The NAIA’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference as always leads the way for the nation and tipped off its 2014 college basketball tournament last night. In addition the post-season is underway in the NJCAA as well.
The CALUMET COLLEGE CRIMSON WAVE traveled to take on the PURDUE UNIVERSITY- CALUMET PEREGRINES in a clash of cool-named teams. In the first five and a half minutes of the game the Crimson Wave took control and held the whip hand the rest of the way. Calumet College won this First Round matchup by a final score of 72-50, with the Crimson Wave’s Robert Jackson contributing 22 points to lead all scorers. Franqlin Gatson was right behind his teammate with 21 points and Noah Allen’s 11 points made him the only Peregrine to reach double digits. Calumet College shot 52% from the field and, amazingly, FIFTY-NINE PERCENT from 3-point range.
In the other First Round game in the CCAC last night the ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS battled the INDIANA UNIVERSITY- SOUTH BEND TITANS in an undeniable hardcourt epic. These two familiar foes played a very physical game that saw the score knotted up 10 times through most of regulation, and then in the final fraction of a second the 11th tie sent them into Overtime courtesy of a Free Throw from the Titans’ Chris Beam. The Lakers came out reenergized for the extra session and churned out a 7-1 run that put them in control. The final score was 73-68 with Joe Harks from Roosevelt University leading all scorers with 21 points and 15 more tossed in by Tyree York. For IU- South Bend the Beam Brothers – Chris and Brandon – scored 18 points each to lead their team.
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The conference tournaments are underway in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)! Last night the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference threw out the first pitch in their tourney. There were just two games in that opening round, both of them upsets.
The 5th seeded BEREA COLLEGE MOUNTAINEERS doubled-up on the 4 seeds, the ASBURY UNIVERSITY EAGLES, by a score of 14-7. ### … And the 6th seeded ALICE LLOYD COLLEGE Continue reading
One of the reasons people often give me for why they find college basketball more of an effort to follow than college football is the amorphous nature of the regular season. Unlike in football, where every game counts, everyone knows that in college basketball the regular season does nothing but determine your team’s seeding in their conference tournament. Those conference tournaments are when even the most casual of fans begin to sit up and take notice since the stakes are clearer and winning the conference tournament will earn your team a spot in the national championship tournament.
Last night the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) began its conference tournament season as the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tipped off its 2013 tournament. The Top 3 seeds get a bye in the 1st round so not everyone saw action last night. Here are the results from Round 1.
Not surprisingly the 8 vs 9 matchup was the tightest game of the evening. The 9th seeded TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TROLLS pulled off the upset, toppling the (8) ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS by a score of 61-55. The Trolls (how can you not love their logo) held Roosevelt to just under 30% shooting including 2 of 26 from downtown. BJ Wortham led Trinity Christian with 14 points, followed by teammate Ezekiel Odonkor with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Four other Trolls contributed at Continue reading
February Frenzy continues here at Balladeer’s Blog. The NAIA-2 college basketball conference tournaments drew to a close last night, but the NAIA-1 conference tournaments are just getting started. Meanwhile the CCCAA regionals continue and the ACCA gets its National Tournament rolling tonight.
To recap last night’s final five tickets to the Big Dance that Continue reading