CHARLESTON, S.C. — With the 2017-18 season winding down, the vast majority of teams have turned their focus to the upcoming 2018-19 campaign.
The end of the season brings forth an influx of coaching changes and player transfers all across the country. Some have said the number of players transferring has been a problem over the last few years, with more and more players choosing to transfer with each passing year.
At this point, close to 200 players have opted to transfer and seek other opportunities in college basketball, and the Elite Eight hasn’t even begun. Several teams have been hit hard on the transfer market already, losing key pieces of the rotation for next season and beyond.
GREENSBORO, NC. — With our Game of the Day picks, we have decided to steer clear from the traditional power five match-ups, or the obvious selections that would feature a pair of top 25 teams.
Instead, we want to focus on intriguing games between smaller schools from across the country. On Saturday, fans get treated to a Southern Conference opener that features a pair of teams that have wins over ACC teams from the state of North Carolina this season in non-conference play.
On one side, you have the Wofford Terriers. All eyes were on the Terriers on December 20th, when they knocked off the then-fifth ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, NC. Wofford never trailed in the second half, and held on down the stretch for the 79-75 victory. They come in having won their last five contests, and will look to extend their streak to six when they open conference play.
Their opponent on Saturday also knows a ting or two about road upsets. The UNC Greensboro Spartans have an 81-76 win over the NC State Wolfpack on their resume from December 16th, and lost by just six points against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. With five wins over their past six games, the Spartans have emerged as a legitimate threat in the race for the Southern Conference title, much like the Terriers.
LYNCHBURG, VA. — Big time players hit big time shots.
Junior guard Francis Alonso is a big time player. On Saturday afternoon, Alonso hit big shot after big shot for the UNC Greensboro Spartans, who were in a dog fight on the road against the Liberty Flames.
Liberty held an 11-point lead with under five minutes to play, but the Spartans launched a comeback, one that saw Alonso hit a clutch shot in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime. They needed three overtime periods, but Alonso made sure that UNCG was the team that came out on top when all was said and done.
DURHAM, NC. – The Duke Blue Devils are now 5-0 in 2017-18, after their latest win over the Furman Paladins on Monday night, 92-63.
Duke has suffered from back-to-back slow starts. In their prior game against the Southern University Jaguars, it was caused by the number of turnovers they committed. Last night, the Paladins were making seemingly every shot attempt they had early.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — It’s hard to believe that the 2017-18 season tipped off a week ago already.
A lot has happened over the course of the week. From a few upsets, to an exciting Champions Classic, fans have been treated to some exciting basketball over the first seven days of the season.
On Friday, the 2017 Paradise Jam tipped off in Lynchburg, VA, and the host Liberty Flames took on the Mercer Bears to kick off the event. The contest featured two teams who many expect to contend in their respective conferences this season, and it’s one of the top match-ups that the event could produce.
Mercer came out of the gate strong, scoring eight of the first 11 points, holding Liberty to three points over the first five-plus minutes in the process. After the Flames took a brief two-point lead before the midway point of the frame, the Bears retook the lead and never looked back.