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Previewing Notre Dame’s Side of the Maui Invitational Bracket

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The eight teams participating in the 2017 Maui Invitational Tournament. (Source: Sportslogos.net).

MAUI, HI – The 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament is set to begin on November 20th, 2017 with the Marquette Golden Eagles taking on the VCU Rams (VCU) in the opening game at 2:30 PM EST.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have to wait until 9:30 PM EST to play their first game of the tournament, as they take on the Division II Chaminade Silverswords.

The other teams that join Notre Dame in their side of the bracket are the LSU Tigers and Michigan Wolverines, who will be playing their opening game against each other at he conclusion of the Irish and Silverswords game. Win or lose, the Fighting Irish will either take on the likes of the Tigers or the Wolverines.

While Notre Dame, Chaminade, LSU, and Michigan highlight the bottom portion of the bracket; Marquette, VCU, Wichita State and California highlight the top, with the Shockers taking on the Bears after Marquette and VCU battle it out.

Before Notre Dame gets started in Maui, we will break down each opponent that join Notre Dame in the bottom part of the bracket.

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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

Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Three

Josh Sharkey and the Samford Bulldogs are expected to be a top contender in the Southern Conference in 2017-18.

CANMORE, Alta. — With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to sophomore guards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

Each will have 10 sophomore guards who will become household names in 2017-18, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here.
Check out Part Two here.

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Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Devine Eke was an impact player on both ends of the floor for Maine in 2015-16. Now, in 2017-18, he will be given every opportunity to shine with the Rider Broncs. (Source: David Butler II – USA Today Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is all but a distant memory now, and what an exciting season it was. The North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets to cap off another incredible season across the country.

While a slew of players put together career seasons, and several stars capped off their collegiate careers, there was a ton of talent left watching from the bleachers.

Several key transfers from the 2015-16 off-season sat out last year due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to put on their new program’s jersey and go to work in a regular season game.

You have the likes of Kory HoldenDevin Watson, Kendall Stephens, and Cane Broome who headlined the transfer list following the ’15-16 campaign, and are four of the names people all remember when talking about the crop of transfers. However, there are several transfers that fans may have forgotten about, since it’s been a year since they’ve seen regular season action.

Here are ten transfers who may have been forgotten over the course of the 2016-17 season, but will undoubtedly have a positive impact with their new schools this coming year. Continue reading Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Home court advantage paying off early in the 2017 CIT

Chris Clemons continued his strong play since the regular season ended, scoring 39 points in Campbell’s 98-79 win over Houston Baptist in the First Round of the 2017 CIT on Tuesday. (Source: American Sports Network) (Header; Saint Francis (PA) Basketball)

CALGARY, Alta. — Home court, or home field, advantage in the post-season is a huge advantage in any sport.

Whether it’s hockey, baseball, basketball, or football, among others, playing at home in the playoffs is much easier than having to win on the road in front of a slew of opposing fans.

Through four games of the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT, that has become very clear.

After Tuesday’s contests, home teams are a combined 3-1 so far in the first round. Two of the three wins came by sizable margins (nine and 19 points), while the one loss by a home team was decided by just two points.

While this trend bodes well for the rest of the home teams in the remaining games in the opening round, the luck hasn’t always been on the side of the hosts. Continue reading Home court advantage paying off early in the 2017 CIT

RECAP: Samford holds on down the stretch for 98-90 road win over The Citadel

Josh Sharkey was in the starting lineup on Saturday afternoon, and the freshman recorded 17 points and 5 assists to help lead Samford to the 96-84 victory over The Citadel.
Josh Sharkey continued his strong play in 2016-17, as the freshman recorded 18 points and 5 assists to help lead Samford to the 98-90 victory over The Citadel.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — After a four-game winning streak, a stretch that included back-to-back wins to open up Southern Conference play, the Samford Bulldogs have taken a slight detour over their last three games.

The Bulldogs entered Saturday’s contest having lost two of their last three games, and were coming off a 68-65 defeat at home to the Mercer Bears on Wednesday night. They were looking to kick off their two-game road swing with an impressive performance against The Citadel Bulldogs in Charleston, South Carolina.

Like Samford, the host Bulldogs came into Saturday’s tilt having lost two of their previous three games. One thing about The Citadel is that their offense can go off at any given time. They have found themselves in several offensive shootouts in 2016-17, and have topped the 100-point mark on eight occasions (6-2).

Samford needed a strong start out of the gate to take the momentum away from The Citadel. The visitors took a 15-point lead into the break, and looked to be in good shape as the second half ticked down.

The Citadel closed to within five points in the final minute, but timely free throw shooting sealed the deal for Samford, and the visitors came away with the 98-90 victory in the battle of the Bulldogs. Continue reading RECAP: Samford holds on down the stretch for 98-90 road win over The Citadel