October 20, 2017

MSA’s 2017-18 college basketball preview

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing (left) starts a new era in the Nation's Capital, while the Mount's Junior Robinson (center) and Maryland's Kevin Huerter (right) look to build on NCAA tournament runs. Illustration by Kyle McFadden/MSA.

The season is less than a month away. Like a point guard surveying the defense, manipulating a strategy to dismantle the opposition, we’re scanning the college basketball landscape to decipher storylines and gauge the odds of backyard programs making an NCAA Tournament run.

This Friday, we’ll be exactly three weeks away from the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Starting on Wednesday (tomorrow), we will be rolling out at least once piece of college basketball content leading up until opening night on Nov. 10. 

Last year, only two of the 13 Maryland and D.C. Division I men’s college basketball programs qualified for the NCAA Tournament — the University of Maryland and Mount St. Mary’s. On the women’s side, Maryland was the lone institution in Md. and D.C. to make the big dance. We’re confident those numbers will be higher this year.

Without further ado, here’s our college basketball preview docket. 

Oct. 20 — A look-back at last season

Oct. 21 — Players to watch

Oct. 22 — Games to watch

Oct. 23 — MSA DC-MD college basketball preseason rankings

Oct. 24 — Coppin State men’s team preview

Oct. 25 — Loyola men’s team preview

Oct. 26 — Maryland men’s team preview

Oct. 27 — Maryland-Eastern Shore men’s team preview

Oct. 28 — Morgan State men’s team preview

Oct. 29 — Mount St. Mary’s men’s team preview

Oct. 30 — Navy men’s team preview

Oct. 31 — UMBC men’s team preview

Nov. 1 — Towson men’s team preview

Nov. 2 — American (D.C.) men’s team preview

Nov. 3 — George Washington (D.C.) men’s preview

Nov. 4 — Georgetown (D.C.) team preview

Nov. 5 — Howard (D.C.) team preview

Nov. 6 — Bowie State/Division III men’s team previews

Nov. 7 — Division I women’s team previews

Nov. 8-9 — TBA


About Kyle McFadden 338 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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