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.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The race to the NCAA Tournament is heating up, and several teams are desperately looking for wins to bolster their resumes.
On Friday night, the Wisconsin Badgers have a chance to build some positive momentum and pick a marquee win that will keep them in the conversation. The Badgers are on the outside looking in at the field, and their margin for error is rather slim at best. Many have projected Wisconsin to miss the tournament altogether, and that could very well be the case.
The Badgers visit the sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans on Friday night, and will be looking for any sort of positive outcome. A win would do wonders for them, while a loss may seal the deal on their tournament chances.
As for the Spartans, a win would be their third in a row, and they would keep pace atop the Big Ten standings with the likes of the Purdue Boilermakers and Ohio State Buckeyes. With the way the Green and White have played in their last two games, another win is expected for the home side on Friday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In the past, the Michigan State Spartans have had their issues with the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Coming into Monday’s tilt, the Spartans had just three wins over Illinois over the past 10 seasons. Last year, the teams met just once, with the Illini coming away with the 73-70 victory on their home floor.
Monday night had a different narrative, as the Spartans used a strong start to the second half to break away from Illinois as the game wound down. Michigan State shot better than 68% as a team in Champaign, and picked up their second straight win with an 87-74 decision over the Fighting Illini.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Through seven games, the race for the Big Ten title is heating up.
At the top, you have the Purdue Boilermakers and the Ohio State Buckeyes, both of whom are 7-0 thus far. The Boilermakers received a first-place vote in the latest AP Top 25 rankings, while the Buckeyes are knocking on the door of the top 10.
In between the two, you have the sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans, who are 5-2 in conference play and are looking to pick up their second straight win on Monday night when they face the Illinois Fighting Illini on the road. After a tough stretch of three games, the Spartans bounced back last time out for a big win to keep pace in the Big Ten race.
As for Illinois, they are trending in the opposite direction. They have lost five straight games overall, and are dead last in the conference at 0-7. Illinois is the only team in the Big Ten without a conference win, and they would like to change that on Monday night.
CALGARY, Alta. — It’s been a quiet couple of weeks in the MEAC.
Outside of schedule releases, the bulk of the action has died down in terms of player movement. The 2017-18 season is quickly approaching, and while the Hampton Pirates played exhibition games in Puerto Rico, we’re just itching for the regular season to finally get underway.
So, with more and more schedules being released with each passing day, we decided it was time to look at some of the best non-conference games for the year that feature teams from the MEAC. Now, not all of the 13 teams have released their non-conference slates as of yet, so this is a list that will undoubtedly be revised at a later date.