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4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.
Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.

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.

For the fourth year in a row, the College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket is back to give a look at what it would be like if every single team in the country took part in the same post-season tournament. Continue reading 4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

UPDATE: Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. has ‘no structural ligament damage,’ team fears meniscus tear

Photo courtesy of John Minchillo, AP.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Greg McDermott may be without point guard Maurice Watson Jr. for a long time.

The rest of the season to be exact.

Watson, who led the nation in assists per game with 8.8 entering today, was carried off the court in the first half of Creighton’s 72-67 victory at Xavier. The 5’10’ playmaker left the game when slashing through the paint and making a running layup as he was fouled. Continue reading UPDATE: Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. has ‘no structural ligament damage,’ team fears meniscus tear

Marquette transfer Traci Carter commits to La Salle

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Traci Carter is heading home.

Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, the Marquette Golden Eagles’ transfer has committed to the La Salle Explorers of the Atlantic 10. The sophomore was averaging 4.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 8 games (4 starts) for the 12-6 (3-3) Golden Eagles.

Carter, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, was the 90th prospect in the class of 2015, according to Rivals.com. Furthermore, the 6’0″ point guard was spotted 18th by FOXSports.com when stratified at his position. Continue reading Marquette transfer Traci Carter commits to La Salle

Georgetown transfer Isaac Copeland will continue collegiate career at Nebraska

Isaac Copeland played just seven games this season with the Hoyas due to injury, and announced that he was transferring in mid-December.
Isaac Copeland played just seven games this season with the Hoyas due to injury, and announced that he was transferring in mid-December.

Once a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school, Georgetown Hoyas‘ forward Isaac Copeland found himself in unfamiliar territory in 2016-17.

His role had diminished with the program, limiting his playing time off the hop. Then, the injury bug bit the junior to just seven games in 2016-17, averaging just 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in under 20 minutes of action per night.

In mid-December, he announced his intentions to transfer from the program, and he received his release.

Several teams reached out and tried to recruit the talented 6’9” forward, but one in particular seemed to have a leg up on the others. On Monday afternoon, it was announced where Copeland would be transferring for the remainder of his collegiate career.

Copeland is headed to the Big Ten Conference, and will join coach Tim Miles and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, just in time for the spring semester to begin. Continue reading Georgetown transfer Isaac Copeland will continue collegiate career at Nebraska

St. John’s Federico Mussini to miss third straight game with infection

Photo courtesy of Patrick E. McCarthy and Newsday Sports.

After St. John’s biggest win of the season, the Red Storm will continue to be without a lighting bolt.

Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein, sophomore Federico Mussini will miss his third straight game today. The Italian, who is averaging 9.7 points per game, has been out due to an infection. Continue reading St. John’s Federico Mussini to miss third straight game with infection

RECAP: Fighting Irish Fall to Top-Ranked Villanova; Suffer First Loss of the Season

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{Source: Notre Dame Athletics)

The undefeated streak has come to an end for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as they suffered their first loss of the 2016-17 season Saturday afternoon to the defending national champions, the Villanova Wildcats.

A very highly anticipated game that featured two of the last few remaining undefeated teams in the country, looking to make early statements before conference play starts.

During his press conference leading up to Saturday’s matchup, Irish Head Coach Mike Brey talked about the challenge at hand and what he wants to see out of his Irish squad.

“I think ‘Nova has a great mental and physical toughness, you know you just watch what they did down at Purdueto win that game down there against a heck of a team in a tough atmosphere, there’s where, we’re going to have to be able to match that, I’m interested to see if we are able to match that”.

In the days leading up to the game, Brey reportedly took a shot at the Duke Blue Devils and the media for the endless hype of Duke’s team and their injured freshman super star, while his team remains in the shadows regardless of their impressive start.

The former assistant of Coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke about how the narrative should be around two experienced teams facing each other that have had tremendous starts to the season rather than whether a freshman will come back from injury before or after the New Year.

It is evident that regardless how well the Irish are doing, they will always have a chip on their shoulder, especially coming into Saturday’s game taking on the defending national champions.

Continue reading RECAP: Fighting Irish Fall to Top-Ranked Villanova; Suffer First Loss of the Season