We continue with our countdown to the start of the college hoops season, taking a quick peek at Conference USA, the Horizon and Ivy leagues, MAAC, MAC and MEAC. Plus some interesting preseason results.
Shaheen Holloway is a New Jersey guy through and through. The new head coach at St. Peter’s is also above all a competitor as he starts his new position.
A second straight late-season charge by UNC Greensboro in the Southern Conference has a happier ending this season. And the Spartans’ story may have another chapter or two left.
As four more NCAA Tournament bids go out, we had a little of everything in those games. Plus a few more championship game matchups are set, a few quarterfinal games were especially close, and the final regular season games are in the books.
It’s early yet, but we’ve already had some upsets in conference tournaments of note, especially on Friday night. Plus two bubble teams have different fates in New York, and it’s down to one game to determine a lot for the Ivy League Tournament.
It appeared Thursday night was going to offer us yet another instance of a top-ranked team losing this season when Virginia looked on its way to a sure loss at Louisville Thursday night. The Cavaliers trailed by four points, and there was less than one second left on the clock. No problem. All it took was two made free throws, a travel on the baseline by a Cardinals player inbounding the ball, and then a banked in three-pointer at the buzzer.
Has Nebraska done enough to get into the NCAA Tournament? They will be an interesting case. Plus a late-emerging champion down south, a damaging loss out west, and some bad off-court news to close out a weekend that had too much of that already.
If you had forgotten about Wichita State, Sunday should help change that. Plus the Blue Devils win again without an injured star, two long winning streaks end at once, a big mid-major showdown, and a coach decides to leave now instead of at the end of the season.
All of a sudden, only one team is undefeated in conference play after another one goes down. Plus a wild one in the Ivy League needs some extra basketball, showdowns in the northeast and Midwest, and a Trojan goes down for the season.
It was hard to guess who was the more desperate team going into the latest incarnation of the Duke/North Carolina rivalry, which resumed Thursday night.