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Ten Can’t Miss Seniors for the 2016-17 Season

The third member of the Big Three at Belmont last season, Taylor Barnette often received the least amount of attention. In his senior season, people will know his name across the country. (Source: Belmont Athletics)
The third member of the Big Three at Belmont last season, Taylor Barnette often received the least amount of attention. In his senior season, people will know his name across the country. (Source: Belmont Athletics)

All of the players listed below have power conference talent, but none play for power conference teams.

As the 2016-17 season slowly but surely gets closer, the excitement level keeps building. With the 2015-16 season a distant memory, the upcoming season promises to be an exciting and eventful five-month journey.

Transfers will play their first games with their new programs, talented freshmen will make their much-anticipated debuts, and stellar four-year careers will sadly come to an end for some players who have donned the same jersey throughout.

Some of the best players in the country aren’t found on the rosters of power conference programs, and simply don’t get the attention and respect they deserve. Many of them play their entire collegiate career with the same school, and are among the best players to ever play for their respective program when all is said and done.

After going through the rosters of every non-power conference school, we narrowed the list of can’t miss seniors down to 10. There could easily be 30 or 40 players on the list, but after careful deliberation, it was trimmed down to the final 10.

All of these players have power conference talent and a ton of potential that will lead them to promising careers after graduation. Check them out while you can in 2016-17 before it’s too late.
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RECAP: Green Bay Returns to NCAA Tournament for First Time Since 1996 with 78-69 Win over Wright State

The Green Bay Phoenix came together during the Horizon League tournament, and their teamwork turned into a trip to the NCAA Tournament, the program's first since 1996. (Source: USA Today Sports)
The Green Bay Phoenix came together during the Horizon League tournament, and their teamwork turned into a trip to the NCAA Tournament, the program’s first since 1996. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Coming into the 2016 Horizon League Tournament, also known as Motor City Madness, the odds were heavily in favour of the top two seeds in the field. Both the Valparaiso Crusaders and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies received double byes, and were in the semi-finals.

The other teams had to win four games in four days to advance to the NCAA Tournament, and that’s exactly what one of them did.

In the semi-finals, the Crusaders were upset by the fourth-seed Green Bay Phoenix, while the Golden Grizzlies fell to the Wright State Raiders, setting up an unexpected final without the top two teams in the conference.

It may have been unexpected, but the Raiders and Phoenix were two of the top teams in the conference, and earned their spot in the finals. Only one would realize their dream of advancing to the NCAA Tournament and end their drought of appearing in the field of 68.

It had been 20 years since the Phoenix appeared in the NCAA Tournament, and their fans are rejoicing at seeing their team back in the bracket. Green Bay took down the Wright State Raiders on Tuesday night, 78-69, to earn their spot in the Big Dance with their fourth win in as many days. Continue reading RECAP: Green Bay Returns to NCAA Tournament for First Time Since 1996 with 78-69 Win over Wright State

Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.
Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.

The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full-swing, and what a weekend it was. Upsets were scattered about, mixed in with record-breaking performances from some of the nation’s best programs.

After the first weekend is in the books, basketball fans from across the nation get geared up for a full 24 hours of top-notch college basketball action, in the form of the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. From Monday, November 16th at 5:30pm until Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00pm, there are basketball games all throughout. Yes, that means even in the wee hours of the morning, there are basketball games (we see you, Nevada and Hawaii).

The event brings together a handful of the country’s best games over that time frame and all of the games are showcased on ESPN networks. To get you ready for this year’s festivities, we have previewed all of the games for you in one convenient location.

Take a scroll down to read a bit about each game that will take place over the 2015 ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. Grab some caffeine, get comfortable, and get ready for a crazy 24 hours. Continue reading Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon