The fields for six early-season college basketball tournaments were announced Thursday. Here's your handy guide to each ESPN-aired event.
Jeff Borzello talked to anonymous coaches about Gonzaga and other programs with the most recruiting advantages outside of the top leagues.
- On-bubble Drake advances after MVC walkover
- Halftime shot contestant to get full $10K prize
- N. Iowa criticized after denying fan $10K prize
- Northern Iowa adds 2 years to Jacobson's deal
The MVC quarterfinal between Drake and Northern Iowa was canceled for COVID-19-related reasons Friday, allowing the Bulldogs, who are on the NCAA tournament bubble, to advance straight to the semifinals.
— Austin Phyfe matched his season high with 21 points as Northern Iowa narrowly defeated Illinois State 65-60 in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney on Thursday night.
— Noah Carter scored 22 points and Bowen Born had 21 points and seven assists as Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State 94-87 in double overtime on Saturday.
— Trae Berhow posted 15 points as Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State 70-56 on Friday night.
— Trae Berhow Noah Carter each scored 17 points and Northern Iowa defeated Valparaiso 74-60 on Sunday night.
— Jacob Ognacevic came off the bench to score 12 points to carry Valparaiso to a 70-57 win over Northern Iowa on Saturday night.
— Noah Carter had 25 points and 13 rebounds as Northern Iowa narrowly beat Indiana State 70-67 on Sunday.
Tyreke Key matched his season high with 31 points as Indiana State won its seventh straight game, edging Northern Iowa 61-57 on Saturday.
— Lance Jones scored a season-high 27 points and Southern Illinois beat Northern Iowa 71-68 on Sunday.
— Noah Carter had 21 points and 12 rebounds as Northern Iowa beat Southern Illinois 74-62 on Saturday.
— Tate Hall had 13 points off the bench to lead Loyola of Chicago to an 88-46 win over Northern Iowa on Sunday, the Ramblers’ eighth consecutive home victory.
— Tate Hall scored a season-high 24 points as Loyola of Chicago extended its home win streak to seven games, topping Northern Iowa 72-57 on Saturday.
— Ja’Shon Henry scored 16 points to carry Bradley to a 75-73 win over Northern Iowa on Monday night.
— Austin Phyfe had 18 points and nine rebounds as Northern Iowa topped Bradley 78-72 on Sunday.
— Shamar Givance scored a career-high 22 points, including key free throws with 23 seconds left, and Evansville defeated Northern Iowa 70-64 on Sunday, completing a weekend sweep of the Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorites.
— Evan Kuhlman had a career-high 21 points as Evansville beat Northern Iowa 65-61 on Saturday.
— Austin Phyfe had 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Northern Iowa beat Missouri State 85-75 on Monday night.
— Isiaih Mosley matched his career high with 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting and Missouri State romped past Northern Iowa 79-59 on Sunday.
— Tyler Burton had 21 points and 13 rebounds and No. 19 Richmond used a 21-6 run in the second half to pull away from Northern Iowa, 78-68 on Wednesday night.
— Marco Anthony scored a career-high 22 points as Utah State beat Northern Iowa 82-71 on Friday in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic.
— Taveion Hollingsworth scored 26 points as Western Kentucky beat Northern Iowa 93-87 on Wednesday in the first round of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic.
Courtside: The guys recap the NBA Draft, highlight mid-major teams you'll see come March and talk to Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser
Greenberg and Dakich tip off the podcast recapping the NBA Draft, talking about the advantage overseas players have playing in professional leagues, being moved by the emotion of draft night, James Wiseman going to Golden State, Jalen “Stix” Smith jumping up to No. 10 and second round guys that could have long NBA careers. Then the guys shift gears to preview a slew of mid-major teams, including Northern Iowa, Richmond, Saint Louis, Bowling Green, Austin Peay, UNC Greensboro, San Diego State, UNLV and Utah State (22:44). Later, Loyola Chicago’s Porter Moser hops on from isolation to discuss the outbreak of COVID-19 on his team, Cameron Krutwig doing it all, the Horizon League and how the Final Four appearance has impacted the program (39:58).
As the countdown to the 2020-21 college basketball season continues, ESPN's predictions series focuses on the top leagues beyond ... the top leagues.