Category Archives: Conference USA

College Court Report Player of the Week: Ryan Taylor, Marshall Thundering Herd

Over Marshall's three wins this past week, senior forward Ryan Taylor averaged 25.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest.
Over Marshall’s three wins this past week, senior forward Ryan Taylor averaged 25.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest.

If you would have said before the season started that the team atop the Conference USA standings after the first two weeks of conference play would be the Marshall Thundering Herd, some would have said you were crazy.

What’s even crazier, at least to some, is that it’s actually the case.

The Thundering Herd, armed with one of the more electric offenses in the country, are currently 4-0 against Conference USA foes, and are a half-game ahead of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders for top spot. Marshall has topped the 100-point mark three occasions, going 2-1 in those games.

Four players have played in at least 14 games this year, and are averaging 11.6 points per game, or more.

One of those players is senior forward Ryan Taylor, who is stuffing the stat sheet despite missing three games earlier in the year.

This past week was no different for the big man. The Thundering Herd took to the hardwood three times, and came away with three impressive wins. Taylor was a big part of all three, recording three double-doubles in the wins.

For his efforts over the past seven days, a stretch that saw him average 25.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest, Marshall forward Ryan Taylor has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for January 2 – 8, 2017!
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Thursday Headlines: UT-Arlington Scores First-Ever Win over a Ranked Team, Middle Tennessee Wreaks Havoc on the SEC, and More

The UT-Arlington Mavericks scored their first-ever win over a ranked team on Thursday night, knocking off #12 Saint Mary's in Moraga, CA, 65-51. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header Photo: UT-Arlington Athletics)
The UT-Arlington Mavericks scored their first-ever win over a ranked team on Thursday night, knocking off #12 Saint Mary’s in Moraga, CA, 65-51. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header Photo: UT-Arlington Athletics)

Thursday night may have only had 11 games on the slate, but it most definitely provided its fair share of excitement, and then some.

Two ranked teams were in action on the night. They both lost.

A Conference USA powerhouse took on yet another team from the SEC. They won for the third straight time against teams from the conference.

There were some career-best performances across the country (Shamorie Ponds and Maurius Hill, we’re talking about you), and an ugly performance from the Fordham Rams.

Despite only having 11 games on tap, Thursday was a night to remember. Here are Thursday’s Headlines. Continue reading Thursday Headlines: UT-Arlington Scores First-Ever Win over a Ranked Team, Middle Tennessee Wreaks Havoc on the SEC, and More

Tuesday Headlines: Florida Atlantic Stuns Ohio State, A Pair of 40-Point Performances, Navy’s Massive Comeback, and More

Nick Rutherford banked in a jumper in the closing seconds of overtime, sending the Florida Atlantic Owls to the stunning upset over Ohio State on the road, 79-77. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Nick Rutherford banked in a jumper in the closing seconds of overtime, sending the Florida Atlantic Owls to the stunning upset over Ohio State on the road, 79-77. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header Photo: Richard Drummond, Jr. – Central Michigan Life)

The folks over at Mid-Major Madness summed up Tuesday night’s theatrics with one simple headline.

Early Dose of March Madness Arrives…”

Tuesday night’s action had a little bit of everything. From stunning road upsets, to a double-overtime thriller, to a pair of 40-point performances across the country, college basketball fans everywhere were treated to a fantastic night of action.

Here are the top headlines from an action-packed Tuesday. Continue reading Tuesday Headlines: Florida Atlantic Stuns Ohio State, A Pair of 40-Point Performances, Navy’s Massive Comeback, and More

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Egor Koulechov, Rice Owls

After posting a pair of double-doubles to end off the week, Rice junior guard Egor Koulechov was tabbed the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for Nov. 21-27, 2016. (Source: John Hefti - USA Today)
After posting a pair of double-doubles to end off the week, Rice junior guard Egor Koulechov was tabbed the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for Nov. 21-27, 2016. (Source: John Hefti – USA Today)

One of the trendy picks in the Conference USA this season has lived up to expectations through its first six games of the 2016-17 season.

The Rice Owls, who led by preseason Conference USA Player of the Year in Marcus Evans, have started the year with a 5-1 record. After a loss to the Texas Southern Tigers, the Owls have reeled off four straight wins, two of which came on the road, and look like a true contender in the conference.

While Evans has been his usual self, it’s another guard who has stepped up to give the Owls a bonafide one-two punch on the back end. Junior guard Egor Koulechov is putting up some impressive numbers to open the year, but they shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

The native of Volgograd, Russia averaged 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds last year, his first with the Owls after transferring from the Arizona State Sun Devils. So far in 2016-17, he’s topped those numbers.

Over the past seven days, Koulechov averaged 21.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest, en route to helping lead Rice to a perfect 3-0 week.

For his efforts, junior guard Egor Koulechov was named the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week! Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Egor Koulechov, Rice Owls

RECAP: Louisiana Tech Hands Maryland-Eastern Shore Sixth Straight Loss, 74-53

Bakari Copeland scored a team-high 14 points, but Maryland-Eastern Shore lost their sixth straight game to open the season on Sunday, falling 74-53 on the road against Louisiana Tech. (Source: Maryland-Eastern Shore Athletics)
Bakari Copeland scored a team-high 14 points, but Maryland-Eastern Shore lost their sixth straight game to open the season on Sunday, falling 74-53 on the road against Louisiana Tech. (Source: Maryland-Eastern Shore Athletics)

To say the least, the start of the 2016-17 season hasn’t gone as planned for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks.

They entered Sunday’s action riding a five-game losing streak to open the season, and are in the midst of a five-game road swing that takes them to the end of November. The Hawks opened up the road swing with double-digit losses to the Boston College Eagles, the Wichita State Shockers, and the Colorado State Rams.

On Sunday, the road trip didn’t get any easier, as they made the trip down to Ruston, LA for a date with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

In the first half, the Hawks hung with the Bulldogs. However, in the second half, Louisiana Tech pulled away and put the game out of reach.

Hot shooting was the difference in the second half, as the Bulldogs shot 60% from the field, en route to the 74-53 win over the visiting Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks. Continue reading RECAP: Louisiana Tech Hands Maryland-Eastern Shore Sixth Straight Loss, 74-53

RECAP: Lamar Cardinals Roll to 78-58 Win over UTSA Roadrunners

Joey Frenchwood recorded his first double-digit scoring game of the season on Tuesday night, and Lamar had five scorers in double figures as they rolled to the 78-58 win over UTSA. (Source: Ryan Pelham - Beaumont Enterprise)
Joey Frenchwood recorded his first double-digit scoring game of the season on Tuesday night, and Lamar had five scorers in double figures as they rolled to the 78-58 win over UTSA. (Source: Ryan Pelham – Beaumont Enterprise)

After a two-game road swing on the West Coast, the Lamar Cardinals were happy to be back inside the friendly confines of the Montagne Centre in Beaumont, TX.

Their two game trip out west saw them take on the Oregon State Beavers and the Fresno State Bulldogs. Lamar kicked off the trip with a 63-60 win over the Beavers, thank in large part to forcing 27 turnovers.

Against the Bulldogs, the Cardinals weren’t able to recreate the magic they had against Oregon State, falling 83-64 in Fresno.

Back at home, Lamar welcomed the UTSA Roadrunners to town before they embark on a four-game road swing that takes them into the month of December.

Playing in front of their home crowd energized the Cardinals. Five players scored in double-figures on Tuesday night, including a game-high 24 points from Nick Garth, and Lamar rolled to the 78-58 win over the UTSA Roadrunners. Continue reading RECAP: Lamar Cardinals Roll to 78-58 Win over UTSA Roadrunners