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Wesley Iwundu Leads Kansas State to Season-Opening Victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

Junior forward Wesley Iwundu recorded a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kansas State to an 80 - 53 win in their home-opener over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Junior forward Wesley Iwundu recorded a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kansas State to an 80 – 53 win in their home-opener over Maryland-Eastern Shore.

The 2014-15 seasons had two different story lines for Kansas State and Maryland-Eastern Shore (UMES). On one side, the Wildcats struggled in Big 12 play and saw their best player transfer away, in Marcus Foster. On the flip side, the Hawks were one of the best surprises, winning 18 games under first-year head coach Bobby Collins and appearing in the 2015 CIT.

Heading into 2015-16, the Hawks are expected to contend in the MEAC, while the Wildcats are in a re-build in the Big 12.

On opening night, it looked as though the roles were reversed. Kansas State rolled over UMES to the tune of an 80 – 53 victory inside Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas. Continue reading Wesley Iwundu Leads Kansas State to Season-Opening Victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

Western Illinois Shocks #17 Wisconsin on the Road to Open the Season, 69 – 67

Garret Covington put up 16 points on opening night to help lead the Western Illinois Leathernecks to the upset victory over the #17 Wisconsin Badgers, 69 - 67.
Garret Covington put up 16 points on opening night to help lead the Western Illinois Leathernecks to the upset victory over the #17 Wisconsin Badgers, 69 – 67.

Last season, the Wisconsin Badgers advanced to the National Championship game before losing to Duke. They have a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate on their roster, in Nigel Hayes, and are ranked 17th in the nation to open the season.

Their opponent on opening night inside the Kohl Center? Western Illinois. The Leathernecks finished last in the Summit League standings a season ago.

On paper, this game was a no-brainer. But the good thing about these games is you actually have to play them to find the outcome, and anything is possible.

Western Illinois fought back from a nine-point deficit at half time, held on down the stretch, hit their free throws when they mattered most, and pulled off the first major upset of the 2015-16 season with their 69 – 67 win over the Wisconsin Badgers. Continue reading Western Illinois Shocks #17 Wisconsin on the Road to Open the Season, 69 – 67

North Florida Uses Big First Half to Knock Off Illinois on the Road, 93 – 81

Dallas Moore led the way for North Florida on opening night, recording 26 points and 10 assists, as the Ospreys took down Illinois on the road.
Dallas Moore led the way for North Florida on opening night, recording 26 points and 10 assists, as the Ospreys took down Illinois on the road.

Entering the 2015-16 season, the North Florida Ospreys were looking to build off of last season’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while the Illinois Fighting Illini were hoping to overcome their injuries and stay competitive.

North Florida returned the vast majority of their core from last year, while Illinois was without two of its top guards on opening night, and were relying on a new point guard to run the offense. Add those two together, and the recipe for an upset was written all over this contest.

When the final buzzer went off, the returning core of the Ospreys was too much for the new-look Illini roster. North Florida knocked off Illinois on opening night, 93 – 81, in Springfield, IL. Continue reading North Florida Uses Big First Half to Knock Off Illinois on the Road, 93 – 81