Monthly Archives: March 2016

Hammink Is Key Late as Valpo Ekes Out Win Over BYU to Reach NIT Title Game

Shane Hammink scored 7 of his 10 points in the game’s final six minutes, to help #1 seed Valparaiso stave off a BYU comeback and win 72-70 in the NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Valpo … Continue reading

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Oakland Gets Past Towson and Into Semis of Vegas 16

Oakland used a dominating first half to defeat Towson in the quarterfinals of the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. Oakland was able to withstand second half comebacks by the Tigers to win 90-72. Golden Grizzlies junior point guard Kay Felder showed … Continue reading

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Mid-Majors Have Shown Power Conference Teams Who’s Boss in NIT

The cream has risen to the crop. Of the four remaining teams in the 32-team 2016 NIT field, there are zero teams from Power Conferences. There is some subjectivity on which conferences are “Power” ones, and which are mid-majors. I … Continue reading

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Valpo Advances to NIT Final Four After Dominant Second Half Over St. Mary’s

In the postgame interview with the ESPN commentators, Valparaiso star junior Alec Peters could not have said it any better when asked about the disappointment of not making the NCAA Tournament. “You can either give up, or show up.” The … Continue reading

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Teams Postseason Performances Do Not Justify Them Being In or Out of Big Dance

One of the most annoying and inaccurate arguments in sports is that teams who barely make it into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament can justify their selection by winning. That could not be further from the truth. It has been … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Surprised If Phoenix Rise Past Aggies in NCAA First Round

Green Bay likes to play fast and shoot often, which helps explain them being sixth in the nation in scoring, averaging 84.2 points per game. No team in college basketball has gotten to the free throw line more than Green … Continue reading

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Spurning Postseason Tournaments is Arrogant and Unacceptable

LSU recently made headlines when they announced they would not participate in any postseason tourney, after it became clear their resume was not good enough to make the NCAA Tournament. However, they were practically assured an invitation to play in … Continue reading

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