College hoops scoops
Ballin' and bloggin' on the national and local college hardwood.
It was truly a historic Friday in the NCAA Tournament. What were the odds of two No. 2 seeds falling to 15 seeds in the same tournament on the same day? Hoops Scoops has no idea, but it had to be something like a million, billion, trillion to one.
We’ll start with the first upset of the day.
By now everyone in America has heard of Norfolk State University. And we just can’t wax poetic...Read more »
Several games stood out among the rest on Thursday, day one of the NCAA Tournament. We'll start with the game that has become somewhat of a tradition in the tourney: the 12 vs. 5 upset.
VCU over Wichita State
12th-seeded VCU knocked off No. 5 Wichita State, 62-59, in a second-round game in Portland. Newsflash: This is not an upset, at least not according to Hoops Scoops. The Rams (29-6)...Read more »
Murray State vs. Colorado State, 12:15 p.m., Ch. 2
Louisville vs. Davidson, 1:40 p.m., TBS
Marquette vs. BYU, 2:45 p.m., Ch. 2
New Mexico vs. Long Beach State, 4:10 p.m., TBS
Kansas State vs. Southern Miss, 12:40 p.m., truTV
Wisconsin vs. Montana, 2:10 p.m., TNT
Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville, 3:10 p.m., truTV
Vanderbilt...Read more »
LIU Brooklyn will have a new home away from home the next few years.
The Brooklyn school and the Barclays Center formed a multifaceted partnership with each other on Wednesday.
LIU will play a minimum of four home games at the Barclays Center through the length of the agreement. The Blackbirds are already set to participate in the Barclays Center Classic on November 9 and the Brooklyn...Read more »
In the black-and-white world of wins and losses, almost doesn't count. So, the fact that Stony Brook came back from a 10-point deficit and a horrific start to "almost" upset No. 1-seeded Seton Hall in a first-round NIT game Tuesday night in the Pirates' Walsh Gym doesn't matter to the bottom-liners. The Seawolves' 63-61 loss is a loss is a loss forever in the record books.
But the...Read more »
The Hofstra women’s team lives to fight another day.
The Pride (19-11) will host Harvard in a first-round NIT game on Thursday at the Mack Sports Complex. It’s the fourth post season big in school history. The winner will face either Temple or Quinnipiac in a second-round game.
A win for the Pride will give it the fourth 20-win season since becoming a Division I program in 1982-83. Hofstra...Read more »
Miami, Drexel and few other bubble teams can thank (or wish bad things on) St. Bonaventure for stealing a bid. The Bonnies knocking off Xavier in the Atlantic-10 Final on Sunday took away a bid, NCAA interim vice president Greg Shaheen said during a conference all.
There was one space left on the bracket before that game. Drexel, Miami, Oral Roberts, Nevada, Mississippi State and Seton Hall...Read more »
Those teams who got left without a chair when the NCAA stopped the music –The “Snubs”– will get a little love from Hoops Scoops. But this is as far as we will go. Teams in the tournament will get all of the ink from this point on.
Washington (21-10, 14-4 PAC-12; RPI 70; SOS 94): Washington has a beef (not much). That strength of schedule and the relative weakness of the PAC-12...Read more »
Saturday was not a good day for several of our local teams: Iona, Wagner, Stony Brook and the Hofstra Women. We’ll worry about Stony Brook and the Hofstra Women on Sunday and Monday, when the NIT bids are announced. For now, we’ll focus on Iona and Wagner.
So why was Saturday a tough day for Iona? The Gaels are hoping to get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. But Tim Cluess’ squad needs...Read more »
Beware of the Bearcat. We’re talking about the Bearcats of the University of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati (23-9) hit several milestones during its 71-68 win over top-seeded Syracuse in a Big East semifinal on Friday night at the Garden, the biggest is advancing to the tournament final for the first time in school history.
If you let Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin tell it, his Bearcats were for...Read more »