Category Archives: Sun Belt

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

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 Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Kevin Hervey, UT-Arlington Mavericks

After a season-ending injury last season, Kevin Hervey is making up for lost time, and he has the UT-Arlington Mavericks riding high in the Sun Belt. (Source: UT-Arlington Athletics)
After a season-ending injury last season, Kevin Hervey is making up for lost time, and he has the UT-Arlington Mavericks riding high in the Sun Belt. (Source: UT-Arlington Athletics)

CALGARY, Alb. — Before Kevin Hervey went down with a season-ending injury last season, the UT-Arlington Mavericks had the look of an NCAA Tournament team. They looked like the top threat to the Little Rock Trojans in the race for the Sun Belt title.

Following his injury, the Mavericks fell off their hot start to the season, and had to settle for a berth in the 2016 CollegeInsider.Com tournament. While a post-season berth is an impressive feat, fans of the Mavericks were left wondering ‘what if’.

The 2016-17 season is in the midst of conference play, and fans are seeing what a healthy Hervey can do against the rest of the Sun Belt.

Entering the week, the Mavericks were second in the conference, trailing only the Georgia Southern Eagles for top spot. They had two tough games on tap, one each at home and on the road, and needed two wins to keep pace atop the Sun Belt.

Behind the play of Hervey, who averaged a double-double for the week, the Mavericks scored two big wins by an average of 26.5 points.

For his efforts this past week, basketball fans selected Kevin Hervey as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of January 23 – 29, 2017!

Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Kevin Hervey, UT-Arlington Mavericks

RECAP: Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State knock off Arkansas State for first Sun Belt win

Emarius Logan scored 12 points, and Ronshad Shabazz (top) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to their first Sun Belt win of 2016-17 on Monday. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)
Emarius Logan scored 12 points, and Ronshad Shabazz (top) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to their first Sun Belt win of 2016-17 on Monday. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)

So far in 2016-17, the Sun Belt has lived up to its #FunBelt slogan on social media, as it sure has been fun.

In non-conference play, several teams had the look of a top contender in the race for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. After a slow start, the UT-Arlington Mavericks look like the team to beat, while the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are picking up steam at the right time.

Another team who caught the attention of fans everywhere, including us, is the Arkansas State Red Wolves. A road win over the Georgetown Hoyas highlighted a strong start to their season.

On Monday, the Red Wolves were looking to bounce back after a loss over the weekend in conference action. They went on the road to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a team who was looking for their first Sun Belt win of the year.

The Mountaineers were looking to make a statement, and they came out of the gates on fire. The home side opened the game on a 12-0 run to get the home crowd into the game early.

While Arkansas State would fight back, and the game would be tight right to the final few minutes, the Mountaineers wouldn’t let the game slip away.

Ronshad Shabazz scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to the 70-57 win over Arkansas State on Monday night. Continue reading RECAP: Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State knock off Arkansas State for first Sun Belt win

RECAP: Florida Gators Sink Little Rock, 94-71

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Florida’s KeVaughn Allen scored 13 of the Gators’ first 20 points in a 94-71 win over the Little Rock Trojans on Wednesday evening to open the newly-renovated ExacTech Arena. (Source: USA Today Sports)

In a belated home opener on Wednesday evening, the Florida Gators dispatched the visiting Little Rock Trojans with ease, beating them 94-71 behind five double-digit scoring performances.

The Gators (9-3) were forced to play the majority of their non-conference schedule away from their usual home arena, the O’Connell Center, which was in the process of being renovated and was reopened to the team only within the last few days. Florida head coach Mike White, in his second year at the Gators’ helm after a successful run at Louisiana Tech, led his team to a resounding double-digit win to open up the fresh building. Continue reading RECAP: Florida Gators Sink Little Rock, 94-71

RECAP: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Earn Signature Win Over Little Rock

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas-Little Rock at DePaul
Trojans post presence Lis Shoshi pulled down eight boards in a non-conference loss to Oral Roberts on Monday evening. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Little Rock, which was in the midst of an impressive six-game winning streak with only two losses so far in head coach Wes Flanigan‘s debut year, was sent away from Tulsa on Monday afternoon with a tough third defeat, as the Trojans were whipped by the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 63-48.

The Eagles’ Aaron Anderson made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and had eight total points, as ORU began pulling away late in the period and went into the halftime break with a 27-21 advantage.

As a team, Little Rock shot just 7-of-26 (27 percent) from the floor in the first half and did not land a single shot from behind the arc. In fact, the Trojans did not make any of the 15 3-pointers attempted during the entire game (they were 0-for-15), a serious hindrance to any hopes of a second-half comeback.  Continue reading RECAP: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Earn Signature Win Over Little Rock