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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

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

Big South Championship Features an All-Virginia Match-Up

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Carlik Jones and Radford will look to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 with a win over Liberty. (Source: Radford Men’s Basketball) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

RADFORD, Va. — Sunday will have an instate rivalry theme to it when it comes to conference tournament championships.

In the Missouri Valley Conference title game, its am all-Illinois affair. The Loyola (IL) Ramblers, who won the regular season title, take on the Illinois State Redbirds for an automatic berth into the Big Dance.

A total of four bids will be secured on Sunday afternoon, as the Big Ten and Atlantic Sun will also crown champions before the day is out.

Kicking off the festivities on Sunday is the Big South Conference, and an all-Virginia match-up will decide who advances to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Liberty Flames, who came into the tournament as the fifth seed, head to Radford, VA to take on the Radford Highlanders, who were seeded second in the field.

Another installment of the Commonwealth Rivalry goes down inside the Dedmon Center at 1:00pm EST on Sunday. Here’s how each team got to the championship pairing. Continue reading Big South Championship Features an All-Virginia Match-Up