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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.

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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

Patriot League Power Rankings: Navy Midshipmen make some noise

Cedric Hankerson and the Boston University Terriers are the only unbeaten team in Patriot League play, but are they the top team in our Power Rankings?
Cedric Hankerson and the Boston University Terriers are the only unbeaten team in Patriot League play, but are they the top team in our Power Rankings?

It was a relatively quiet week in the Patriot League, but there was still a bit of movement across the board.

While the top three teams remained the same, we have a new top-ranked team in the conference power rankings. The top two teams are set to square off this coming Saturday, which will only lead to some more movement next week, and beyond.

The conference itself seems to be in for an exciting race come March, as anyone can turn it on at any given time and make a run up the standings. We saw that this past week, as one team jumped up four spots and into the top five of the power rankings.

Here’s this week’s edition of the Patriot League Power Rankings, with a new top dog in the conference.
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Patriot League Power Rankings: Every team now has a win in conference play

Kimbal Mackenzie and the Bucknell Bison are doing just fine in 2016-17 without Chris Hass on the roster, as they sit at 4-0 in Patriot League play.
Kimbal Mackenzie and the Bucknell Bison are doing just fine in 2016-17 without Chris Hass on the roster, as they sit at 4-0 in Patriot League play.

The New Year is already over a week old, and conference play is in full swing all across the country. We’ve seen our fair share of great games so far in 2017, and the frequency will only increase as the season moves closer to the NCAA Tournament in mid-March.

One conference, in particular, that has provided some exciting basketball over the first two weeks of conference play is the Patriot League. On opening night, four of the five road teams scored victories to open things up, while plenty of the games have been single-digit margins of victory.

Team rosters are decorated with star players, and there’s a ton of talent on display each and every night. While the usual suspects are either at, or near, the top of the standings after four games, the conference seems as though it could go any which way. As of Sunday night, all ten teams in the conference have at least one win in Patriot League play.

Based on the fact that the conference race could go several different directions, we felt as though it was time to see how the teams stack up.

Below, you can find the inaugural edition of the College Court Report Patriot League Power Rankings, to be released each Monday from now to the end of the year.
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RECAP: Notre Dame heads into conference play with a win over Saint Peter’s

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(Source: Notre Dame Athletics)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to action Wednesday night after a nine day Christmas break, taking down the Saint Peter’s Peacocks 63-55.

Notre Dame remained in the AP Top 25 in their first game back , checking in at #24.

The (5-7) Peacocks were coming off a win against the St Francis (BKN) Terriers after a three game losing streak that included a loss to the Maryland Terrapins by only 10 points.

Notre Dame was coming off a win as well, taking down the Colgate Raiders before a surprise visit from Matt Farrell’s brother Bo stole the spotlight, as the military solider surprised his younger brother heading into the holiday season.

While some time away from the program was needed as noted by head coach Mike Brey, the Irish squad could not afford to take the Peacocks lightly.

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