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Bethune-Cookman Pulls Away in Second Half for 87-78 win over Grambling

Ryan Ridder and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats pulled away from a stingy Grambling team in the second half on Tuesday for the 87-78 victory. (Photos: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fl. — The second full week of the 2017-18 college basketball season is in full swing, with several marquee early-season events taking place over the next few days.

On Tuesday, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats welcomed the Grambling Tigers to Daytona Beach in conjunction with the Ramblin’ Wreck Showcase. The Wildcats were coming off a close three-point loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in their last outing, while the Tigers were looking to end their three-game losing streak to open the year.

After the Wildcats opened the scoring on a free throw from Shawntrez Davis, the Tigers went on a 9-0 run to take an early eight-point lead. They would hold the lead until the midway point of the first half, until a three ball from Soufiyane Diakite tied the game at 16-all with 10:36 left on the clock.

From there, the host Wildcats wouldn’t trail the rest of the way. Bethune-Cookman would pull away in the second half for the 87-78 victory, ending their own losing streak at three games in the process. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Pulls Away in Second Half for 87-78 win over Grambling

Duke Remains Perfect in 2017-18 with win over Southern

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Duke’s Grayson Allen sores in for a layup in the first half of play verses Southern University Friday Night. (Source. Chuck Liddy- The News & Observer) (Header: SB Nation)

DURHAM, NC. – The challenge of being the top-ranked team in college basketball is that everyone wants to knock you off. There is not going to be an easy game for the Blue Devils all season long.

On Friday night, the Duke Blue Devils continued their hot start to the season, beating the Southern University Jaguars, 78-61.

The Blue Devils remain perfect through four games in 2017-18. Continue reading Duke Remains Perfect in 2017-18 with win over Southern

Hawai’i Begins Their Season with an 82-70 Victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Senior forward Gibson Johnson scored 19 points to help lead Hawai’i past Arkansas-Pine Bluff to open the 2017 Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic on Friday. (Source: Hawai’i Athletics) (Header: Hawai’i Athletics)

HONOLULU — The Hawai’i Warriors opened up their 2017-18 season with a with an 82-70 win against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Friday’s contest was a part of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.

Senior forwards Mike Thomas and Gibson Johnson poured in 19 points a piece, with junior forward Jack Purchase also contributing 18 of his own.

The trio of forwards combined to have a staggering sixty-eight percent of the Warriors’ points in the game. Continue reading Hawai’i Begins Their Season with an 82-70 Victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Ohio slips past Alabama A&M, 61-53

Doug Taylor (45) narrowly missed a double-double in the Bobcats’ season opener, posting six points and 12 rebounds to help lead Ohio past Alabama A&M. (Source: WOUB)

ATHENS, Ohio — Heading into Saturday’s tilt with the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, the Ohio Bobcats were looking to keep the winning ways going for the Mid-American Conference.

Only one team has lost their season opening game at this point in the MAC (sorry, Ball State), and the Bobcats didn’t want to kick off their season with an 0-1 record.

The SWAC, on the other hand, had only one team pick up a win on opening night (shoutout to Jackson State). On Saturday, the Bulldogs were looking to reverse the conference’s early-season fortunes and get their own season started on the right foot.

Out of the gate, the teams were neck and neck. Ohio closed the first half on a 9-0 run to take a double-digit lead into the break, and wouldn’t trail throughout the entire second half. Alabama A&M cut the deficit down to five points as the second half was winding down, but were never able to overtake the Bobcats.

Ohio held down their home court with a 61-53 victory over Alabama A&M. Continue reading Ohio slips past Alabama A&M, 61-53

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

Ryan Daly put up 16 points and pulled down over seven rebounds per game as a freshman for Delaware, and he’s just one of many sophomores who will become a household names in 2017-18.

CALGARY, 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 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here. Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part Two

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

Detroit Mercy’s Corey Allen is just one of several sophomore guards that all fans should know about heading into the 2017-18 season. (Source: MLive)

CALGARY, 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-calibre 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 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

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