Lexington (MA) High Minutemen senior point guard Lew Finnegan has overcome his share of obstacles in just the past eight years and has proven that he is a winner both on and off the court.
119 wins over the last five years, six consecutive 20 win seasons, in many expert’s opinion they have the league’s best coach, and seven straight post-season appearances, with the five in the middle being NCAA appearances. Creighton, needless to say, has set the standard in the Valley when looking at the last seven years. On paper, this looks to be the weakest team the Blue Jays have had in some time, but yet it is difficult to pick them any lower than fourth heading into the season. That says alot about the consistency of this program, and how well it is respected around the Valley.
Drake won 12 games last year following years of 11, 12, 14, and 10 wins. They went 7-11 in the league last year and tied for sixth place. So what is causing all the excitement about Drake basketball around Des Moines, Iowa? Two words: Tom Davis. Dr. Tom returned to the sidelines last year, and led a very young team picked ninth in the pre-season polls to that sixth place finish. He brought his full-court press defense, and Drake finished second in the nation in steals at 11.5 spg, and with all five starters, and nearly every key reserve back, Drake is looking forward to getting another step closer to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971. The fans are jumping on for the ride as well, as attendance was almost 6,000 per game, the highest at Drake since the 92-93 season.
The scoreboard read Georgia Tech 65 Northern Iowa 60. After the initial taste of a loss was gone, the Panther program had to feel good in remembering where it came from, and that now they had given the eventual Nat’l Champion runner-ups all they wanted in the NCAA tournament. No longer was Northern Iowa the team that Valley opponents looked at on the schedule and assumed a couple of wins. After a 12-6 league slate gave them a tie for second place, Northern beat Southwest Missouri State 79-74 in 2OT’s in the Valley final and went dancing for the first time since 1990. The question now is, can it be sustained?
With the new signing period allowing college coaches from every level to start getting commitments from high school players starting in April some coaches are scouring Oklahoma for the best players in hopes of taking their team to NCAA’s Promised Land.
For this A’s and 49ers fan, college basketball season cannot come soon enough…
After a record eight players made the jump from high school straight to the NBA college coaches are more hesitant than ever to recruit players that might not even step foot on a college court. ”You have to decide who to recruit and who not to recruit,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said in an interview with USA Today.
The Oklahoma Sooners look to return to the NCAA tournament after missing out last season and having to settle for an NIT birth. Even with the team’s seventh straight 20-win season the “Big Dance” was out of reach for the Sooners and Coach Kelvin Sampson for the first time since Sampson took over back in 1994.
The North Carolina Tar Heels received a huge boost for the 2005 season when Tyler Hansbrough offered his verbal commitment to Roy Williams.
This is a preview of the Division III Whittenberg Tigers and thier outlook for the upcoming season. The Tigers are the most sucessfull program in D-III and are looking to add to thier lore.