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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: America East

Jahad Thomas does it all for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, as evident by his two triple-double performances in 2016-17.

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Last season, the Vermont Catamounts rolled over the rest of the America East, and all signs point to another dominating team in 2017-18. Canadian guard Trae Bell-Haynes took home the America East Player of the Year award last season, and will be looking to become a two-time winner to close out his career.

However, there are several talented players in the conference who are all worthy of the award. Even though Vermont is the team to beat, the Player of the Year award winner could come from one of the other eight programs in the conference.

Take a look below at who we have selected as America East Player of the Year, and who falls where on our All-America East teams, which feature at least one player from all nine teams!

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Brock Badgers set to host Jacksonville Dolphins, Binghamton Bearcats inside Bob Davis Gymnasium

Dani Elgadi (left) and Johneil Simpson (middle) will look to lead the Brock Badgers to a pair of wins over Division I opponents on their home court this week. (Source: The Brock Press)

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Fresh off their appearance in the 2017 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four, the Brock Badgers are looking for even more during the 2017-18 season.

The Badgers took home a bronze medal last season in the OUA Playoffs, and were a top-five team in the country for the latter part of the season. They saw first-hand what it takes to win a gold medal, and with a strong core back for another go-round, this year could be the Badgers’ year on the hardwood.

Before the season gets going, the Badgers will play six exhibition games against Division I institutions from across the NCAA. Starting August 9th, the Badgers will play a pair of games on their home court, before heading to the Virgin Islands to play four more games against various NCAA opponents.

Playing top-tier opponents from the NCAA will put the Badgers to the test early on, which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on their 2017-18 season. Continue reading Brock Badgers set to host Jacksonville Dolphins, Binghamton Bearcats inside Bob Davis Gymnasium

Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Brandon Goodwin and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be flying high once again in 2017-18. Can they recreate the magic from their Sweet 16 run from back in the 2013 NCAA Tournament? (Source: Naples Herald)

CALGARY, Alta. — As soon as the 2016-17 season came to an end, the 2017-18 season became the focal point for fans all across the country.

Everyone has made some sort of snap judgment about how things will play out next season, with the major books verified by analysts at Sports Betting Dime focused on odds for the major contenders, or pretenders, of the power conferences.

But, what about the teams that fill the role of ‘Cinderella’ each and every season? These are the teams that captivate a nation as they make their incredible runs through the NCAA Tournament, knocking off power conference foes with each passing game as the field dwindles down.

Every year, fans get on the bandwagon of certain teams, with the hope that they make a deep run in March. It’s never too early to pick a Cinderella team, and we’ve got four of our own teams who will put a serious scare into power conference teams over the course of the upcoming 2017-18 season. Continue reading Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

Wes Myers averaged a shade under 17 points per game last season, but isn’t getting as much national attention on the transfer market as he deserves. (Source: Ashley L. Conti – BDN)
CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, change is good, and sometimes it’s needed.

For over 700 players across the NCAA this offseason, change has been needed, as they’ve opted to transfer to a new program for various reasons.

While the vast majority of them have committed to new schools, there’s still a slew of talented players who are on the market, and are flying under the radar.

There are the suspects who get the bulk of the attention, like Bryan Alberts from the Gonzaga BulldogsDejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham from the Massachusetts Minutemen, and Ibrahima Diallo from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, just to name a few.

However, there are several talented players from smaller programs and conferences who aren’t garnering the level of attention they deserve, but all of whom can help a team in the future.

Here are five players who are flying under the radar, with a few extras at the end to keep an eye on as the offseason moves along. Continue reading Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

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

RECAP: UMBC notches first post-season win with 88-83 victory over Fairfield

Jairus Lyles and the UMBC Retrievers notched the program’s first-ever win in the post-season on Wednesday night against Fairfield.

BALTIMORE, Md. — Fans of the UMBC Retrievers have been waiting a long time for this night.

Entering their first round game against the Fairfield Stags in the 2017 CIT, the Retrievers had yet to win a Division I post-season game in their history. They made it to the NCAA Tournament back in 2008, but fell in the opening round to the Georgetown Hoyas.

Playing on their home court on Wednesday gave the Retrievers an extra boost of confidence. They were 10-4 inside RAC Arena during the regular season, and the Retrievers were looking for their 19th win of the season overall.

At the break, the Retrievers held a five-point lead, and looked to be well on their way to a victory. Fairfield came out on fire in the second half, eliminating the Retrievers’ lead before the first media timeout.

The second half saw both teams go on lengthy runs to take leads of their own. In the end, the Retrievers got the last laugh. An 11-2 run pushed the home side ahead for good, and they came away with the 88-83 win over Fairfield to advance to the second round of the 2017 CIT. Continue reading RECAP: UMBC notches first post-season win with 88-83 victory over Fairfield