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Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

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After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.

According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.

This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.

Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.

With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season.
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Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

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On Wednesday, the Purple Aces released their non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season, becoming the second school to do so. (Source: Evansville Athletics) (Header: Evansville Athletics)

EVANSVILLE, In. — The 2018-19 season is still close to six months away, but with each passing day, college basketball gets a little bit closer.

On Wednesday, the excitement continued to build for the Evansville Purple Aces, as they released their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The North Carolina Tar Heels were the first team to release their full non-conference slate back in mid-April.

Head coach Walter McCarty has put together a challenging slate that will undoubtedly test the Purple Aces, considering they will be without their top three scorers from a season ago. Evansville will play six games away from home, while hosting seven non-conference games before the 2018 calendar year comes to a close. Continue reading Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

Ball State Lands Maryland Eastern Shore Transfer Miryne Thomas

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Miryne Thomas was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for Maryland Eastern Shore in 2017-18, as he averaged 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a freshman. (Source: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

MUNICE, In. — If all goes according to plan, the Ball State Cardinals could very well have the best front court rotation in the Mid American Conference come the 2019-20 season.

The Cardinals already boast a pair of the top forwards in the conference in Tahjai Teague and Kyle Mallers. Both will be juniors in 2018-19, and are coming off of breakout seasons. Teague was second on the team in both scoring and rebounds with an average of 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Mallers posted 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds of his own.

Add in Zach Gunn, who posted 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman in 25 games, and the front court rotation looks strong heading into the 2018-19 season.

On Thursday afternoon, the Cardinals added another talented forward to the mix for the 2019-20 season. Freshman forward Miryne Thomas committed to the Cardinals after one season with the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. Continue reading Ball State Lands Maryland Eastern Shore Transfer Miryne Thomas

Ball State Knocks Off Eastern Michigan Behind Big Second Half, 72-62

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Center Trey Moses (24) recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double over his last four games, and Ball State used a 41-point second half to knock off Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night, 72-62. (Source: Boston Herald) (Header: Ball State Athletics)

MUNICE, In. — The race in the Mid-American Conference promises to be an exciting one yet again in 2017-18, and every team entered the 2018 calendar year with a record of 6-7 or better..

On Tuesday, the conference play portion of the schedule opened up for all 12 teams across the league, and there was a marquee match-up between a pair of West Division teams in Munice. The Ball State Cardinals put their eight game winning streak on the line against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Ball State came into the day having won the last four meetings between the two programs, but the Eagles came to play on Tuesday night. The visitors led by as many as nine points in the first half, and took a 36-31 lead into the break.

But, it was all for not, as the Cardinals outscored the Eagles in the second half by 15 points. Ball State held down their home court, and extended their winning streak to nine games with a 72-62 win over Eastern Michigan to open up MAC play. Continue reading Ball State Knocks Off Eastern Michigan Behind Big Second Half, 72-62

January 2nd Game of the Day: Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ball State Cardinals

Paul Jackson is one of three players for the Eagles that average more than 30 minutes and 16 points per game this season. (Source: WXYZ.com) (Header: Ball State Daily)

MUNICE, In. — Year after year, the race in the Mid-Atlantic Conference is one of the more exciting races to watch, and it promises to be one of the top races yet again during the 2017-18 season.

This year, 11 of the 12 teams in the MAC entered the 2018 calendar year with a winning record in conference play. All six teams from the East Division were at least 7-6, while five teams from the West Division had a record of 7-6 or better. The only team to enter the New Year below .500 were the Kent State Golden Flashes, who sit at 6-7 on the year.

On Tuesday, the Game of the Day for January 2nd features two top contenders from the West Division, as the Eastern Michigan Eagles visit the Ball State Cardinals to open up MAC play for both teams. The Eagles ended a two-game skid with a win in their last outing, while the Cardinals are one of the hottest teams in the country, having won eight straight games.

Eastern Michigan will look to exact some revenge on the Cardinals, as the Eagles lost both meetings against Ball State in 2016-17. It won’t be an easy feat, as the Cardinals are a perfect 7-0 on the year inside Worthen Arena.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Tuesday night’s showdown between the Eagles and Cardinals.
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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Southeastern Louisiana Lions

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Bonzie Colson dropped a career high 37 points in Notre Dame’s win over Dartmout. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTH BEND, In. — Coming off a 10-point victory over the Dartmouth Big Green in their last outing, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be closing out their non-conference slate against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Thursday December 21st at the Purcell Pavilion.

This will be the first meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Lions, but the seventh between Notre Dame and a member of the Southland Conference. Notre Dame is 6-0 against teams of the Southland, with the last win coming against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, where Rex Pflueger tipped in the last second bucket to propel the Irish to victory.

Thursday’s contest will be the final game before the players travel back home to spend the holiday season with their families.

Let’s take a closer look inside this match-up:

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