Category Archives: Atlantic Sun

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Atlantic Sun

Divine Myles has been rock solid for the Stetson Hatters over his first three seasons in the NCAA, and he has his sights set on the NCAA Tournament as a senior. (Source: Stetson Athletics) (Header: Lipscomb Athletics)

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.

Coming into the season, the narrative surrounding the Atlantic Sun Conference is consistent across the board. It’s Dunk City, and then everyone else. While the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are the top team in the conference on paper, anything can indeed happen come March.

The Atlantic Sun tournament is no different, as we have seen our fair share of upsets over the past couple of seasons in the single-elimination event. In 2017-18, the conference is chalked full of talent, including several up-and-coming stars who are ready to step in for graduating seniors.

Below, take a look at who we have selected as our Preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, along with who factors in where on our Preseason All-Atlantic Sun 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

Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Devine Eke was an impact player on both ends of the floor for Maine in 2015-16. Now, in 2017-18, he will be given every opportunity to shine with the Rider Broncs. (Source: David Butler II – USA Today Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is all but a distant memory now, and what an exciting season it was. The North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets to cap off another incredible season across the country.

While a slew of players put together career seasons, and several stars capped off their collegiate careers, there was a ton of talent left watching from the bleachers.

Several key transfers from the 2015-16 off-season sat out last year due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to put on their new program’s jersey and go to work in a regular season game.

You have the likes of Kory HoldenDevin Watson, Kendall Stephens, and Cane Broome who headlined the transfer list following the ’15-16 campaign, and are four of the names people all remember when talking about the crop of transfers. However, there are several transfers that fans may have forgotten about, since it’s been a year since they’ve seen regular season action.

Here are ten transfers who may have been forgotten over the course of the 2016-17 season, but will undoubtedly have a positive impact with their new schools this coming year. Continue reading Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Abilene Christian and Lipscomb to start a home-and-home series in 2017-18

Garrison Mathews will look to lead the Lipscomb Bisons to a pair of non-conference wins over Jaylen Franklin (top) and the Abilene Christian Wildcats during the 2017-18 season. (Source: Lipscomb Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — Every time a new home-and-home series is developed, it adds more excitement to the non-conference schedules for the teams involved.

It’s rare to see these types of games being scheduled between power conference schools and smaller programs. If they are, they are sometimes billed as two-for-ones, where the power conference school will travel on the road for one game, while the smaller school will go on the road for two games in back-to-back seasons.

However, a new home-and-home series between two smaller schools is a great way to add excitement to their non-conference slates, and it generates a ton of buzz around campus. They provide schools who may struggle with scheduling high-caliber opponents with the opportunity to have two meaningful games, one each at home and on the road.

One of the new home-and-home sets that has been announced for this year was released on June 5th. The Abilene Christian Wildcats and the Lipscomb Bisons have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2017-18 season, and you can bet that this will be a great set of games for both programs. Continue reading Abilene Christian and Lipscomb to start a home-and-home series in 2017-18

RECAP: Furman routs South Carolina Upstate by 22 in CIT opener

Kris Acox recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Furman to the 79-57 rout of USC Upstate in their CIT opener. (Source: Furman Athletics)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Coming into Thursday, home teams were a combined 6-1 in the 2017 CIT.

After the first two games of the night, they were now 6-3.

In the first game of the evening, the Furman Paladins paid a visit to Spartanburg, South Carolina for a date with the USC Upstate Spartans. It was the first-ever meeting on the hardwood between the two programs.

Fresh off a share of the Southern Conference regular season title, the Paladins took control of the contest out of the gate against the Spartans. Furman went on an 8-0 run to open the game, highlighted by a pair of three pointers from Devin Sibley, to take control from the opening tip.

The lead for the Paladins would reach 10 points in the opening half, but the Spartans managed to trim it down to four with just over two minutes in the half.

That was as close as the home side would get on the night, as Furman pulled away early in the second half and cruised to the 79-57 win over USC Upstate. Continue reading RECAP: Furman routs South Carolina Upstate by 22 in CIT opener