Pre-Conference Coverage Archive

Wisconsin 73, Duke 69

Wisconsin scored a big victory for both its program and the Big Ten conference on Wednesday night. The Badgers upset No. 5 Duke 73-69 on the final day of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, all but clinching the Big Ten’s first win in the 11-year history of the event. Wisconsin’s triumph officially evened the 2009 score at… more »

Illinois 76, Clemson 74

What looked early to be the least competitive game of the entire Big Ten-ACC Challenge ended up being its most intense. Early on, the Clemson Tigers could do no wrong, as Trevor Booker showed exactly why he’s in the discussion for ACC Player of the Year.  No Illini big man was able to figure out… more »

North Carolina 89, Michigan State 82

For the third time less than a full year, the Spartans and Tar Heels battled in the national spotlight. And for the third time, the Tar Heels turned what was supposed to be a hard-fought battle into a one-team coronation with a convincing thrashing of a highly-ranked and highly-talented Spartan squad. You would think losing… more »

Maryland 80, Indiana 68

Maryland went into Bloomington, Indiana on Tuesday night and pulled out a hard-fought 80-68 victory over the Hoosiers to put the ACC on the scoreboard of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins trailed throughout the majority of the first half before earning a 35-33 advantage at the intermission. After a back-and-forth start to the second… more »

Head-to-Head: Michigan State vs. Texas

Bracketography analysts Chris Mackinder (Big Ten) and Jonathan Wall (Big 12) take a look at the upcoming weekend game between Michigan State and Texas. Each writer will argue why his respective conference’s representative will come out on top in this critical non-conference matchup. Mackinder’s Michigan State Analysis During Michigan State’s win against The Citadel on… more »

What we’ve learned so far about the Big 12 Conference (South Division)

The Big 12 Conference is riding the wave of last season’s success, and it has Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas and Texas among others to thank for bringing it back to the top of the college basketball pecking order. Big early-season wins have been the norm for a couple of teams, as the Big 12′s cream continues… more »

What we’ve learned so far about the Big 12 (North Division)

The Big 12 Conference is riding the wave of last season’s success, and it has Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas and Texas among others to thank for bringing it back to the top of the college basketball pecking order. Big early-season wins have been the norm for a couple of teams, as the Big 12′s cream continues… more »

ACC-Big 10 Challenge Recap

Make it 10 straight for the ACC. This one, however, came a little bit harder than most of the conference’s previous nine wins in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, and was a little bit more difficult than expected. So bragging rights go to the ACC yet again, but let’s be honest, this is pretty much all… more »

Old Spice Classic Recap

The Old Spice Classic was slated to be the monster among monster pre-conference tournaments. Thanks to Michigan State (or Maryland, depending on how you view the situation), the tournament didn’t live up to the hype. When it was all said and done, the four “big boys” all showcased their stuff. But Michigan State’s shocking thumping… more »

Team Profile: 2008 ACC-Big 10 Challenge Preview

Is 10 the lucky number for the Big 10? The tenth annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge tips off on Monday and the score is ACC 9, Big Ten 0. That’s right; the Big 10 has never won, and it has only been remotely competitive once since 2003 (losing 6-5 in 2005). Overall, the ACC is 56-30… more »

CBE Recap: Ripening Orange

Thousands of fans took in the College Basketball Experience, many expectant of a Kansas championship. While Syracuse spoiled that dream 89-81 in overtime, the fans did bear witness to the greatest display of point guard play in the nation thus far. They led in different ways, but both KU junior Sherron Collins and SU sophomore… more »

Pre-season NIT semifinals tip off in Madison Square Garden

Blake Griffin and the Oklahoma Sooners deprived the Madison Square Garden faithful of a chance to see Davidson star Stephen Curry. But the fans, at least, will get to see another Pre-season First-Team All-American in Griffin, himself. The semifinals of the Pre-season NIT tip off in New York on the day before Thanksgiving, pitting Boston… more »

Old Spice Classic Preview

Unlike the 2k Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, where organizers had an idea of who would play for the title, the organizers of the 2008 Old Spice Classic left the future open to interpretation. That is what happens when an 8-team tournament features five teams from last year’s NCAA Tournament. Moreover, we’re not talking… more »

College Basketball Experience Tournament Preview

Florida (2-0) versus Syracuse (3-0) will be a nice early-season tussle. Both teams believe 2009 will mark a return to the NCAA Tournament. For different reasons these recent NCAA Champions missed the Big Dance last year. For ‘Cuse, the two-year hiatus stings even worse. Two of the nation’s finest point guards provide the source of… more »

EA Sports Maui Invitational: Can anyone knock off the Tar Heels?

It’s turn back the clock time (literally and figuratively) for the 2008 Maui Invitational. This event, which along with the Preseason NIT used to be the highlighted early-season television affair in college basketball, has organized a prime field for its 25th anniversary. The 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center will host three top 10 teams in the… more »

2K Sports Classic Preview

It is no secret that when the tournament committee put together the 2009 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, they envisioned a Duke vs. UCLA final. Still, both Duke and UCLA have one more challenge before ESPN gets what they ultimately hoped for. That is not always as easy to come by as it… more »

Big XII Bonanza (Week One)

Hot Topic: Well it’s official: After watching the Kansas Jayhawks play over the weekend against Boston College, it’s safe to say that they are one of the best teams in the nation. I guess it didn’t take a genius to figure out that Kansas was a great team, but wow, talk about having every position… more »

SEC Preview

Vanderbilt and Ole Miss remain two of the six undefeated teams in the nation while Kentucky stumbles in with a sub .500 record. Such is the topsy-turvy world that is college basketball! Tennessee (12-1) Best Wins: West Virginia (N), at Xavier, Gonzaga (N) Entering conference play, the Volunteers have easily the best resume of any… more »

Providence vs. South Carolina

Think Fast. The concise theme of the South Carolina-Providence battle truly describes the style of both Devan Downey (USC) and Geoff McDermott (PC). One thinks fast and plays faster while the other (McDermott) thinks fast and plays slow. Each dominated. Downey took to the stage first. The transfer from Cincinnati carries himself like he just… more »

Newfound Homecourts

Welcome to my home. The Missouri Valley Conference is living the dream. Every mid-major team has made the same arduous journey into a BCS-conference arena. The heat is turned up to unbearable levels. Fans are screaming; many, many more fans than you are accustomed to as a mid-major player. Your entourage looks tiny engulfed by… more »

Big East/SEC Invitational Preview

West Virginia at Auburn December 5, 7:00, ESPN2 Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center; Birmingham, Ala. Auburn Probables 6’7” F Korvotney Barber 6’4” G Frank Tolbert 6’1” G DeWayne Reed 6’3” G Quantez Robertson 6’5” G Rasheem Barrett West Virginia Probables 7’0” C Jamie Smalligan 6’8” F Joe Alexander 6’8” SF Da’Sean Butler 6’6” F Alex Ruoff… more »

Texas/UCLA Review

Last night the Texas Longhorns did something that no team has done since January of 2006; they beat the UCLA Bruins on the floor of Pauley Pavilion. Since the Bruins had lost to the Washington Huskies, they had run off 25 straight at the vaunted arena. The game was very entertaining, if not played at… more »

Nebraska vs. Arizona State

Second-year coach Herb Sendek’s Arizona State Sun Devils have started the year off eager to show off their growth after the pains of last season. Sendek’s squad suffered through an 8-22 season, including a 14-game losing streak. Close losses plagued the Sun Devils, as its youth showed in late-game situations. Five games into the 2007-2008… more »

Colorado vs. Stanford

Stanford enters its trip to Boulder with a 7-1 record, including a loss at Siena. The Cardinal are coming off a disappointing end to their season last year, as they were blown out by Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament after squeaking in as an 11-seed. Looking to be led by the… more »

Missouri vs California

Mike Anderson’s Missouri Tigers will compete a bit under the radar in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Not only nationally, but within the Mizzou fanbase. Why? A little football game versus the Oklahoma Sooners in which Missouri is playing for the right to play for the national title. That game aside, Missouri has a chance… more »

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