Men’s Basketball Opens Big 5 Play At #6 Villanova On Saturday


Saint Joseph’s (4-3) at #6 Villanova (5-2)

Saturday, December 4 | 12:00 p.m. | Finneran Pavilion

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THE TIP-OFF

• Saint Joseph’s opens Big 5 play this Saturday as the Hawks travel to rival #6 Villanova.

• Saturday’s contest will be televised nationally on FS1.

• The Hawks are coming off a 79-57 victory over Binghamton on Wednesday.

• St. Joe’s 22-point win over the Bearcats is its largest margin of victory since a 91-61 decision against Saint Louis on February 8, 2019.

• Wednesday marked the third time this season four Hawks scored in double figures, as SJU previously accomplished it versus Mount St. Mary’s and Monmouth.

Jordan Hall picked up his third double-double of the season as he finished with a game-high 15 points and 12 rebounds against Binghamton.

Ejike Obinna went a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line for 14 points versus Binghamton.

• Over the past three games, Obinna has averaged 16.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest, while shooting 69 percent from the floor.

• Starting for the second consecutive game, Cameron Brown scored 13 points and had three rebounds and two steals.

Jack Forrest finished with a season-high 11 points in a reserve role on Wednesday.

• The Hawks scored a season-best 44 points in the paint versus Binghamton.

Taylor Funk had his streak of 24 consecutive games with 10 points or more snapped on Wednesday as he finished with seven points in the win.

• Saint Joseph’s enters Saturday’s Big 5 opener with a 128-116 all-time record in Big 5 play, and has captured 20 city series titles.

• With a pause in Big 5 play last year, the Hawks have gone 637 days between city series contests, with their last one coming against La Salle on March 7, 2020 at Hagan Arena.

• Saturday is the second time this season, and 188th time overall, that Saint Joseph’s has faced a nationally ranked opponent.

• The Hawks are 45-142 all-time versus ranked teams, with their last win coming on February 27, 2018 versus #17 Rhode Island, 78-48.

THE MATCHUP

Series vs. Villanova: Villanova leads 53-25

First Meeting: 1920, Saint Joseph’s, 27-23

Last Meeting: 12/19/20, Villanova, 88-68

Coach Lange vs. Villanova: 0-4

SAINT JOSEPH’S VERSUS VILLANOVA

• The Hawks are looking to snap a nine game skid to the Wildcats that dates back to the 2012-13 season.

• Saint Joseph’s Head Coach Billy Lange, who served as associate head coach at Villanova from 2011-13, is 0-4 all-time versus the Wildcats.

• Lange originally joined Villanova’s staff as an assistant coach and coordinator of basketball operations for three seasons before taking the head job in Navy in 2004.

• Saint Joseph’s last win at Villanova came on February 2, 2004 (74-67).

• The Hawks are 2-14 in games played at Villanova.

FUNK CLIMBS ALL-TIME RANKINGS

Entering the season with 1,069 points to his name, Taylor Funk has started climbing Saint Joseph’s all-time scoring leader list rapidly as the Lancaster, Pennsylvania native enters Saturday with 1,191 career points, four points behind Shavar Newkirk in 38th place at 1,195 points, and 21 points shy of Mark Bass (1,205 points) in 37th place. Additionally, Funk is currently tied with Jameer Nelson for fifth all-time in career three-pointers (229), and just two shy of Marvin O’Connor’s mark of 231 for fourth place.

OBINNA OFF TO CAREER-BEST START

Despite being only seven games into the season, starting center Ejike Obinna has made an instant impact for the Hawks as he enters Saturday averaging a career-high 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. A three-year letterwinner at Vanderbilt, Obinna came to Hawk Hill as a graduate transfer having averaged 2.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for his career. Along with new highs in scoring and rebounding this year, Obinna also has collected the first two double-doubles of his career, earning them against Monmouth and #24 USC.

NEXT UP

The Hawks open Big 5 play as they travel to #6 Villanova on Saturday. The game, set for a noon start, will be broadcast nationally on FS1.

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Preview: MSU men’s hoops to tip off Battle 4 Atlantis


After winning three straight, Michigan State men’s basketball is set to take on Loyola Chicago in the first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas. 

The Battle 4 Atlantis, an early-season staple since it’s inception in 2011, boasts another loaded field this year: reigning national champion Baylor, Arizona State, Syracuse, Auburn, VCU, Loyola Chicago and Michigan State. Making his first appearance in Atlantis, Head Coach Tom Izzo lauded the strength of his competitors and said he’s excited for this opportunity with his team.

“Anytime you can travel together and spend time together and do some things together…it’s always a positive,” he said. 

Now, after weathering what Izzo called a “brutal” start to the season, Michigan State is now in for their most demanding test so far. Izzo said the challenge of a condensed schedule with little turnaround time provides nearly invaluable preparation for further conference play and the NCAA Tournament. 

“Three games in three days is very difficult on a coaching staff but it’s even more difficult for the players,” Izzo said on Tuesday. “What we can pick up for this…you won’t be able to measure it. It’s really going to help you later on, win, lose or draw.” 

Scouting Loyola 

Michigan State tips off on Wednesday against Loyola Chicago (4-0), one of the established top mid-major programs in the country. There’s a noteworthy connection at hand here, too: the Ramblers are coached by first-year Head Coach Drew Valentine, a Lansing native and former Michigan State graduate manager who worked under Izzo from 2013 to 2015. 

Izzo said he doesn’t like to play former assistants but is proud of Valentine for reaching this stage of his career as the youngest head coach in Division I college basketball. Regardless, he indicated that their relationship won’t detract from the competition at hand. 

“I just pull for these guys to win every game except the one I’m playing in,” he said.

As for Valentine’s squad, Izzo called them the “oldest team in captivity” and cited experience as their greatest asset. Loyola returns four starters from a 2020-21 campaign that saw them post a 26-5 record and advance to the Sweet Sixteen, with graduate student guard Lucas Williamson (10.8 points per game) and graduate student forward Aher Uguak (13.5 points per game) leading the way in their final seasons in Rogers Park. 

For as much as they return, Loyola added one crucial piece that’s played a big role thus far. Princeton transfer and senior forward Ryan Schweiger joined the Ramblers this offseason and leads the team in scoring (14.8 points per game) while only averaging 18 minutes per game. 

Valentine has also instituted some changes among the Ramblers, namely a higher emphasis on shooting from the arc. Loyola has the fourth best three point shooting percentage (45.2%) in all of college basketball with Schweiger (50%) and Williamson (38.1%) leading the way (minimum ten attempts on the season). 

For the most part, Michigan State’s defense has been strong this season but if they have one weakness, it’s giving up a disproportionate amount of threes. Izzo said it’s crucial they defend the shot better than they did in their most recent outing against Eastern Michigan to have success against a Ramblers team that packs a balanced punch.

On the rest of the field 

Baylor (4-0) lost two key contributors in Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler to the NBA Draft but returned more than enough talent to still be true contenders in a strong Big 12. Senior guard Matthew Mayer and junior guard Adam Flagler are back as the stalwarts of a team that won it all with ferocious defense and a lightning rod offense that thrived on the perimeter but sophomore guard L.J. Cryer (18.5 points per game) and freshman guard Kendall Brown have more than come into their own in the early going. The Bears aren’t just leaning on a championship pedigree to be considered consummate favorites in the Battle 4 Atlantis; they’ve got the talent, coach and scheme to make a serious run at it. 

Arizona State (2-2) is one of the more puzzling teams in this year’s field. Senior forward Kimani Lawrence (16 points per game, 10 rebounds per game) is thriving once again but narrow losses to San Diego State and UC Riverside are cause for some valid concerns in Tempe. Expect the Sun Devils to lean on their seasoned frontcourt of Lawrence and junior forward Jalen Graham this week as they continue to piece together a cohesive backcourt with only Ohio State transfer and redshirt junior guard Luther Muhammed firmly in the mix. 

UConn (4-0) is one of the trendier picks to finish second to Villanova in a red-hot Big East and this tournament will provide them with their first taste of high major competition. However unproven they might be, it’s a near certainty that sophomore forward Adama Sanogo (15.8 points per game) will draw much of the opposition’s attention with his dangerous combination of size and strength after taking a big step forward this offseason. The Huskies also boast four other double digit scorers in graduate student guard R.J. Cole, senior guard Tyrese Martin, graduate student forward Tyler Polley and junior guard Jalen Gaffney all while playing tenacious defense and rebounding extremely well; if they can rectify their recent problems with slow starts, UConn could be in it for the long haul on Paradise Island. 

After last year’s disappointing season, Auburn (3-0) wisely bolstered their frontcourt with freshman forward Jabari Smith and North Carolina transfer and sophomore center Walker Kessler. Kessler’s offensive output hasn’t been outstanding so far but Smith (13.3 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game) has shined as a key contributor early in his college career and is well on his way to earning further NBA buzz. Sophomore guards K.D. Johnson and Wendell Green Jr. also chip in a combined 26.3 points per game as just the tip of the iceberg on a Tigers team that will look to lean on their considerable depth this week. 

Syracuse (2-1) recently suffered one of the worst losses of any team this season with a shocking 100-85 loss to Colgate, a team they haven’t lost to since 1962. Anomaly? The Orange will find out this week as they ride some veteran scoring talent with headlining senior guard Buddy Boeheim (20 points per game), junior guard Joseph Girard III, graduate student forward Jimmy Boeheim and senior forward Cole Swider. And while they’ve been markedly better on offense than defense to start the year, nobody knows not to count out their vaunted 2-3 zone better than Izzo. 

“Anytime Syracuse is here with (Head Coach Jim Boeheim) with that zone, there’s going to be problems there,” Izzo said. 

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On the surface, VCU (2-2) might be the clear-cut weakest team of the bunch after posting some putrid results, particularly a 48-37 win over Vanderbilt and 58-44 loss to Wagner. There’s not as much to like here when compared to the other teams in Atlantis but this defense is no joke and senior forward Vince Williams Jr. (12.3 points per game) looks to be more than up for the challenge provided on Paradise Island. 

Michigan State tips off against Loyola Chicago at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. 

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Preview: MSU men’s hoops to tip off Battle 4 Atlantis


After winning three straight, Michigan State men’s basketball is set to take on Loyola Chicago in the first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas. 

The Battle 4 Atlantis, an early-season staple since it’s inception in 2011, boasts another loaded field this year: reigning national champion Baylor, Arizona State, Syracuse, Auburn, VCU, Loyola Chicago and Michigan State. Making his first appearance in Atlantis, Head Coach Tom Izzo lauded the strength of his competitors and said he’s excited for this opportunity with his team.

“Anytime you can travel together and spend time together and do some things together…it’s always a positive,” he said. 

Now, after weathering what Izzo called a “brutal” start to the season, Michigan State is now in for their most demanding test so far. Izzo said the challenge of a condensed schedule with little turnaround time provides nearly invaluable preparation for further conference play and the NCAA Tournament. 

“Three games in three days is very difficult on a coaching staff but it’s even more difficult for the players,” Izzo said on Tuesday. “What we can pick up for this…you won’t be able to measure it. It’s really going to help you later on, win, lose or draw.” 

Scouting Loyola 

Michigan State tips off on Wednesday against Loyola Chicago (4-0), one of the established top mid-major programs in the country. There’s a noteworthy connection at hand here, too: the Ramblers are coached by first-year Head Coach Drew Valentine, a Lansing native and former Michigan State graduate manager who worked under Izzo from 2013 to 2015. 

Izzo said he doesn’t like to play former assistants but is proud of Valentine for reaching this stage of his career as the youngest head coach in Division I college basketball. Regardless, he indicated that their relationship won’t detract from the competition at hand. 

“I just pull for these guys to win every game except the one I’m playing in,” he said.

As for Valentine’s squad, Izzo called them the “oldest team in captivity” and cited experience as their greatest asset. Loyola returns four starters from a 2020-21 campaign that saw them post a 26-5 record and advance to the Sweet Sixteen, with graduate student guard Lucas Williamson (10.8 points per game) and graduate student forward Aher Uguak (13.5 points per game) leading the way in their final seasons in Rogers Park. 

For as much as they return, Loyola added one crucial piece that’s played a big role thus far. Princeton transfer and senior forward Ryan Schweiger joined the Ramblers this offseason and leads the team in scoring (14.8 points per game) while only averaging 18 minutes per game. 

Valentine has also instituted some changes among the Ramblers, namely a higher emphasis on shooting from the arc. Loyola has the fourth best three point shooting percentage (45.2%) in all of college basketball with Schweiger (50%) and Williamson (38.1%) leading the way (minimum ten attempts on the season). 

For the most part, Michigan State’s defense has been strong this season but if they have one weakness, it’s giving up a disproportionate amount of threes. Izzo said it’s crucial they defend the shot better than they did in their most recent outing against Eastern Michigan to have success against a Ramblers team that packs a balanced punch.

On the rest of the field 

Baylor (4-0) lost two key contributors in Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler to the NBA Draft but returned more than enough talent to still be true contenders in a strong Big 12. Senior guard Matthew Mayer and junior guard Adam Flagler are back as the stalwarts of a team that won it all with ferocious defense and a lightning rod offense that thrived on the perimeter but sophomore guard L.J. Cryer (18.5 points per game) and freshman guard Kendall Brown have more than come into their own in the early going. The Bears aren’t just leaning on a championship pedigree to be considered consummate favorites in the Battle 4 Atlantis; they’ve got the talent, coach and scheme to make a serious run at it. 

Arizona State (2-2) is one of the more puzzling teams in this year’s field. Senior forward Kimani Lawrence (16 points per game, 10 rebounds per game) is thriving once again but narrow losses to San Diego State and UC Riverside are cause for some valid concerns in Tempe. Expect the Sun Devils to lean on their seasoned frontcourt of Lawrence and junior forward Jalen Graham this week as they continue to piece together a cohesive backcourt with only Ohio State transfer and redshirt junior guard Luther Muhammed firmly in the mix. 

UConn (4-0) is one of the trendier picks to finish second to Villanova in a red-hot Big East and this tournament will provide them with their first taste of high major competition. However unproven they might be, it’s a near certainty that sophomore forward Adama Sanogo (15.8 points per game) will draw much of the opposition’s attention with his dangerous combination of size and strength after taking a big step forward this offseason. The Huskies also boast four other double digit scorers in graduate student guard R.J. Cole, senior guard Tyrese Martin, graduate student forward Tyler Polley and junior guard Jalen Gaffney all while playing tenacious defense and rebounding extremely well; if they can rectify their recent problems with slow starts, UConn could be in it for the long haul on Paradise Island. 

After last year’s disappointing season, Auburn (3-0) wisely bolstered their frontcourt with freshman forward Jabari Smith and North Carolina transfer and sophomore center Walker Kessler. Kessler’s offensive output hasn’t been outstanding so far but Smith (13.3 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game) has shined as a key contributor early in his college career and is well on his way to earning further NBA buzz. Sophomore guards K.D. Johnson and Wendell Green Jr. also chip in a combined 26.3 points per game as just the tip of the iceberg on a Tigers team that will look to lean on their considerable depth this week. 

Syracuse (2-1) recently suffered one of the worst losses of any team this season with a shocking 100-85 loss to Colgate, a team they haven’t lost to since 1962. Anomaly? The Orange will find out this week as they ride some veteran scoring talent with headlining senior guard Buddy Boeheim (20 points per game), junior guard Joseph Girard III, graduate student forward Jimmy Boeheim and senior forward Cole Swider. And while they’ve been markedly better on offense than defense to start the year, nobody knows not to count out their vaunted 2-3 zone better than Izzo. 

“Anytime Syracuse is here with (Head Coach Jim Boeheim) with that zone, there’s going to be problems there,” Izzo said. 

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On the surface, VCU (2-2) might be the clear-cut weakest team of the bunch after posting some putrid results, particularly a 48-37 win over Vanderbilt and 58-44 loss to Wagner. There’s not as much to like here when compared to the other teams in Atlantis but this defense is no joke and senior forward Vince Williams Jr. (12.3 points per game) looks to be more than up for the challenge provided on Paradise Island. 

Michigan State tips off against Loyola Chicago at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. 

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Men’s Basketball Falls in Non-Conference Contest Against CCSU


BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine men’s basketball team was defeated by the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, 64-56, on Tuesday evening at the Cross Insurance Center.

Steph Ingo led the way for Maine as the forward finished with 14 points and four rebounds. LeChaun DuHurt added eight points, three rebounds, and two steals, while Ata Turgut chipped in six points and two rebounds.

Maine saw nine of its players find their way into the scoring column as the Black Bears finished the contest 17-of-43 from the floor while hitting 18-of-24 free throws. On the boards, Maine grabbed 26 total rebounds and blocked three Blue Devil shots.

At the 11:33 mark of the first half, the tides changed for the Black Bears. Trailing 18-9, LeChaun DuHurt hit a deep three-pointer. It was the start of a 5-0 run for Maine. The Blue Devils took control, once again, of the first half. Five points were as close as Maine would get in the opening half. CCSU held a 31-21 lead at the half.

Trailing by 10 at the break, the Black Bears came out a different team. Fofo Adetogun pulled his squad to within one bucket when he converted both free throws, 36-34. Unfortunately, it was as close as the home team would get. CCSU extended their lead to as much as 12 points in the second half. Steph Ingo’s nine second half points were not enough to pull Maine ahead. The Blue Devils held onto win by a score of 64-56.

The Black Bears are back in action on Friday when they travel to Peoria, Illinois to take on Bradley University. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

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Men’s basketball rebounds from Houston loss with 68-52 victory over Coppin State – The Cavalier Daily


After a resounding loss to No. 15 Houston on Tuesday, Virginia downed MEAC foe Coppin State Friday by a score of 68-52. The Cavaliers (2-2, 0-0 ACC) once again reached deep into its bench against the Eagles (1-6, 0-0 MEAC), with Coach Tony Bennett employing various rotations featuring some newcomers. 

The Cavaliers witnessed a completely different start to the game against the Eagles after notching eight unanswered points in the first four minutes. With Coppin State struggling against the Pack-Line, Virginia surged to a 19-4 lead and never looked back. A notable appearance from the Cavalier bench came from freshman forward Igor Milicic Jr. — a 6-foot-10 guard/forward from Croatia — who tallied a quick five points after a three-pointer and midrange jumper. 

In a somewhat slow finish to the half, the Eagles cut the advantage to 30-20 yet saw the Cavaliers regain some momentum after a five-point run. Virginia — having struggled a little offensively — managed to contain Coppin State’s volume shooting, as the Eagles completed only 7 of their 27 field goal attempts in the first half. Moreover, the Cavaliers — who failed to slow Houston down from the three-point arc — limited any quality attempts from Coppin State to cash in from deep.

More of that defensive tenacity from the Cavaliers continued into the second half, as a 44-26 advantage seemed to put the game out of reach. Although Coppin State clawed back to narrow the lead to 12, four free throws from senior forward Jayden Gardner and a dunk from sophomore forward Kadin Shedrick once again extended the margin of victory to 19 with 7:49 to play. In a return to normalcy with regards to the Pack-Line’s efficiency, the Cavaliers ended their non-conference contest with a 68-52 win against the overpowered Eagles.

“I think he’s just a relentless worker,” Bennett said of Milicic Jr. “He’s always spending time, whether or not it’s an off day, he’s in the gym getting shots up. He’s trying to learn and understand. He’s really been a perimeter player his whole life. When we looked at him sometimes, we’ll play him at the four spot, sometimes we’ll play him at the perimeter spot.”

Milicic Jr. notched 11 points in his coming out party for the Cavaliers, as he joined Gardner, Shedrick and senior guard Kihei Clark as the four Virginia players who scored in double digits. Gardner re-established his role as top interior scorer for a team desperately needing offensive production, having recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Shedrick — who was somewhat of a question mark before the season —  had three blocks in his third consecutive game with three or more rejections. 

Although the Cavaliers came out with a victory, ball security remained a serious concern.  Bennett’s teams have typically garnered national attention for controlling the pace of play, yet emerging offensive woes have led to some carelessness with the ball. Virginia ended the game with 11 turnovers — the same mark as the Eagles albeit a slight improvement from the 17 turnovers against Houston.

Virginia will likely adjust to their signature, slow style of play and will continue to search for their offensive identity. Players such as sophomore guard Malachi Poindexter — a Charlottesville native who recorded a career-high 14 minutes of play — will be circulated into the lineup at times as Bennett experiments with the new personnel at his disposal. This is the norm for Virginia teams during the non-conference slate, as newcomers like Milicic Jr. have shown moments of brilliance even in limited action.

The Cavaliers will now travel to Newark, N.J. to take on a more formidable foe — the Georgia Bulldogs — in the 2021 Legends Classic Monday. The winner between the two will go on to play either Northwestern (4-0) or Providence (4-0) in the finals of the four team tournament. Regardless of outcome, the Cavaliers will have another game Tuesday, either competing in the championship or the third-place game.  Another story to note, former Cavalier and Georgia transfer Jabri Abdur-Rahim will take on his old team in an unlikely matchup between the ACC and SEC on a neutral site. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.





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Men’s College Basketball TV and Streaming Guide: Sunday, November 21, 2021


For a more complete listing of today’s games, visit the daily schedule at Matt Sarz’s Sports, adjustable by time zone.

All times are Eastern.

Championship: Villanova (Big East, 3-1, 8 KenPom) vs. Purdue (Big Ten, 4-0, 4 KP), 1 p.m. (ABC)
Consolation: Tennessee (SEC, 2-1, 19 KP) vs. North Carolina (ACC, 3-1, 48 KP), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

In Saturday’s semifinal doubleheader, Nova had no trouble with the Vols, rolling to a 71-53 victory, while the Boilermakers used a red-hot shooting performance—one that produced three 20-plus-point scorers—to take down the Tar Heels, 93-84. Villanova-Purdue should be a pre-Thanksgiving Elite Eight/Final Four type contest, but the loser of Tennessee-UNC will be unfortunate to leave the Mohegan Sun with consecutive losses.

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Championship: Utah State (MW, 3-1, 75 KP) vs. Oklahoma (Big 12, 4-0, 40 KP), approx. 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
3rd/4th Place: New Mexico State (WAC, 3-1, 111 KP) vs. Indiana State (MVC, 3-2, 157 KP), approx. 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
5th/6th Place: Davidson (A 10, 2-2, 86 KP) vs. East Carolina (American, 4-1, 152 KP), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
7th/8th Place: Penn (Ivy, 2-4, 214 KP) vs. Old Dominion (C-USA, 2-3, 171 KP), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN News)

On Friday, Porter Moser’s Sooners had no trouble with the Sycamores in an impromptu Valley reunion in the second semifinal of the day, while Utah State routed New Mexico State in the reunion of WAC Aggies. Oklahoma is a clear favorite in the championship game, but Ryan Odom’s Aggies can claim an important win for a Mountain West that’s hungry for multiple NCAA bids.

Spare a thought for Penn in the 7th place game, particularly since Utah State needed two OTs to defeat the Quakers on Thursday.

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Championship: St. Bonaventure (A 10, 4-0, 30 KP) vs. Marquette (Big East, 5-0, 71 KP), approx. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
3rd/4th Place: Clemson (ACC, 4-1, 45 KP) vs. West Virginia (Big 12, 3-1, 50 KP), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
5th/6th Place: Boise State (MW, 2-2, 66 KP) vs. Ole Miss (SEC, 3-1, 57 KP), approx. 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
7th/8th Place: Temple (American, 1-3, 136 KP) vs. Elon (CAA, 2-3, 218 KP, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)

Tonight’s final (and third-place game for that matter) should be intense, as the Bonnies have had the habit of starting slowly so far this season and the Golden Eagles are going out of their way to exceed expectations. In Friday’s semis, St. Bonaventure had to rally late to defeat Clemson, 68-65, while Marquette moved to 5-0 by dominating West Virginia in the second half to claim an 82-71 victory. Unfortunately for the Tigers and Mountaineers, only one of them will be able to recover from their loss with a getaway win.

FloHoops ($) will stream all four games.

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Championship: Utah (Pac-12, 4-0, 77 KP) vs. Tulsa (American, 3-1, 131 KP), approx. 7:30 p.m.
Consolation: Boston College (ACC, 3-2, 130 KP) vs. Rhode Island (A 10, 3-1, KP 98), 5 p.m.

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Championship: Bethune-Cookman (SWAC, 1-3, 355 KP) vs. Air Force (MW, 3-1, 272 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m.
Consolation: Bryant (NEC, 1-3, 248 KP) vs. Holy Cross (Patriot, 1-3, 337 KP). 12 p.m.

In Saturday’s semifinals in Daytona Beach, the Utes picked up a 68-61 victory over the Eagles, while the Golden Hurricane took down the Rams, 77-71. That sets up a third-place game that’s an instant rematch of the regularly-scheduled BC-Rhody game from Wednesday, one won by the Rams, 57-49. In the final, Craig Smith’s new team can claim a championship mere hours after his former team, Utah State, will do the same.

Championship: Arizona (Pac-12, 4-0, 28 KP) vs. Michigan (Big Ten, 3-1, 3 KP), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Consolation: Wichita State (American, 3-1, 67 KP) vs. UNLV (MW, 3-1, 127 KP), approx. 12 a.m. 11/22 (ESPN2)

On Friday night, the Wildcats needed overtime to defeat the Shockers, 82-78. In the nightcap, the Wolverines used a big second half to knock off a Runnin’ Rebels squad that was playing a virtual home game to immediately rebound from Tuesday’s loss at Seton Hall. Tonight’s championship game provides a Pac-12 team not named “UCLA” with a great opportunity to boost its tournament bona fides, though Michigan will want to continue its recovery from its first loss of the season.

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CBSSN will air both games.

Loyola Marymount (WCC, 2-1, 80 KP) vs. Florida State (ACC, 2-1, 32 KP), 5:30 p.m.
Missouri (SEC, 2-1, 113 KP) vs. SMU (American, 3-1, 60 KP) approx. 8 p.m.

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Pass The Ball ($) will stream both games.

Boston University (Patriot, 2-2, 184 KP) vs. Northern Illinois (MAC, 1-2, 315 KP), 12 p.m.
Little Rock (Sun Belt, 3-1, 291 KP) vs. Sam Houston State (WAC, 1-2, 212 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m.

This is a new event that will take place at North Florida’s on-campus arena, not JU’s or the much larger Veterans Memorial Arena downtown. Florida State is a heavy favorite to win this event, particularly with Missouri struggling early and SMU losing to their best opponent so far (Oregon) by 23.

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ESPN3 will stream both games.

Colorado State (MW, 4-0, 61 KP) vs. Creighton (Big East, 4-0, 56 KP), 7:45 p.m.
Northeastern (CAA, 2-2, 165 KP) vs. Southern Illinois (MVC, 2-1, 121 KP), approx. 10 p.m.

With the Salukis knocking off Colorado in Friday’s quarters, the winner of tonight’s first quarterfinal will be expected to claim the trophy on Monday night on St. Thomas.

Green Bay (Horizon, 0-4, 309 KP) vs. Weber State (Big Sky, 4-0, 105 KP), 12 p.m. (Pluto.tv)
Ball State (MAC, 1-3, 281 KP) vs. UMass (A 10, 3-2, 112 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
UNCG (SoCon, 4-1, 176 KP) vs. FIU (C-USA, 3-1, 295 KP), approx. 5 p.m. (Pluto.tv)

On Friday, UMass handed UNCG its first loss of the season (after OT), while FIU kept Green Bay winless and Weber State remained perfect by handling Ball State. The Wildcats will end up winning this event if they defeat the Phoenix early this afternoon.

Princeton (3-1, 150 KP) at Oregon State (1-3, 94 KP), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
The Beavers will host the Tigers looking to end a three-game losing streak before traveling to Florida for the Emerald Coast Classic late next week. Princeton has lost just once this season, to Minnesota in the Asheville Championship final one week ago, and the Golden Gophers needed two OTs to do that.

Navy (2-2, 168 KP) at Furman (3-1, 101 KP) (Furman MTE), 3 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
Both the Midshipmen and Paladins took care of Radford in the first two games of this MTE. Navy took down the Highlanders by a 47-33 score on Saturday, while Furman won by an 81-64 count on Friday night.

Morehead State (2-2, 169 KP) at Mississippi State (3-0, 46 KP), 3 p.m. (SECN+/ESPN+ ($))
Last season’s OVC champs travel to Starkville riding a two-game win streak but still looking for their first victory over a D1 opponent.

Texas Southern (0-4, 235 KP) at NC State (3-1, 62 KP), 6 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ACCNX)
Last time out, the Wolfpack dropped their Hall of Fame Showcase showdown with Oklahoma State, 74-68. The Tigers, meanwhile, are in the midst of a 13-game road trip to start the season. Texas Southern has only been defeated by double figures once so far though, at Oregon on Opening Night.

Louisiana (3-0, 161 KP) at Indiana (3-0, 36 KP) (Indiana Classic), 7:30 p.m. (B1G Network)
This event will see the Ragin’ Cajuns—who have only defeated a single D1 opponent, Southern Miss—visit Indiana and Marshall in a 48-hour span before returning home to face Jackson State next Saturday. The Hoosiers, meanwhile, will next host the Tigers on Tuesday and the Thundering Herd on Saturday.



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Men’s Basketball Heads to VCU for Saturday Tilt


CHATTANOOGA — The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball team is set to travel to Richmond, Va., to face perennial mid-major power VCU on Saturday afternoon inside the famed Siegel Center. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET.

Chattanooga enters the matchup with a 3-0 record after picking up a hard-fought 69-62 win over Tennessee Tech on Tuesday to claim the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar Classic presented by 3H Group and Springhill Suites Downtown Chattanooga title. VCU comes in at 2-1 following a 48-37 win over Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

Fans can watch the game for on ESPN+ through the Watch ESPN platform or listen LIVE with the ‘Voice of the Mocs’ Jim Reynolds through GoMocs.com or the Varsity Network app. Reynolds is in his 42nd year as the Mocs PxP voice, which is tied for 10th longest among all active NCAA DI announcers.

Full game preview including TV links, game notes and more can be found below.

 

GAME BASICS

▪ Chattanooga (3-0, 0-0) at VCU (2-1, 0-0)

▪ 4:00 p.m. ET | Siegel Center (7,617) | Richmond, Va.

WATCH (ESPN+) | LISTEN (WFLI 97.7FM/1050AM)| STATS

 

GAME NOTES

Chattanooga | VCU | SoCon

 

TIP-OFF

– The Chattanooga Mocs won the 2021 Coca-Cola Zero Sugar presented by 3H Group and Springhill Suites Downtown with a 69-62 triumph over Tennessee Tech on Tuesday… UTC is now 3-0.

 

– The Mocs extended their school record non-conference win streak to 15 games following the win over TTU… streak began on with the Dec. 15, 2019 84-80 overtime win over Troy… also carries a 15-game home non-conference win streak.

 

– Chattanooga will meet VCU for just the fourth time… first time since 1988-89… trails in the all-time series 1-2… UTC defeated VCU 78-75 at home in its last meeting on February 21, 1989.

 

BY THE NUMBERS 

Malachi Smith flirted again with an elusive triple-double turning in 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists on Tuesday…added two steals…led the Mocs in each category…6-15 from the field including 306 from three and adding in a perfect 3-3 at the FT line.

 

Darius Banks produced 10 points with a 3-3 performance beyond the arc…it was his 19th career game with three or more 3s but first as a Moc…six assists (best as a Moc) with zero turnovers…1,240 career points including his 3-year career at James Madison.

 

David Jean-Baptiste’s 12 points moved him up two spots on the all-time scoring list…his 1,331 points passes Casey Jones ’16 (1,321) and Lance Fulse ’88 (1,325) into 11th. Kevin Gray ’76 holds down the 10th spot with 1,385 points.

 

– Another solid effort for KC Hankton with 13 points and five rebounds…first double-digit scoring game of the season, seventh of his career.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Bulldogs set for Vermont, Fort Myers Tip-Off after Swain scores 1,000th in win at Siena




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The Yale men’s basketball team cruised past Siena (0–3, 0–0 MAAC) in Albany, NY on Tuesday night, scoring nearly 50 points in the second half en route to an 84–52 win.




Guard Azar Swain ’22 led all players with 23 points and reached a career milestone of 1,000 points at Yale when he drained a pullup three-pointer in the second half. Swain and the Bulldogs (3–1, 0–0 Ivy) return north Friday afternoon for a game at Vermont (2–1, 0–0 America East), a fixture on the Elis’ schedule in every season they have competed in since the 2007–2008 campaign. Over Thanksgiving break, the team will then travel to Florida to participate in the “Palms Division” of the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off tournament with a Tuesday game against Southern Utah (1–3, 0–0 Big Sky) and a Wednesday contest with either Milwaukee (1–2, 0–0 Horizon) or Bowling Green (1–2, 0–0 MAC).




Swain said crossing the 1,000-point mark on Tuesday night was emotional. 




“[It] means everything to me truthfully,” Swain told the News. “It’s the truest result of work, patience, time and perseverance. And it’s so special to me because of the journey. … It really took a lot to get to this point, so I’m just thankful.”




The senior guard from Brockton, Mass. became the 31st Yale men’s basketball player to score 1,000 points. Before Swain, forward Paul Atkinson ’21 was the most recent to join the club, achieving the milestone at Columbia in February 2020. Swain’s career total at Yale, however, pales in comparison to his scoring as a high schooler. He became the first player at The Rivers School to score 2,000 points and graduated with a grand total of 2,185.




Guard and captain Jalen Gabbidon ’22 added 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists at Siena, while guards Matthue Cotton ’23 and August Mahoney ’24 scored eight and seven, respectively. Mahoney, who is from Saratoga Springs, NY and attended Albany Academy, made his first career start in place of point guard Eze Dike ’22, who rolled his ankle last week and sat out Tuesday night with an injury.




“You’re going to play a lot of games through the course of a year, and sometimes you’re gonna have some bad nights, and we had a really bad night against Seton Hall, and it was important that we came and bounced back and played better today,” Yale head coach James Jones told play-by-play announcer Robert Lee on the ESPN3 broadcast immediately after the win. “Early on in the game, I thought we still had some of the same mistakes we were making against Seton Hall, turning the ball over against pressure. I think that we got a lot better in the second half — we only turned it over one time — and that was a huge difference for us.”




Swain now heads into Yale’s Thanksgiving break slate just 23 three-point makes away from surpassing the Bulldogs’ career three-pointers record held by Ed Petersen ’92. 




Vermont poses the Bulldogs’ first challenge of the break in a match that features two of New England’s strongest mid-major programs. Yale ranks No. 20 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll, while the Catamounts sit at No. 22. The University of Vermont opened its season with a 14-point win over Northern Iowa before falling at Maryland on Saturday. On Tuesday, UVM handled NCAA Division III opponent Worcester Polytechnic, which was facing its first DI opponent in 11 years.




When Yale last visited Patrick Gym to face the Catamounts in November 2018, the Bulldogs fell, 79–70. UVM alum Anthony Lamb, who won the NBA G League’s Most Improved Player Award last year with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, frustrated the Elis with 34 points. When UVM next played at Yale in early December 2019, the Bulldogs contained him to 18 points on eight-of-23 shooting and beat Vermont, 65—52. Atkinson led all scorers with 23 points.




Lamb has graduated, but Vermont remains a strong program under head coach John Becker. As of Thursday evening, the Catamounts rank 95th out of all 358 DI men’s basketball programs in the 2022 Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings (KenPom). Yale ranks no. 140.




“I think the team is looking forward to the game this Friday and going into the break,” forward Isaiah Kelly ’23 told the News Wednesday night. “We have a few kinks to work out, but we had a good practice [Wednesday]. … If we bring the same energy [Thursday] to practice and carry that into the upcoming games, I think we will excel.”




Next week, Yale heads to Fort Myers for a multi-team event before Thanksgiving. Its Tuesday opponent, Southern Utah, won the Big Sky’s regular-season championship last year and was picked to finish first in this winter’s preseason coaches and media polls.




Milwaukee, which is playing on the other side of the Palms Division bracket, will play Yale Wednesday if both teams either win or lose on Tuesday. The Panthers feature projected 2022 NBA Draft lottery pick Patrick Baldwin Jr., a 6-foot-9 freshman guard averaging 17.7 points a game. If not Milwaukee, Yale will meet Bowling Green on Wednesday. The Falcons rank No. 160 on KenPom as of Thursday evening.




Yale is 13–14 against Vermont in the two schools’ all-time series.


WILLIAM MCCORMACK






William McCormack currently serves as a Sports and Digital Editor for the Yale Daily News. He previously covered men’s basketball and the athletic administration as a staff reporter. Originally from Boston, he is a junior in Timothy Dwight College.





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Men’s Basketball schedule: The Vulcans open the season at a tip-off challenge in Charleston (W.Va.) Nov. 12-13


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Jeff Helsel

California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team, Nov. 2021

The California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball program announced its schedule for the 2021-22 season on Thursday afternoon.

The schedule consists of 28 games with 22 contests mandated by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), as 16 games are versus divisional opponents and six contests are against crossover schools. The league features a balanced nine-team structure in both the Western and Eastern Divisions.

The Vulcans open the season at a tip-off challenge hosted by Charleston (W.Va.) on Nov. 12-13. Cal U will face the host Golden Eagles on the initial day before playing Glenville State after both teams advanced to the semifinals of the 2021 Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament.
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Cal U will play its first home game in 625 days on Nov. 16 when it hosts Franklin Pierce (N.H.), which advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 Northeast-10 (NE-10) Conference Tournament. The Vulcans then face 2021 MEC Champion Fairmont State at home on Nov. 18 before traveling to face Shippensburg, which advanced to the finals of the 2020 PSAC Championship, in non-conference play on Nov. 23.

In December, the Vulcans start PSAC Crossover play with a weekend road trip to Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg on Dec. 3-4. Cal U returns to the Convocation Center for three games following Finals Week, starting on Dec. 15 versus Carlow. The Vulcans close out the 2021 portion of their schedule with back-to-back home games against West Chester and Millersville on Dec. 18-19.

Cal U starts 2022 with a home crossover contest against Kutztown on Jan. 2 before opening PSAC West play against 2020 PSAC Champion IUP on Jan. 5. The Vulcans then travel to face Pitt-Johnstown on Jan. 8 before playing their final crossover game of the season on Jan. 10 at Shepherd. Cal U hosts Slippery Rock on Jan. 12 before beginning a three-game road trip at Edinboro on Jan. 15. The Vulcans then play at Clarion on Jan. 19 and travel to face Mercyhurst on Jan. 22. Cal U closes the month of January with three games in a week, starting with home games versus Gannon on Jan. 24 and Seton Hill on Jan. 26 before starting the second round of divisional play on Jan. 29 by traveling to Slippery Rock.

In February, Cal U plays Pitt-Johnstown at home on Feb. 2 before having an idle Saturday. The Vulcans return to action on Feb. 9 at IUP before hosting Edinboro on Feb. 12. Cal U travels to nearby Seton Hill on Feb. 16 before playing consecutive home games against Clarion on Feb. 19 and Mercyhurst on Feb. 23. The Vulcans close the regular season with a road game against Gannon on Feb. 26.

The PSAC Tournament is slated to start on Feb. 28 with the top-six teams from each division qualifying for the event. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will hosted on March 5-6 at the top remaining seed from the Western Division.

Note, games, dates, locations and times are subject to change.



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2021-22 Men’s Hoops Season Tips Off Officially Tuesday at No. 22 Auburn


2021-22 Men’s Hoops Season Tips Off Officially Tuesday at No. 22 Auburn

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MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State Men’s Basketball will officially tip off the 2021-22 season Tuesday evening when the Eagles travel to face the No. 22 Auburn Tigers “on the plains” in central Alabama. Game time at Auburn Arena is 8 p.m. ET.

The Eagles and Tigers have never met in men’s basketball. 

Tuesday’s game can be heard on the Eagle Sports Radio Network with Chuck Mraz and Tom Lewis. It’s also available on MSUEagles.com as well as WGOH 100.9 FM/1370 AM. The game will also air live on SEC Network+ as well as the ESPN app.

2020-21 RECORDS

MOR: 23-8 (17-3 OVC) | AUB: 13-14 (7-11 SEC)

SERIES RECORD

First Meeting

NOTABLE

• Morehead State defeated Kentucky State 89-43 in its lone exhibition last week. Transfer Tray Hollowell led the way with 18 points (on 5 three-pointers), while fellow transfer Jake Wolfe had 12 points. Junior Jaylen Sebree added 12 as well. MSU drained 15 three-pointers and outscored KSU 45-17 in the second half.

• Morehead State made its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance last spring and first since an upset over fourth-seed Louisville on March 17, 2011. The Eagles dropped their first game to West Virginia 84-67 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

• MSU won its fifth OVC Tournament title in program history and first since 2010-11 last spring by defeating Southeast Missouri, Eastern Kentucky and Belmont in the tournament at Evansville, Ind.

• The Eagles were one of only 25 Division I teams to play all 27 regular season scheduled games and were just one of 30 Division I teams to play 30 games this season.

• Morehead State put together the largest turnaround in the nation last season in a pair of rating systems. The Eagles had a +182 improvement in KenPom rankings and boasted a +195 NET ranking improvement over 2019-20.

• Freshman center Johni Broome collected plenty of hardware in his first collegiate season. The OVC Freshman of the Year was also crowned OVC Tournament Most Valuable Player, one of just three players in OVC history (Monty Wilson, Tennessee State [1993] and Isiah Canaan, Murray State [2009]) to earn MVP honors as a freshman. He was also named First-Team All-OVC, OVC All-Newcomer and First-Team NABC District 18 as well as Freshman All-America by CollegeInsider.com.
• Morehead State is officially picked to finish second in the OVC behind Belmont, but Johni Broome is the league pick for Preseason Player of the Year. Junior guard Skyelar Potter joins Broome on the preseason All-OVC list.
• Head Coach Preston Spradlin is one of the younger head coaches ever to lead his team to a conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth. At 34 years old at the time, the former Kentucky staffer was named OVC Coach of the Year and NABC District 18 Coach of the Year.

• Spradlin was also a finalist for two National Coach of the Year awards from CollegeInsider.com – the Hugh Durham Award and Jim Phelan Award.

• Morehead State used the transfer portal this season to add a trio of Division I players. Tray Hollowell came from Wofford as a graduate transfer, while Jaylon Hall (Wright State) and Jake Wolfe (Lipscomb) also have high level playing experience. Tucson Redding transferred from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in the JUCO ranks, while MSU added freshmen Braden May and Chris Cole.

Johni Broome has been named to the Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List, which honors the nation’s top Mid-Major Player.



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