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Three Things We Learned From Notre Dame’s Loss to Michigan State: Guys Need To Step Up

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Matt Farrell went scoreless in the first half before finishing with 10 points and 7 assists. (Source: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, IN. — A loss was bound to happen eventually for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and they suffered their first blemish of the season on Thursday night, losing 81-63 to the Michigan State Spartans in the final game of the 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Just as the Fighting Irish were coming off of a tournament championship win, beating the then sixth-ranked Wichita State Shockers, Michigan State also found success in early tournament play, winning the Victory bracket of the inaugural PK80 Invitational against the then ninth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

In their game against the Tar Heels, the Spartans showed dominance both defensively and offensively, which transitioned into their tilt with the #5 team in the country Thursday night.

Michigan State threw Notre Dame off their offensive rhythm they showed during the Maui Invitational, keeping them out of the paint, limiting their points on the fast break, and forcing them to take unbalanced shots. The Irish were no better on defense, as their transition defense failed to stop the Spartans, and they were out-manned down low with Michigan State getting too many second chances.

While it is one loss and it came from a team that one could argue is the best in the country, Notre Dame is starting to show us who they really are.

Here are three things we learned about Notre Dame in their loss to Michigan State.

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A look at Opening Weekend for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds

Jashaun Agosto and the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have fought back in each of their two games this season, but their comeback efforts have fallen short both times. (Source: Brooklyn Daily)

BROOKLYN — The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have started 2017-2018 season with an 0-2 record after opening weekend.

However, it’s nothing to worry about, and there are some key takeaways from this past weekend.

Raiquan Clark had a career high on Friday night, with 34 points to go along with seven rebounds. It looks as though Clark is ready to take on a starring role on offense this year without Jerome Frink on the roster. Continue reading A look at Opening Weekend for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks look to contend for a Big Sky title in 2017-18 despite losing their top four scorers

Sophomore guard JoJo Anderson will see a big jump in his minutes, and production, in comparison to his freshman year stats.

Flagstaff, AZ — Losing your top four scorers from a season before is a tough obstacle to overcome, no matter who you are.

When it’s a smaller program from a smaller conference, it becomes more of a notable issue moving towards the following season.

That’s the position that the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks find themselves in heading into the 2017-18 season. The Lumberjacks are coming off a season in which they finished the season with a record of 9-23 overall, and were eight games off of the lead in the Big Sky Conference, finishing in 10th with a 6 – 12 record.

With their losses, there isn’t much of a buzz around the Lumberjacks program on a national level this season. However, that shouldn’t be the case. While the team may be young, the foundation has been set for the program to take another step forwards in 2017-18.

From the addition of a pair of graduate transfers to the rise of a star sophomore guard, to the recent memory of a run to the CIT Finals three seasons ago, the Lumberjacks are starting to trend back in the right direction after a down year a season ago. Continue reading Northern Arizona Lumberjacks look to contend for a Big Sky title in 2017-18 despite losing their top four scorers

Hawai’i Warriors 2017-18 Season Preview

With Noah Allen having graduated, look for Jack Purchase to play a big role for Hawaii in 2017-18. (Source: KHON2)

Honolulu, HI — The Warriors of Hawai’i went 14-16 overall, and 8-8 in Big West conference play last season.  They finished off the season on a three game losing and streak and lost to the Long Beach State 49ers, 73-62, in the quarterfinals of the Big West conference tournament.

Head Coach Eran Ganot and his staff will have a tough task in front of them this upcoming season, as they will have to replace the team’s leading scorer in Noah Allen and replace one of their own in assistant Chris Acker. Continue reading Hawai’i Warriors 2017-18 Season Preview

Wesner: Power conference bias, strength of schedule will send Wichita State to AAC

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.

Tic. Tock. Tic. Tock. Tic. Tock.

Do you remember waiting on a decision after your first job interview?

Sitting in your living room with a racing mind and constantly checking for a missed call or email, you begin to second guess whether your first impression was strong and your answers crisp.

The Missouri Valley Conference is now engaged in a waiting game with mid-major powerhouse Wichita State.

Will they stay, or will they go?

Reported by The Wichita Eagle’s Paul Suellentrop Tuesday, the Shockers’ move to the American Athletic Conference is “almost inevitable.” Continue reading Wesner: Power conference bias, strength of schedule will send Wichita State to AAC

A look at the Ivy League as the inaugural conference tournament gets underway on Saturday

AJ Brodeur and the Penn Quakers knocked off Harvard on Saturday to earn the final spot in the four-team Ivy League tournament, which opens up this weekend.

By halftime on Saturday night, the Penn Quakers had received word they would control their own destiny.

Thanks to a Columbia loss and Cornell and Princeton both winning big, all the Quakers needed was a win against Harvard to clinch their first ever Ivy League Tournament berth.

On Senior Night, with the game knotted up at 72, Jackson Donahue flashed to the right wing and drained a three with 6.3 seconds left. After the team failed to logically foul the Crimson, Siyani Chambers set up sophomore guard Corey Johnson, a 43 percent shooter from distance, but his shout bounced off the front of the rim and out.

Following Penn’s thrilling victory, the Ivy League’s first four-team conference tournament is all set and scheduled to be played this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading A look at the Ivy League as the inaugural conference tournament gets underway on Saturday