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Pair of big name players hit the graduate transfer market for next season

Elijah Brown announced his intentions to graduate and transfer from New Mexico on Monday, becoming the second key transfer to leave the Lobos in the past two seasons.

CALGARY, Alta. — The off-season leading up to the 2017-18 season has been an exciting one, so far.

There’s only one thing. The 2016-17 season isn’t over yet, and big dominos are already falling. From coaching changes and player transfers, to star players declaring early for the draft, the off-season is shaping up to be one for the ages.

On Monday alone, Tyler Lydon declared for the 2017 NBA Draft after two seasons with the Syracuse Orange. The LSU Tigers found their new head coach, in Will Wade.

Then, on opposite sides of the country, two big time players announced their respective intentions to graduate and transfer elsewhere for next season.

Guards Duane Wilson and Elijah Brown both announced their intentions on Monday, adding more excitement to the ensuing off-season that will take us to the 2017-18 season. Continue reading Pair of big name players hit the graduate transfer market for next season

RECAP: Ferguson ties CBI single-game assist mark in 80-71 win for UIC

Tai Odiase (23 points, 7 rebounds) and the UIC Flames led for all but 46 seconds in Monday’s win over George Washington, 80-71. (Source: UIC Flames)

CHICAGO, Ill. — It’s always better to give than to receive.

On Monday night, the UIC Flames proved that to be true in their CBI quarter-final match-up with the visiting George Washington Colonials. Despite possessing a sub-.500 record after the regular season, the Flames looked good in their post-season opener against the Stony Brook Seawolves, and they were looking to build off the positive momentum.

It was a record night for the Flames as a whole, and for freshman guard Tarkus Ferguson. As a team, UIC tied the CBI single-game mark with 24 assists, and Ferguson tied the individual single-game mark, dishing out 12 dimes of his own.

The Flames only trailed the Colonials for a grand total of 44 seconds on Monday night. Ferguson narrowly missed a triple-double, recording six points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in the Flames’ 80-71 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Ferguson ties CBI single-game assist mark in 80-71 win for UIC

College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Sweet 16 Results

For the third week in a row, Carson Williams used a strong push on Facebook to propel him into the next round of the Freshman of the Year fan vote.

CALGARY, Alta. — Welcome to March Madness, folks.

While the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament proved to be anticlimactic for the majority, the Round of 32 provided the fireworks that fans were looking for. There are a few surprises in the Sweet 16 (South CarolinaMichigan), and then there are the usual suspects (Kentucky, North Carolina, Gonzaga).

The season has ended for the majority of teams on the hardwood, but there’s plenty to be excited about around the country.

Teams, fans, and players alike are all on the campaign trail, raising support for their respective players in the 3rd Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote.

What started with 64 of the top freshmen from smaller programs had been trimmed down to 16 players at the start of the week. Following a week of campaigning on Facebook and Twitter, the results are in for the past seven days,

A total of 27,050 votes were cast through Facebook, Twitter, and the online polls. There were several marquee match-ups this past week, meaning the brackets bid adieu to some big time players.

In one particular pairing, the difference was a mere 51 votes, and it all came down to social media votes.

Here are this past week’s results. Continue reading College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Sweet 16 Results

College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote: Round of 32 Results

After a strong showing in the Round of 32, Wright States Mark Alstork has emerged as a front-runner to come out of the Dixson Region.

CALGARY, Alta. — Welcome to March Madness, folks.

While the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament proved to be anticlimactic for the majority, the Round of 32 provided the fireworks that fans were looking for. There are a few surprises in the Sweet 16 (South CarolinaMichigan), and then there are the usual suspects (Kentucky, North Carolina, Gonzaga).

The season has ended for the majority of teams on the hardwood, but there’s plenty to be excited about around the country.

Teams, fans, and players alike are all on the campaign trail, raising support for their respective players in the 3rd Annual College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote.

What started with 96 of the top players in the country from smaller programs had been trimmed down to 32 players at the start of the week. Following a week of campaigning on Facebook and Twitter, the results are in for the past seven days,

A total of 16,357 votes were cast through Facebook, Twitter, and the online polls. There were several marquee match-ups this past week, meaning the brackets bid adieu to some big time players.

Here are this past week’s results. Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote: Round of 32 Results

RECAP: Texas State tops Lamar in an all-Texas showdown, 70-60

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Texas State advance to the second round of the CIT. (Source: Texas State Bobcats)

SAN MARCOS, Tex. — Instate battles in the regular season are always exciting.

When they take place in the post-season, and the stakes are much, much higher, they get taken to another level.

On Thursday night down in San Marcos, Texas, the CIT provided an all-Texas battle in the first round. The Lamar Cardinals, who were making their first appearance in the post-season since 2012, went on the road to take on the Texas State Bobcats, who fell in the Sun Belt tournament finale over the weekend.

While it’s not considered an instate rivalry by any means, having bragging rights over a team in your same state is never a bad thing.

On their home court, the Bobcats came out with a strong first half, setting the tone towards the end of the frame. An 11-1 run by the Bobcats gave them a nine-point lead, which would expand to a 12-point lead at the break.

The second half saw Lamar try to cut into the lead and get back into the game, but Texas State always had an answer for what the Cardinals threw at them.

Texas State kept their opponents at a safe distance, and punched their ticket to the Second Round of the CIT with a 70-60 win over Lamar. Continue reading RECAP: Texas State tops Lamar in an all-Texas showdown, 70-60

RECAP: Saint Peter’s pick up first post-season win since 1980 with 59-55 victory at Albany

Trevis Wyche (11 points) helped to lead the Saint Peter’s Peacocks to their first post-season win since 1980 on Thursday night. (Source: Hudson Reporter) (Header: Saint Peter’s Athletics)

ALBANY, N.Y. — The last time the Saint Peter’s Peacocks won a post-season game was back in 1980.

Back then, Post-It Notes were just hitting the market, John Lennon was shot outside of his apartment, and millions of people tuned in to find out who killed J.R. Ewing on the hit TV show ‘Dallas’.

Many things have changed, and while Post-It Notes continue to be made and sold, the Peacocks haven’t won a post-season game since the 1980 NIT. After accepting an invite to the 2017 CIT, they were hoping to put an end to their lengthy drought.

In order to reverse their fortunes, the Peacocks would have to do so on the road against the Albany Great Danes.

Albany, who fell in the America East final to the Vermont Catamounts, were looking to give their home fans at least one more victory to cheer about. After the first half, the Great Danes held a one point lead.

The second half was a different story. Albany stretched their lead to as many as nine points early on, but the Peacocks were determined to end their drought in the post-season.

With 3:38 to play in the game, Quadir Welton got a layup to drop, giving the Peacocks a slim one-point lead, at 53-52.

Saint Peter’s would hold onto the lead the rest of the way, coming away with a hard-fought 59-55 victory over Albany.  Continue reading RECAP: Saint Peter’s pick up first post-season win since 1980 with 59-55 victory at Albany