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Hawai’i Falls to Utah, 80-60, for Their Second Loss of the Season

On December 2nd, Utah dealt Hawai’i their second loss of the season, by way of an 80-60 decision in Salt Lake City. (Source: Adam Fondren – Desert News) (Header: Adam Fondren – Desert News)

HONOLULU — The Hawai’i Warriors fell to the Utah Utes, 80-60, late Saturday night. It was their second loss of the season.

Utah is one of only two power five schools that the Warriors will play this season. Saturday also marked the first road game of 2017-18 for the Warriors.

Both teams shot less than 45% from the floor, with Hawai’i having their worst shooting game this season, going a dismal 36.5% from the floor in the loss. Continue reading Hawai’i Falls to Utah, 80-60, for Their Second Loss of the Season

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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Sunday Recap: Colorado Remains Perfect, Miles Bridges, and a Quadruple Overtime Thriller

George King recorded 25 points and eight rebounds in the Championship game of the Paradise Jam to lead the Colorado Buffaloes past Mercer for the title, 79-70. (Source: Buffzone.com) (Header: Sports Illustrated)

CANMORE, Alta. — The second weekend of the 2017-18 season is officially in the books, and what a Sunday we all experienced to cap it off.

Admittedly, the first week of the season had its moments where it was a bit underwhelming. A lack of upsets left excitement on the table and fans wanting more, but we also got to experience our fair share of exciting basketball and close games. College basketball is unpredictable with each passing game, which is why we take it all in stride.

November 19th brought a little bit of everything to the forefront. A trio of early-season tournaments came to a close, a pair of top ten teams dodged upset bids, and we witnessed our fair share of overtime games that had fans on the edge of their seats right to the final buzzer.

If you opted for the NFL as opposed to the NCAA, here’s what you may have missed over the course of the day on Sunday. Continue reading Sunday Recap: Colorado Remains Perfect, Miles Bridges, and a Quadruple Overtime Thriller

Three Games that could lead to Upsets on Opening Night

The high-scoring Chris Clemons leads Campbell into an opening-night battle with Penn State.

CANMORE, Alta. — Waking up on Friday morning will be just like Christmas morning for college basketball fanatics everywhere.

The 2017-18 season gets underway at 10:30am ET, as the Eastern Michigan Eagles take on Spring Arbor in the first game of the season. There’s a full slate of games on Friday that is sure to please everyone. The vast majority of programs are in action throughout the day, and there are some must-see games on tap.

Like this guide mentions, mismatches take place each and every day on the hardwood. Many look at the match-ups and pick a winner based on the prestige of the schools alone. That could very well happen again this week, and most times, people would be right.

However, here are three games to keep an eye on during Friday’s action-packed slate, as the result could go in favour of the visitors when all is said and done.
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Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly decommits from Arizona

On Thursday, five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly retracted his verbal commitment to Arizona, amidst the FBI probe surrounding the program. (Source: Kelly Kline – Under Armour)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Amid the investigation from the FBI, dominoes continue to fall on the recruiting front in the Class of 2018.

The Arizona Wildcats were one of the programs targeted in the investigation conducted by the FBI regarding fraud and corruption, and former assistant coach Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson was one of four assistant coaches arrested in the probe.

On Thursday night, the Wildcats lost their top commit from the Class of 2018. Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly released a statement on his Twitter account, announcing that he was retracting his verbal commitment to the Wildcats. Continue reading Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly decommits from Arizona

Notre Dame Stays Out of the Fire and Lands Four-Star Power Forward Nate Laszewski

Notre Dame landed a commitment from Class of 2018 power forward Nate Laszewski, who will bolster a young front court with the departure of Colson and others after the ’17-18 campaign.

South Bend, IN. — A lot has happened in the world of college basketball in the last 72 hours, and the season hasn’t even started.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that 10 people, consisting of assistant coaches, agents, shoe brand executives etc., have been charged with fraud and corruption involving the recruitment of student athletes.

Players have de-committed, coaches have been arrested and fired, but for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they managed to stay away from the fire and instead, added a key piece to their recruiting class of 2018.

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