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USC’s Bennie Boatwright progressing, could play next week

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports.

After scoring their biggest win of the season, USC head coach Andy Enfield may be getting back a soldier.

Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, sophomore Bennie Boatwright is eyeing a return next week during the Trojans’ road-trip in Washington. The 6’10” forward has been sidelined since November 30, missing the last 15 games due to a sprained left knee.

“We’re hoping to get him back on our next road trip, but it’s still to be determined,” Enfield told Rothstein on Friday. “He hasn’t done a full-contact practice yet so we’ll see, but we’re anxious to get him back.” Continue reading USC’s Bennie Boatwright progressing, could play next week

RECAP: Notre Dame Ends Miami’s 21 Game Home Win Streak; Become 4-0 In League Play

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For the first time in program history, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 4-0 in conference play after ending the Miami Hurricanes 21 home game win streak, beating them 67-62.

This was the 21st meeting between the Irish and the Hurricanes with the Irish now leading the all time series 11-10. Notre Dame had lost both meetings with the Hurricanes last year, losing by nine the first game and 18 points the second.

Miami has had an okay start to the season as they are now 11-4, losing to Syracuse, Iowa State, Florida and now Notre Dame with their most notable wins coming from Stanford and North Carolina State.

Regardless of their win-loss record, Miami possessed a dangerous and athletic roster capable of ending Notre Dame’s streak.

“They’re really physical drivers” said head coach Mike Brey, “they’re athletic and long”.

After three straight home wins against Pittsburgh, Louisville and Clemson, Notre Dame possessed lots of momentum entering this game and looked to find their offensive spark early.

Continue reading RECAP: Notre Dame Ends Miami’s 21 Game Home Win Streak; Become 4-0 In League Play

RECAP: Fighting Irish Make Case for Top 25 with Win Over Hawkeyes

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(Source: Notre Dame Athletics)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish continue to make their case for being included in the Top 25 as they took care of the Iowa Hawkeyes in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. 92-78, improving to 7-0 on the season.

“God I love my team!” said Irish Head Coach Mike Brey in his post game press conference, who is now 8-1 against Big Ten opponents in three seasons.

The Irish are off to a hot start, dominating out of conference mid majors with ease, while defeating notable programs in Colorado, Northwestern, and now Iowa. Continue reading RECAP: Fighting Irish Make Case for Top 25 with Win Over Hawkeyes

RECAP: Fighting Irish Dominate Chicago State Behind Ryan’s Career-High 23 Points

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After winning the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, NY, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Chicago State Cougars, beating them 91-60 and improving to 6-0 on the season.

The Cougars came out swinging at the beginning, leading the Irish 10-6, until a three pointer by sophomore forward Matt Ryan sparked the offence.

The Irish went on a 21-2 run that included five three pointers from the sophomore.

Ryan would hit his sixth three late in the first half and finish with with 23 points, shooting 50% from beyond the arc, grabbing three boards, and recording three assists.

The Irish went into the locker room with a comfortable 51-30 lead, and were looking to seal the deal early in the second half.

Notre Dame would quickly put the game away and were no match for the Cougars, shooting 51.5% from the field, and 45.9% from beyond the arc. The Fighting Irish would win my 31 points, with the final score being 91-60.

Continue reading RECAP: Fighting Irish Dominate Chicago State Behind Ryan’s Career-High 23 Points

RECAP: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Become Legends in Legends Classic

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(Source: Notre Dame Athletics)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took home some hardware Tuesday night after taking down the Northwestern Wildcats; becoming the 2016 Legends Classic Champions.

The matchup was set Monday night, after the the Wildcats took down the Texas Longhorns, 77-58, and the Irish took care of the Colorado Buffaloes, 89-83.

With the previous three games being cake walks, the Irish had yet to face an opponent from a power five conference. With their win against Loyola (MD) the Irish were headed to Brooklyn, New York to square off the Colorado Buffaloes for a spot in the championship.

The Buffaloes are coming off a 2015-16 season which ended in the first round of the NCAA tournament and return a roster capable of beating the Irish.

Continue reading RECAP: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Become Legends in Legends Classic

Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan - USA Today Sports)
Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan – USA Today Sports)

The talent level of basketball players coming out of Canada over the past few years has been impressive, and there are no signs of that slowing down any time soon.

Several of the top recruits in the Class of 2017 are from the Great White North. Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (#29 in ESPN’s Top 100) has committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies, guard Lindell Wigginton (#49) has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones, and forward Christian David (#83) has committed to the Butler Bulldogs.

While the future is bright, the present is also just as bright for the game of basketball in Canada.

The 2016-17 season isn’t even two weeks old yet, but there are several Canadians who have looked impressive in the NCAA. Some are in their first years in Division I, while others are experienced leaders on championship contenders.

Here are just a few of the many Canadians who are budding stars in the NCAA. Continue reading Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17