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In my two year tenure at The Echo, I have written far too many articles bashing Detroit sports and crying about how all they do is lose. While it is true that Detroit doesn’t have any majorly good sports teams currently, they are all looking to be on the upswing. This is most true with the Pistons, a team that hasn’t seen a playoff series win since 2008.
If you’ve been following this year's NCAA March Madness Tournament, then you know that there has been no shortage of upsets. Teams like Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio State have all fallen to low seeded opponents, and now the Sweet Sixteen looks very bizarre. My bracket, along with many others, is absolutely toast, so I wanted to start over fresh at the Sweet Sixteen. These are my picks to move on to the Elite Eight.
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There is just a little over a month separating us from the illustrious March Madness tournament. As most of us know, the 2020 NCAA tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19, breaking the hearts of college basketball fans everywhere. This year, however, it is looking like unless something drastic happens, we will see a March Madness tournament played in bubbles around the country.
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With the 2020 NBA season officially concluded and the NBA Draft only about a month out, mock drafts have been flying out across all major sports outlets such as ESPN, CBS, and Bleacher Report. This draft is unique in the fact that it will come in November, which is normally the beginning of an NBA season. The NBA announced on Wednesday, Oct. 14, that they’re aiming for another season starting around Martin Luther King Day and ending in July 2021, which would put them back on their normal season schedule of October through June.
In a press release Friday, the Eastern Michigan Athletic Department announced that in conjunction with the Mid-American Council of Presidents the school will play a six-game football season beginning in November. The season will end with a championship game on “Dec. 18 or 19.” The MAC has not released a schedule yet.
With the first round of the NBA postseason coming to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the second round. There are 14 remaining teams in contention for the illustrious Larry O’Brien trophy, and I predict a wildly entertaining second round. Since the Western Conference won’t start the second round until next week sometime, I can only predict the Eastern Conference matchups in front of us.
With round one of the NBA playoffs coming to a close, three players have made their names in this Orlando bubble through some incredible offensive performances: Donovan Mitchell, Damian Lillard, and Luka Doncic.
With the NBA restart coming to our living rooms, I thought it would be fitting to name my selections of the All-NBA first, second and third teams. It was a tough process due to the nature of the 2019-2020 season, due to only being able to judge off of ¾ of a full season. Nevertheless, I narrowed down the 15 players I decided were deserving of all-NBA selections.
It was revealed last month that the NBA developmental league, otherwise known as the G-League, has begun offering six figure salaries to top high school prospects. This gives prospects a new pathway to the NBA instead of the conventional NCAA or overseas route. Unlike the NCAA, this path will only be available to exceptionally special prospects.
Bryce McBride, a 6-2 point guard out of Jackson, Tennessee, announced his decision to join the Eastern Michigan men’s basketball program on Wednesday, March 28 on Twitter. He attended Dyersburg State Community College last season and was named First Team All-TJCCAA after averaging 24.2 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles women’s basketball team had an up-and-down 2019-20 campaign, which came to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus pandemic, just as they were starting to play to their full potential. The Eagles finished with a 16-15 (9-9) record, including a 9-6 record at home, and a number of outstanding individual and team performances. Looking back, here are Eastern Michigan’s top five moments from this past season.
Damari Parris entered the transfer portal on Thursday, March 19 as he has one year of eligibility remaining. Parris has already transferred once during his college career as he played for Western Kentucky during the 2016-17 season before coming to Eastern Michigan. Parris only played for the Eagles during the 2018-19 campaign.
The Eastern Michigan men’s basketball 2019-20 season came to a close on Monday, March 9 as the Eagles lost in the first round of the MAC Tournament to Kent State 86-76. Now, with all sports being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to look forward to next season and project what the EMU team will look like.
Note: this article was published as a part of the Echo's 2020 April Fool's Day content.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles (16-15, 9-9) women’s basketball team had their season end, as all others did, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Eagles were competing in the MAC Tournament in Cleveland the day before the tournament was cancelled on Thursday, March 12. EMU was set to play the following day.
Over the course of the past few days, the world around us has seemed to come to a halt. Almost every major sports league has put an indefinite pause to their seasons, such as the NBA, PGA, and MLB. Even March Madness has been cancelled. While I think these cancellations are just, I don’t think the NBA and NCAA should just throw this season away entirely.
The NBA announced that they were going to suspend the regular season indefinitely on Wednesday, March 11, after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to World-o-Meter, the United States has 1,412 cases of the virus, which has resulted in 40 deaths. There are 133,084 cases worldwide. The NBA’s decision sent a domino effect through the sports world, including the 2020 MAC Tournament in Cleveland.
Note: this article was written prior to most sporting events, including the NCAA tournament, being cancelled or suspended.