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South Florida Snaps Four-Game Slide With 83-63 Win Over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career on Thursday in South Florida’s win over Bethune-Cookman. (Source: Stephan Jiggetts on Twitter)

TAMPA, Fla. — The South Florida Bulls were due for a win, as good things have been few and far between as of late for the team in terms of results.

Coming into Thursday night’s game with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, the Bulls had lost four straight games. Three of those losses were by double figures, and two were on their home floor. The Bulls were looking to put an end to their losing streak, and get back on the right track as the calendar year is slowly winding down.

Over the years, they’ve had the Wildcats’ number, holding a 14-1 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. Last year, the Bulls overcame a 19-point deficit against Bethune-Cookman, and ultimately picked up a six point win in overtime. They were looking for their fourth straight win over the Wildcats, while Bethune-Cookman was looking for their second straight win overall.

Behind 20 points and seven assists from graduate transfer Stephan Jiggetts, South Florida pulled away in the second half for the 83-63 win on Thursday night, snapping their four-game losing streak in the process. Continue reading South Florida Snaps Four-Game Slide With 83-63 Win Over Bethune-Cookman

Three Things We Learned From Notre Dame’s Loss to Michigan State: Guys Need To Step Up

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Matt Farrell went scoreless in the first half before finishing with 10 points and 7 assists. (Source: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, IN. — A loss was bound to happen eventually for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and they suffered their first blemish of the season on Thursday night, losing 81-63 to the Michigan State Spartans in the final game of the 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Just as the Fighting Irish were coming off of a tournament championship win, beating the then sixth-ranked Wichita State Shockers, Michigan State also found success in early tournament play, winning the Victory bracket of the inaugural PK80 Invitational against the then ninth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

In their game against the Tar Heels, the Spartans showed dominance both defensively and offensively, which transitioned into their tilt with the #5 team in the country Thursday night.

Michigan State threw Notre Dame off their offensive rhythm they showed during the Maui Invitational, keeping them out of the paint, limiting their points on the fast break, and forcing them to take unbalanced shots. The Irish were no better on defense, as their transition defense failed to stop the Spartans, and they were out-manned down low with Michigan State getting too many second chances.

While it is one loss and it came from a team that one could argue is the best in the country, Notre Dame is starting to show us who they really are.

Here are three things we learned about Notre Dame in their loss to Michigan State.

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Notre Dame Comes Back From 16-Point Deficit To Win Maui Invitational

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#13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs #6 Wichita State Shockers in the 2017 Maui Invitational Tournament Championship. (Source: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports).

MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been crowned the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational champions, after beating the Wichita State Shockers, 67-66, coming back from a 16-point deficit to take home the title.

The last time these two programs faced each other was in 2015 during the regional semi-final of the NCAA Tournament in which the Irish came out victorious, beating the Shockers in a close one, 81-70.

It was a game that the college basketball world wanted and expected to see on the last day of the tournament: #13 Notre Dame vs #6 Wichita State; two teams that always seem to fly under the radar, but are among the best in the country.

After a week full of basketball games in Maui, this one certainly didn’t disappoint.

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A Look at Michigan State’s Half of the Victory Bracket at the PK80 Invitational

The Victory Bracket of the PK80 Invitational is headlined by a pair of nationally ranked teams, in the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels. (Source: Blogging the Bracket)

PORTLAND, OR. — Thanksgiving Week in the United States always provides fans with some of the best college basketball of the season. With early season events taking place across the country, there are ample opportunities for teams to bolster their tournament resumes early on.

This season, fans are treated to the PK80 Invitational, an event that will honour Nike founder Phil Knight. Technically, it’s one event, but there are two brackets with eight teams apiece, and each bracket will produce a tournament winner. So, it’s two brackets, with two winners, but only one event.

Regardless, some of the nation’s top teams will ascend on Portland, Oregon over Thanksgiving Weekend to partake in some of the best college basketball action we will see all season long, outside of March Madness.

In the Victory Bracket, teams like the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Michigan State Spartans headline each half of the bracket. There are teams with some question marks heading into the event, while there are others who are looking to pull off the biggest win in program history (Portland Pilots).

Below, we have broken down the Michigan State half of the bracket, which features a Final Four team from last season, a team on the rise in the Big East, and the 2014 National Champion.
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Houston tops Liberty on layup from Corey Davis Jr. in Final Seconds

Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz scored all 16 of his points in the second half, but the Flames fell just short of Houston on Saturday at the 2017 Paradise Jam. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: USA Today Sports)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — For the second straight day, the Liberty Flames played the first game of the Paradise Jam, as they hosted the Houston Cougars to kick off day two of the tournament at the Vines Center.

The Flames pushed Houston to its limit all throughout the game exchanging haymakers, but Houston would pull out the 68-66 win in the final seconds.

Throughout the second half, there were 10 lead changes and the score was tied eight different times. After Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz tied the game off a layup plus the foul converting the free-throw, the game was tied 66-66 with 11 seconds left. On Houston’s final possession, Rob Gray missed a jump shot but Corey Davis Jr. followed Gray’s shot with a put back to give the Cougars the win. Continue reading Houston tops Liberty on layup from Corey Davis Jr. in Final Seconds

A look at Opening Weekend for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds

Jashaun Agosto and the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have fought back in each of their two games this season, but their comeback efforts have fallen short both times. (Source: Brooklyn Daily)

BROOKLYN — The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have started 2017-2018 season with an 0-2 record after opening weekend.

However, it’s nothing to worry about, and there are some key takeaways from this past weekend.

Raiquan Clark had a career high on Friday night, with 34 points to go along with seven rebounds. It looks as though Clark is ready to take on a starring role on offense this year without Jerome Frink on the roster. Continue reading A look at Opening Weekend for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds