Pre-Conference Coverage Archive

Purdue at Clemson

Purdue (3-0) is undefeated through three games but the Boilermakers have not left Mackey Arena, nor have they entertained any decent competition in their home. Included in the three wins was a narrow 66-62 win over Lipscomb, while the other two were blowouts over Bethune-Cookman and Loyola (IL). Playing the Clemson Tigers in Littlejohn Coliseum… more »

Wisconsin at Duke

Wisconsin (5-0) has not left the Kohl Center yet this season, but it will be much different environment in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. It could be different outcome as well, considering the Badgers are undefeated after five home games. They pounded three puffcakes then destroyed Colorado by 26 and rolled past Georgia by 19…. more »

Northwestern at Virginia

Northwestern (1-3) has won just once in four tries this season and the Wildcats will be one-for-five after visiting Charlottesville, Virginia. They beat Benedictine by 32, but in their other two home games the Wildcats lost to Stanford by 11 and most recently got bounced 73-67 by Brown. Virginia, arguably, is better than all of… more »

Minnesota at Florida State

Minnesota (3-0) has a rather soft early-season schedule other than this matchup with Florida State, and the Golden Gophers are undefeated through three games. To their credit, however, they did go on the road to Iowa State in their most difficult of the first three games and the Gophers came away with the victory. We’ll… more »

Georgia Tech at Indiana

Georgia Tech (3-2) has played fives games so far and the Jackets have been seriously tested in four of them, including coming up on the short end twice. Coach Paul Hewitt and company went down to UNC-Greensboro in the season opener and lost to Winthrop in the second game the Paradise Jam. The Jackets’ wins… more »

2007 ACC-Big 10 Challenge Preview

Apparently the Big 10 has nine lives. The annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge is still going strong despite eight straight losses by the Big 10. That’s right; the conference has never come out on top in this event since its inception in 1999. Overall, the ACC is 48-27 in individual games. In the early years of… more »

Wake Forest at Iowa

Iowa (4-2) kicked off the season with four straight wins over less than imposing competition, but things were not quite as easy for the Hawkeyes in the Invitational. After a 67-56 loss to Bradley in the opener, Iowa went down to Utah State by a 67-58 score. That leaves the Hawkeyes in the midst of… more »

2007 Maui Invitational Preview

In the past the Maui Invitational has brought us teams coming off of Final Four appearances. The championship in Maui often seems like a potential preview of April’s National Championship. This year Maui has a little bit of a different feel. I’m not saying that this field isn’t talented. Duke and Marquette definitely have dreams… more »

2007-2008 Big East Preview

Back to business across the nation’s first quadrant… The burly men of the Big East clambered onto the court before any snow hit the ground to do what they do best. The question that always leaps to the fore this time of year is…who will do what they do better than the rest? The success… more »

O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Preview

This preseason tournament–the CBE Classic–is all about the big boys. Well, three big boys to be exact. UCLA (AP No. 2, USA Today/ESPN No. 2) plays the role as the favorite. The Bruins are looking to jumpstart the 2007 season with four straight wins en route to a third-straight Final Four appearance, and possibly the… more »

2007 Coaches vs Cancer Tournament Preview

After one nationally-televised game, I’m not going to pretend to know the ins-and-outs of Coach Rick Scruggs’ offensive and defensive systems, but I can tell you that GW pressures the ball, gets out in transition, and attacks the basket very, very well. UConn’s A.J. Price and Jerome Dyson are going to have a lot to contend with in the backcourt.

Oklahoma should provide a nice test for the 3rd-ranked Tigers. Jeff Capel, now in his second year with the Sooners, has a talented freshman in Blake Griffin. The frontcourt matchup against the Tigers should be pretty even.

2007 Preseason NIT preview

Historically the Preseason NIT field has consisted of four ranked teams in the preseason polls that will meet in New York City to attract viewers to the Worldwide Leader. That’s not the case in 2008, but for the first time in recent years, the entire field is competitively deeper and is evenly distributed across the… more »

2006 South Padre Island Tournament

For most of the programs in this eight-team preseason event, they couldn’t be happier with the sun, surf and vacation during its Thanksgiving break. It is worth mentioning the gym that hosts the event in Texas has a capacity of 1,500 so television viewers and fans may be disappointed with early struggles as teams fail… more »

2006-2007 Paradise Jam

For four teams, playing in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Men’s Basketball Tournament is nothing more than a vacation. Each team could win a game, one likely will win two. But none is expected to win an opening-round game, let alone made much noise on the island. On the other hand, four other teams… more »

2006-2007 Preseason NIT Season Tip-Off

The 2006 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off field features eight teams who played in last year’s NCAA Tournament. From traditional powers Indiana and North Carolina to mid-major leaders Gonzaga and Winthrop, this tournament has a number of teams with high hopes at the start of the 2006-2007 season. The goal for each team involved… more »

2006 2K Sports Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament

GAME SUMMARIESTexas 77, St. John’s 76 Maryland’s D.J. Strawberry was clearly the star of what started out as a terrific game, fizzled in the middle, and remained close late. A controversial call may have changed the outcome of this game, as Maryland should have been charged with a shot clock violation with four seconds left…. more »

2006-2007 College Basketball Season Preview

2006-2007 Pac-10 Basketball Season Preview UCLA Yes, the Bruins lost Jordan Farmar and Ryan Hollins from a year ago, but with the exception of Florida, nearly every other team lost at least one critical component of its 2005-2006 team. Back are Arron Afflalo, everyone’s favorite Cameroonian Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Lorenzo Mata, Alfred Aboya,… more »

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