Thursday night saw two teams take to the court who have played some strong basketball this season, but haven’t quite seen the results they have been hoping for. The IUPUI Jaguars went on the road to take on the Missouri State Bears, with both teams looking to score a big win as they inch closer to conference play.
It was the tale of two halves for both teams, as the Jaguars were all over the Bears in the opening half. But, the roles reversed in the second half, and the Bears launched a ferocious comeback in front of their home crowd.
The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a season it has been already. Night in and night out, any team is truly capable of knocking off anyone, making the season that much more exciting. Upsets have been aplenty this season, and more are bound to come over the course of the 2015-16 season.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. They could be freshmen or experienced seniors, and they could come from the smallest mid-major programs or the top teams in the country. Each night, there are big performances that are critical for their respective teams.
Each season, there are memorable performances that take place in the opening few weeks that catch the attention of everyone across the NCAA basketball landscape. From upset wins, to overtime thrillers, and unexpected hot starts to the season, the opening month of the NCAA basketball season is always full of unexpected surprises.
The 2015-16 season is no exception. There have been plenty of upsets, memorable individual performances, and some teams who have simply dominated their competition before making a huge leap into the top 25 rankings.
These teams are not always power conference teams, and our list of Five Pleasant Surprises for the 2015-16 Season is made up of predominately mid-major programs. Four of the five teams on our list are smaller programs who have made big splashes to open the season.
Last season, the Wisconsin Badgers advanced to the National Championship game before losing to Duke. They have a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate on their roster, in Nigel Hayes, and are ranked 17th in the nation to open the season.
Their opponent on opening night inside the Kohl Center? Western Illinois. The Leathernecks finished last in the Summit League standings a season ago.
On paper, this game was a no-brainer. But the good thing about these games is you actually have to play them to find the outcome, and anything is possible.
When Shaka Smart left Virginia Commonwealth to take the head coaching job down in Texas, people started to speculate as to who would step in to lead the Rams. When all was said and done, it was Chattanooga`s bench boss Will Wade who took over the program.
Wade is a former assistant of Smart, and is very familiar with the processes and procedures of the program. However, people wondered if his lack of post-season success and overall head coaching experience would hinder him in any way.
If Thursday was any indication, he should have no trouble with the Rams in terms of recruiting. Graduate transfer Korey Billbury, from Oral Roberts, committed to the VCU Rams, giving Wade his first big-time transfer recruit as he tries to put the final touches on the 2015-16 roster. Continue reading VCU Brings in Oral Roberts-Transfer Korey Billbury→
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