Who else is better qualified to hand out some college basketball hardware than the fans who watch the games on a regular basis?
The 2nd Annual CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year Fan Vote got under way on February 29th, and the votes started to roll in right from the outset. Schools got behind their talented players, trying to propel their players to the top of the contest.
Some schools emerged as early front-runners, while others picked up steam as the week moved onwards. In total, a combined 23,649 votes were cast in the second round through the online polls and tweets using the #CCRPOTYFanVote hashtag.
Below, you can see who moved on, and the percentage of votes they received in each of their respective match-ups.
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Quinton Hooker – North Dakota (75.65%) def. Josh Hagins – Little Rock (24.35%)
Throughout the entire contest so far, it’s looked as though nobody would slow down Quinton Hooker and the University of North Dakota. Round after round, Hooker has come out on top in convincing fashion. However, with it being the Elite Eight, it was thought that Little Rock’s Josh Hagins would give him a run for his money.
Right from the outset of the round, North Dakota fans made it clear that their player wouldn’t fall to Hagins. Behind a strong presence on Twitter and a steady flow of votes in the polls, Quinton Hooker rolled to another commanding win to book a spot in the Final Four.
Damon Lynn – NJIT (54.73%) def. Rashun Davis – Radford (45.27%)
The true definition of ‘coming down to the wire’ took place on Sunday, the final day in the Elite Eight. Damon Lynn trailed Rashun Davis at the start of the day, and it looked as though the Radford guard was on his way to the Final Four. NJIT fans were reluctant to roll over and concede the round, launching a furious comeback for their beloved star.
Despite their season coming to an end in the CIT semi-finals, fans of the Highlanders made sure they had at least one victory to celebrate. A flurry of votes in the closing 7 hours of the round pushed Lynn ahead of Davis, and off to the Final Four of the challenge in a comeback for the ages.
Shawn Long – UL-Lafayette (55.6%) def. Justin Robinson – Monmouth (44.4%)
The second major comeback of the week came from the double-double machine known as Shawn Long. After trailing for most of the week, Ragin’ Cajuns’ fans made a strong push to get their star into the Final Four, knocking out a powerhouse competitor in the process.
Both Long and Monmouth’s Justin Robinson gained steam over the course of the contest. They both put up spectacular seasons, but only one could advance. Robinson led for the first half of the week, and it was a commanding lead. Slowly but surely, Long’s supporters made their move, and pushed the big man into the Final Four with a late push to close out the week.
Obi Emegano – Oral Roberts (60.3%) def. Austin McBroom – Eastern Washington (39.7%)
In the Sweet 16, it looked as though Eastern Washington’s Austin McBroom emerged as a front-runner for the title of CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year. The transfer from Saint Louis put together a stellar season for the Eagles, and looked to translate that into more post-season accolades. Unfortunately, he ran into an unstoppable force known as Oral Roberts, and the run came to a screeching halt.
Fans have been steadily voting for Obi Emegano all contest long, and the Elite Eight was no different. He fell behind early in the week, but came on strong in the second half to cruise past McBroom and into the Final Four.