknell made things interesting in the closing seconds with some key shots from long range, but Michigan State sealed the deal on an 82-78 win over the Bison thanks in large part to free throws. Continue reading Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

Purdue Center Isaac Haas Fractures Elbow in Tournament Win Over Cal State Fullerton

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Purdue senior forward Isaac Haas suffered a fractured right elbow in the Boilermakers’ 74-48 win over Cal State Fullerton on Friday in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. (Source: For The Win – USA Today Sports) (Header: The Herald Bulletin)

DETROIT, Mich. — Friday afternoon wasn’t all good news for the Purdue Boilermakers.

Shortly after the Boilermakers picked up a 74-48 win over the Cal State Fullerton Titans, they were dealt a big blow in terms of player personnel for the remainder of the season.

Head coach Matt Painter announced that senior forward Isaac Haas will miss the remainder of the season due to a fracture in his right elbow. Haas sustained the injury during the Boilermakers’ 26-point win over the Titans. Continue reading Purdue Center Isaac Haas Fractures Elbow in Tournament Win Over Cal State Fullerton

Purdue Overcomes Slow Start to Rout Cal State Fullerton, 74-48

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Carsen Edwards surpassed the 1,000-point mark on Friday in Purdue’s 26-point win over Cal State Fullerton at the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Detroit. (Source: WTOP.com) (Header: For the Win – USA Today Sports)

DETROIT, Mich. — It’s not necessarily how you start, but how you finish.

For the Purdue Boilermakers, that rang true on Friday afternoon in their 2018 NCAA Tournament opener against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Boilermakers are the two-seed in the East Region, and were taking on the Big West Conference champions, who came into the tournament seeded 15th.

Friday marked the first time that the Boilermakers and Titans have met on the hardwood. While the odds were heavily on Purdue’s side coming into the event, the Titans weren’t lacking confidence in themselves on Media Day.

“I think we stand a chance,” said senior Arkim Robertson at the Titans’ press conference on Thursday afternoon. “If we stick to what Coach Taylor gives us and we stick to the game plan, we’re going to be okay.” Continue reading Purdue Overcomes Slow Start to Rout Cal State Fullerton, 74-48

Canadian Guard Marcus Carr Among Slew of Players to Transfer From Pittsburgh, According to Reports

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Freshman guard Marcus Carr is one of eight Pittsburgh players to request their release from the program since the season came to a close. (Header: Post-Gazette)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — If the 2017-18 season wasn’t rocky enough for the Pittsburgh Panthers, the start to the off-season has pushed it over the edge.

The Panthers went 0-18 in ACC play, leaving them as the only Division I team to not have a conference win on the year. Pittsburgh went 8-24 for the season, giving them a 24-41 record in two seasons under Kevin Stallings.

Stallings, who took the job at Pittsburgh after time with the Vanderbilt Commodores, was fired as the Panthers’ head coach after two seasons. While Pittsburgh hasn’t hired a replacement for Stallings as of yet, whoever does accept the role will have their work cut out for them.

According to reports, including a report on ESPN.com by Jeff Goodman, seven more players have requested their release from the Panthers in light of the coaching change, and all are expected to receive their releases sometime Friday afternoon. Continue reading Canadian Guard Marcus Carr Among Slew of Players to Transfer From Pittsburgh, According to Reports

Cal State Fullerton Landed Kyle Allman Jr. Thanks to a YouTube Video

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Kyle Allman Jr. (#0) was an overlooked prep recruit out of New York. Now, he’s the reigning Big West Conference Tournament MVP at Cal State Fullerton. (Source: Cal State Fullerton Athletics) (Header: Associated Press)

DETROIT, Mich. – It’s no secret that recruiting a player is an expensive venture for all schools across the country. When a player is 3,000 miles away, that expense only increases.

For the Cal State Fullerton Titans, they landed one of their best players in an unconventional way thanks in part to an online YouTube video.

Kyle Allman Jr. is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and played basketball at the High School for Construction-Trades, Engineering, and Architecture in Queens. Titans’ head coach Dedrique Taylor and assistant coach John Smith were watching another player when they first saw Allman play. Continue reading Cal State Fullerton Landed Kyle Allman Jr. Thanks to a YouTube Video

Guard Jamal Wright to Transfer From High Point

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After a strong freshman season in 2016-17, Jamal Wright averaged just 3.2 points per game in under 13 minutes of floor time per night as a sophomore. (Header: Getty Images)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The 2017-18 season is over for a lot of teams across the NCAA, which means that players and coaches have turned their attention to the 2018-19 season, and beyond.

With the end of the season comes the influx of players transferring to new schools. It happens each and every year as players are looking for the right fit in college basketball and a fresh opportunity to showcase their skills.

On Monday, the transfer market added a talented guard who will have two years of eligibility left after sitting out next season. Guard Jamal Wright has received his release from the High Point Panthers, and will transfer from the program to seek new opportunities in the college basketball world. Continue reading Guard Jamal Wright to Transfer From High Point