The Buckeyes ended last season with a 90-84 loss to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA tournament. They were one of the biggest surprise teams in the nation last season finishing 25-9 and 15-3 in conference play. They were projected by every major sports news outlet to finish in at best the bottom third of the Big Ten. They ended up finishing third in the conference. New head coach Chris Holtmann was named 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year and deservedly so. Continue Reading!
Everyone remembers the most remarkable upset in college basketball history. UMBC dominated the Virginia Cavaliers 74-54 and became the first 16-seed to ever beat a 1-seed, essentially erasing Virginia’s entire season. The Cavaliers were 31-3 and 17-1 in the toughest conference in America. They won the ACC regular season and tournament championship. They had fifteen wins against tournament teams and beat five Sweet Sixteen teams. Continue Reading!
As evidenced by decades of college basketball, there are many ways to build a contender. You can look across college basketball and see Kentucky and Duke going after “one-and-done” recruits and reloading every year. You’ll also see teams like Michigan State, who focus on developing players over a longer college career. You’ll see Gonzaga, who built a successful program by going after international recruits. You’ll see many teams that take a little from several different philosophies without one recognizable identity. But now, Eric Musselman has found a new way to build a winner. Read Full Article Here!
Although it’s still almost two months until college basketball tips off, most media outlets are picking Michigan State to be the best team in the Big Ten. If they aren’t picking the Spartans, then they’re looking to Michigan or possibly even Maryland. However, Indiana, who finished 6th in the conference last year, could be the team to take home the Big Ten Championship. Here’s why: Read Full Article Here!