Green Bay Phoenix at East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 6 am, ESPN2
This game will be my coffee and will be a big stage for two first year head coaches in Steve Forbes at ETSU and Linc Darner at Green Bay. Darner is especially intriguing coming from Florida Southern where he went 218-72 over nine seasons, which included a national championship last season. The Phoenix are looking to replace superstar guard Kiefer Sykes, while the Bucs need to replace at star of their own in Rashawn Rembert.
ETSU has gone the transfer route to reload and should have Deuce Bello (Missouri/Baylor), Ge'Lawn Guyn (Cincinnati), and Peter Jurkin (Indiana) all eligible for this one. It's an interesting experiment in Johnson City to say the least.
This will be a great early game to see where these two teams are as they both are in semi-rebuilding mode.
Valparaiso Crusaders at Rhode Island Rams, 10 am, ESPN2
Speaking of mid-major star power, this game will have plenty. Rhode Island is loaded and looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time this century. E.C. Matthews gets a little help from Memphis transfer Kuran Iverson and sharpshooting Towson transfer Four McGlynn.
On the other side of the court Valpo is poised for another Horizon League title run with Alec Peters leading the way. Peters has already posted over 1,000 points in his first two seasons as a Crusader and also averaged 6.7 rebounds per game last season. It'll be fun to watch him go at it with Hassan Martin in November.
Forbes scores 18 as MSU wins first exhibition in Italy--The Detroit Free Press
MSU coasts to 98-54 victory in first game on Italy trip--The Detroit News
Cleveland State basketball to play games at Quicken Loans Arena--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Titan Athletics Welcomes The Class Of 2019 On Freshmen Move-In Day--detroittitans.com
Oakland hoops to incorporate transfers, sightsee in Spain--The Detroit Free Press
Can’t Cheat The Grind--SLAM Online
MEN'S BASKETBALL SUMMER TOUR OF SPAIN--ougrizzlies.com
Putting pieces together--Whoosh!Net
Q&A: Flames head coach Steve McClain--Whoosh!Net
Jerro Elevated to Associate Head Coach at UIC--uicflames.com
GB lands commitment from Trevor Anderson--Phear The Phoenix
Women's Basketball to Take Part in Paradise Jam--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Former Panther Anthony Hill Signs With CAB Madeira--uwmpanthers.com
Valpo Basketball Preview: Canada Wrap-Up--valpoathletics.com
Women's Basketball Welcomes Llorens to Staff--valpoathletics.com
NKU Basketball Coaches at Rally House on August 29--nkunorse.com
Men's Basketball: Get to Know Freshman Jordan Andrews--ysusports.com
Men's Basketball to Hold Second Annual Wine Taste--ysusports.com