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Northern Kentucky Set to Host a Multi-Team Event in November

Northern Kentucky will host a multi-team event inside BB&T Arena this season from November 16-18, 2018. (Source: NKU Norse MBB) (Header: Northern Kentucky Tribune)

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — The 2018-19 season is just around the corner, and the anticipation continues to build with each passing day.

Teams are finalizing their non-conference slates for the upcoming season, and plenty of teams across the country are taking part in multi-team events. These events provide match-ups that fans may not see on a regular basis, and it helps to strengthen the level of competition that teams face before conference play gets rolling.

On Wednesday, the Northern Kentucky Norse took to social media to announce that they were hosting a multi-team event on their home court in Highland Heights. All four teams in the event, including the Norse, have played in the NCAA Tournament in recent years.

Joining Northern Kentucky inside the BB&T Arena for the three-day event will be the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, and the Manhattan Jaspers. The event will take place from November 16-18, 2018. Continue reading Northern Kentucky Set to Host a Multi-Team Event in November

Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

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Elon’s Dmitri Thompson is one of 16 players who need your vote in the Dark Horse Dunker contest ahead of this year’s College SLAM Dunk Contest. (Header: HERO Sports)

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — The Final Four in San Antonio, TX is under two months away, but the anticipation is already building for the dunk contest, powered by College SLAM.

This week, the bracket for the Dark Horse Dunker was released, featuring 16 of the top dunkers from across the country. Eight of the players hail from Division I institutions, while the other eight come from the ranks of Division II, JUCO, and other levels.

Three of the eight first-round pairings pit Division I players against one another. Continue reading Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

Five Teams to Watch Ahead of Conference Tournaments

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Tyler Nelson and the Fairfield Stags may be below .500 in MAAC play, but they can’t be counted out down the stretch and into the conference tournament. (Source: Fairfield Athletics) (Header: Times Union)

LONDON, Ont. — Move over football, it’s college basketball’s time to shine!

With Super Bowl 52 now a thing of the past, the attention in the sporting world shifts to college basketball and the March to Madness. With the conference races heating up all across the country, teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as they look to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

As we all know from history, not all things go according to plan. Teams atop the conferences right now aren’t guaranteed of a spot in the field of 68, as anything can happen come late-February and early March.

Every year, there are teams that come from the middle of conference standings to make a run at their respective conference tournament title. It will happen again this year, without question, and we will see a few surprise entrants in the bracket come Selection Sunday as conference champions.

Here are five teams who currently sit in the middle of the pack in their respective conferences that could make some noise down the stretch during the regular season and into the post-season.
Continue reading Five Teams to Watch Ahead of Conference Tournaments

Canisius Overcomes Slow Start For 94-79 Win Against Monmouth

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Isaiah Reese (22 points, 7 rebounds) was one of five players to reach double figures for Canisius on Sunday in their 15-point win over Monmouth. (Source: Canisius Athletics) (Header: Canisius Athletics)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It’s not how you start, but how you finish.

For the Canisius Golden Griffins, that was the case on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins were able to overcome a slow start in the first half, and they pulled away in the second frame for a 94-79 win over the Monmouth Hawks to improve to 5-1 in MAAC play.

With the brief exception of a pair of two-point leads in the first four-plus minutes, Canisius trailed for the majority of the first half. Monmouth used a 13-0 run to push their lead to double-figures, and they would lead by as many as 13 points in the first half, which they did on two occasions.

The Golden Griffins got back to within two points by the break, and carried their momentum into the second half where took control of the game. With 17:59 to play, forward Jermaine Crumpton threw down a dunk to put the home side ahead by a point, and they wouldn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the way. Continue reading Canisius Overcomes Slow Start For 94-79 Win Against Monmouth

Monmouth Visits Canisius for a Sunday Afternoon Showdown in Buffalo

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Micah Seaborn and the Monmouth Hawks, losers of three of their past four games, pay a visit to Buffalo for a Sunday afternoon MAAC showdown with Canisius. (Source: Asbury Park Press) (Header: Canisius Athletics)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — All eyes will be on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon kicks off with a pair of 4-1 teams squaring off, as the Rider Broncs take on the Iona Gaels in a match-up of two teams tied atop the conference standings. The team that wins will have a leg up on the other, and it could go a long way in determining the eventual regular season champion.

Then, in Buffalo, the Canisius Golden Griffins welcome the Monmouth Hawks to town in another intriguing match-up. Canisius is the third team sitting at 4-1 in MAAC play, while the Hawks find themselves in unfamiliar territory this season after a strong previous two seasons.

Canisius will look to keep pace with both Iona and Rider atop the conference standings, as a win would keep them in a two-way tie for top spot. Monmouth will be looking to get back on the right track, so you can bet that they’ll throw everything they have at the Golden Griffins on their home floor.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the Hawks and Golden Griffins squaring off on Sunday afternoon. Continue reading Monmouth Visits Canisius for a Sunday Afternoon Showdown in Buffalo

December 29th Game of the Day: Iona Gaels at Niagara Purple Eagles

Niagara will look for another strong game from Marvin Prochet when they open conference play against the Iona Gaels on Friday night in Niagara Falls, NY. (Source: James Neiss – Staff Photographer, Niagara Gazette)

NIAGARA FALLS, NY. — After the Christmas break, college basketball is once again in full swing. Conference play is officially upon us, and more conferences get underway on Friday as the 2017 calendar year continues to wind down.

For our Game of the Day, we could have gone several different routes. First, there are the easy choices. Friday’s slate features match-ups like the Louisville Cardinals taking on the Kentucky Wildcats, or a top 25 battle between the Baylor Bears and Texas Red Raiders. Teams from the Patriot League also begin conference play, and there are some intriguing non-conference games on tap as well.

Instead of taking the easy way out, we turned our focus to the MAAC, where a pair of top contenders square off in what promises to be a great game from both sides.

Many have projected the Niagara Purple Eagles to be a top contending team in the conference after a down year in 2016-17. A veteran back court duo and a pair of emerging star forwards have expectations around the Purple Eagles high this season. On the flip side, the Iona Gaels are considered a front-runner yet again in 2017-18, especially after loading up on talent via the transfer market in the off-season.

Friday’s game will be a good indicator as to where both teams stand as 2017 comes to an end, and as the grind of conference play gets underway.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the MAAC opener for both Iona and Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY on Friday night. Continue reading December 29th Game of the Day: Iona Gaels at Niagara Purple Eagles