Its top program moved on, but the Missouri Valley Conference persevered like it always does-and in fact came out even stronger, led by Loyola Chicago’s fantastic season.
As little order as there has been in college basketball this year, an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight that so far includes a 3 seed, two 9 seeds and an 11 seems strangely appropriate. A bizarre season and bizarre NCAA tourney became only moreso Thursday, as lower seeds won three of […]
Being a small, relatively unknown, Franciscan Catholic school is plenty enough to appeal to the average, underdog-loving fan of the NCAA Tournament, but St. Bonaventure provided all the more reason to for fans to take notice with its play Tuesday night.
It’s been a long time-way too long-since UNC Charlotte made some noise on the national college basketball scene. Pretty much everyone would’ve rather the 49ers made their return in a different way than they did Thursday, though.
Notes from around college basketball as we close out November and enter the season’s quiet stretch in December:
Happy Thanksgiving. While the Battle 4 Atlantis has been one of the premier early season tourneys in recent years, this year’s event looked very top-loaded. Thursday proved otherwise.
It’s become almost a yearly occurrence now that Scott Drew’s Baylor squads are underrated heading into a season. The Bears perennially are undersold. They don’t have blueblood status steeped in decades of tradition. They just may not ‘look’ like a top 20 team in a modern game that values guards upon guards and has little use for teams defined by a quirky defense. Maybe it’s just the bad highlighter uniforms. Whatever the reason, it’s an error that needs to be corrected.
Presenting our annual list of what we simply call our list of teams to keep an eye on coming into the season. Some fall in the category of up-and-coming teams or sleeper picks. Some are powers. Some are just teams we enjoy watching. In most cases, we just think these are teams you’re going to be hearing from before the end of this year.
Last year was the end of a storied run in the Missouri Valley Conference, and the 2016-17 season was too, as Wichita State concluded a 68-year run in the league.
In a tough situation early, Illinois State used its depth to keep its terrific season going with a MVC Tournament quarterfinal win over Evansville.