ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — After disaster struck the U.S. Virgin Islands this past off-season, the 2017 Paradise Jam was moved to Lynchburg, VA, and was hosted by the Liberty Flames.
On Wednesday, the tournament committee announced that the 2018 edition of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam would indeed return to St. Thomas, and they announced a star-studded field to go along with it.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Friday night’s contest between the visiting Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the host Washington Cougars marks the end of non-conference play for both programs.
With the way both teams have been playing as of late, a win would do wonders as conference is set to begin following the Christmas break.
For Bethune-Cookman, Friday night marks their final game of the 2017 calendar year. They open up MEAC play on January 3rd against the South Carolina State Bulldogs at home in Daytona Beach, FL. As for the Cougars, they head on the road to face the UCLA Bruins on December 29th.
The road gets considerably tougher for both teams, as conference play is always full of surprises. Bethune-Cookman will look to close out their four game road swing with a win over Washington State, while the Cougars will look to bounce back from a loss in their last outing.
SEATTLE, Wash. — Tuesday marks the first of two games for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in the state of Washington before the Christmas break.
The Wildcats will take on the Washington Huskies inside the Alaska Airlines Arena, and it’s a game that Bethune-Cookman would like to put forth a strong effort on both ends of the floor, and even come away with an upset victory.
Tuesday’s showdown marks the third game of a four-game road trip for the Wildcats to close out the 2017 calendar year. The team was stuck in Atlanta for an extended time on Monday, as the entire Atlanta Airport lost power, causing delays to over 1,200 flights. It also marks the eighth time that Bethune-Cookman has faced a team from the Pac-12.
Bethune-Cookman is 0-7 all-time against teams from the conference. Their last contest was back on November 17th, 2015, when they well to the Arizona State Sun Devils, 49-39.
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.