College Basketball Pre-Conference Tournament Coverage

ACC Tournament Day 1&2 Recap

Summary: The first round of the ACC Tournament produced four lower seeds as victors. Florida State pulled out a one-point victory over fellow bubble team Clemson in the opening game. Miami followed that up with an upset of red-hot Maryland, controlling the game throughout and holding on for the win. The nightcap started with an… more »

Mid-Continent Tournament Final Recap

For about 30 minutes, the game plan of Oakland head coach Greg Kampe worked.The Golden Grizzlies’ all-time leader in wins knew he had no answer for Oral Roberts forward Caleb Green, but the goal was to stop the other four guys on the floor from contributing. His biggest fear had to be ORU guard Ken… more »

Horizon League Tournament Final Recap

Anybody confused as to why Wright State’s Dashaun Wood was named Horizon League Player of the Year found out Tuesday night in his team’s biggest game.The senior guard ended the game with 27 points, nine rebounds and made the two crucial plays that allowed the Raiders to earn their second-ever NCAA Tournament berth by beating… more »

WCC Tournament Recap

#1 Gonzaga 77, #2 Santa Clara 68 For the ninth consecutive year, the Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-10, 11-3) are dancing into the NCAA Tournament after defeating Santa Clara 77-68 in the West Coast Conference Tournament final Monday night. Gonzaga, the WCC regular season champion, has persevered through early-season injuries and an indefinite suspension of star forward… more »

CAA Tournament Recap

#1 VCU 65, #6 George Mason 59 And exhale. George Mason won’t even make the 2007 NCAA Tournament but Jim Larranaga’s team found a way to scare about 20 BCS conference bubble teams into holding their breaths. Virginia Commonwealth guard Eric Maynor was the catalyst for his team’s comeback 65-59 win Monday evening. “For about… more »

The Seven Most Important Things to Remember During Championship Week

ALL RPI DATA FROM KEN POMEROY (WWW.KENPOM.COM) 1) The RPI is not a script for selecting and seeding teams. It is merely a framework, from which there is often significant deviation. Remember the following when you hear coaches, fans, and members of the media complaining in advance about the Selection Committee’s over-reliance on RPI data:… more »

2007 Missouri Valley Tournament Recap: Day 4

#2 Creighton 67, #1 Southern Illinois 61 There can be only one. There can be only one Highlander. A 12-year old girl only gets to dub one person her “best friend.” And the very format of a single-elimination tournament necessitates only one champion. March 4th, 2007, Creighton defeated SIU 67-61 to claim the MVC Championship…. more »

Southern Conference Tournament

Recap March 3, 6:00 EST, North Charleston Coliseum ESPN2 Champion: Davidson Wildcats Runner-Up: College of Charleston Cougars All-Tournament Second Team: Nick Aldridge, Western Carolina Jeremy Clayton, Appalachian State Kyle Hines, UNC-Greensboro Josh Jackson, College of Charleston Demetrius Scott, Appalachian State All-Tournament First Team: Stephen Curry, Davidson Dontaye Draper, College of Charleston Jermaine Johnson, College of… more »

Atlantic Sun Tournament Final Preview

#2 Belmont (22-9) at #1 East Tennessee State (23-8) 284 miles separates the two schools that will decide a conference tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament bid Saturday afternoon. Needless to say both programs know each other well and understand what a win would mean. “We talk about it all the time but 40 minutes… more »

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 »

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