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Five Teams to Watch Ahead of Conference Tournaments

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Tyler Nelson and the Fairfield Stags may be below .500 in MAAC play, but they can’t be counted out down the stretch and into the conference tournament. (Source: Fairfield Athletics) (Header: Times Union)

LONDON, Ont. — Move over football, it’s college basketball’s time to shine!

With Super Bowl 52 now a thing of the past, the attention in the sporting world shifts to college basketball and the March to Madness. With the conference races heating up all across the country, teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as they look to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

As we all know from history, not all things go according to plan. Teams atop the conferences right now aren’t guaranteed of a spot in the field of 68, as anything can happen come late-February and early March.

Every year, there are teams that come from the middle of conference standings to make a run at their respective conference tournament title. It will happen again this year, without question, and we will see a few surprise entrants in the bracket come Selection Sunday as conference champions.

Here are five teams who currently sit in the middle of the pack in their respective conferences that could make some noise down the stretch during the regular season and into the post-season.
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Canisius Overcomes Slow Start For 94-79 Win Against Monmouth

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Isaiah Reese (22 points, 7 rebounds) was one of five players to reach double figures for Canisius on Sunday in their 15-point win over Monmouth. (Source: Canisius Athletics) (Header: Canisius Athletics)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It’s not how you start, but how you finish.

For the Canisius Golden Griffins, that was the case on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins were able to overcome a slow start in the first half, and they pulled away in the second frame for a 94-79 win over the Monmouth Hawks to improve to 5-1 in MAAC play.

With the brief exception of a pair of two-point leads in the first four-plus minutes, Canisius trailed for the majority of the first half. Monmouth used a 13-0 run to push their lead to double-figures, and they would lead by as many as 13 points in the first half, which they did on two occasions.

The Golden Griffins got back to within two points by the break, and carried their momentum into the second half where took control of the game. With 17:59 to play, forward Jermaine Crumpton threw down a dunk to put the home side ahead by a point, and they wouldn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the way. Continue reading Canisius Overcomes Slow Start For 94-79 Win Against Monmouth

Monmouth Visits Canisius for a Sunday Afternoon Showdown in Buffalo

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Micah Seaborn and the Monmouth Hawks, losers of three of their past four games, pay a visit to Buffalo for a Sunday afternoon MAAC showdown with Canisius. (Source: Asbury Park Press) (Header: Canisius Athletics)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — All eyes will be on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon kicks off with a pair of 4-1 teams squaring off, as the Rider Broncs take on the Iona Gaels in a match-up of two teams tied atop the conference standings. The team that wins will have a leg up on the other, and it could go a long way in determining the eventual regular season champion.

Then, in Buffalo, the Canisius Golden Griffins welcome the Monmouth Hawks to town in another intriguing match-up. Canisius is the third team sitting at 4-1 in MAAC play, while the Hawks find themselves in unfamiliar territory this season after a strong previous two seasons.

Canisius will look to keep pace with both Iona and Rider atop the conference standings, as a win would keep them in a two-way tie for top spot. Monmouth will be looking to get back on the right track, so you can bet that they’ll throw everything they have at the Golden Griffins on their home floor.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the Hawks and Golden Griffins squaring off on Sunday afternoon. Continue reading Monmouth Visits Canisius for a Sunday Afternoon Showdown in Buffalo

December 29th Game of the Day: Iona Gaels at Niagara Purple Eagles

Niagara will look for another strong game from Marvin Prochet when they open conference play against the Iona Gaels on Friday night in Niagara Falls, NY. (Source: James Neiss – Staff Photographer, Niagara Gazette)

NIAGARA FALLS, NY. — After the Christmas break, college basketball is once again in full swing. Conference play is officially upon us, and more conferences get underway on Friday as the 2017 calendar year continues to wind down.

For our Game of the Day, we could have gone several different routes. First, there are the easy choices. Friday’s slate features match-ups like the Louisville Cardinals taking on the Kentucky Wildcats, or a top 25 battle between the Baylor Bears and Texas Red Raiders. Teams from the Patriot League also begin conference play, and there are some intriguing non-conference games on tap as well.

Instead of taking the easy way out, we turned our focus to the MAAC, where a pair of top contenders square off in what promises to be a great game from both sides.

Many have projected the Niagara Purple Eagles to be a top contending team in the conference after a down year in 2016-17. A veteran back court duo and a pair of emerging star forwards have expectations around the Purple Eagles high this season. On the flip side, the Iona Gaels are considered a front-runner yet again in 2017-18, especially after loading up on talent via the transfer market in the off-season.

Friday’s game will be a good indicator as to where both teams stand as 2017 comes to an end, and as the grind of conference play gets underway.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the MAAC opener for both Iona and Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY on Friday night. Continue reading December 29th Game of the Day: Iona Gaels at Niagara Purple Eagles

College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Frederick Scott, Rider Broncs

Frederick Scott is one half of Rider’s talented freshman duo, alongside Jordan Allen. The future is bright in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. (Source: Rider Athletics) (Header: Rider Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — With all of the talent that the Rider Broncs have assembled, the future appears to be rather bright in Lawrenceville, NJ.

For starters, there’s star sophomore Stevie Jordan, who seems to flirt with a triple-double whenever the Broncs have a game. Then, there’s sophomore big man Tyere Marshall, who is anchoring the front court.

Add in Rider’s trio of talented freshmen this season, and it’s easy to see why this is a team on the rise. There’s Dimencio Vaughn, who has played well in just three games this season. You’ve got Jordan Allen, who is the team’s leading scorer, averaging a shade under 18 points per game. Lastly, you’ve got forward Frederick Scott, who had himself a solid week for the Broncs, who sit at 5-1 on the season after a perfect 3-0 week.

The 6’8” freshman was looking to help the Broncs build off a win last week over the Hartford Hawks. With three games this past week, Rider had three winnable games, all of which would add momentum to an already strong start.

Over the week, Rider would go onto win all three games, while Scott posted the second double-double of his young career, and added his first 20+ point game the next night out.

For his efforts over the past week, a stretch that saw him almost average a double-double, forward Frederick Scott has been named the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for November 20-26, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Freshman of the Week: Frederick Scott, Rider Broncs

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Isaiah Reese, Canisius Golden Griffins

Isaiah Reese recorded the first triple-double in the 114-year history of Canisius men’s basketball on Saturday against Youngstown State. (Header: Canisius Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — It’s one thing to notch your first win of the year in your home opener. It’s another to do something that nobody else has done in program history in the same game.

That’s the scenario that played out for Isaiah Reese during the home opener for the Canisius Golden Griffins on Saturday.

Canisius came into the week on the heels of a loss in their season opener.  They had one game on the road to open the week, and then closed the game with their home opener on Saturday against the Youngstown State Penguins. Reese put his name in the history books for the Golden Griffins, while also leading the team to their first win of the season.

For the first time in the 114-year history of men’s basketball at Canisius College, a triple-double was recorded.

For his efforts over the past week, a stretch that saw the Golden Griffins earn a split with a historic performance, Golden Griffins’ sophomore Isaiah Reese has been selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 13-19, 2017!

Reese received a commanding 86% of the fan vote in our weekly Twitter poll. He beat out Tre’Shaun Fletcher (Toledo), Chima Moneke (UC Davis), and Jahad Thomas (UMass-Lowell) for the weekly honour. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Isaiah Reese, Canisius Golden Griffins