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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Patriot League

Bryce Dulin emerged as a star for Navy last season, and the game he entered the forefront came on the road against the Midshipmen’s biggest rival.
CALGARY, Alta. — In recent years, several stars have left their mark on the Patriot League, and the NCAA as a whole.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, that appears to be the case once again. While some of the conference’s biggest names have moved on to the next chapters of their respective basketball careers, whether that be in the professional ranks or as a transfer in the NCAA, there is a plethora of talent coming back that will make the race for the conference title one to watch.

There may be a clear-cut favourite as the season approaches, but it’s anyone’s game when it comes down to the conference tournament. Any team can get hot at the right time, pull of some upsets, and make a post-season run to the Big Dance.

Below are ten players to keep an eye on in the Patriot League for the upcoming season. With ten teams, it only makes sense to pick one player per program.
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Who’s Left?: Top remaining transfers from outside of the power conferences

Former Bethune-Cookman guard Quinton Forrest is one of the top uncommitted transfers still on the market.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 transfer list is creeping up on 700 names.

Plenty of players have committed to their new schools, and have made some waves with their decisions in the process. Some of the decisions have changed the landscape of college basketball, like C.J. Bryce committing to Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack, or the Lawson brothers, Jack Whitman, and Charlie Moore committing to the Kansas Jayhawks, just to name a few.

While the majority of players have found their new homes, there is still a ton of talent still available on the transfer market. With the off-season slowing ticking away, available players are still taking official visits, in search of their next stop on their respective basketball journey.

Here are seven of the top available transfers, all of whom come from outside of the power conferences. Continue reading Who’s Left?: Top remaining transfers from outside of the power conferences

Dom Cristiano transfers to New York University

Photo courtesy of Don Cristiano’s Twitter.

Dom Cristiano is heading to “The Big Apple.”

Cristiano, who spent his freshman season with Lafayette of the Patriot League, has transferred to NCAA Division III New York University, he announced via Twitter on Thursday night. The 6’8″, 195-pound forward has three years of eligibility remaining and will suit up for the Violets next season.

“[I] didn’t get the opportunity I was looking for there,” Cristiano said in an exclusive interview. “[The] slow half-court style of play there, also, doesn’t use me in a way which utilizes my skills effectively.”

Cristiano says academics played a significant role in his decision; New York University has a business school, the Stern School of Business, while Lafayette College does not.
His pursuit of a degree aside, the former Greens Farms Academy star envisions something special at NYU.

“I will have a great opportunity there, including two other big transfers that will make us very competitive.”

Last year the Violets were 7-18 overall and 2-12 in the University Athletic Association.
However, Cristiano, who scored 1,472 points in his high school career, has the skills to be an immediate contributor.

“I am a 6’8 inside-out player with a great motor. I get out and down the floor, play above the rim and have range out to the three-point line,” Cristiano said. “I am a mismatch because I can post smaller defenders and drive by bigger defenders. [I am my] best in transition.”

New York University, formerly a Division I school, last made the Division III NCAA Tournament in 2016. Head coach Joe Nesci is entering his 30th season at the helm.

– P. Wesner

Army West Point, Loyola (MD) pick up wins in the first round of the Patriot League tournament

Freshman guard Tommy Funk recorded 9 points and 11 assists on Tuesday night, helping to lead Army West Point into the quarter-finals of the Patriot League tournament with a 75-58 win over American. (Source: Army West Point Athletics)
Freshman guard Tommy Funk recorded 9 points and 11 assists on Tuesday night, helping to lead Army West Point into the quarter-finals of the Patriot League tournament with a 75-58 win over American. (Source: Army West Point Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta — On Monday night, conference tournaments officially got under way, as the Atlantic Sun quarter-finals took place down south.

To the surprise of seemingly nobody, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles won handily over the Stetson Hatters, while the Kennesaw State Owls and the USC Upstate Spartans played arguably the game of the night across the NCAA.

On Tuesday, another conference got their post-season started. The Patriot League had their two first-round games on tap for Tuesday night, and they followed on the trend that the Atlantic Sun set the night before.

There was one close contest, and one that wasn’t so close. In the end, the teams who were favourites to win came out victorious, providing some more excitement to the final three rounds.

Here’s everything you need to know from Tuesday’s action in the Patriot League. Continue reading Army West Point, Loyola (MD) pick up wins in the first round of the Patriot League tournament

Trifecta: Three teams who could steal an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament

Bryce Dulin has emerged as a star for Navy, and his play has the Midshipmen in line to contend for the Patriot League's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. (Source: Navy Athletics)
Bryce Dulin has emerged as a star for Navy, and his play has the Midshipmen in line to contend for the Patriot League’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. (Source: Navy Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — Conference tournaments officially get underway on Monday, which means the 2017 NCAA Tournament is just around the corner.

Selection Sunday is less than two weeks away, which means it’s also time to get looking at some teams who could be surprise entrants into the field of 68 as conference champions.

Every year, teams get hot down the stretch and ride the positive momentum into the NCAA Tournament, and that will be the case again this season. It’s inevitable.

Cinderellas make their first appearance in the two weeks prior to the Big Dance, rolling to unexpected conference tournament titles as lower seeds and ‘stealing’ a bid from the top teams in their respective conferences. As college basketball fanatics, we love the drama that comes with March.

Some prefer to see the best teams from each conference go to battle in March. But, if teams earn the right to be in the field, we’d much rather see that. Plus, who doesn’t love the underdogs?

This is the first edition of the ‘Trifecta’, where we will focus on groups of three players, teams, or events that will affect March Madness.

Below are three teams who could very well knock off the top teams in their respective conferences, thus earning themselves a coveted spot in the field of 68 that otherwise wouldn’t come their way.
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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