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RECAP: Notre Dame Can’t Hang Around With Duke; Extend Losing Streak To Three

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a tremendous start to their ACC campaign that included big wins against Syracuse, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Louisville.

However, the Irish have run into a little bit of a dry spell, losing their last three games to Virginia, Georgia Tech at the buzzer, and now the Duke Blue Devils.

Notre Dame has to suffered to 6-4 in conference play and have dropped to fifth place in the ACC standings after a long stint in first place. However, with the ACC as deep as it is, the Irish were bound to lose a few games.

In the last few seasons, the Fighting Irish have been victorious in their series with the Blue Devils, winning both games last season, and winning two out of the three games the season before that, including a huge win to advance to the ACC conference championships in which they went on to win for the first time in program history.

Duke currently sits at 6th in the ACC, losing to Virginia Tech, NC State, Louisville, Florida State and an early season two point loss to the Kansas Jaw Hawks. On the other hand, they have destroyed Georgia Tech, beaten a struggling Michigan State team as well as nationally ranked Florida.

One of the nations most scrutinized players, Grayson Allen has been notorious for his unsportsmanlike behaviour on his opponents. The Duke guard is constantly the centre of attention when it comes to college basketball as every game seems to have a new incident of him kicking or knocking down a player. The fans in South Bend experienced it first hand, and Mike Brey was not pleased.

Continue reading RECAP: Notre Dame Can’t Hang Around With Duke; Extend Losing Streak To Three

Big Ten Power Rankings: Does anyone have a shot at the national title?

Caleb Swanigan is a top contender for the Wooden Award, and his play has the Purdue Boilermakers near the top of the Big Ten standings.
Caleb Swanigan is a top contender for the Wooden Award, and his play has the Purdue Boilermakers near the top of the Big Ten standings.

Despite an up-and-down start to the year for several teams in the Big Ten, conference play always presents new opportunities.

Entering the 2017 calendar year, odds-makers from across the country still had a handful of Big Ten teams among the best betting odds to be cutting down the nets in Phoenix come the first Monday of April.

The likes of the Indiana HoosiersWisconsin 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.

We tried to dissect the teams in the conference, and rank them to the best of our abilities. So, here goes nothing.
Continue reading Big Ten Power Rankings: Does anyone have a shot at the national title?

Miles Bridges to Return for Michigan State on Wednesday Night Against Rutgers

After missing seven games due to an ankle injury, freshman forward Miles Bridges looks set to make his return to the lineup for Michigan State on Wednesday against Rutgers. (Source: Kevin Jairaj - USA Today Sports)
After missing seven games due to an ankle injury, freshman forward Miles Bridges looks set to make his return to the lineup for Michigan State on Wednesday against Rutgers. (Source: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today Sports)

The level of talent on display on Wednesday night just got a little more impressive.

Down in the SEC, the South Carolina Gamecocks announced that star senior Sindarius Thornwell would return from his suspension on Wednesday against the Georgia Bulldogs in their conference opener.

Then, shortly thereafter, more good news was released, this time surrounding the Michigan State Spartans.

After missing the last seven games due to an ankle injury, freshman sensation Miles Bridges is set to make his long-awaited return to the Spartans’ lineup on Wednesday night against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, according to several reports.

Bridges last appeared in a game on November 29th, a 78-69 loss to the Duke Blue Devils as a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Continue reading Miles Bridges to Return for Michigan State on Wednesday Night Against Rutgers

RECAP: Michigan State Survives Tough Test from Florida Gulf Coast, 78-77

Miles Bridges recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Michigan State found a way to hold off the upset-minded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Sunday night, 78-77.
Miles Bridges recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Michigan State found a way to hold off the upset-minded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Sunday night, 78-77.

Through the first three games of the 2016-17, it’s evident that the injuries to both Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter are having a big impact on the Michigan State Spartans.

Carter, a graduate transfer from the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, and Schilling are both recovering from injuries sustained in the offseason, and the lack of size in the middle has been an issue.

While both are recovering, Kenny Goins has been logging increased minutes, and appearing in the starting lineup.

On Sunday afternoon, against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, Goins was back in the starting lineup. The Eagles were without a star forward of their own, as Marc-Eddy Norelia was not in the lineup due to injury.

Michigan State entered the game as 14-point favourites, but the game came down to the final possession. The final play will be in the headlines for a while, as the shot clock operator looked to have started the clock on an inbounds play for the Eagles before anyone touched the ball.

Antravious Simmons rushed his shot at the buzzer, and it fell by the wayside, and Michigan State fans everywhere let out a collective sigh of relief.

Michigan State came away with the 78-77 win over the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles inside the Breslin Center. Continue reading RECAP: Michigan State Survives Tough Test from Florida Gulf Coast, 78-77

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Ten

Melo Trimble is the lone starter back for Maryland in 2016-17, but that's enough to keep the Terrapins in contention. (Source: G Fium - Getty Images)
Melo Trimble is the lone starter back for Maryland in 2016-17, but that’s enough to keep the Terrapins in contention. (Source: G Fium – Getty Images)

With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!

Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.

Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.

Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Big Ten Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Ten

Michigan State, Duke, and North Carolina Headline Phil Knight Invitational to Honour Nike Co-Founder

On Wednesday, the 16-team Phil Knight Invitational was announced, which will take place from November 23-24 and 26-27, 2017 in two Portland arenas.
On Wednesday, the 16-team Phil Knight Invitational was announced, which will take place from November 23-24 and 26, 2017 in two Portland arenas.

Nike has done so much for some of the nation’s leading college basketball programs. Several of the top programs across the country don the infamous Nike Swoosh on their jerseys and apparel, and the marketing done by both sides has been a huge success.

On Wednesday, the NCAA and ESPN Events announced an early-season event that will pay homage to Nike co-founder and chairman, Phil Knight, during the 2017-18 season.

The Phil Knight Invitational will see 16 schools from all across the country, who are all sponsored by Nike, converge on the Portland area for two early-season tournaments in celebration of Knight’s 80th birthday.

Knight turns 80 on February 24th, 2018. Continue reading Michigan State, Duke, and North Carolina Headline Phil Knight Invitational to Honour Nike Co-Founder