EAST LANSING, Mich. — The year may have changed to 2018, but Thursday night yielded the same result for the Michigan State Spartans, who picked up their 14th straight win with a 91-61 rout of the Maryland Terrapins inside the Breslin Center.
Michigan State came into the night riding a 13-game winning streak which started following their loss at the 2017 Champions Classic to the Duke Blue Devils. Their streak has seen them ascend to the top spot in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll, and they were eager to prove they deserved the ranking against a short-handed Maryland team.
The Spartans had also scored 100 or more points in four straight games, but it’s always tough to do that against the stiff competition of the Big Ten Conference. They came close, but they didn’t need to score 100 points to win big.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — A pair teams on lengthy winning streaks will go head-to-head on Thursday night, as the top-ranked Michigan State Spartans welcome the Maryland Terrapins to the Breslin Center for a Big Ten showdown.
After their loss to the Duke Blue Devils at the 2017 Champions Classic, the Spartans have won 13 straight games. They have topped the 100-point mark in each of their last four games, and are on quite the roll on both ends of the floor. Michigan State is the top-ranked team in the country for the fourth time under head coach Tom Izzo, and the Spartans plan to stay there for a while.
On the flip side, the Terrapins come into the day riding a seven game winning streak of their own. Two of the games were decided by six or fewer points, and both of those wins came against Big Ten opponents. Maryland has a huge opportunity in front of them on Thursday, as a win over the Spartans would cement the Terrapins as legitimate conference title contenders.
The teams met just once last season, with Michigan State picking up a 63-60 victory at home in the regular season finale. Maryland will look to exact some revenge on the Spartans, while Michigan State will look to continue their dominance this season.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The depth for the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks was tested on Sunday night, and it didn’t go well.
Eastern Shore hasn’t been dealt the best of hands to start the 2017-18 season. The list of injuries keeps growing with each passing day, and the depth of the team will be tested all season long. On Sunday, the Hawks took on the Maryland Terrapins, a day after news broke that guard Ryan Andino would be sitting out 2017-18 as a redshirt.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Bobby Collins is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in 2017-18, and he’s looking to get the team back into the post-season for the first time since 2014-15.
In Collins’ first year in Princess Anne, he guided the Hawks to a record of 18-15 overall, and a spot in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Despite an opening round loss to the High Point Panthers, the season was a success for the Hawks.
Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the Hawks are coming off back-to-back losing seasons. Last season, they took a step forward again, finishing sixth in the MEAC standings, and they advanced to the MEAC Tournament semi-finals.
Heading into this season, the Hawks are looking to build off of last year’s momentum, and contend for a MEAC title once more.
The likes of the Indiana Hoosiers, Wisconsin Badgers, and Purdue Boilermakers look to be the conference’s best bets to have a Big Ten cut down the nets.
However, the National Championship is still over two months away, and the Big Ten conference is a mess. There’s no clear-cut favourite at this moment in the season, teams are losing games they should win, and vice versa. There are several ‘good’ teams in the conference, but no ‘great’ teams.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to action Wednesday night after a nine day Christmas break, taking down the Saint Peter’s Peacocks 63-55.
Notre Dame remained in the AP Top 25 in their first game back , checking in at #24.
The (5-7) Peacocks were coming off a win against the St Francis (BKN) Terriers after a three game losing streak that included a loss to the Maryland Terrapins by only 10 points.
Notre Dame was coming off a win as well, taking down the Colgate Raiders before a surprise visit from Matt Farrell’s brother Bo stole the spotlight, as the military solider surprised his younger brother heading into the holiday season.
While some time away from the program was needed as noted by head coach Mike Brey, the Irish squad could not afford to take the Peacocks lightly.