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RECAP: Hawkins, Lee fly #1 Illinois State past #8 UC Irvine, setting up match-up with #4 UCF

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.

NORMAL, Ill. — Postseason basketball; a new season for all.

Although it was not in the tournament they desired, Illinois State clubbed pesky UC Irvine in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, 85-71.

Seniors Deontae Hawkins and Paris Lee, in a showing that featured the Redbirds shooting 52% from beyond the arc, scored 22 and 13 points respectively to advance the active home winning streak to 22 games.

“Some guys were like, ‘Man, I’m grateful we’re here but this is not the NCAA Tournament,'” said Lee of the group’s mentality after Selection Sunday. “Once we got settled in practice, everyone was like, ‘We might as well win it while we’re doing it.'” Continue reading RECAP: Hawkins, Lee fly #1 Illinois State past #8 UC Irvine, setting up match-up with #4 UCF

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

RECAP: Denver Cruises Past UC Riverside for Fifth Straight Win

Joe Rosga scored 18 points, and Denver shot 53.2% from he floor en route to their fifth straight win on Thursday night. (Source: Lacey Den Hartog - Denver Men's Basketball)
Joe Rosga scored 18 points, and Denver shot 53.5% from the floor en route to their fifth straight win on Thursday night. (Source: Lacey Den Hartog – Denver Men’s Basketball)

Coming into Thursday night’s game against the UC Riverside Highlanders, the Denver Pioneers were on quite the roll.

Over the last two weeks, the Pioneers had reeled off four straight wins, pushing their record above .500. Three of their four wins had been by double figures, and the last two wins came on their home floor.

Against the Highlanders, the Pioneers were looking to extend their overall winning streak to five games, while also extending their winning streak inside Magness Arena to three games.

Both teams went back and forth to start the game, but Jake Krafka hit a three point jumper with 10:57 to play in the first half that gave Denver the lead for good.

From there, the Pioneers cruised to the 73-55 victory over the Highlanders, extending their winning streak to five games. Continue reading RECAP: Denver Cruises Past UC Riverside for Fifth Straight Win

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big West

In a conference that has it's fair share of top-tier guards, Justin Bibbins is one of the best in the Big West. (Source: Joshua S. Kelly - USA Today Sports)
In a conference that has it’s fair share of top-tier guards, Justin Bibbins is one of the best in the Big West. (Source: Joshua S. Kelly – USA Today Sports)

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.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Big West Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big West

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Three

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Nick Lindner is one of the marquee players in the Patriot League that nobody is talking about. He’s one of ten senior guards from across the country who will become household names by year’s end.
With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to senior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the senior guards up into three parts.

Each will have 10 senior guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

**Note: Justin Robinson burst onto the scene last season, and Quinton Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year. Both didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale than some of the other senior guards.** Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Three

First Round Pairings for 2016 Diamond Head Classic Announced

On paper, Trey Kell and the San Diego State Aztecs look like the favourite to win the 2016 Diamond Head Classic. But, anything can happen, and that's why the games are played. (Source: Rant Sports)
On paper, Trey Kell and the San Diego State Aztecs look like the favourite to win the 2016 Diamond Head Classic. But, anything can happen, and that’s why the games are played. (Source: Rant Sports)

The Diamond Head Classic has become a Christmas tradition for many basketball fans, as there are only a handful of college basketball games in the days just before and after December 25th. For hardcore basketball fans, the final day of the event falls on Christmas Day, providing an escape from the usual dinner table conversations.

Last season, the Oklahoma Sooners took on the Harvard Crimson in the finals. Harvard knocked off the BYU Cougars and the Auburn Tigers to reach the finals, and were looking for their third-straight upset to take home the title. In the end, Buddy Hield and the Sooners were too much for the Crimson, cruising to the 83-71 victory and the 2015 Diamond Head Classic title.

This time around, seven new teams will try their hand in Hawaii. While there are two clear-cut favourites, anything is possibly over the holiday break.

All four quarter-final match-ups promise to bring more excitement to the holiday season, and things get started with a match-up that features two teams who were in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Continue reading First Round Pairings for 2016 Diamond Head Classic Announced