Category Archives: Big West

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

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