It is early season tournament time in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball and several Bahamians will be in action for their schools.
When coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin was last coaching at home, she made history when she was an assistant coach for The Bahamas’ senior men’s national basketball team this past summer, becoming the first female to coach a senior men’s national team. Today, she will have a dream come true when she gets to coach the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Lady Rebels at home. They will take on Dayton University Flyers in the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship at Baha Mar at 7 p.m. The Rebels sport a 4-0 win/loss record after dominating the Southern Miss Eagles, 92-46, last Wednesday.
Freshman Frederick King and the Creighton Bluejays will play in the Maui Invitational that gets underway at the Lāhainā Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii, today. The perfect 4-0 Bluejays will play the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 1:30 p.m., and that game will be televised live on ESPN2.
King played just nine minutes on Thursday night, but he made the most of it, finishing with eight points on 3-for-4 shooting from the field to help the Bluejays take down the University of California Riverside Highlanders, 80-51. He was able to pull down two rebounds and added two blocks.
Franco Miller Jr. and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be in action at 7:30 p.m. in the Gulf Coast Showcase at the Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida. They will put their 2-2 win/loss record on the line when they take on the Northern Kentucky Norse.
The Grand Bahamian is coming off a tough outing where he went 0-for-5 from the field in an 81-50 drubbing from the nationally ranked University of Tennessee Vols. He had just one assist in 14 minutes on the floor.
The University of Akron Zips duo of guard Garvin Clarke Jr. and forward Sammy Hunter had a six-day rest and they will be in action today when they take on the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers at the Cayman Islands Basketball Tournament. Their first-round game gets underway at 1:30 p.m. today.
The Zips sport a 2-1 record this season and are coming off a 65-59 victory over the Morgan State University Bears last week Tuesday. Hunter has started all three games and in 20.3 minutes per game, is averaging 4.3 points and three rebounds. Clarke is averaging 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 23 minutes per game.
Ahmard Harvey and the High Point University Panthers will be on the west coast when they take on the Central Michigan University Chippewas at 5:30 p.m. today in San Juan Capistrano, California.
The last time the Panthers took the floor was on Friday night when they fell 78-68 to the University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels. Harvey came up empty in that matchup, missing his only field goal, but he was able to collect three rebounds, two assists and a block.