GREENSBORO, NC. — With our Game of the Day picks, we have decided to steer clear from the traditional power five match-ups, or the obvious selections that would feature a pair of top 25 teams.
Instead, we want to focus on intriguing games between smaller schools from across the country. On Saturday, fans get treated to a Southern Conference opener that features a pair of teams that have wins over ACC teams from the state of North Carolina this season in non-conference play.
On one side, you have the Wofford Terriers. All eyes were on the Terriers on December 20th, when they knocked off the then-fifth ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, NC. Wofford never trailed in the second half, and held on down the stretch for the 79-75 victory. They come in having won their last five contests, and will look to extend their streak to six when they open conference play.
Their opponent on Saturday also knows a ting or two about road upsets. The UNC Greensboro Spartans have an 81-76 win over the NC State Wolfpack on their resume from December 16th, and lost by just six points against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. With five wins over their past six games, the Spartans have emerged as a legitimate threat in the race for the Southern Conference title, much like the Terriers.
CANMORE, Alta. — The level of parity in college basketball in recent years is at an all-time high.
Still, on a nightly basis, mid-major teams are often the underdogs against power conference teams. The likes of the Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils, and other blue-blood programs land the top high school recruits each season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of talent elsewhere in the country.
Smaller programs have just as much talent on their roster, but their names don’t come with the same pedigree as the ones in the ESPN Top 100. So, we thought we would filter through all of the mid-major schools and assemble our own Dream Team for the 2017-18 season.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — College basketball is a game of two halves. On Saturday afternoon, the Wofford Terriers proved that to be true.
In their quarter-finals match-up with the Chattanooga Mocs in the Southern Conference tournament in Asheville, N.C., the Terriers broke free in the second half, coming away with a 12-point victory over the Mocs, 79-67.
Both teams limped into the post-season, of sorts. Wofford fell in their regular season finale to the Furman Paladins. But, they had won their previous two contest.
Coming into Thursday night’s tilt against the VMI Keydets, Jackson had been on quite the roll. Over his last two games, a stretch in which the Wofford Terriers went 1-1, he averaged 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, both of which were higher than his seasonal averages (10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
Against the Keydets, the sophomore out of Winchester, VA put forth the best performance of his young collegiate career.