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Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Devine Eke was an impact player on both ends of the floor for Maine in 2015-16. Now, in 2017-18, he will be given every opportunity to shine with the Rider Broncs. (Source: David Butler II – USA Today Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is all but a distant memory now, and what an exciting season it was. The North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets to cap off another incredible season across the country.

While a slew of players put together career seasons, and several stars capped off their collegiate careers, there was a ton of talent left watching from the bleachers.

Several key transfers from the 2015-16 off-season sat out last year due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to put on their new program’s jersey and go to work in a regular season game.

You have the likes of Kory HoldenDevin Watson, Kendall Stephens, and Cane Broome who headlined the transfer list following the ’15-16 campaign, and are four of the names people all remember when talking about the crop of transfers. However, there are several transfers that fans may have forgotten about, since it’s been a year since they’ve seen regular season action.

Here are ten transfers who may have been forgotten over the course of the 2016-17 season, but will undoubtedly have a positive impact with their new schools this coming year. Continue reading Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

RECAP: Second half comeback propels Fort Wayne past Ball State, 88-80

Fort Wayne big man Brent Calhoun poured in 27 points to help send the Mastodons into the Second Round of the CIT with an 88-80 win over Ball State.

FORT WAYNE, In. — We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. College basketball is a 40-minute game.

Often in college basketball, games are a tale of two halves, One team holds a sizable lead after the opening half, only to see their lead disappear in the second frame. While one can’t help but feel for the team who sees their lead evaporate, it does provide exciting basketball.

On Wednesday night up in Fort Wayne, that’s exactly what happened.

When the Ball State Cardinals took on the Fort Wayne Mastodons in the opening round of the CIT, which was also the inaugural Lou Henson Classic, it was a tale of two halves for both teams.

After the first 20 minutes, the visiting Cardinals held a seven-point lead over the Mastodons, at 41-34. In the second frame, the balanced offensive attack of Fort Wayne took over, and the home side stormed back to continue their winning ways at home.

The Mastodons improved their home record to 14-3 on the year with an 88-80, come-from-behind victory, over Ball State. Continue reading RECAP: Second half comeback propels Fort Wayne past Ball State, 88-80

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

College Court Report Player of the Week: Blake Hamilton, Buffalo Bulls

Blake Hamilton continued his strong play as of late with two 20+ point performances this past week, leading Buffalo to a pair of MAC wins.
Blake Hamilton continued his strong play as of late with two 20+ point performances this past week, leading Buffalo to a pair of MAC wins.

CALGARY, Alb. — Last season, the Buffalo Bulls turned some heads with their run through the MAC Tournament and into the field of 68 in the NCAA Tournament.

While it’s a new season, the Bulls are turning heads once again as March is fast approaching.

Coming into the year, it looked as though the Ohio Bobcats were the clear favourite in the MAC. When forward Antonio Campbell went down with a season-ending injury last month, the conference race became wide open.

The Akron Zips had emerged as a top contender for the title, and despite their first conference loss this past week, the Zips are three games ahead of anyone else in the MAC.

Several teams are on the rise ,and one of those teams is Buffalo. The Bulls lost to the Zips by a single point last week, but they came back in a big way this past week.

The play of senior Blake Hamilton was a big factor in the Bulls’ two victories. Hamilton put the team on his back and put together back-to-back 20+ point performances to help get Buffalo back to .500 in conference play.

For his efforts over the past week, a seven-day stretch that saw the Bulls knock off a tough opponent at home, then score a 27-point win on the road over the weekend, senior forward Blake Hamilton has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of January 30 – February 5, 2017!
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RECAP: Turnovers, Shooting Droughts Corral South Florida in 59-48 Loss

Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Times.

TAMPA, Fla. — Saturday afternoon, the South Florida Bulls turned in one of their best performances of the season.

Tuesday night, they had their WORST performance.

In a contest plagued by missed layups and a combined 34 turnovers, Northern Illinois failed to play worse than South Florida and won, 59-48.

“You’re not going to be able to beat any Division 1 team when you give them that many opportunities,” said South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua of his team’s 21 turnovers. “If we take care of the ball, then we are in here having a different conversation.” Continue reading RECAP: Turnovers, Shooting Droughts Corral South Florida in 59-48 Loss

RECAP: UCF Stops Skid Behind Tacko Fall’s Career-High 31 Points 

Photo courtesy of John Raoux/AP.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Year one of the Johnny Dawkins’ era has had its highs and lows for the UCF Knights.

Entering Sunday, the team was stuck in a deep valley that included a home loss to Penn and a road defeat at George Washington. During the losing streak, UCF averaged just 54 points per game, 17.5 less than their mark during the first eight contests.

Today, the Knights marched out of the precipice.

Led by a career-high 31 points from sophomore Tacko Fall, UCF fended off pesky Miami (OH), 80-73, in overtime.

“It was a win we had to earn,” said UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins. “Our guys showed a lot of character. It was a game that could have gone either way, I give their team a lot of credit.” Continue reading RECAP: UCF Stops Skid Behind Tacko Fall’s Career-High 31 Points