Category Archives: Ivy League

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

Josh Sharkey and the Samford Bulldogs are expected to be a top contender in the Southern Conference in 2017-18.

CANMORE, 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-caliber 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 2017-18, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Check out Part One here.
Check out Part Two here.

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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Ivy League

After missing all of the 2016-17 season due to injury, Makai Mason is back and looking to make up for lost time in his final season at Yale. (Source: Sports Illustrated) (Header: The Harvard Crimson)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Last season, the Ivy League introduced the Ivy League Tournament, where the winner of the four-team field would represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. In the opener, we witnessed an overtime game in which a perennial powerhouse almost didn’t make the tournament finale.

What will the 2017-18 season have in store? Only time will tell.

Below, we have this year’s Preseason Player of the Year in the Ivy League, along with three All-Ivy League teams!

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A Review of Cornell’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Head coach Brian Earl added a plethora of talent to surround Matt Morgan, the Ivy League’s leading scorer, in 2017-18.

Ithaca, NY — The Cornell Big Red enter the 2017-18 season hungry to get back to the post-season for the first time since 2010, where they fell to a star-studded Kentucky Wildcats team in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, 62-45.

Head coach Brian Earl, the man in charge of putting the current team together and bringing them back into the national conversation, enters his second season leading the Big Red. After a 10-18 finish in his opening campaign, Earl will be expected to achieve more this season.

With his initial year and recruiting cycle complete, Earl is bringing in five new freshmen and a JUCO transfer to make up his first substantial recruiting class as the head coach at Cornell. 

Here is a look at each addition and at weather the group can help bring Cornell back to a postseason in the next four years. Continue reading A Review of Cornell’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Matt Morgan Declares For The NBA Draft

Cornell sophomore Matt Morgan was one of over 180 players to enter the 2017 NBA Draft early. He has not hired an agent, and is expected to return to school for his junior year.

Cornell Big Red combo guard Matt Morgan declared for the NBA Draft on Sunday after leading the Ivy League in scoring the past two seasons.

Morgan will not hire an agent in order to retain his college eligibility. In all likelihood, the combo guard will be back for his junior year and will use his declaration as an opportunity to talk to NBA scouts and coaches and continue to better his game.

Morgan is always looking to improve and take his game to the next level. Continue reading Matt Morgan Declares For The NBA Draft

PREVIEW: Notre Dame begins their tournament journey against Princeton

Bonzie Colson and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish open up their 2017 NCAA Tournament with a date against Princeton on Thursday. (Source: Michael Shroyer – USA Today Sports)

The #5 seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish will begin their road to the Final Four on Thursday March 16th at 12:15 PM when they take on the #12 seeded Princeton Tigers at the KeyBank Centre in Buffalo, NY.

Notre Dame is coming off a loss in the ACC tournament finals against the Duke Blue Devils, who made a late push to put the Irish out of reach of their second ACC title.

Regardless of the outcome, the Irish are going dancing, and have been seeded in the West Region.

The quadrant includes teams such as the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the #1 seed, who dominated the West Coast Conference, finishing the season with a 32-1 record, and the Arizona Wildcats, who came away victorious in the Pac 12 tournament final.

“Thrilled to be back in this thing again (NCAA Tournament) and we are kind of making it an annual event, which is what you want your program to be doing” said Coach Mike Brey right after Selection Sunday. “To not sweat on Selection Sunday, which we haven’t in a long long time, is good for the blood pressure and the hair line”.

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Powerful Ivy League representation at opening game of 2017 NCAA Tournament

The Ivy League hosted their first conference tournament this season, and it was a huge success.

Up until the 2016-17 season, the Ivy League was the only conference to not hold their own tournament prior to Selection Sunday. At season’s end, the team with the best record would be the one with a ticket to the Big Dance.

Since we complain all the time that conference tournaments can end up sending an average team instead of their strongest into the field of 68, you would think the Ivy would have preferred to keep its long-standing selection method.

After all, it has worked rather well for 63 years.   Continue reading Powerful Ivy League representation at opening game of 2017 NCAA Tournament