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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

Monday Headlines: Wide Open Conference Races, Points Galore, and More

Trent Steen (15) recorded 24 points, on 10-of-12 shooting, and 9 rebounds to help lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff to the 105-91 win on Monday night.
Trent Steen (15) recorded 24 points, on 10-of-12 shooting, and 9 rebounds to help lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff to the 105-91 win on Monday night.

The first Monday of 2017 was an exciting one to say the least. It also left us scratching our heads, asking more questions about preseason conference favourites.

Monday’s slate was made up entirely of mid-major programs, with the majority of games being conference match-ups as the battle for conference supremacy is officially under way.

While no power conference teams were in action, there will still several marquee programs in action. The Monmouth Hawks, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, and the Little Rock Trojans, who all had stellar seasons a year ago, were all in action on Monday.

All three teams suffered defeats.

Following the slate of games on Monday, we were left with more questions than answers when looking at certain programs, and conferences, as the 2016-17 moves along.

Here are the things you need to know from Monday’s action. Continue reading Monday Headlines: Wide Open Conference Races, Points Galore, and More

RECAP: Nebraska Holds Off Southern, Avoiding Second Straight Upset at Home

Tai Webster recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, and Nebraska held off Southern on Tuesday night to avoid their second straight home upset.
Tai Webster recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, and Nebraska held off Southern on Tuesday night to avoid their second straight home upset.

Over the first five weeks of the season, we’ve seen two different sides of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

They opened the season with four straight victories, a stretch that included wins over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Dayton Flyers. Both of those wins could have been considered resume boosters come NCAA Tournament time.

Since then, the Huskers have struggled.

Coming into Tuesday’s tilt against the Southern Univ. Jaguars, the Huskers had lost six of their previous seven contests. In their last outing, they suffered an 70-62 loss to the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at home.

On Tuesday, Nebraska found themselves in another tight battle. They were looking to get back on the right track, but had to work for it against the Jaguars.

Things were tight down the stretch, but a jumper from Jeriah Horne in the closing minutes sealed the deal for the home side. Nebraska held on for the 81-76 victory over Southern, pushing their record back to .500 on the year. Continue reading RECAP: Nebraska Holds Off Southern, Avoiding Second Straight Upset at Home

Thursday Headlines: Auburn Ties SEC Record for Threes in a Game, Another Division I Team Falls to NAIA Opponent, and More

Danjel Purifoy (3) scored a game-high 27 points, and hit five of Auburn's 21 three pointers on Thursday night, and the Tigers' cruised to the 45-point win over Coastal Carolina. (Source: Auburn Athletics)
Danjel Purifoy (3) scored a game-high 27 points, and hit five of Auburn’s 21 three pointers on Thursday night, and the Tigers’ cruised to the 45-point win over Coastal Carolina. (Source: Auburn Athletics)

Thursday was a busy day in the college basketball world, and a sad one for the basketball world, in general.

The legendary Craig Sager passed away at the age of 65, after a lengthy battle with Leukemia. Fans around the world looked back on their fondest memories of Mr. Sager to pay their respects, as the sporting world lost yet another icon in 2016.

Rest in the sweetest peace, Craig Sager.

On Thursday, the college basketball world offered up some top-notch action, even though there were only a handful of games on the slate. No ranked teams were in action on the night, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any big time performances to talk about.

The Auburn Tigers tied an SEC record for three pointers in a game, en route to a 45-point win, while yet another NAIA team knocked off a Division I opponent in 2016-17.

We’ve got that, and more, in Thursday’s Headlines. Continue reading Thursday Headlines: Auburn Ties SEC Record for Threes in a Game, Another Division I Team Falls to NAIA Opponent, and More

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Southwestern Athletic Conference

Despite Mississippi Valley State owning a poor record in 2015-16, Marcus Romain established himself as an up-coming star in the SWAC, averaging 18.6 points in his first season with the Delta Devils.
Despite Mississippi Valley State owning a poor record in 2015-16, Marcus Romain established himself as an up-coming star in the SWAC, averaging 18.6 points in his first season with the Delta Devils.

With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!

Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.

Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.

Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Southwestern Athletic Conference

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Two

Dedrick Basile was the talk of the town last March when he hit a buzzer-beater t osend the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament. This season, he's one of ten senior guards who will be household names all year long. (Source: Tom Pennington - Getty Images)
Dedrick Basile was the talk of the town last March when he hit a buzzer-beater t osend the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament. This season, he’s one of ten senior guards who will be household names all year long. (Source: Tom Pennington – Getty Images)

With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to senior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the senior guards up into three parts.

Each will have 10 senior guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

**Note: Justin Robinson burst onto the scene last season, and Quinton Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year. Both didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale than some of the other senior guards.** Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Two