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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Dartmouth Big Green

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Notre Dame fell to the Indiana Hoosiers in their last outing, 80-77. (Source: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTH BEND, In. — After a three point loss to the Indiana Hoosiers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have to shift gears quickly to Dartmouth, as the Big Green are traveling to South Bend for a Tuesday night match-up inside Purcell Pavilion.

This will be the sixth meeting between the Irish and the Big Green, with Notre Dame holding a 5-0 lead. These two teams last met back in 2011, when the Irish rolled past the Big Green, 65-47.

Per ESPN, Notre Dame has a 97% chance to win this game against Dartmouth, but the Fighting Irish cannot afford to take the Ivy League school lightly. The Irish should have blown out Indiana, as they were the better team, but they continued to let them back in it. Notre Dame can’t afford to let any of their opponents back in it, regardless of how weak they may seem.

After the struggles they have had in their last few non-conference games, Notre Dame must give the same attention to the Big Green as they would teams like the Duke Blue Devils.

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Duke Wins Fifth Straight Game With Victory Over Furman

Marvin Bagley III continues his hot start in his freshman campaign with a 24 points performance versus the Furman Paladins. (Source: Duke Athletics)

DURHAM, NC. – The Duke Blue Devils are now 5-0 in 2017-18, after their latest win over the Furman Paladins on Monday night, 92-63.

Duke has suffered from back-to-back slow starts. In their prior game against the Southern University Jaguars, it was caused by the number of turnovers they committed. Last night, the Paladins were making seemingly every shot attempt they had early.

The Paladins started the game shooting 5-for-6 from the field, and they took an early 16-15 lead over the Blue Devils just eight minutes into the game. Continue reading Duke Wins Fifth Straight Game With Victory Over Furman

Duke Remains Perfect in 2017-18 with win over Southern

Duke’s Grayson Allen sores in for a layup in the first half of play verses Southern University Friday Night. (Source. Chuck Liddy- The News & Observer) (Header: SB Nation)

DURHAM, NC. – The challenge of being the top-ranked team in college basketball is that everyone wants to knock you off. There is not going to be an easy game for the Blue Devils all season long.

On Friday night, the Duke Blue Devils continued their hot start to the season, beating the Southern University Jaguars, 78-61.

The Blue Devils remain perfect through four games in 2017-18. Continue reading Duke Remains Perfect in 2017-18 with win over Southern

Preseason Top 25 rankings released in Episode One of the CCR Podcast

Miles Bridges and the Michigan State Spartans topped a pair of our Preseason Top 25 Rankings.

CANMORE, Alta. — August 1st marks the start of a fresh month, which means a fresh start for many things in this world.

It also marked the launch of the CCR Podcast, powered by College Court Report.

Nico Wright, Ryan Scarfone, and myself, Tyler Bennett, took an introductory approach to the inaugural episode of the podcast. We each recorded our own introductions, providing insight into our basketball experiences to date, while also touching on how we all came together to launch the podcast.

Admittedly, it didn’t come without some hiccups and some wrinkles that need to be ironed out over the coming weeks. Some names were pronounced incorrectly, while the volume on some parts were higher than others. It all comes with unfamiliar territory.

However, we are fully committed to providing listeners with a high-quality product that is insightful and engaging.

At the end of our intros, we all released our Preseason Top 25 Rankings. There were some surprises along the way, but there were several teams that were constant across the board.

Here are our Preseason Top 25 Rankings, in their entirety. Continue reading Preseason Top 25 rankings released in Episode One of the CCR Podcast

2017 NBA Draft: Beachem and Vasturia go Undrafted

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The 2017 NBA draft took place yesterday, and a record 16 freshman were taken in the first round and two in the second; some of which were players Notre Dame’s V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia played against.

The remaining picks in the draft were a variety of upperclassmen, all of which were not Beachem and Vasturia.

Notre Dame has not been a program like the Kentucky Wildcats or the Duke Blue Devils who some call NBA development factories as they consistently send players to the draft year after year. The Irish have always been opposed to recruiting the one and done talent as it does not align with their vision.

However, Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey is starting to change that, sending four players to the NBA in the last two years and now V.J. Beachem who is expected to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Multiple reports have indicated that the Minnesota Timberwolves will be signing Beachem but there has still been no word on any teams picking up Steve Vasturia.

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The Timberwolves stole headlines yesterday as they sent Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine to the Chicago Bulls, adding superstar Jimmy Butler in the process to their young roster of Karl-Anthony Towns and Canadian Andrew Wiggins.

V.J. will need to have a big summer league performance and refrain from playing inconsistent if he wants to prove he belongs in Minnesota.

While the Notre Dame fan base would have loved to see the Irish better represented in last nights draft, the future is looking bright. Mike Brey is transforming Notre Dame into a legitimate basketball school that contends with top ranked opponents and that is starting to garner interest from highly regarded recruits. With improved recruiting, player development, and the success that the overall team is experiencing, expect Brey to send more players to the draft in the coming years.

Stay tuned for more news regarding everything Notre Dame basketball as well as the results of former Notre Dame players in the summer league.

-R. Scarfone



Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem: Are They Ready For The Big Leagues?

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The 2017 NBA Draft is set to take place Thursday night and two former Notre Dame Fighting Irish standout will look to either hear their name be called out or to sign with a club following the draft.

But if you were to look up some NBA mock drafts, you will find that majority of these predictions leave Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem out of the draft.

It may be shocking to see these two names off of NBA mock draft lists considering they helped lead Notre Dame to their first conference championship in program history, back to back elite eights, 12 conference wins in 2016 in what some may say is the most challenging conference in the nation and another trip to the ACC conference final.

Vasturia and Beachem even held their own against top prospects like North Carolina’s Justin Jackson, Duke Blue Devil’s Luke Kennard and Florida State Seminoles’ Jonathan Isaac.

So what is the problem then?

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