Category Archives: 2017-18 Season

Liberty Guard Ryan Hiepler Launches New YouTube Channel

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Liberty junior guard Ryan Hiepler has launched a new YouTube channel that gives fans an in-depth look at the life of a Division I athlete, particularly at the mid-major level. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Fans always see college basketball players on the court during the season.

But, what does life look like for these athletes away from the court? Nowadays, more and more athletes are taking to social media to showcase their lives away from the court, giving fans a deeper insight into their day-to-day life.

With Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, and even Facebook to an extent still, fans have more and more access and insight into a player’s life away from the court. From classes to workouts, and bus trips to practices, fans can learn a lot from what players share on social media in their spare time.

For starters, you’ve got Isaiah Tripp, who owns and operates his own YouTube channel entitled Tripp Talk. He has taken fans inside the Abilene Christian Wildcats’ men’s basketball program, while also showcasing his family life away from the hardwood. Since the 2017-18 season started, Tripp has seen his number of subscribers skyrocket, reaching close to 3,000.

Tripp’s most popular videos? A Day in the Life of a Division I athlete.

Now, you can add another player to the list of those who are taking their fans behind the scenes on YouTube, as junior guard Ryan Hiepler launched his own series on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading Liberty Guard Ryan Hiepler Launches New YouTube Channel

Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

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Elon’s Dmitri Thompson is one of 16 players who need your vote in the Dark Horse Dunker contest ahead of this year’s College SLAM Dunk Contest. (Header: HERO Sports)

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — The Final Four in San Antonio, TX is under two months away, but the anticipation is already building for the dunk contest, powered by College SLAM.

This week, the bracket for the Dark Horse Dunker was released, featuring 16 of the top dunkers from across the country. Eight of the players hail from Division I institutions, while the other eight come from the ranks of Division II, JUCO, and other levels.

Three of the eight first-round pairings pit Division I players against one another. Continue reading Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

CIT Classic Series, CBS Sports Extension Headline 10th Anniversary of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

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Trevis Wyche and the Saint Peter’s Peacocks claimed the 2017 CIT title with a 62-61 win over the Texas A&M-CC Islanders. (Source: Sportnado)

BOSTON, Mass. — The CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) is entering its 10th season of operation in 2017-18, and it will look to continue the success it has had over the years.

Back in 2009, College Insider founders Angela Lento and Joe Dwyer took the step of creating a post-season tournament to give more programs from across the country an opportunity to take part in a post-season tournament. It started as a 16-team field, with the Old Dominion Monarchs capturing the inaugural title.

Since then, the field has been expanded to 24-teams, and now sits at a 32-team event that features teams from outside of the high-major conferences. The event has seen its attendance numbers double in each season, per College Insider’s history page, and it will look to continue that this season as the event caps off a successful first decade.

On Wednesday, College Insider announced their 2017-18 selection committee, an extended agreement with CBS Sports, and their CIT Classics Series schedule for the 10th running of the event. Continue reading CIT Classic Series, CBS Sports Extension Headline 10th Anniversary of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

Howard Routs Maryland-Eastern Shore by 28 Behind Williams, Cole

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Charles Williams led all scorers with 28 points on Monday night, leading Howard to the 84-56 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. (Source: WJLA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Charles Williams had himself a stellar freshman campaign in 2016-17 for the Howard Bison, and he hasn’t slowed down in year two.

Add in the play of freshman RJ Cole in 2017-18, and the Bison have arguably the best young tandem in the MEAC, and one that could rival the top pairs from other conferences around the country. When Howard welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to town on Monday night, the pair were at their best as the Bison looked for the regular season series sweep of the Hawks.

Back in January, the Bison picked up an 85-75 win over the Hawks in Princess Anne, MD, behind 28 points from Cole.

On Monday, it was the same result for Howard, but by a much larger margin. The Bison used three big runs in the first half to take a 44-16 at the break, and they would go onto win by that same margin of 28 points. Howard cruised to the 84-56 win over Eastern Shore to complete the regular season sweep. Continue reading Howard Routs Maryland-Eastern Shore by 28 Behind Williams, Cole

Bethune-Cookman Hosts North Carolina Central in Top-Five MEAC Showdown

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Freshman Jordan Perkins has the look of a future star point guard in the MEAC as his career unfolds. (Source: HBCU Gameday) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — What a difference a year makes in the MEAC standings.

Last season, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats finished 10th in the league with a record of 6-10, while the North Carolina A&T Aggies finished in last place at 1-15. Both were projected to be towards the bottom of the standings in the preseason polls for the 2017-18 season, but they have managed to flip the script.

The Aggies (8-2) and Wildcats (7-3) sit second and third in the league standings in advance of Monday’s action, respectively, and will be looking to keep pace atop the league standings.

On the flip side, the North Carolina Central Eagles find themselves in some unfamiliar territory through 10 league games, as they sit in a tie for fifth spot at 6-4. After winning the tournament title a season ago, they are looking to return to the Big Dance.

Monday night pits the Wildcats and Eagles against one another for the only regular season meeting between the two programs in 2017-18. Both teams are looking to catch the Savannah State Tigers atop the conference standings, and while that’s no easy feat, a win for either program on Monday will go a long way as they continue the stretch run.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s top-five MEAC showdown between Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina Central. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Hosts North Carolina Central in Top-Five MEAC Showdown

Bethune-Cookman Rolls Maryland-Eastern Shore, 87-67

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Shawntrez Davis finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday afternoon, helping to lead Bethune-Cookman to the 20-point win over Maryland-Eastern Shore, 87-67. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The race for the regular season crown in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is shaping up to be a three-horse race between the Savannah State TigersNorth Carolina A&T Aggies, and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.

On Saturday, the Wildcats were looking to keep pace with the Tigers and Aggies atop the league, as they came into the day in third spot. Bethune-Cookman welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to town, who were looking to play the role of spoiler on the road.

It was the second of two regular season meetings between the two programs in 2017-18. Back on January 8th, the Wildcats picked up an 89-84 win over the Hawks in Princess Anne, MD.

Eastern Shore was looking for a bit of redemption, but the Wildcats had other ideas.

The Hawks trailed for most of the day, but managed to get within two points at the midway point of the second half. From there, Bethune-Cookman kicked things into high gear, pulling away for the 87-67 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore to keep pace atop the MEAC standings. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Rolls Maryland-Eastern Shore, 87-67