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.
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.
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.
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.
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.