Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.
Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.
Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.
That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.
CALGARY, Alta. — While the Vermont Catamounts look to be the clear favourite to win the America East title, there are several teams who they should be worried about as the conference tournament approaches.
One of those teams possesses one of the stronger guard-forward tandems in the conference, if not the NCAA as a whole.
The New Hampshire Wildcats boast junior forward Tanner Leissner inside, and senior scoring guard Jaleen Smith on the outside. The two have combined to average more than 32 points and 14 rebounds per contest this year, and they have helped to lead the Wildcats to a 17-11 record overall.
This past week, Smith put all of his talents on display in a pair of wins for New Hampshire. He can impact the game on so many levels, and that was prevalent over the past seven days.
BALTIMORE, Md. — Back on January 11th, the Hartford Hawks and the UMBC Retrievers squared off on the Hawks’ home floor. The result was an 84-68 decision for the visiting Retrievers.
Since then, the teams have gone in separate directions.
Coming into Thursday night’s tilt, the Hawks were riding a six-game losing streak, and had lost 11 of their last 12 games overall. Sitting at 1-9 overall in America East play, things weren’t about to get any easier for the Hawks with a visit to Baltimore.
On the flip side, the Retrievers came into Thursday night looking like a legitimate threat to the Vermont Catamounts and their chances at the America East title. Boasting Jairus Lyles, who is a front-runner for conference Player of the Year award, UMBC was looking for another win to keep pace atop the standings.
The tides would shift on Thursday, even if it was only for one night.
Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points for the Hawks, and Hartford overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to hold down home court.
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.