For the Temple Men’s Basketball team it would be very easy to get upset with how the regular season came to an end. After going 13-5 in the American Athletic Conference and having an overall record of 23-10, Temple’s bubble was burst on Selection Sunday. The conciliation prize was the #1 overall seed in college basketball’s second tier tournament, the NIT. For most teams the letdown of getting this close to the big dance would ruin a season but when it comes to the 2014-15 Owls, it’s another achievement! With a 26-10 record going into tonight’s Semi-Final against Miami the Owls have posted the best turnaround (+17 wins) of any team in the country this season. Now Temple has its chance to win a third NIT title in school history while playing in The World’s Most Famous Arena!
Point Guard and leading scorer Sheldon McClellan will lead Miami into Madison Square Garden to take on Temple’s veteran Guard combo of Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey. Will Cummings has been the catalyst in Temple’s comeback season and is red-hot in NIT play, averaging 22 PPG. A post season win against a formidable ACC opponent will not only prepare the Owls for the NIT Championship but will give them major momentum moving forward into next season. The winner of tonight’s contest will play the winner Old Dominion and Stanford on Thursday night.
Although it ended earlier than hoped, the Wichita State Men’s Basketball team is coming off a historic, undefeated 2013-2014 regular season. The No. 1 seeded Shockers lost in the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament to the powerhouse Kentucky Wildcats. Heading into the tournament, Wichita State hoped to become the first Missouri Valley Conference school to win a National Championship in Men’s Basketball. Although they lost to the eventual national runner-up, the Shockers are looking for a better finish this year. Hopes are high in the heart of Kansas!
Looking forward into the 2014-2015 season, the defending MVC champions will have a great chance of repeating their championship run with two of their three leading scorers, Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, returning. The 11th ranked team in the nation will need to elevate their game with the loss of last year’s leading scorer Cleanthony Early who contributed 16.4 PPG last year. The Shockers will start their 2014 campaign by hosting New Mexico St. on November 14, before they square off against University of Memphis on November 18. Can VanderVleet and Baker lead Wichita St. on a deep run in the tournament dance this year, or will they once again get caught up in the madness of March?
-Thanks to the Prep Sportswear’s very own sports guru, Erik H. for contributing!
College basketball season is almost here and we have your school preview! Prep Sportswear is looking at a few of the Big Sky schools and letting you know what to expect. Make sure to cheer on your school in customized fan apparel!
Once again the Weber State Wildcats boast the most talented college basketball team in the Big Sky conference with the Montana Grizzlies right behind them nipping at their heels. However, it’s tough to put Weber State in the top spot of the Big Sky even when they have more talent than the University of Montana. The Montana Grizzlies always seem to win when it matters most, leaving the Weber Wildcats in the dust. Weber State will have to make up for the loss of their all-time leading three point shooter, Damian Lillard, for the second year in a row. Despite the losses, the Weber Wildcats still have a very skilled back court and just need to work on their lack of depth if they want to keep the Grizzlies at bay. Show your pride for Weber State this season with custom Wildcats fan gear!
The Montana Grizzlies ended last season with an impressive 19-1 record in Big Sky play but experienced a tough loss to Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament. This year, there isn’t a go-to big man, but the University of Montana has a deep cast of solid, rotational talented athletes in its college basketball team. If Coach Wayne Tinkle can find someone to make headlines in the front court, it will be no surprise if the University of Montana is the school of the Big Sky conference to make another trip to the NCAA Tournament, with Weber State right there with them. Make sure to get all your Montana Grizzlies gear before game day!
Although Eastern Washington University loss some key players such as leading scorer Justin Crosgile and assistant coach Craig Ehlo, the Eagles roster seems solid for this coming season. This is the third season for Head coach Jim Hayford and he is hoping for a big jump in the Big Sky conference for his young squad. Eastern Washington’s front court is loaded with talent thanks to Sophomore Venky Jois and junior Martin Seiferth. The Eastern Washington Eagles already have a stout defense and should be a team to watch this college basketball season. Cheer on Eastern Washington University with customized Eagles apparel!
The Montana Bobcats managed to finish fourth in the Big Sky even with a season filled with injury and dismissal. This year Montana State will have to fill in the holes left behind by missing seniors Christian Moon and Xavier Blount. Antonio Biglow and incoming sophomore Terrell Brown look like the Bobcats’ best bet to hold down the perimeter. If Paul Egwuonwu can show double-double ability regularly this season, Montana State’s front court will be second only to the Eastern Washington University in the Big Sky. If you’re a Bobcats fan at heart, customize your own Montana State apparel to show your pride!
The Sacramento State Hornets may struggle around the hoop this season with the departure of some seniors. This won’t be anything new seeing as though the Hornets struggled last season. Change could come thanks to the junior guard duo of Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity. McKinney is currently Sacramento State’s leading scorer and Garrity is one of the conference’s most efficient returning players. If the back court stays solid on both ends of the floor, Sacramento State fans could have something to cheer for this year. Show your love for the Hornets with custom Sacramento State apparel!