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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Creighton's McDermott Picks Up 400th Win against DePaul (With Video)





Behind 18 points from James Milliken, coach Greg McDermott picked up his 400th win as Creighton (13-15, 4-11 Big East) defeated DePaul (12-17, 6-10 Big East) 75-62 Tuesday night.

McDermott talked about the 400th win and winning the offensive rebound battle in this clip:



Off the bench, Will Artino put together an all-around effort with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go along with seven rebounds.

After Jamee Crockett’s three from the baseline got DePaul on the scoreboard, things would start to turn the wrong way as Creighton went on an 18-3 run to go ahead 19-6.

In that stretch, the Blue Demons’ top two scorers, Myke Henry and Billy Garrett Jr. were held scoreless, while the Blue Jays would make four triples on offense.

Creighton’s lead would stretch to as many as 15 before DePaul would counter with a 10-2 run to pull make it 24-17.

Both teams exchanged baskets as the Blue Jays would go into the locker room with a 34-27 advantage.

The second half saw DePaul erase an earlier 15-point deficit as it tied with Creighton at 43 with 12:46 left in regulation on a three-point make from the wing by Forrest Robinson.

The Blue Jays would counter on its next possession with a pretty pass from Devin Brooks to Artino and the foul to complete the three-point play.

Creighton would lead for the remainder of the game as it came away with the 13-point win.
Looking Ahead:

Both teams return to action on Feb. 28 as Creighton travels to take on Seton Hall, while DePaul hosts No. 23 Butler on Senior Day.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Talley's Career-High 25 Leads Eastern Michigan Past NIU (Video)

                                                            Photo Credit: Andrew Mascharka


Behind Mike Talley's career-high 25 points, Eastern Michigan picked up its first MAC road win of the season against Northern Illinois, 73-65 at the NIU Convocation Center on Feb. 21.

Dakoda Johnson of The Eastern Echo provides a snippet of the action in DeKalb, Ill.:

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

No. 6 Villanova's Versatility Too Much For Marquette

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With Matt Carlino (concussion) out for the fourth straight game, the short-handed Marquette Golden Eagles could not find an answer for the Villanova Wildcats’ versatility on Saturday.

With five players finishing with double figures in points, No. 6 Villanova (25-2, 12-2 Big East) completed the regular-season sweep of Marquette (12-16, 3-12 Big East) 87-76 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Darrun Hilliard led the way for Villanova with 16 points on 6-of-7 from the foul line and 4-for-11 from the field, including two three-point makes.

Dylan Ennis put together an all-around performance with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Wildcats coach Jay Wright gave credit to Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski for keeping his team competitive throughout the game.

“I think Wojo is doing a hell of a job,” Wright said. “They really compete.”

Villanova’s size overwhelmed Marquette as it won the rebounding battle 49-36.

For Marquette, Luke Fischer led the way with 15 points.

The Golden Eagles came out of the gate scoring the first five of the game.

Villanova would get on the board shortly after on Daniel Ochefu finding a cutting Ryan Arcidiacono for the layup on the baseline.

Both teams continued to exchange leads until Jayvaughn Pinkston’s two free throws put the Wildcats ahead 15-14 with 12:27 in the first half.

A huge turning point came with 6:04 left in the first half as double technical fouls were assessed to Pinkston and Duane Wilson. On the same play, Ochefu committed his third foul and Wright sat him as a result.

After Jajuan Johnson’s two makes from the charity stripe to put the Golden Eagles to 26-24, the Wildcats began to mix its offense up with Ochefu out and went on a 15-3 run over a 3:55 stretch.

Marquette would fight back as it closed the first half on a 7-2 run to cut its deficit to nine at the half.

The momentum the Golden Eagles carried going into the locker room disappeared as the Wildcats took control, going on an 8-2 run— highlighted by back-to-back triples from Arcidiacono in the first 1:18 of the second half.

The Wildcats’ lead would expand to its largest of the game at 63-46 with at the under 12-minute timeout.

Marquette would climb back to as close as nine points with 13 seconds left, but Villanova would come away with its eighth straight victory.

Looking Ahead:

Both teams are back in action on Feb. 25 when Villanova hosts Providence, while Marquette travels to Butler.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Henton and Dunn Powers Providence Past DePaul



          Photo Credit: Steven Branscombe/USA TODAY Sports


For the fourth consecutive game, LaDontae Henton scored at least 20 points, but it was a more of a total team effort which led Providence (19-8, 9-5 BIG EAST) to a 84-57 victory over DePaul (12-15, 6-8 BIG EAST) Wednesday night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

Henton finished with a double-double scoring 22 and grabbing 11 rebounds, and knows performances like this will be needed in order to keep the Friars alive in the BIG EAST regular-season title race.

“It is a tough environment being on the road and you have to make sure you bring all of your energy,” Henton said. “We got to come into the each game with the mindset that we can beaten by any team in the BIG EAST and tonight we came prepared.”

Kris Dunn finished with 21 points on 11-for-12 from the free-throw line and 5-of-7 from the field.

With his first 20-point game since the St. John’s game on Jan. 31, Dunn considered the performance to be more of a group effort.

“My teammates helped get me open shots and we were all being aggressive,” Dunn said. ”Tonight was just a good team win.”

The Blue Demons came out with a purpose early on led by Myke Henry’s five points in the first two minutes of regulation to go ahead 7-2 on the Friars.

Providence turned the jets on for a 20-3 run to go ahead 22-10 on DePaul as Henton scored six points in that stretch.

Providence’s first half would grow to as man lead grew to as many as 18 in the first half on DePaul, using turnovers to generate points.

Dunn and Henton would account for 27 of Providence’s 41 points in the first half as it went into the locker room ahead of DePaul, 41-26.

Henton picked up right where he left off from the first half by scoring Providence’s first four points, including a thunderous dunk eight seconds in to the second.

With 2:44 left in regulation and the game well in hand, Providence coach Ed Cooley decided to bring seldom used freshman and Oak Park, Ill., product Tom Planek into the game to a rousing ovation from both fan bases.

Planek finished with four points and Cooley enjoyed being able to finally insert him into a game and score.

“We’ve been dying to get [Tom] into a game lately,” Cooley said. “He’s a great family member of ours and is a great kid.”

Game Notes:
In the loss, Billy Garrett Jr. led the Blue Demons in scoring with 11, highlighted 9-of-10 makes from the free-throw line.

Jamee Crockett and R.J. Curington scored 10 each for DePaul.

The field goal shooting favored Providence as it went 28-of-53 (52.8 percent), while DePaul struggled going 17-for-50 (34 percent).

Looking Ahead:

Both teams hit the road as DePaul travels to Washington D.C., to face Georgetown on Feb. 21, while Providence travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to play No. 6 Villanova on Feb. 24.

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Providence Forward LaDontae Henton Press Conference vs. DePaul






After scoring at least 20 points for the fourth straight game, LaDontae Henton addressed the media after Providence's 84-57 win over DePaul at the Allstate Arena.




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Providence Coach Ed Cooley Press Conference vs. DePaul


After defeating DePaul 84-57, Providence coach Ed Cooley addressed the media and talked about the overall team effort.



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Providence Guard Kris Dunn Postgame Press Conference vs. DePaul




After scoring 21 in Providence's 84-57 win over DePaul at the Allstate Arena, Kris Dunn talked about the overall team effort in the post-game press conference.





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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Five Things You Need To Know About The BIG EAST For 2-11-15




Here are five things you need to know about BIG EAST for today:


Friarbasketball.com previews tonight's game between No. 6 Villanova and Providence.

The BIG EAST announced that it will be hosting an open 3-3 Basketball Tournament on March 7 in New York City.

In today's BIG EAST Minute, Georgetown and Xavier took both games on the road on Feb. 10.

Marquette's loss of Matt Carlino (concussion) is starting to catch up and the emergence of another player must happen now.

Could Saturday's game against Villanova be Butler's biggest home game ever at Hinkle Fieldhouse? Indystar.com's Michael Pointer discusses that point.

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The Geno Green Podcast- Chris Solari




On the first edition of the revamped Geno Green Podcast, Chris Solari from the Lansing State Journal comes on to talk about this past weekend's Hockey City Classic in Chicago and previews this weekend's series between Penn State and Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.


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Monday, February 9, 2015

Genotology (2-9-15)





Welcome to another edition of Genotology and as expected, you will see a lot of changes to my bracket this week, so enjoy and feel free to comment.



KEY: > UP    < DOWN  * NEW ENTRY INTO THE FIELD


SOUTH (HOUSTON)



EAST (SYRACUSE)



WEST (LOS ANGELES)




MIDWEST (CLEVELAND)




Conference Breakdown:

Big 12: 7

Big East: 6

ACC: 6

Big Ten: 5

SEC: 5


Mountain West: 4

Atlantic 10: 4

American Athletic Conference: 3

Pac-12: 3

Conference USA: 2

Missouri Valley Conference: 2



LAST FOUR IN:

LSU

Colorado State 

Pittsburgh

Western Kentucky


FIRST FOUR OUT:

Old Dominion

St. John's

NC State

Oregon


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

No. 14 Michigan exacts revenge on Michigan State with a 4-1 win at Soldier Field



After losing to the Michigan State Spartans 2-1 on Jan. 30 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines were forced to wait an extra 99 minutes to exact revenge Saturday night at Soldier Field.

Michigan (16-8-0, 7-3-0-0, Big Ten) defeated Michigan State (10-12-2, 4-4-2-2) 4-1 in the Hockey City Classic played under the lights in Chicago, Ill.

The puck drop was pushed back to 8:39 p.m. CT due to compressor issues earlier in the day.

Despite the conditions, Michigan forward Andrew Copp realized the magnitude of the win staying on top of the Big Ten at 24 points.

"Coming out on top was important for us," Copp said. "Given that we have 10 games left in conference play, we want to keep the momentum going."

Michigan coach Red Berenson knew keeping the team as relaxed as possible throughout the delay would help.

"They were all in their rooms and if you have a delay sometimes, you might lose focus, but we were prepared tonight," Berenson said.

Goal Summary:

At 1:43 of the first period, Michigan defenseman Michael Downing scored his fifth goal of the season with Tony Calderone and Cristoval Nieves picking up the assists.

Another defenseman got into the scoring party at 13:16 of the second stanza when Cutler Martin ripped one through Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand (33 saves) for his fourth goal of the season with Nieves and Justin Selman on the assists.

With 2:13 left in the second, Copp's goal on the doorstep of Hildebrand put U-M ahead 3-0 going into intermission.

Michigan State got on the board at 5:51 of the third period on Matt DeBlouw's sixth goal of the season as he poked in a loose puck.

The Spartans showed signs of aggression on offense towards the end of the game, but time would not be on its side as Selman scored the an empty-net goal at 18:48 to put the game away for the Wolverines.


Game Notes:

The Wolverines have won eight of its last nine games overall.

Michigan improves to 3-1-1 in outdoor games, while Michigan State falls to 1-2-2 all-time.


Looking Ahead:

On Feb. 13, Michigan State will look to get back on track as it hosts Penn State in East Lansing, Mich., for a two-game series, while Michigan travels to Minneapolis, Minn., to play Minnesota for a couple of contests.

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Michigan State Press Conference vs. Michigan





After losing to Michigan, 4-1 at the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., Michigan State coach Tom Anastos addressed the media.




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Michigan Press Conference vs. Michigan State




After Michigan's 4-1 win over Michigan State, coach Red Berenson addressed the media.




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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Western Michigan Press Conference vs. Miami



After losing to Miami 4-3, Western Michigan addressed the media and ripped the officials for several questionable penalties in its opinion.




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Miami Press Conference vs. Western Michigan





After defeating Western Michigan 4-3, Miami addressed the media about the outcome and an update on Sean Kuraly's leg injury.



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No. 8 Miami holds on to defeat Western, 4-3




Within a 40-second stretch late in the second period, Miami's Kevin Morris (4th Goal) Sean Kuraly (13th Goal ) put Miami ahead 4-0.

Despite Western Michigan's late rally, Kuraly's goal turned out to be the difference in Miami's 4-3 win at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.

Miami moved to 16-9-1 and 9-6-1-1 in the NCHC, while WMU dropped to 11-11-4 and 4-8-4-3.

After a lengthy 1-hour, 40 minute delay, the RedHawks and Broncos took to the ice with small patches of water reflecting off of the Soldier Field stadium lighting.

Miami coach Enrico Blasi talked about being able to manage to long delay.

"I warned the players earlier that we have to expect the unexpected and try to stay focused," Blasi said. "We tried to keep them in a routine every half-hour, but after the third one, they called my bluff. Thank god we got the game in."

WMU coach Andy Murray gave no excuses to the circumstances as his team came up short.

"There's no moral victories in sport, but I did like the battle of our team in the third period," Murray said.

As the first period progressed, so did the pace despite the choppy ice conditions.

The first goal of the game came as Miami's Alex Wideman (Sixth goal of the season) tipped in the centering pass from Alex Gacek at 13:28 of the first period. Chris Joyaux also got credit for the assist.

Despite WMU showing signs on the offensive end, Miami's Riley Barber (12th Goal) silenced the run on a power-play goal at 9:26 and was assisted by Louie Belpedio to go up 2-0.

After Miami scored two more goals, Western struck with two of its own in a 37-second stretch from Josh Pitt (First) and Aidan Muir (Fifth) in the third period.

On Muir's goal, Miami defenseman Ben Paulides stepped on Kuraly's lower right leg and threw one of his gloves to the ice, hopping to the bench in immense pain.

Blasi updated Kuraly's injury after the game.

"He's going to be fine," Blasi said. It was a deep cut close to the tendon and lost some blood, but he will be okay."

Sheldon Dries' tenth goal with 45 seconds would be Western's last as it could not rally in time against Miami.

Looking Ahead:

On Feb. 13, Miami will host Colorado College for a two-game series, while Western Michigan travels to Omaha, Neb., to take on conference-leader Nebraska-Omaha for a pair of contests.


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Hockey City Classic Doubleheader Delayed Due To Weather Conditions



The start of the today's Hockey City Classic doubleheader has been pushed back by 70 minutes due to the weather conditions.

Sunny skies are primarily to blame for the poor ice conditions as puddles of water were seen with the stadium lights at Soldier Field reflecting back.

Here are the official statements from The Hockey City Classic page on Twitter about the start times for both games:




Update: The start time for Miami/Western Michigan has been moved to 4:40 p.m. CT, while MSU/Michigan will go at 8:40 p.m. CT:






Stay with College Sports Overload for any new developments with the weather conditions.


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Michigan State vs. No. 14 Michigan Preview (Soldier Field)

                                   Photo Credit: Alex McDougall/M-Live


Michigan State vs. No. 14 Michigan

When/Where: Saturday, 7 p.m., Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: Big Ten Network


For the fourth time in series history, the Michigan State Spartans (10-11-2, 4-3-2-2 Big Ten) and the Michigan Wolverines (15-8-0, 7-2-0 Big Ten) will collide in an outdoor game, but this time around it will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday.

Michigan coach Red Berenson relishes the opportunity to play outdoors.

"Every place we've played is special and unique and this is going to be really good," Berenson said. "For me, I played most of my hockey as a kid outdoors and for these kids, they play hockey indoors and it is a treat [for them] to play outdoors. As long as the fans will keep coming, the players will enjoy it."

Coach Tom Anastos also embraces bringing Michigan State to the elements of the Windy City.

"It's cool being part of the event, but what is most important is taking everything in tonight and then tomorrow, it will be business as usual," Anastos said. "We know we're playing a really good opponent and with us coming off a win and [Michigan] coming off a loss, we will have to match that intensity for 60 minutes."


Players To Watch For:

Michigan's Zach Hyman comes into the game with 19 points (Nine goals and 10 assists) in the last eight games.

Michigan State forward Matt Berry leads the way in points with 16 (eight goals, eight assists) and will be counted on for the most part for offensive production.


Key Stats:

Over the last 11 games, the Wolverines have led the country since Nov. 29 with a 42.1 percent (16-for-28) conversion rate on the man advantage.


Sophomore goaltender Zach Nagelvoort is 5-2-0 in Big Ten competition and leads the conference with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage.


Over the last nine games, the Spartans have thwarted off 23-of-26 opponent power plays, while going 7-for-29 (24.1 percent) on the man advantage.


All-Time Series:

The Wolverines lead the all-time series 149-128-19. Both teams are 1-1-1 outdoors and in the last edition in the 2013 consolation game at the Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich., the Spartans won 3-0.


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Michigan State Coach Tom Anastos Talks About Tomorrow's Hockey City Classic





On the eve of Michigan State's meeting with Michigan at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., coach Tom Anastos talked about the importance of coming out of the game with three points.





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Michigan Coach Red Berenson Talks About Tomorrow's Hockey City Classic





On the eve of Michigan's meeting with Michigan State at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., coach Red Berenson talked about the ice conditions and what to expect from his lines.





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