Pre-Conference Coverage Archive

Arizona vs Texas A&M

Year one in the post-Billy Gillispie era is going better than expected for the Texas A&M Aggies. With new head coach Mark Turgeon running the show at A&M, the Aggies off are to a 7-0 start for the fourth straight season and have shown the nation that they again plan to make a major push… more »

Washington vs Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State and Washington come into Saturday’s Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series tilt looking for some consistency on the floor. Both teams were involved in preseason tournaments in New York and Hawaii; however, neither team was able to fully capitalize on the opportunity of playing against some of the best teams in the country on a… more »

Oregon State vs Iowa State

The term rebuilding might come to mind when mentioning the Iowa State Cyclones and the Oregon State Beavers this season. However, the term might be viewed differently depending on which team you’re looking at. For Iowa State the word brings to mind the possibility of improvements after a subpar 15-16 season overall. While most schools… more »

Washington State vs Baylor

Both Washington State and Baylor enter their second-ever meeting as programs on the rise, with bright young coaches they must work hard to keep in place. The undefeated Cougars are ranked sixth in the nation, the highest ranking in school history. Tony Bennett’s team is led by the duo of Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver…. more »

USC vs Oklahoma

On paper the roster looks like a total mess: five freshman, five sophomores, three juniors and not one single senior. It looks bad. Based on those numbers alone, it’s impossible to think that any team could ever dream of hanging with some of the best teams in the country, let alone even fathom vying for… more »

Iowa Preview

2006-2007 Record: 17-14 (9-7 Big 10, T-4th) Postseason Games: 3/9/2007 Purdue Big Ten Tournament L 74-55 Returning Statistical Leaders: 7.5 ppg – Tony Freeman 4.6 rpg – Kurt Looby 3.7 apg – Tony Freeman Starting Lineup: Key Stat: C Seth Gorney 7’0 Sr. 57.5 FG% last year was career worst PF Kurt Looby 6’10 Sr…. more »

Kansas State vs Oregon

Ernie Kent’s Oregon Ducks enter this matchup with aspirations of winning the Pac-10 Title. And why not? The team returns the nucleus from last season’s Elite Eight squad, which was eliminated by the eventual national champion Florida Gators. Maarty Leunen anchors the Ducks in the post, leading the team in rebounding and second on the… more »

Northwestern Preview

2006-2007 Record: 13-18 (2-14) T-10th Postseason Games: 3/8/2007 Michigan State Big Ten Tournament L 62-57 Returning Statistical Leaders: 13.4 ppg – Kevin Coble 5.2 rpg – Kevin Coble 2.0 apg – Craig Moore Starting Lineup: Key Stat: C Kevin Coble 6’8 So. Expected to be best Wildcat in history PF Jeff Ryan 6’6 So. 46.8… more »

UCLA/Texas Preview

The Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series begins tonight with Oregon traveling to take on talented freshman Michael Beasley and Kansas State. While that game is appealing to many if for nothing else than a chance to see Beasley play against solid competition, the series really kicks into high gear on Sunday, December 2, when there are… more »

Michigan Preview

2006-2007 Record: 22-13 (8-8 Big 10, T-7th) Postseason Games: 3/8/2007 Minnesota Big Ten Tournament W 49-40 3/9/2007 Ohio State Big Ten Tournament L 72-62 3/13/2007 Utah State NIT W 68-58 3/15/2007 Florida State NIT L 87-66 Returning Statistical Leaders: 5.7 ppg – Ron Coleman, Jerret Smith 4.0 rpg – Ekpe Udoh 3.4 apg – Jerret… more »

Penn State Preview

2006-2007 Record: 11-19 (2-14 Big 10, T-10th) Postseason Games: 3/8/2007 Illinois Big Ten Tournament L 66-60 Returning Statistical Leaders: 16.3 ppg – Geary Claxton 8.0 rpg – Geary Claxton 2.3 apg – Mike Walker Starting Lineup: Key Stat: C Jeff Brooks 6’8 Fr. A top-60 recruit should sure up post PF Brandon Hassell 6’11 Sr…. more »

Illinois Preview

2006-2007 Record: 23-12 (9-7 Big 10, T-4th) Postseason Games: 3/8/2007 Penn State Big Ten Tournament W 66-60 3/9/2007 Indiana Big Ten Tournament W 58-54 3/10/2007 Wisconsin Big Ten Tournament L 53-41 3/16/2007 Virginia Tech NCAA L 54-52 Returning Statistical Leaders: 11.4 ppg – Shaun Pruitt 7.5 rpg – Shaun Pruitt 4.5 apg – Chester Frazier… more »

Wisconsin Preview

2006-2007 Record: 30-6 (13-3) 2nd Postseason Games: 3/9/2007 Michigan State Big Ten Tournament W 70-57 3/10/2007 Illinois Big Ten Tournament W 53-41 3/11/2007 Ohio State Big Ten Tournament L 66-49 3/16/2007 Texas A&M-CC NCAA W 76-63 3/18/2007 UNLV NCAA L 74-68 Returning Statistical Leaders: 8.8 ppg – Brian Butch 5.9 rpg – Brian Butch 2.9… more »

Purdue Preview

2006-2007 Record: 22-12 (9-7, Big 10, T-4th) Postseason Games: 3/9/2007 Iowa Big Ten Tournament W 74-55 3/9/2007 Ohio State Big Ten Tournament L 63-52 3/16/2007 Arizona NCAA W 72-63 3/18/2007 Florida NCAA L 74-67 Returning Statistical Leaders: 7.2 ppg – Chris Kramer 4.9 rpg – Gordon Watt 2.5 apg – Chris Kramer Starting Lineup: Key… more »

Minnesota Preview

2006-2007 Record: 9-22 (3-13 Big 10, 9th) Postseason Games: 3/8/2007 Michigan Big Ten Tournament L 49-40 Returning Statistical Leaders: 14.9 ppg – Lawrence McKenzie 6.0 rpg – Dan Coleman 2.8 apg – Lawrence McKenzie Starting Lineup: Key Stat: C Spencer Tollackson 6’9 Sr. FG% dropped 9.1% last season PF Dan Coleman 6’9 Sr. 77.4 FT%… more »

Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series Preview

The 2007-2008 college basketball season marks the commencement of the next great inter-conference made-for-TV matchup: Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series. That’s right, get ready to renew a historic rivalry between two leagues who have battled it out for decades (especially since the Big 12 is but twelve years old). Get ready for the bitter hatred… more »

Ohio State Preview

2006-2007 Record: 35-4 (15-1 Big 10, 1st) Postseason Games: 3/9/2007 Michigan Big Ten Tournament W 72-62 3/10/2007 Purdue Big Ten Tournament W 63-52 3/11/2007 Wisconsin Big Ten Tournament W 66-49 3/15/2007 Cent. Conn St. NCAA W 78-57 3/17/2007 Xavier. NCAA W 78-71 (OT) 3/22/2007 Tennesseee NCAA W 85-84 3/24/2007 Memphis NCAA W 92-76 3/31/2007 Georgetown… more »

Indiana Preview

2006-2007 Record: 21-11 (10-6 Big 10, 3rd) Postseason Games: 3/9/2007 Illinois Big Ten Tournament L 58-54 3/15/2007 Gonzaga NCAA W 70-57 3/17/2007 UCLA NCAA L 54-49 Returning Statistical Leaders: 13.8 ppg – D.J.White 7.3 rpg – D.J. White 3.0 apg – Armon Bassett Starting Lineup: Key Stat: C DeAndre Thomas 6’9 Jr. In 5 games,… more »

Michigan State Preview

2006-2007 Record: 23-12 (8-8 Big 10, T-7th) Postseason Games: 3/8/2007 Northwestern Big Ten Tournament W 62-57 3/9/2007 Wisconsin Big Ten Tournament L 70-57 3/15/2007 Marquette NCAA W 61-49 3/17/2007 North Carolina NCAA L 81-67 Returning Statistical Leaders: 13.5 ppg – Drew Neitzel 6.7 rpg – Goran Suton 6.5 apg – Drew Neitzel Starting Lineup: Key… more »

2007-08 Big Ten Preview

For the first time in years the Big Ten’s “best” don’t include the names Illinois, Ohio State or Wisconsin. This season is expected to belong to Indiana and Michigan State while a handful of other teams fight for the third spot. The big change in Big Ten country this season is two added conference games…. more »

Illinois at Maryland

Illinois (4-1) jumped right into tough competition this season by making the trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. The Illini blew out Arizona State 77-54 before losing to Duke 79-66 in the semi-finals. Illinois then dispatched Oklahoma State 65-49 in the third-place game. All this came after the first two wins of the season,… more »

Boston College at Michigan

Boston College (4-0), unlike many of the Big 10 and ACC schools, did not participate in an early-season tournament. In fact the Golden Eagles haven’t even left the friendly confines of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, but they’ll have to in order to get to Ann Arbor, home of the Michigan Wolverines. The Eagles are undefeated through… more »

North Carolina at Ohio State

North Carolina (5-0) has been tested twice in five contests, first in the season-opener and then again in the final of the Las Vegas Invitational. The Tar Heels beat a Davidson team that briefly entered the AP Top 25 by a 76-72 margin at home to kick of the 2007-2008 campaign. After three blowouts (two… more »

Virginia Tech at Penn State

Virginia Tech (2-2) made the trip to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout and it turned out to be a mostly humbling experience. After blitzing Eastern Washington by 17, the Hokies got bounced by Butler in the semis then lost big (82-64) to Gonzaga in the third-place game. A 69-64 home win over Elon to… more »

N.C. State at Michigan State

N.C. State (4-1) bounced back from a home loss to New Orleans to win three games in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and capture the Old Spice Classic championship. The Wolfpack beat Rider by nine points before edging South Carolina 63-61 in the semi-finals and Villanova 69-68 in the final. Those tough games on away from… more »

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