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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Indiana Hoosiers

Rex Pflueger and the Fighting Irish will look to move to 4-3 all-time at the Crossroads Classic with a win over Indiana. (Source: Matt Cashore – USA Today Sports) (Header: Sports Illustrated)

INDIANAPOLIS, In. — Another year is in full swing, and another edition of the Crossroads Classic is upon us.

For the last six seasons, the Butler Bulldogs, Purdue Boilermakers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Indiana Hoosiers have all ascended on BankersLife Fieldhouse for a two-game showcase. With two teams from the Big Ten, the Hoosiers and Boilermakers alternate opponents each season. The 2017 edition marks the seventh edition of the event, and it shouldn’t disappoint.

Notre Dame and Indiana enter Saturday’s showdown with identical 3-3 records in the event. The Hoosiers hold a 2-1 edge over the Fighting Irish in their head-to-head match-ups. They last met in 2015, with the Hoosiers scoring an 80-73 win over Notre Dame.

On Saturday, both teams will be looking for a big win that could get them back on the right track after some shaky moments early in the 2017-18 season.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of their showdown as part of the 2017 Crossroads Classic.
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Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Kentucky Christian Knights

Scottie James has recorded at least six rebounds in nine straight games. (Source: Leah Seavers – Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Saturday afternoon marks the final non-conference game at home for the Liberty Flames.

Liberty is off to its best start in a season since the 2008-09 campaign, which was head coach Ritchie McKay’s first stint with the Flames. At 7-3, Liberty currently has the most wins out of any team in the Big South Conference, and they have won five of their last six games heading into Saturday.

The Flames will host the Kentucky Christian Knights, who will be playing their second Division I team in a row. Liberty will then head to Louisiana for the New Orleans Shootout before beginning conference play at the end of December to close out the 2017 calendar year.

While the game serves as an exhibition for the Knights, the Flames will look to iron out any kinks that they may have before the grind of conference play begins.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Saturday’s showdown between the Flames and the Knights. Continue reading Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Kentucky Christian Knights

Michigan State Basketball: Previewing the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase

District Detroit will host four of the top teams in the state of Michigan inside Little Caesars Arena for the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase. (Header: Lansing State Journal)

DETROIT, Mich. — Fans have been waiting patiently since April for December 16th to roll around, and the wait is finally over.

The Hitachi College Basketball Showcase will be the first-ever college basketball event to be played inside the newly-constructed Little Caesars Arena in District Detroit. Four of the top teams from the state of Michigan will put their talents on display in front of a sold out crowd in the Motor City.

Saturday’s festivities kick off with a match-up that features the Detroit Mercy Titans and the Michigan Wolverines at 12:00pm EST, followed by the Oakland Golden Grizzlies taking on the second-ranked Michigan State Spartans at approximately 2:30pm EST.

All four teams in the event have the opportunity to add a quality non-conference win to their resume, and you can bet that the fans will be treated to high-quality basketball across both games.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the event.
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Road Woes Continue For Maryland Eastern Shore in 87-36 Loss at Creighton

Khyri Thomas was one of five Creighton players to score in double figures in Friday nights win over Maryland Eastern Shore. (Source: Omaha World-Herald) (Header: Omaha World-Herald)

OMAHA, Neb. — Playing away from home hasn’t been to kind for the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks this season.

In games played away from the Hytche Athletic Center, the Hawks are a combined 1-9. Their lone win came against the Jackson State Tigers in the Emerald Coast Classic. Eastern Shore went 1-1 in the event, and while they don’t count as road games due to the event being a neutral site, they weren’t playing on their home floor.

On Friday, the Hawks were in Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays for the first time in program history. The odds weren’t in their favour, but the Hawks were looking to put forth a strong effort to try and end their three game losing streak.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Bluejays put the game away early in the first half, thanks in large part to strong shooting from all areas of the floor.

As a team, Creighton shot over 52% from the floor, while holding Eastern Shore to just 23.6% shooting on the night. The Bluejays cruised to the 87-36 win over the Hawks, extending the Hawks’ losing streak to four games in the process. Continue reading Road Woes Continue For Maryland Eastern Shore in 87-36 Loss at Creighton

Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the Creighton Bluejays

Marcus Foster and the Creighton Bluejays have won two straight games since their loss to Gonzaga back on December 1st. (Source: ESPN) (Header: Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics)

OMAHA, Neb. — On Friday night, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks make their first-ever trip to Omaha, Nebraska to take on the Creighton Bluejays and their high-octane offense.

The contest marks the fourth game of a six-game road trip for the Hawks, who have lost the first three contests, all by at least 22 points. Maryland Eastern Shore has been short-handed all season due to injuries, and the Bluejays will look to take full advantage of that from the get-go on Friday inside CenturyLink Center Omaha.

On paper, the Bluejays come in as heavy favourites, and for good reason. If the Hawks want to have any shot at pulling off the massive upset, they need to have a perfect night on both ends of the floor. A perfect night almost never happens, and the odds are stacked against the Hawks, who have just one win in their last six outings.

Here’s what you need to know for Friday’s contest.
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South Florida Snaps Four-Game Slide With 83-63 Win Over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career on Thursday in South Florida’s win over Bethune-Cookman. (Source: Stephan Jiggetts on Twitter)

TAMPA, Fla. — The South Florida Bulls were due for a win, as good things have been few and far between as of late for the team in terms of results.

Coming into Thursday night’s game with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, the Bulls had lost four straight games. Three of those losses were by double figures, and two were on their home floor. The Bulls were looking to put an end to their losing streak, and get back on the right track as the calendar year is slowly winding down.

Over the years, they’ve had the Wildcats’ number, holding a 14-1 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. Last year, the Bulls overcame a 19-point deficit against Bethune-Cookman, and ultimately picked up a six point win in overtime. They were looking for their fourth straight win over the Wildcats, while Bethune-Cookman was looking for their second straight win overall.

Behind 20 points and seven assists from graduate transfer Stephan Jiggetts, South Florida pulled away in the second half for the 83-63 win on Thursday night, snapping their four-game losing streak in the process. Continue reading South Florida Snaps Four-Game Slide With 83-63 Win Over Bethune-Cookman