CSN hoops tripleheader preview: Duke, UVA, American

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CSN hoops tripleheader preview: Duke, UVA, American

College basketball -- triple-header style -- comes to Comcast SportsNet on Saturday. Games involving locals American and Virginia sandwich a matchup between No. 2 Duke and CAA contender Delaware. Get your popcorn ready. Details below...

American (2-4) vs. St. Francis, Noon:  The Eagles, currently saddled with a three-game losing skid, return home for a clash with the Red Flash. American split its previous two home games including a 14-point loss to San Francisco despite 16 points from marathon man Daniel Munoz. The senior point guard is playing 38 minutes per contest, averaging 9.2 points and a team-best 3.8 assists.

No. 2 Duke (7-0) vs. Delaware (2-5), 2:00 p.m.: No need to sell the Blue Devils, considering the program's National Championship and Final Four pedigree, not to mention wins this season over then No. 2 Louisville, third-ranked Kentucky and No. 4 Ohio State. Center Miles Plumlee paces five double digit scorers with 19.9 points while yanking down 11.0 rebounds and sinking 65.3 percent of his field goal attempts. The Blue Hens murderers row schedule continues, having already lost this season to Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Temple and LaSalle. Expected to challenge George Mason and Drexel for the CAA regular season title, Delaware has its own double-double threat in Jamelle Hagins, who tallies 13.0 points and 13.4 rebounds. Guard and reigning CAA Player of the Week Devon Saddler leads the conference in scoring with 21.4 points.

Virginia (5-2) vs. Green Bay (3-3), 4: p.m.: Since losing to Delaware, the Cavaliers have won four straight including a 60-54 win at Wisconsin on Wednesday. Junior guard and leading scorer Joe Harris dropped a season-high 22 points on the Badgers while sophomore forward Darion Atkins (Landon) had a career-best 14. Virginia continues its battle against the cheeseheads, this time against coach Tony Bennett's Alma mater. During the winning run, the Cavaliers are scoring 71.5 points while allowing 51.2. No matter how long the streak lasts, Bennett's crew will be without sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon as the team announced this week the sophomore guard will redshirt this season while recovering from foot surgery. Guard Keifer Sykes leads the Phoenix with 16.3 points.

4-star DeMatha wing DJ Harvey commits to Notre Dame

4-star DeMatha wing DJ Harvey commits to Notre Dame

Watch video of Harvey's commitment above, as seen on CSN's SportsTalk Live.

Four-star DeMatha (Md.) wing D.J. Harvey has committed to Notre Dame, he announced Tuesday on CSN's SportsTalk Live.

Harvey, the No. 51 overall prospect in the country from the class of 2017, is rated as the top player in the state of Maryland by Rivals.com.

DeMatha has long had ties to Notre Dame, including the fact that the Hyattsville, Maryland school is the alma mater of Irish head coach Mike Brey. Recently, DeMatha graduate Jerian Grant played for the Irish and eventually became a first-round NBA draft pick.

Harvey becomes the first 2017 pledge for Notre Dame.

 

College Football Playoff projections: Elimination week

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College Football Playoff projections: Elimination week

It may be early, but Week 3 saw a lot of teams get (unofficially) eliminated from the College Football Playoff.

Oklahoma entered the season as one of the favorites to reach the playoff, but just three weeks into the season the Sooners now have two losses and they haven't played a single conference game yet. Could the Sooners run the table and make the playoff as a two-loss conference champion? That would be more likely if the Sooners were in any conference other than the Big 12, which does not yet have a conference championship game. That leaves Oklahoma without a final chance to show the committee what they can do with one last impressive showing.

SEE THE UPDATED COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROJECTIONS HERE

Notre Dame also bowed out of the playoff race on Saturday. The Irish don't have a conference championship to win so a second loss is as good as a coffin nail for Notre Dame's chances.

There will be no late playoff push for Iowa this year after a loss to North Dakota State. Granted, the Bison are no ordinary FCS team and the committee knows that, but the fact is the Big Ten West is not nearly as competitive as the Big Ten East. Even if Iowa manages to win the division and pulls off the upset in the conference championship game, they still will have a very weak resume with no major non-conference opponents on their schedule and a loss to an FCS team, albeit a very good one.

If those teams are out, who is still in the running? Find out here in this week's College Football Playoff projections.