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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

Abilene Christian and Lipscomb to start a home-and-home series in 2017-18

Garrison Mathews will look to lead the Lipscomb Bisons to a pair of non-conference wins over Jaylen Franklin (top) and the Abilene Christian Wildcats during the 2017-18 season. (Source: Lipscomb Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — Every time a new home-and-home series is developed, it adds more excitement to the non-conference schedules for the teams involved.

It’s rare to see these types of games being scheduled between power conference schools and smaller programs. If they are, they are sometimes billed as two-for-ones, where the power conference school will travel on the road for one game, while the smaller school will go on the road for two games in back-to-back seasons.

However, a new home-and-home series between two smaller schools is a great way to add excitement to their non-conference slates, and it generates a ton of buzz around campus. They provide schools who may struggle with scheduling high-caliber opponents with the opportunity to have two meaningful games, one each at home and on the road.

One of the new home-and-home sets that has been announced for this year was released on June 5th. The Abilene Christian Wildcats and the Lipscomb Bisons have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2017-18 season, and you can bet that this will be a great set of games for both programs. Continue reading Abilene Christian and Lipscomb to start a home-and-home series in 2017-18

Louisiana Tech graduate transfer Da’Shawn Robinson commits to Lamar

Louisiana Tech graduate transfer Da’Shawn Robinson (left) committed to Tic Price and the Lamar Cardinals on Friday afternoon.

BEAUMONT, Tex. — Coming off a big year in 2016-17, the Lamar Cardinals have even higher hopes for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.

The Cardinals finished the year with a 19-15 record overall, and participated in the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament following a fifth-place finish in the Southland standings.

Following the season, it was announced that sophomore forwards Dorian Chatman and Terrance Hubby were transferring from the program. Hubby has since committed to York College, while Chatman is still exploring his options.

With a strong nucleus returning next season, with James Harrison becoming eligible and joining the likes of Colton WeisbrodNick Garth and Joey Frenchwood on the roster, the future is still bright down in Beaumont.

On Friday afternoon, the Cardinals added some more depth to their roster by way of the transfer market. Graduate transfer Da’Shawn Robinson has committed to play for the Cardinals during his final year of collegiate eligibility after spending two years in the Conference USA with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Continue reading Louisiana Tech graduate transfer Da’Shawn Robinson commits to Lamar

Dorian Chatman, Terrance Hubby to transfer from Lamar

Dorian Chatman (2) and Terrance Hubby announced that they were transferring from Lamar. (Source: Beaumont Enterprise)

BEAUMONT, Tex. — While the NCAA Tournament is still in full swing, the off-season leading up to the 2017-18 season is shaping up to be an exciting one. It appears as though no team is safe from the transfer epidemic that is going around the country once again.

According to Verbal Commits, the transfer list has already eclipsed 200 players, and it will only grow as each day passes.

On Friday, several talented sophomores announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Two of those players suited up for the Lamar Cardinals this past season, and while they saw limited action, they were key pieces to the Cardinals’ run to the post-season in 2016-17.

Sophomore forwards Dorian Chatman and Terrance Hubby have announced that they will be transferring out of Lamar. Continue reading Dorian Chatman, Terrance Hubby to transfer from Lamar

RECAP: Texas State tops Lamar in an all-Texas showdown, 70-60

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Texas State advance to the second round of the CIT. (Source: Texas State Bobcats)

SAN MARCOS, Tex. — Instate battles in the regular season are always exciting.

When they take place in the post-season, and the stakes are much, much higher, they get taken to another level.

On Thursday night down in San Marcos, Texas, the CIT provided an all-Texas battle in the first round. The Lamar Cardinals, who were making their first appearance in the post-season since 2012, went on the road to take on the Texas State Bobcats, who fell in the Sun Belt tournament finale over the weekend.

While it’s not considered an instate rivalry by any means, having bragging rights over a team in your same state is never a bad thing.

On their home court, the Bobcats came out with a strong first half, setting the tone towards the end of the frame. An 11-1 run by the Bobcats gave them a nine-point lead, which would expand to a 12-point lead at the break.

The second half saw Lamar try to cut into the lead and get back into the game, but Texas State always had an answer for what the Cardinals threw at them.

Texas State kept their opponents at a safe distance, and punched their ticket to the Second Round of the CIT with a 70-60 win over Lamar. Continue reading RECAP: Texas State tops Lamar in an all-Texas showdown, 70-60

RECAP: Stephen F. Austin rolls past Lamar behind perfect shooting night from Gilmore

Leon Gilmore III (3) recorded a game-high 19 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting night, and Stephen F. Austin cruised to the 75-59 win over Lamar on Thursday night. (Source: The Daily Sentinel)

KATY, Tex. — Year after year, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks always seem to be a serious threat in the Southland Conference.

After losing star forward Thomas Walkup to graduation following last season, and coach Brad Underwood to the Oklahoma State Cowboys, many thought the Lumberjacks would drop off this season.

While they looked beatable for the first time in four seasons in the conference, they were still a top-three team, and are a serious threat to win the conference tournament for the fourth year in a row. On Thursday night, they began their quest for another NCAA Tournament berth.

This time, as the three-seed, they need to win three games in as many days to reach the Big Dance. Up first, the Lumberjacks took on the Lamar Cardinals, who were coming off a win over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Wednesday in the First Round.

On Thursday, the well-rested Lumberjacks flexed their muscle to close out the first half, pushing their lead to double figures and never looking back.

Thanks in part to a perfect shooting night from Leon Gilmore III, Stephen F. Austin rolled to the 75-59 win over Lamar to advance to the Southland Conference tournament semifinals on Friday. Continue reading RECAP: Stephen F. Austin rolls past Lamar behind perfect shooting night from Gilmore