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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: Cleveland, Mahoney lead Southeast Missouri State past SIU-Edwardsville, 71-67

Freshman guard Denzel Mahoney (above) and senior Antonius Cleveland (top) combine for 37 points to lead the Redhawks past the Cougars, 71-67.
Freshman guard Denzel Mahoney (above) and senior Antonius Cleveland (top) combine for 37 points to lead the Redhawks past the Cougars, 71-67.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Coming into Thursday night, conference play hasn’t been too kind to the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars.

The Cougars came into their game with the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks riding an 11-game losing streak overall. They had lost 17 of their last 18 games, with their only win during that span coming against the Missouri S&T Miners back on December 28th.

In their previous meeting this season, the Redhawks edged the Cougars by three, 79-76.

This time around, the Cougars were hoping for a different result, while the Redhawks were looking to move into a tie for first place in the West Division of the Ohio Valley Conference.

At 6-5 in conference play, Southeast Missouri State came into Thursday night just a half-game behind the division-leading UT-Martin Skyhawks. Thanks to big performances from two of their stars, the Redhawks were able to keep pace atop the division.

Behind 19 points from Antonius Cleveland and 18 points from freshman Denzel Mahoney, the Redhawks pulled away from the Cougars midway through the second half and scored the 71-67 victory over SIU-Edwardsville. Continue reading RECAP: Cleveland, Mahoney lead Southeast Missouri State past SIU-Edwardsville, 71-67

RECAP: Demetrius McReynolds, Muusa Dama combine for 48; Eastern Illinois drops second straight

Photo courtesy of Jason Howell and Daily Eastern News.

CHARLESTON, Ill. — The struggle for Eastern Illinois continues.

Despite career performances from Demetrius McReynolds and Muusa Dama, the Panthers fell to Austin Peay, 92-84. The Governors shot 54.2% from the field to complete their second consecutive win.

“It’s getting pretty frustrating,” said McReynolds. “At the beginning of the game, they were making everything. [In] the second half, we tried to pick up our defensive intensity but just couldn’t get no stops.”

As Thursday night against Murray State, the Panthers were ready to play. Eastern Illinois produced points on three of its first four possessions to pull ahead, 7-2. Continue reading RECAP: Demetrius McReynolds, Muusa Dama combine for 48; Eastern Illinois drops second straight

RECAP: Eastern Illinois squanders 11-point lead, falls to Murray State, 83-72

Photo courtesy of Eastern Illinois Panthers athletics.

CHARLESTON, Ill. — On February 25, 2016, the Eastern Illinois Panthers welcomed Murray State into Lantz Arena for a nationally televised showdown. 2,000+ fans packed inside the cozy home of the Panthers and were treated to an 85-74 victory, which was by far the most impressive win of the season.

In the Racers’ first trip back, two newcomers, Terrell Miller Jr. and Jonathan Stark, avoided a repeat result, jockeying Murray State to an 83-72 vengeful win.

“When you rely on jumpers, it will come and go,” said Eastern Illinois head coach Jay Spoonhour. “We don’t really have guys that make plays off the bounce real well.

“Our stuff is ending in a jumper. And, jumpers are fickle. They (Murray State) are able to take it and go force you to foul.” Continue reading RECAP: Eastern Illinois squanders 11-point lead, falls to Murray State, 83-72

RECAP: Cleveland’s perfect shooting night leads Southeast Missouri State past Tennessee Tech

Antonius Cleveland finished a perfect 9-of-9 from the field on Tuesday, and Southeast Missouri State won their third straight home game with an 83-78 victory over Tennessee Tech. (Source: OVC Ball)
Antonius Cleveland finished a perfect 9-of-9 from the field on Tuesday, and Southeast Missouri State won their third straight home game with an 83-78 victory over Tennessee Tech. (Source: OVC Ball)

In today’s basketball, it’s more common to see forwards put together a perfect shooting night than it is a guard.

On Tuesday night, Antonius Cleveland chalked one up for guards everywhere.

Before the season started, we tabbed Cleveland as one of the top senior guards to keep an eye on this year, and Tuesday night was a perfect example of why. Against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, Cleveland and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks were going for their third straight win on their home court, and were looking to hand the Eagles their first conference loss of the season.

What looked like a commanding lead at the time, the Redhawks took a 46-34 lead into the break after the first half. The Golden Eagles launched a comeback in the second half, and made a game of it.

In the end, Southeast Missouri State would weather the storm. Cleveland finished the game shooting a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor, scoring a game-high 24 points to lead the Redhawks to the 83-78 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Cleveland’s perfect shooting night leads Southeast Missouri State past Tennessee Tech

RECAP: Wofford Terriers Take Down Austin Peay, 96-77

Fletcher Magee scored 18 points, and was one of five players to score in double figures, and Wofford took down Austin Peay on Thursday night, 96-77.
Fletcher Magee scored 18 points, and was one of five players to score in double figures, and Wofford took down Austin Peay on Thursday night, 96-77.

The Wofford Terriers exploded in the first half, especially from behind the 3-point arc, to notch its first Division I victory of the season in a 96-77 home rout of the Ohio Valley Conference‘s Austin Peay Governors on Thursday evening.

Wofford, bouncing back from a non-conference loss to the TCU Horned Frogs last Saturday, landed nine of 13 3-point attempts in the first half, including four made by Fletcher Magee and three from Jaylen Allen. The Terriers (4-7) also moved the ball well, and thanks to both senior point guard Eric Garcia and reserve Derrick Brooks, recorded an impressive total of 15 assists on 20 made shots.

The Terriers led 55-31 at halftime, and began the second half with a 13-2 scoring run.  Continue reading RECAP: Wofford Terriers Take Down Austin Peay, 96-77