Roll Tide: Alabama wins title

By: David Woeltz ~Staff Writer~ College football’s second National Championship game under the playoff system had a familiar ending. Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide (14- 1) lifted the championship trophy for a remarkable fourth title in the last seven years. Unlike previous championship games under Saban, Alabama was pushed to the wire by the explosive DeShaun Watson-led Clemson Tigers. Alabama had several big plays down the stretch to seize momentum late in the fourth quarter en route to a 45-40 victory. Derrick Henry finished with 158 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries despite being stopped in the … Continue reading Roll Tide: Alabama wins title

Analysing Cincinnati’s roster: Bearcats have weapons

By: David Woeltz ~Staff Writer~ When Xavier battles the No. 23 Cincinnati Bearcats in the Crosstown Shootout, it will see a balanced scoring attack that mirrors its own. The Bearcats return seven players who were major contributors from last year’s Round of 32 team, adding two quality freshman. Octavius Ellis will demand the majority of attention with his 11 points per game (ppg) output, while seven other Bearcats average over seven ppg. Ellis, the 6-foot- 10 senior forward, averages nearly a double-double and possesses the post moves necessary to be effective against Xavier’s deep frontcourt. Gary Clark, who averages 9.8 … Continue reading Analysing Cincinnati’s roster: Bearcats have weapons

Under-the-radar teams to watch in college basketball

By: David Woeltz ~Staff Writer~ The college basketball season shifted into gear with a plethora of early upsets and surprises in holiday tournaments. Xavier catapulted to No. 12 in the AP poll in the same tournament where Monmouth’s bench celebrations became a national story, but some teams still are not garnering the attention they deserve. Rick Pitino believed Louisville was left out of previous polls due to its sex scandal, but the Cardinals finally entered the rankings at No. 24 in the AP poll. Louisville has looked dominant in its 5-0 start with an average margin of victory of 33.6 … Continue reading Under-the-radar teams to watch in college basketball