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Pair of big name players hit the graduate transfer market for next season

Elijah Brown announced his intentions to graduate and transfer from New Mexico on Monday, becoming the second key transfer to leave the Lobos in the past two seasons.

CALGARY, Alta. — The off-season leading up to the 2017-18 season has been an exciting one, so far.

There’s only one thing. The 2016-17 season isn’t over yet, and big dominos are already falling. From coaching changes and player transfers, to star players declaring early for the draft, the off-season is shaping up to be one for the ages.

On Monday alone, Tyler Lydon declared for the 2017 NBA Draft after two seasons with the Syracuse Orange. The LSU Tigers found their new head coach, in Will Wade.

Then, on opposite sides of the country, two big time players announced their respective intentions to graduate and transfer elsewhere for next season.

Guards Duane Wilson and Elijah Brown both announced their intentions on Monday, adding more excitement to the ensuing off-season that will take us to the 2017-18 season. Continue reading Pair of big name players hit the graduate transfer market for next season

Wesner: Xavier OWNS Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando, Florida: known for Mickey Mouse, Universal Studios and Xavier basketball?

Orlando is more than a vacation spot for the Musketeers. It’s a place of great memories and dominant victories.  

Since November 2015, the #11 Xavier Musketeers are 8-0 with two early season tournament championships and a clinched trip to the Sweet Sixteen. In the history of neutral site games in Orange County (Florida), the program is 11-2 — good for the most wins by any Division I program.

Yet, when Xavier wins, they win BIG.

In the eleven victories, the Big East representative from Cincinnati, Ohio, triumphs by an average margin of 13.4 points. Moreover, they leave NO doubt in championship games or contests that have a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line. Xavier’s smallest margin of victory is 8 points with such a stratification.

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Xavier junior Trevon Bluiett, who scored 29 points this evening versus #3 Florida State, loves playing in “City Beautiful.” The 6’6″ Indianapolis, Indiana, product has found a second home in Orlando and is averaging 18.5 points per game dating back to the 2015 Advocare Invitational. 

Whether the weather, amusement parks or meeting Mickey Mouse inspires Xavier is unknown. Nevertheless, there is no question Orlando is a place that holds great significance to the current group of Musketeers.

With tonight’s win, Xavier has advanced to their eighth Sweet Sixteen. They will play the winner of #2 Arizona and #7 St. Mary’s in San Jose, California, on March 23. 

— P. Wesner

Photo created by Peyton Wesner.

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

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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