“COLLEGE WEEKLY LIVE” (PART 1) TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016

6TH EDITION

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PART 1

 

HEADING TO THE BIG DANCE

(MID-MAJOR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNERS)

ALL THESE TEAMS WILL BE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNER

AUSTIN PEAY (18-17): The Governors shocked everyone by winning 4 games in 4 days to advance into the NCAA Tournament. The little Tennessee school entered the conference tournament with a losing record but are now one game over and will probably earn a 16 seed and the right to play one of the top teams in the country in the first round. C/F Chris Horton (18.9PTS, 12.1REB) and G Josh Robinson (16.3PTS, 2.5AST) lead the way for the Governors. By winning 4 straight games as underdogs, Austin Peay has just kicked of the Madness.

IVY LEAGUE WINNER

YALE (22-6): The Ivy League doesn’t have a conference tournament so the automatic qualifier goes to the team with the best conference record. The Bulldogs earn the right to head to the NCAA Tournament and are a very solid team. Head Coach James Jones has an All-Ivy player at his disposal in PF Justin Sears (15.8PTS, 7.5REB, 2.8AST). The senior from Plainfield, NJ was a decorated high school player who turned down offers from bigger schools to attend Yale. He has the talent to give the Bulldogs 1st round opponent problems. Sophomore G Makai Mason (15.8PTS, 3.7AST, 2.6REB) runs the show for Yale.

BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNER

UNC ASHVILLE (22-6):

Picked to finish 7th in the preseason conference poll, UNC Asheville (22-11) completed their great regular season with a 77-68 win over Winthrop in the tournament final. Freshmen G Dwayne Sutton (11.6pts, 7.5reb, 1.3ast) is one of 5 players to average double digits in scoring. Sophomore G Ahmad Thomas(11.3, 6.4reb, 1.9ast) is another young, talented guard. This team is very balanced and will not be an easy out.

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNER

NORTHERN IOWA (22-12:) Winning the tournament final on a last second jump-shot by senior guard Wes Washpun (14.2, 5.3 ast, 4reb) puts Northern Iowa back in the Big Dance. Junior G Jeremy Morgan (10.3pts, 5.2reb, 2.4ast) has a well-rounded game and Head Coach Ben Jacobson has proven he can win in the NCAA tournament.

ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNER

FLORIDA GULF COAST (20-13): The Eagle won the automatic berth with an 80-78 OT win over Stetson in the final. Leading the way for UFGC on the season is leading scorer Marc Eddy Norelia (17.2pts, 9.2reb, 1.2ast), a 6’8″ senior F. Sophomore G Christian Terrell (12.6, 4.9reb, 2.2ast) is a talented back-court player for the Eagles.

COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT WINNER

UNC WILMINGTON (25-7): The Seahawks topped Hofstra in the championship 80-73 in OT to get the automatic bid. Junior G Chris Flemmings (16pts, 5.9reb, 1.7ast) leads the team in scoring. Denzel Ingram, Craig Ponder, and C.J. Pryce average double-digits in scoring.

MAAC TOURNAMENT WINNER

IONA (22-10): The Gaels beat Monmouth 79-76 to win the automatic bid. Iona is led by All-MAAC performer A.J. English (22.5pts, 5.1reb, 6.2ast.) The senior SG is one of the better players in the country and is hoping playing on the big stage will help him gain notoriety. 6’8″ PF Jordan Washington (13.8pts, 6reb) provides muscle inside.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNER

CHATTANOOGA (29-5): The Mocs have won 29 games on the season and are a very well-balanced club, with 8 players averaging at least 7.2 points a game. F Tre’ McLean (12.3pts, 6.4reb, 2.4ast) is one of the leaders. This team has the potential to upset its higher ranked opponent in the first round and can make some noise in the upcoming weeks.

BUBBLE TEAMS

  1. MARQUETTE:  RPI 106
  2. CREIGHTON:  RPI 104
  3. SYRACUSE:  RPI 58
  4. VCU:  RPI 44
  5. TEMPLE:  RPI 55
  6. FLORIDA: RPI 56
  7. SAINT BONAVENTURE:  RPI 28
  8. BUTLER:  RPI 46

 

PLAYER TO WATCH LOGO

JAMEEL WARNEY

COLLEGE: STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

6’8″  255 POUNDS  POWER FORWARD  SENIOR

STATISTICS: 18.9PTS, 10.6REB, 1.7AST

PLAYER SUMMARY: Jameel Warney is one of the most underrated players in college basketball. He is a 3-time Conference Player of the Year winner in the America East Conference and Stony Brook is the favorite to come out of the league and represent the AEC in the NCAA Tournament. The Plainfield, NJ resident attended national high school powerhouse Roselle Catholic in NJ.

The Senior PF joins former NBA player Reggie Lewis and Vermont’s Taylor Coppenrath as the league’s only 3-time POY winner. Warney is an NBA prospect and is the heart and soul of the Seawolves team. Stony Brook has seen heartbreak, losing the last couple AEC conference tournament finals in dramatic fashion. Jameel Warney is destined to not let that happen again and should guide the little New York college into the big dance for the first time in school history.

REC NEWS NEW LOGO

#6 RANKED RECRUITING CLASS (2016)

CONN HUSKIES

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#31: JUWAN DURHAM  PF

#36: ALTERIQUE GILBERT  PG

#72: VANCE JACKSON  SF

#142: MAMADOU DIARRA  PF

SUMMARY OF CLASS: UCONN Head Coach Kevin Ollie has reeled in a strong 4 player class, highlighted by Durham and Gilbert. Durham is one of the more talented PF’s in the country, however he has been hampered by knee injuries. If healthy he will provide the Huskies with a solid inside presence.

Jackson will provide depth on the wing and Diarra is a 6’7″ PF who plays with high energy, although he is probably more of a project then instant contributor. In my opinion the key to the class is Alterique Gilbert. The Huskies won the 2014 national championship led by PG Shabazz Napier, who was outstanding the whole season, especially in March. He is a perfect example of how crucial good PG play is in college basketball. Look for Ollie to hand the keys to the offense over to Gilbert and let him learn on the fly. This class has the potential to put UCONN back at the top of the AAC Conference.

 

 

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