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  • College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Eleven

    College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Eleven

    Well, were you expecting anything different? The level of parity in college basketball is RIDICULOUS. Not only are ranked teams falling when they have to hit the road (West Virginia, Miami, and many others), but they’re also being defeated at home (Michigan State, Arizona State, and more!). Twelve of our ranked teams from last week lost. At this point, there isn’t really a point in putting these conundrums into words. That many teams losing has become the norm, not the exception. And the game’s better for that. Anyways, let’s see how our writers rank the top twenty-five teams in the nation:       Villanova (16-1, LW: 1) def. Xavier, 89-65; def. St. John’s, 78-71. Villanova holds at the top spot after a strong week. Smacking Xavier was particularly impressive. You’ll have to excuse old Big East fans if they get nostalgic this week; Jalen Brunson and co. will be playing at Georgetown, then at Connecticut.   Wichita State (15-2, LW: 2) def. East Carolina, 95-60; def. Tulsa, 72-69. The Shockers pounded ECU, but then had trouble against Tulsa, needing hot shooting from Landry Shamet and Connor Frankamp to secure the victory. SMU comes to Koch Arena on Wednesday. On Read MoreRead More »
  • College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Ten

    College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Ten

    Words don’t exist to properly describe the ridiculousness that gripped college basketball over the past seven days. Over half of our prior poll lost, many of them twice. Seven of our top ten teams from last week’s poll took an L and a predictable tumble. Among those to lose, shockingly, were Duke and Michigan State, the two teams seen as the top dogs. Kansas got stomped, at home, while UNC couldn’t handle either of their opponents from the most recent edition of the ACC gauntlet. Oh, did I also forget to mention that Oklahoma, Xavier, Arizona, Kentucky, Florida State, Tennessee, and more also lost? It was that kind of week. The best kind. With that being said, let’s look at how this chaos affected our volatile voters:       Villanova (14-1, LW: 3) def. Marquette, 100-90. After a one week absence, the Wildcats are back on top of our rankings, sweeping the first-place votes. While there may be some defensive questions, this team just has so many weapons on the offensive end it may not matter. Xavier presents a major test on Wednesday, then the Cats will head to St. John’s.   Wichita State (13-2, LW: 5) def. Houston, Read MoreRead More »
  • College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Nine

    College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Nine

      A Happy New Year to all of those in the college basketball universe! Here at College Pride Press, we value the holidays and the joys they bring. That’s why the poll is coming out today instead of yesterday. Regardless, it’s clear that conference play has already brought chaos to the NCAA. Four of our top ten teams from last week took a loss. This coming week promises to bring even more pandemonium to the basketball landscape. But before we get set for that, let’s see how our writers evaluated the top twenty-five teams in the country based on last week:       Michigan State (14-1, LW: 1) def. Cleveland State, 111-61; def. Savannah State, 108-52. We might be looking at an extended run at the top for the Spartans. Granted they’ve been playing cupcakes recently, but four straight 100-point games is still impressive. On Thursday, they meet Maryland. A road trip to Ohio State comes on Sunday.   Duke (13-1, LW: 3) def. Florida State, 100-93. In arguably the most exciting game of the weekend, Duke outlasted the Seminoles behind a mind-boggling 32 points and 21 rebounds from Marvin Bagley. Wendell Carter also added a double-double while Grayson Read MoreRead More »
  • Podcast: Week 6+7 recap

    Podcast: Week 6+7 recap

    Brett and Brad have finished exams and are back to talk about the past 2 weeks in college basketball. We discuss all the upsets, which fans should start sweating, and look ahead to next week. We will be back in 2 weeks!   <iframe src=”https://www.podbean.com/media/player/b8afd-7fd4ca?from=yiiadmin&skin=2&btn-skin=107&share=1&fonts=Helvetica&auto=0&download=0&rtl=0″ height=”100″ width=”100%” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” data-name=”pb-iframe-player”></iframe>Read More »
  • College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Seven

    College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Seven

      Well, so much for last week being slow. A multitude of ranked teams fell on Saturday, creating hysteria for our voters. It seems that after finals, some of our ranked teams came out flat. Several of these games ended in dramatic fashion, such as Indiana’s upset win over Notre Dame and Xavier’s dramatic heroics to overcome their opponent.   The most impressive performance in a week with fewer games was undoubtedly Oklahoma. The Sooners went into Wichita, Kansas (something the Jayhawks will never do!) and came out with a victory over the formerly number four Shockers. At this point, Trae Young has to be a strong candidate for national player of the year. Now, it’s time to reveal the newest edition of the College Pride Press Top 25:       Villanova (11-0, LW: 1) def. Temple, 87-67. Villanova only played once this week, but they put in a clinical performance to top the Owls. Jalen Brunson led the way with a dominating game that included 31 points, 6 boards, and 5 assists. CPP’s number one team will play against Hofstra on Friday night before the Christmas break.   Michigan State (10-1, LW: 2) def. Oakland, 86-73. Upset-minded Oakland Read MoreRead More »
  • Mail Time: December 12th

    Mail Time: December 12th

    Overreactions are probably both the best and worst part about college basketball. A week and a half ago, everyone was questioning how good Arizona actually was. I’ll settle that for you right now: they’re really good. It was an unprecedented skid for a Sean Miller-coached ‘Zona team, but look where they are now, right back on top. And Georgetown’s undefeated sure, but my high school intramural team would be undefeated against that schedule. And Arizona State? I do think they’re really good. I love Tra Holder. But I’ve seen some talk about Bobby Hurley being the guy to take Coach K’s spot once he retires. I mean, he’s in the running, sure, but there are so many other qualified individuals that one good opening stretch doesn’t end the conversation. Come on now, people.   It’s barely December. When was the last time we knew how a season would end up in December? Everyone just hold onto your butts, it’s gonna be a long and fun season, and conference play is just around the corner, so we’ll start to see some true colors. We’ve got a lot of questions today, so without further ado, let’s answer them.   “Can Kansas find Read MoreRead More »
  • College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Six

    College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Six

    Bedlam. That was last week. Five of our top ten teams lost. Some in games you wouldn’t predict in a million years. It’s clear that Christmas came early for college basketball fans, as chaos dominated. We had Florida get trounced by their rival then inexplicably lose to a mid-major. Kansas got shocked in a pair of home games (ok… one of those was in Kansas City. But who do you think they were cheering for?) and fell like a rock. Mighty Duke, the expert escape artists, finally found a deficit they couldn’t overturn. And who took down the vaunted Blue Devils but… the Boston College Golden Eagles? If conference play is anything like this past week, there will be gigantic movement in every new poll.   However, this storm has left a need to calm down in its wake. This coming week, many programs either have light schedules or no games at all. In all the madness, it can get tough to remember that these world-class athletes are also still students who have student-like responsibilities. Finals are the dreaded archenemy of the college student. Schools have often settled on this week, the second full one in December, as the ideal Read MoreRead More »
  • Saturday Notebook: December 9, 2017

    Saturday Notebook: December 9, 2017

    Today is a good day. You know why? Because the College Pride Press Saturday Notebook is making its much-anticipated return. Yesterday was a loaded day of college hoops. Other than No. 1 Duke going down, there weren’t any other monumental upsets, but it still felt incredible to have a full slate of top 25 ball clubs in action. Here is the CPP Saturday Notebook for December 9, 2017 24 Tennessee 81, Lipscomb 71: It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but the Volunteers were able to grind out a victory. Ever hear the name, Grant Williams? Well, you should get to know him. Williams had 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead Tennessee. Rick Barnes’ team is making noise early in this season. 23 Baylor 105, Randall University 82: Rand U needed Randy Moss to make this a game. Oh well, the Bears did what they were supposed to do blowing out Moss’ alma mater. Nuni Omot had a career night scoring 30 points and dishing out 6 assists. Is Scott Drew a good coach? Go 19 Seton Hall 90, VCU 67: How ’bout them Pirates. Seton Hall has one of the best starting fives in the nation as each of them scored in Read MoreRead More »
  • Mid-Major Report: Gonzaga Opens Up On Top

    Mid-Major Report: Gonzaga Opens Up On Top

    The Mid-Major Report is back for the 2017-18 college basketball season.  The season has gotten off to a great start.  So many great games have been played, and there are so many more to come  Conference play is just around the corner and we have all you need to know about your favorite mid-major teams. Rankings: 1.) Gonzaga (7-2) Yes, I guess the ‘Zags are a mid-major. Mark Few’s team did not look great against Villanova, but the Wildcats are one of the best teams in the country this year and I think Johnathan Williams and co would give ‘Nova a game if they play again. The Bulldogs’ next matchup will be on Sunday at Washington. 2.) Nevada (8-1) The Wolf Pack are one of the most entertaining teams to watch in college hoops. They move the ball well, take good shots, and play good defense which is why they’ve gotten off to such a strong start. Caleb Martin has been a stud this year, but Nevada has six guys averaging at least six points a game. Texas Tech was a tough loss on Tuesday, but this group has a chance to bounce back on Friday against No. 20 TCU. 3.) Rhode Island Read MoreRead More »
  • College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Five

    College Pride Press Top 25 – Week Five

    Oftentimes, the couple weeks following Thanksgiving can be a slow period in college basketball. The high competition of the early-season tournaments can have some teams looking for reprieve in smaller opponents. Finals are coming up, too, which means teams will usually go at least a week without contesting a game. After all, these dynamic players are still students! None of this seems to apply this year.   Three of our top twelve teams from a week ago fell in what was another chaotic stretch of games. The result is a poll that is much-changed from this time seven days ago. Michigan State flexed their muscle against Notre Dame. Both Xavier and Seton Hall knocked off two ranked teams. The USC Trojans continue to struggle as one of their best players sits with eligibility concerns. Without further ado, let’s see how this all affected our voters and take a look at the new CPP Top 25:     Duke (10-0, LW: 1) def. Indiana, 91-81; def. South Dakota, 96-80. Duke is the first team to ten wins this season. They battled for much of the game against IU before pulling away with their superior talent. Marvin Bagley has lived up to Read MoreRead More »
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