Championship Week Coverage Archive

Big South Tournament Final Preview

#6 VMI (14-18) at #1 Winthrop (27-4) ESPN had better make sure their camera people can follow the ball in the Big South Tournament championship game, because the pace will be nonstop action. Normally, top-seed and highly favored Winthrop (27-4, 14-0) likes to play at an up-tempo, 94-foot style that forces its opponent to test… more »

2007 Ohio Valley Tournament Recap

#2 Eastern Kentucky 63, #1 Austin Peay 62 Championship games allow for anonymous players to become stars at least for a single day. Down by one with six seconds left in the game and a NCAA Tournament berth on the line, Eastern Kentucky (21-11) got the ball to a freshman forward averaging three points per… more »

2007 Missouri Valley Tournament Recap: Day 3

#1 Southern Illinois 53, #4 Bradley 51 The scene was all too familiar. SIU versus Bradley. MVC Championship opponents last year, the Salukis and Braves met for the sixth time in 14 months. It is safe to say they know each other. The coaches know the adversary’s gameplan and the players know their counterparts’ tendencies…. more »

2007 Missouri Valley Tournament Recap: Day 2

#1 Southern Illinois 71, # 9 Drake 59 The Southern Illinois basketball team goes about their business with a quiet confidence. Their manner is never too high and never too low. The senior leaders Jamaal Tatum and Tony Young, whether infuriated or elated keep cool-headed demeanors. “When you have good seniors like we have in… more »

2007 Missouri Valley Tournament Recap: Day 1

#9 Drake 101, #8 Evansville 96 For a building that has undergone two name changes in the last seven years, another change could be in the works. Call it Shooter’s Heaven. Maybe Land O’Plenty. Regardless the newly named Scottrade Center welcomed Valley players with a fun-filled gimmick…shoot one, get 3 free. Points that is. Drake… more »

2007 Missouri Valley Tournament Preview

GAME 1—6:05 PM CST, March 1, 2007 #8 Evansville Aces (14-16, 6-12 Valley) vs. #9 Drake Bulldogs (16-14, 6-12 Valley) Snapshot Evansville and Drake are better this year than last year. Both teams improved and managed to draw nearer to the pack. Unfortunately, the pack still kept UE and DU at arm’s length. More wins,… more »

2007 Championship Week Preview

Championship Week can never come soon enough, at least for bracket junkies like myself.  But take heart, fellow hoops fans—the 2007 edition is rapidly approaching. In an ironic twist, Championship Week is a unique time in all of sports that sees even Goliaths (i.e. teams in BCS leagues) root for Davids Why?  Because the more… more »

Bracketography at the 2006 Big Ten Tournament

Conseco Fieldhouse – IndianapolisPenn State 60, Northwestern 42 The patrons were sparse in the stands at Conseco Fieldhouse for this noon tip-off. But the people there were definitely fans as this was the only game in the 10-game Big Ten Tournament that was basically meaningless. Neither the Nittany Lions nor Wildcats are NCAA Tournament bound… more »

2006 Missouri Valley Tournament Recap: Day Three

Senior Writer Andy Force recaps all the Missouri Valley action live from the Savvis Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. Bradley 60, Wichita State 52 The Bradley Braves squared off against the pre-tournament favorite Wichita State Shockers. The Bradley unit entered play with a substantial six-game winning streak. Closing out their Missouri Valley Conference campaign, BU… more »

2006 Missouri Valley Tournament Recap: Day One

Senior Writer Andy Force recaps all the Missouri Valley action live from the Savvis Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. A blustery Thursday afternoon swoops into cool St. Louis. The strong winds bring in four hapless teams fraught with problems. Talent deficiencies, lineup holes, rudderless play, poor shooting to name a few. These four teams serve… more »

Colonial NCAA Tournament Teams

There are compelling storylines throughout college basketball season: holiday tournaments, non-conference showdowns, the grind of league play.But seriously, we know what it’s really all about: March.. In March, all the pre-season hype does not matter. In March, the arguments over the best teams, the best conferences, and the best players are moot. In March, some… more »

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