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Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

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Redshirt senior Zach Farquhar will be on scholarship for the 2018-19 season, his last with the Liberty Flames. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Liberty Flames have been known to get creative on social media, especially with their videos.

First, there was the time that their freshmen had some fun with the idea of commitment videos. In a press conference, three student-athletes picked from different textbooks to declare their major at the university.

Shortly after the video surfaced, the Flames had some more trickery up their sleeves. At the team’s first meeting after the players arrived for the fall semester, head coach Ritchie McKay surprised redshirt junior Zach Farquhar with a scholarship for the 2017-18 season.

Farquhar was bombarded with hugs and cheers from his teammates, and rightfully so.

Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, and the Flames were back at it once more. Again, it was at the expense of Farquhar, who is now a redshirt senior with the program. McKay had something else up his sleeve for the native of Cincinnati, OH, but he got some help from the Chief of Police with the Liberty University Police Department. Continue reading Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year

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Freshman Colbey Ross had himself a strong first season at Pepperdine, averaging 14.0 points and a team-high 5.6 assists per game. (Source: William Mancebo – Getty Images) (Header: Getty Images)

SARNIA, Ont. — Two talented freshmen players came into the week, but only one would come out on top as the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.

Colbey Ross and Trip Day both put together strong freshmen campaigns on opposite sides of the country, and fans voted them into the Championship Round of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote. Ross emerged as a star-in-the-making for the Pepperdine Waves, while Day is yet another budding star for the North Florida Ospreys.

From the outset of the challenge, fans and supporters of the Ospreys and Day have shown their support through the online polls. Week after week, Day was among the top vote-getters and showed no signs of slowing down as the Championship Round got underway. North Florida fans began to show their support via Facebook, which only strengthened the support network for Day.

The level of support for Ross grew with each passing round. The Pepperdine community started to rally around their star freshman as the field got smaller, and Ross carried a steady stream of momentum into the final week of voting.

At the end of the day, only one player could be crowned the College Court Report Freshman of the Year.

After more than 50,000 votes were cast over the six weeks of the challenge, the winner of the Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote is… Continue reading Fans Select Fourth Annual College Court Report Freshman of the Year

Eleven Under-the-Radar Freshmen That Every Fan Should Know About

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The play of freshman Terry Taylor is a big reason for the 5-3 start in conference play for Austin Peay. (Source: Austin Peay Athletics) (Header: HBCU Gameday)

LONDON, Ont. — To say the least, the 2017-18 college basketball season has been an exciting one, and we still have over two months of action left before another dreaded off-season.

Conference play is in full swing for every league across the NCAA, and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. There have been several surprise teams, both for the better and for the worse, that have caused some shakeups in leagues that many thought were locks for particular teams this season.

With the excitement comes the plethora of emerging young talents from coast to coast. Freshmen from all across the country have emerged as potential stars with their respective programs, and have taken on starring roles in their first seasons in the NCAA.

For whatever reason, the majority of freshmen outside of the Big Seven conferences (B1G, B12, Pac-12, ACC, SEC, AAC, BEast) don’t get their fair share of attention on a national scale. Most media outlets will only focus on the biggest names and the top programs, all while turning a blind eye to players who are just as deserving. One player, in particular, ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, yet many fans don’t know his name.

That needs to change, and in a hurry.

Here are 11 freshmen that fans from coast to coast need to become familiar with, as they are poised  for big things over their collegiate careers, including one of the nation’s elite scorers who just so happens to play in the nation’s capital.
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Bethune-Cookman Reigns Supreme in Volusia County With 74-62 Win Over Stetson

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Brandon Tabb scored a game-high 18 points, and Bethune-Cookman picked up a 74-62 win over Stetson in the latest installment of the Volusia County Rivalry. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DELAND, Fla. — Rivalry games in the midst of conference play add another element of excitement to the 2017-18 season.

On Monday, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the Stetson Hatters took to the hardwood in the latest installment of the Volusia County Rivalry. Behind an offensive attack that saw four players score in double figures, the Wildcats never trailed and picked up the 74-62 road win over the Hatters.

It was the fifth straight win overall for the Wildcats, who have now matched their win total from all of last season (10).

Monday marked the 12th meeting since the 2007-08 season between the Hatters and Wildcats, with Stetson holding a 7-4 record over that span. The loss for Stetson was just their second over the last six meetings between the two schools.

Bethune-Cookman scored the first basket of the day, and with the exception of a 2-2 tie, they held a lead for the entirety of the contest. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Reigns Supreme in Volusia County With 74-62 Win Over Stetson

Stetson, Bethune-Cookman Break From Conference Play for Annual Rivalry Game

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Senior guard Divine Myles has had himself a stellar career at Stetson, and he’s looking to add another win over Bethune-Cookman to his resume on Monday night. (Source: Stetson Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DELAND, Fla. — Rivalry games bring out the best in both teams, regardless of the time of year.

On Monday afternoon, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and Stetson Hatters get a break from their respective conference slates for a mid-January non-conference rivalry game. The two teams, separated by a mere 26-minute drive down US-92, will meet for the 12th time since the 2007-08 season.

The teams alternated wins and losses over the first five meetings. In recent years, the Hatters have dominated the rivalry. This season, both teams have nearly identical records, with Stetson having played one more game than Bethune-Cookman. With rosters looking considerably different than they did a season ago, Monday’s rivalry game promises to be another exciting chapter in the history books of the Hatters and Wildcats.

After meeting twice last season, it will be the only time the two meet this season. A win for either school would give them bragging rights until next season, when the two square off once again.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s rivalry game between the visiting Wildcats and host Hatters in DeLand, FL.
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Bethune-Cookman Picks up Historic 77-66 Win Over Jacksonville Behind Double-Double From Shawntrez Davis

Shawntrez Davis (12) recorded his fifth double-double on Thursday, posting 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Bethune-Cookman past Jacksonville, 77-66. (Source: Georgia Tech Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For the first time in school history, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats have recorded four wins in the month of November alone.

They also have a winning record for the first time at the end of November, having played three or more games.

On Thursday night, junior forward Shawntrez Davis recorded his fifth double-double of the season to lead the Wildcats to the 77-66 road win over the Jacksonville Dolphins. Davis recorded 28 points, to lead all scorers on the night, and pulled down 10 rebounds in the victory. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Picks up Historic 77-66 Win Over Jacksonville Behind Double-Double From Shawntrez Davis