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).
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.
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.
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.
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.