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Career Night from Matt McQuaid Propels Michigan State Past DePaul at the PK80 Invitational

Freshman Jaren Jackson, Jr. recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds against DePaul on Thursday night. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: Sporting News)

PORTLAND, OR. — It’s not how you start a game, but how you end it.

On Thursday night, in their opener at the PK80 Invitational Tournament, the Michigan State Spartans looked like a different team in the second half when compared to the first half. The Spartans took on the DePaul Blue Demons without the services of sophomore Miles Bridges, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle sustained in their last outing.

Michigan State led 10-2 early on, but allowed the Blue Demons to stay within striking distance. The teams went into the break tied at 31-all, and the Spartans were struggling on both ends of the floor.

In the second half, Matt McQuaid put the team on his back and help the Spartans put separation between themselves and the Blue Demons.

McQuaid finished the night with a career-high 20 points, on 6-of-8 shooting from three point range, and the Spartans pulled away in the second half for the 73-51 win over DePaul to open the PK80 Invitational. Continue reading Career Night from Matt McQuaid Propels Michigan State Past DePaul at the PK80 Invitational

A Look at Michigan State’s Half of the Victory Bracket at the PK80 Invitational

The Victory Bracket of the PK80 Invitational is headlined by a pair of nationally ranked teams, in the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels. (Source: Blogging the Bracket)

PORTLAND, OR. — Thanksgiving Week in the United States always provides fans with some of the best college basketball of the season. With early season events taking place across the country, there are ample opportunities for teams to bolster their tournament resumes early on.

This season, fans are treated to the PK80 Invitational, an event that will honour Nike founder Phil Knight. Technically, it’s one event, but there are two brackets with eight teams apiece, and each bracket will produce a tournament winner. So, it’s two brackets, with two winners, but only one event.

Regardless, some of the nation’s top teams will ascend on Portland, Oregon over Thanksgiving Weekend to partake in some of the best college basketball action we will see all season long, outside of March Madness.

In the Victory Bracket, teams like the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Michigan State Spartans headline each half of the bracket. There are teams with some question marks heading into the event, while there are others who are looking to pull off the biggest win in program history (Portland Pilots).

Below, we have broken down the Michigan State half of the bracket, which features a Final Four team from last season, a team on the rise in the Big East, and the 2014 National Champion.
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Notre Dame Opens the 2017-18 Season on the Road Against DePaul

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Bonzie Colson returns for his senior year after averaging 17.8 ppg & 10 rebounds. (Source: UND.com).

South Bend, IN – Christmas has come early for college basketball fans, as this weekend marks the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season.

After a long off-season, which included some good times and bad, college basketball fans are coming out of hibernation and ready to watch some madness happen.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish open up their season on the road against the DePaul Blue Demons, at the newly constructed Wintrust Arena, a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena that will be the new home of Blue Demon’s basketball and the Chicago Sky of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

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