Recording a triple-double at any level is an impressive feat, unless your name is Russell Westbrook, where it’s becoming more of a feat when he doesn’t record a triple-double in a game.
When you record the first triple-double in program history, it becomes even more special. For guard Jahad Thomas, that’s exactly what he did on Saturday afternoon for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks against the Hartford Hawks.
It was the culmination of another strong week for the native of Williamsport, PA. Over his career with the River Hawks, Thomas has regularly stuffed box score, and the 2016-17 season is no different. He has been on quite the roll on an individual level since the start of the season, and has the River Hawks near the top of the America East standings after their first four conference games.
The 2016-17 season is in full swing, and what an opening weekend we all witnessed!
On Friday alone, there were several upsets that saw power conference teams lose against teams they should have beaten. The biggest upset of the weekend came on Friday night, when the Wagner Seahawks went on the road and took down the 18th-ranked Connecticut Huskies.
Some teams have played two, or even three, games so far this year, while others have yet to play one. But, over the weekend, there were some impressive individual performances that were worthy of recognition.
So, with that, we decided to hand out some hardware for the first three days.
The UMBC Retrievers opened the season with two impressive wins over the weekend, and junior guard Jairus Lyles was a big factor in both of their wins.
Interstate ‘rivalry’ games are always exciting, even when it features smaller schools. They always seem to bring out the best in both teams, and that was the case on Sunday afternoon.
In Princess Anne, MD, the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks welcomed the UMBC Retrievers to town for their home opener.
The Hawks were coming off a four-point loss in their season opener against the George Washington Colonials. Their second half comeback efforts fell short in the end, and the Colonials came away with the 75-71 win to open the year.
On the flip side, the Retrievers came into Sunday looking for their second win of the year. In their first game of the year, UMBC cruised past Hood College, holding down their home court with a 92-61 victory.
Sunday provided another opportunity for both teams to build some early-season momentum. UMBC opened up a nine-point lead in the second half, but just like on opening night, the Hawks fought their way back and gave the Retrievers everything they could handle.
With the clock changing to midnight, the calendar has officially switched over to November 11th, and it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for since April.
It’s officially opening day for college basketball!
At 12:00pm EST, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will take on Milligan, and the 2016-17 season will officially be underway. The day is chalked full of games, giving fans plenty of opportunities to satisfy the craving of college basketball.
With games come upsets, and as we learned last season, no team is safe from them. From the Blue Raiders’ win over the highly-favoured Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA Tournament, to a handful of upsets on opening night, anyone can seemingly beat anyone on any given night.
With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.