On Sunday night, the fields were released for the four post-season tournaments that will take place over the next four weeks. The 68 teams who are participating in the NCAA Tournament were released first, followed by the fields for the NIT, CIT, and CBI.
It’s worth noting that the Vegas Sixteen event that was introduced last season will not be played this season, but the founders are hopeful that it can return next year.
Arguably our favourite tournament, from a sheer team standpoint, is the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The field is composed of ‘mid-major’ programs who are deserving of a post-season berth, and it uses the old NIT format, where there is no set bracket.
The CIT has several marquee games in the first round which pay homage to past coaches in college basketball. They have added several ‘classics’ to this year’s slate, which adds more appeal to the event.
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.
Only one team would come away a winner on Thursday afternoon, but one thing is for certain when it comes to both the Campbell Camels and the Stetson Hatters.
The future is very, very bright in both Buies Creek, NC and Deland, FL. Both programs are trending upwards, and they both have the talent to contend in their respective conferences as early as this season.
Thursday marked the end of non-conference play for Campbell, who welcomed the Hatters to Buies Creek for an afternoon matinee before the Christmas break for both programs.
After Stetson took an early lead to open the contest, it was all about Campbell. That was, until the closing minutes, as the Hatters erased their 14-point halftime deficit.
On their floor, the Camels wouldn’t be denied. Timely free throw shooting from Chris Clemons, coupled with three straight misses from the Hatters, allowed for the home side to withstand the push and seal the deal.
Last year, the Lamar Cardinals went on the road and scored a 73-58 victory over the Liberty Flames.
On Monday night, the Flames were looking for a little retribution against the Cardinals, but this time, the contest was in Beaumont, TX.
Both the Cardinals and Flames have had their ups and downs in the early part of the 2016-17 season. Lamar entered Monday night having lost four of their last five contests, while Liberty was 0-3 on the road.
Lamar head coach Tic Price was sitting on 199 career head coaching victories, and the Cardinals were looking to get him to the 200 milestone on their home floor.
Behind 22 points from Nick Garth, and a double-double from junior guard Joey Frenchwood, the Cardinals made sure that Price didn’t have to wait any longer to reach the career milestone.
With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.