Category Archives: Big West

Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

Detroit Mercy’s Corey Allen is just one of several sophomore guards that all fans should know about heading into the 2017-18 season. (Source: MLive)

CALGARY, Alta. — 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 sophomore guards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. 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.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

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

Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

Hawai’i Mens Basketball Team Releases 2017-2018 Schedule

After red-shirting last season, senior Mike Thomas is back and ready to lead Hawai’i towards a Big West Conference title in 2017-18. (Source: KITV Channel 4)

Honolulu, HI — The 2017-18 college basketball season gets underway on November 10th, and the anticipation continues to build with each passing day.

Classes are underway across the country, and more teams are releasing their non-conference schedules with each passing day.

One of the teams that released their non-conference schedule last week was the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors. Here’s a look inside what fans can expect from the Warriors’ non-conference slate for the upcoming season. Continue reading Hawai’i Mens Basketball Team Releases 2017-2018 Schedule

Hawai’i Warriors Men’s Basketball Notebook – July 20th

Former Montana assistant coach Marlon Stewart (left) has been added to Eran Ganot’s staff at Hawai’i. (Source: Montana Athletics)

Honolulu, HI. — It has been a whirlwind for the ‘ohana over in Honolulu these past couple of weeks, as the preparation for the upcoming 2017-18 season is in full swing.

From former players taking part in the NBA Summer League, to the program landing a ‘big’ commitment, a lot has happened surrounding the Hawai’i Warriors. Continue reading Hawai’i Warriors Men’s Basketball Notebook – July 20th

Hawai’i Warriors 2017-18 Season Preview

With Noah Allen having graduated, look for Jack Purchase to play a big role for Hawaii in 2017-18. (Source: KHON2)

Honolulu, HI — The Warriors of Hawai’i went 14-16 overall, and 8-8 in Big West conference play last season.  They finished off the season on a three game losing and streak and lost to the Long Beach State 49ers, 73-62, in the quarterfinals of the Big West conference tournament.

Head Coach Eran Ganot and his staff will have a tough task in front of them this upcoming season, as they will have to replace the team’s leading scorer in Noah Allen and replace one of their own in assistant Chris Acker. Continue reading Hawai’i Warriors 2017-18 Season Preview

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