The calendar has officially flipped to May and the NBA Draft is just eight short weeks away. Some prospects are finishing up their final semesters of college (like you and I) while some have already left to prepare for the spring combines (not like you and I).
Earlier, we here at Dorm Room Hoops let you in on who we thought was going to be a reach and eventually be a dud in the this draft class. Now, sit back and learn who this year’s studs are in the 2015 NBA Draft Class.
It’s no secret that many conferences have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the teams it consists of.
As such, many schools have bolted for different leagues or stayed to take advantage of weaker opponents. (We’re looking at you, Gonzaga …)
In the 2013-14 season, the realignment impact was clear for the bigger conferences. The trickle-down effect occurred in the following 2014-15 season for many of the smaller schools and conferences, with the exception of Louisville making the move to the ACC or Davidson making its long-awaited switch to the Atlantic 10.
With the Duke Blue Devils being crowned champions this past season, here are some conference moves we’d love to see before the upcoming season.
The 2015 NCAA basketball season is in the books. Many games came down to a last second shot while a few big games were decided by some key moments. I’m going to give you my top 10 game-changing shots of the 2015 season.
A fair warning, this doesn’t include a lot of the regular season — mainly tournament shots or in one case, a tournament birth. Without further ado, let’s get this ball rolling.
Kentucky came into this game on a high after the dominating West Virginia in the Sweet 16. That high crashed when this game against Notre Dame tipped off. Notre Dame kept Kentucky under control only letting them have a largest lead of two points in the first half, while the Irish’s largest lead was only four points. Notre Dame is the closest and most physical opponent Kentucky has faced during the NCAA tournament.
The first half had 10 ties and 13 lead changes and at the half the score was tied at 31. The second half started with Kentucky pulling away to a small lead of five points, then Zach Auguste and Pat Connaughton from Notre Dame got on a roll to take the lead again. It was a back and forth game the rest of the way. At the end the Wildcats held off the Irish and continued their winning steak, 68-66.
Notre Dame is coming off a big 81-70 Sweet 16 victory against Wichita State and is on its way to its first Elite 8 appearance since 1979. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Irish will face the top overall seed and still undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. The question is, how much “luck” will the Irish need to dethrone the Wildcats?
One thing was for certain in this game. Notre Dame saw that they had a big win coming for its first Elite 8 berth since 1979. Wichita State was in the Sweet 16 three years ago. I’ll spare you the details. Notre Dame wanted that win. Badly. Notre Dame pulled away in the second half to an 81-70 victory.
If you don’t have time the next two nights to watch all eight games of the Sweet 16, here are the three you want to try to rearrange your schedule to see.