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Preseason Top 25 rankings released in Episode One of the CCR Podcast

Miles Bridges and the Michigan State Spartans topped a pair of our Preseason Top 25 Rankings.

CANMORE, Alta. — August 1st marks the start of a fresh month, which means a fresh start for many things in this world.

It also marked the launch of the CCR Podcast, powered by College Court Report.

Nico Wright, Ryan Scarfone, and myself, Tyler Bennett, took an introductory approach to the inaugural episode of the podcast. We each recorded our own introductions, providing insight into our basketball experiences to date, while also touching on how we all came together to launch the podcast.

Admittedly, it didn’t come without some hiccups and some wrinkles that need to be ironed out over the coming weeks. Some names were pronounced incorrectly, while the volume on some parts were higher than others. It all comes with unfamiliar territory.

However, we are fully committed to providing listeners with a high-quality product that is insightful and engaging.

At the end of our intros, we all released our Preseason Top 25 Rankings. There were some surprises along the way, but there were several teams that were constant across the board.

Here are our Preseason Top 25 Rankings, in their entirety. Continue reading Preseason Top 25 rankings released in Episode One of the CCR Podcast

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men’s Basketball Notebook – July 26th

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Matt Farrell driving to the basket in their 86-81 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers. Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

July has come and gone, and for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, that means the 2017-18 season is one step closer.

The Irish have had an eventful summer so far, from multiple commitments, to transfers, to schedule releases. Summer work outs are coming to a close and soon, the players will be sent home until their return this fall to start a new school year.

Here is a recap of everything that has happened so this off-season. Continue reading Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men’s Basketball Notebook – July 26th

Four-star forward Marcus Bingham chooses Michigan State over host of other offers

Four-star forward Marcus Bingham committed to Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans on Friday, giving them three top-100 recruits in the Class of 2018. (Source: Rivals.com)

EAST LANSING, Mi. — It’s been an interesting couple of days for head coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans on the recruiting trail.

On Thursday, East Lansing native Brandon Johns committed to the Spartans’ biggest rival, the Michigan Wolverines. After a losing a top-100 recruit from their own neighbourhood, the Spartans turned their attention elsewhere.

It didn’t take long for the Spartans to bounce back on the recruiting trail, as they landed a top-100 recruit of their own within 24 hours of Johns committing to Michigan.

Four-star forward Marcus Bingham committed to the Spartans over a host of other schools, giving Michigan State three top-100 recruits in the Class of 2018 in the process. Continue reading Four-star forward Marcus Bingham chooses Michigan State over host of other offers

Michigan State and Indiana highlight Notre Dame’s 2017-18 non-conference basketball schedule

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish released their 2017-18 non-conference schedule Thursday night, with a trip to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans  as a part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge as the highlight.

Apart from what I am expecting to be another tough ACC conference schedule, Notre Dame will take a variety of past and new opponents in their non-conference slot.

Continue reading Michigan State and Indiana highlight Notre Dame’s 2017-18 non-conference basketball schedule

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?