Arizona State Slips Past NC State Into Legends Classic Finals


North Carolina State and Arizona State faced off in the second semifinal game of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, last night.
Tra Holder led Arizona State with 22 points, including the decisive three-pointer with just over one minute left in the game, propelling the Sun Devils (3-1) to a 79-76 win over the Wolfpack (2-2).

Savon Goodman shook off any ill effects he may have had due to an ankle sprain last week and dominated NC State, adding 21 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

“Savon was all over the glass and he was so active,” ASU coach Bobby Hurley said. “He was a force for us. When he plays with energy, he really can take our team to a different level.”

Arizona State finished a competitive first half with a 40-38 lead. The second half turned into a game of runs, as Arizona jumped out to a 64-54 lead with 8:44 left to play. However, NC State quickly went on a 13-2 run to retake the lead at the 5:08 mark. The Sun Devils made more plays down the stretch to secure the victory.

Cat Barber led five Wolfpack players in double figures with 22 points and 8 assists.

“Our concern now is making sure we get better,” said NC State coach Mark Gottfried. “I don’t think we’re a great basketball team right now.”

Arizona State will face Marquette in the Championship game tonight. North Carolina State will face Ben Simmons and LSU in the consolation game. 

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Marquette Hangs On To Beat Ben Simmons And LSU In Legends Classic Semifinal



It was an SEC/Big East battle last night, as Marquette took on LSU in the first semifinal of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. The match-up most came to see was an individual one between freshmen Ben Simmons – the Nation’s consensus best frosh, and likely best player – and Henry Ellenson, perhaps the Big East’s best newcomer.

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Grayson Allen Shines As Duke Beats Georgetown For 2K Crown 

It’s only November, but it felt like March inside and outside of Madison Square Garden yesterday.
Outside, it was a mild 50 degree day, unusual so close to Thanksgiving. Inside, it was a raucous, packed house that had the Garden feeling like there was a high NCAA Tournament seed at stake, rather than an early season tournament championship on a regular season football Sunday. Continue Reading


Georgetown Puts The Clamps On Wisconsin To Advance To 2K Final


The Georgetown Hoyas and the Wisconsin Badgers kicked off the 2015 2K Classic and with it college basketball at Madison Square Garden this season. The Hoyas won an ugly, turnover and foul-plagued game, 71-61, for their first win of the season (1-2) and move on to face Duke in the Classic championship game on Sunday. Wisconsin (2-2) will face VCU in the consolation game.  Continue Reading


Grayson Allen Leads Duke Past VCU in 2K Classic


Grayson Allen scored a career-high 30 points in Friday’s 2K Classic nightcap as Duke defeated VCU 79-71. Duke got VCU’s best yesterday as the Rams led for a majority of the first half. Continue Reading


Justin Graham Late 3 Propels Hartford over Saint Peter’s


After a tough road stretch that included trips to Saint Louis and Louisville in the last four days, the Hartford Hawks didn’t look tired as they battled back from a 12-point deficit to defeat Saint Peter’s 67-66. Junior guard Justin Graham sunk a 3-ball with 2.0 seconds left in the game with the Hawks trailing 66-64.  Continue Reading


Rivalry Renewed: Maryland holds off Georgetown

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It had been over 40 years since the Hoyas stepped foot in College Park to take on the Terps and Tuesday night they did just that. The number three Terps cruised past Mount St. Mary’s on Friday but would have a much tougher time with JT3’s Hoyas.

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Nova’s Reign Continues: Big East Preview

Nova Hoists 2015 Big East Championship - Photo by Scott Zolotorow

Nova Hoists 2015 Big East Championship – Photo by Scott Zolotorow

Despite finishing the 2014-15 season with the third highest conference RPI, Big East conference teams begin this season with a familiar tag: underrated.

Some might even call it disrespected. Continue Reading


Army West Point Eases Past Ferrum in Opener

Kevin Ferguson scores 2 of his 18 points – Photo credit to Army West Point Athletics

The wait is finally over as the college basketball season is underway. For Army West Point, opening night was a fun one as a grand total of 13 Black Knights tallied points in their 93-54 win over Division III Ferrum (VA). Continue Reading


Top 5 Opening Weekend Games to Watch


It is Finally here! The College season starts this Friday with almost every major D-1 school playing this first weekend. Now the big games don’t start until ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon, which starts Monday at 5:30pm with UCONN women taking on Ohio State and continues for more than 24 hours. But we’ll have another preview for that on Monday!

That still leaves us with Friday through Sunday to watch teams play college hoops. So here are the top 5 games that you can watch this weekend!

5. Harvard at Providence – Saturday, 7pm ET. A fun northeast matchup between 2 teams that have been great over the past couple of seasons. But there is really only 1 huge reason to watch this ball game. KRIS DUNN. Preseason player of the year candidate and one of the most electrifying guys in the game.

4. Stephen F. Austin at #22 Baylor – Friday, 9:30pm ET. An intriguing opening night matchup between the Lumberjacks who are looking for their 3rd consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and a good Baylor team. If this game was later in the non-conference schedule it would be higher on the list. But its the first night and a very good basketball game for the people down in Waco who should be on upset alert. SFA brings back their leading scorer Thomas Walkup, a forward who gets to matchup head-to-heat with the freak of an athlete that is Rico Gathers.

3. #7 Iowa State vs Colorado – Friday, 5:00pm ET (ESPN2). This game is being played in South Dakota for some reason, but I love that. This is your first chance to get a look at this year’s Iowa State squad without Fred Hoiberg at the helm. It is Stephen Prohm’s first game as the Cyclones head coach, fresh off a magical season with Murray State. Georges Niang is one of the best players in the country as you very well should know by now. And you get to see him play virtually before any other team plays. Should be awesome. We’ll see how freshman JaKolby Long looks for the first time as well. For Colorado, forwards Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson return for their senior seasons on a pretty solid Buffalo team.

2. Texas vs Washington -Friday, 10:00pm ET (ESPN). This game is being played in Shanghai, China which adds to the specialness of a good basketball game between 2 solid power conference schools. It’s a very deep and experienced Texas team that adds three 4-star freshman: PG Kerwin Roach, SG Eric Davis, and SF Tevin Mack. These three may not get a lot of playing time right away, but will stars for new coach Shaka Smart’s Longhorns. Washington’s Andrew Andrews, besides having one of the best names in hoops, is incredibly fun to watch. Washington also adds FOUR 4-star recruits: SG Dejounte Murray, SF Matisse Thybulle, and PFs Noah Dickerson and Marquese Chriss. There is a lot of young talent in this game.

1. #9 Gonzaga vs Pittsburgh – Friday, 7:00pm ET (ESPN). Another awesome game in Asia! This game is being played on the US military base in Okinawa. I love when college teams do this, something special for the troops on the complete other side of the world. The troops get to see a good one with a very solid Zags team led by preseason all-american, senior Kyle Wiltjer and Domontas Sabonis, one of the best sophomores in the country. Pittsburgh had a down year a season ago in the ACC, but they aren’t anybody to overlook. Forwards Jamel Artis and Michael Young are both back and Jamie Dixon’s squad will look to turn things around against Mark Few and company with freshman guard Jesse Wade.