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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

College Court Report Player of the Week: DeWayne Russell, Grand Canyon Antelopes

DeWayne Russell has to be all smiles after another big week for the Antelopes, as he averaged 29 points per game over Grand Canyon's two wins in the week leading up to Christmas. (Header Photo: Grand Canyon Antelopes)
DeWayne Russell has to be all smiles after another big week for the Antelopes, as he averaged 29 points per game over Grand Canyon’s two wins in the days leading up to Christmas. (Header Photo: Grand Canyon Antelopes)

While he may have missed the first two games of the season, senior guard DeWayne Russell has been among the nation’s best players in 2016-17.

Once he made his debut on November 19th against the Albany Great Danes, both Russell and the Grand Canyon Antelopes have been on quite the roll.

Russell has already played the most minutes of any player on the roster, despite playing two less games than several of his teammates. He has played all 40 minutes in five games, and hasn’t played less than 31 minutes in a contest.

On top of that, he has scored in double figures in each of the 11 games he’s played. Since his return, the Antelopes have gone 8-3, and currently sit at 8-5 on the year. The team has been without the services of Joshua Braun for the last seven games, but the play of Russell has kept the Antelopes on a roll.

This past week, Grand Canyon played a pair of games in the days leading up to Christmas, and Russell continued his strong play over the first half of the season.

In the Antelopes’ two wins, Russell averaged 29.0 points per contest, while also adding 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.

For his efforts last week, DeWayne Russell has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of December 19 – 25, 2016! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: DeWayne Russell, Grand Canyon Antelopes

Five First Time Head Coaches Enjoying Early-Season Success in Division I

Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton - Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton - Arkansas State Athletics)
Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton – Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton – Arkansas State Athletics)

Players aren’t the only ones who make their debuts in college basketball each November.

Each season, there are several first time head coaches who realize their dreams of becoming a head coach at the Division I level. Many have paid their dues, whether it be as an assistant coach in the NCAA, or as a head coach at a smaller institution. The journeys are undoubtedly long, but well worth it in the end, when they see the title of ‘Head Men’s Basketball Coach’ after their name.

The start of the 2016-17 season was no exception.

In total, there are 29 coaches across the country who are first-time head coaches in Division I this season. Some have been assistants at larger programs in the country, while others have been head coaches in the junior college ranks.

Regardless of where they came from, they are now head coaches at the top level of collegiate basketball.

The transition hasn’t been easy for every coach, as only nine of the 29 first-time coaches have a winning record through the first five weeks of the year.

Here are five coaches who are enjoying some early success in their first year at the helm in Division I.
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College Court Report Player of the Week: Ian Baker, New Mexico State Aggies

Ian Baker and the New Mexico State Aggies have raced out to a 10-2 start in 2016-17 under first-year head coach Paul Weir. (Header Photo: New Mexico State Athletics)
Ian Baker and the New Mexico State Aggies have raced out to a 10-2 start in 2016-17 under first-year head coach Paul Weir. (Header Photo: New Mexico State Athletics)

Year after year, after year, after year, it seems as though the race for the Western Athletic Conference title has to go through the New Mexico State Aggies.

Last year, it took a buzzer-beater from Dedrick Basile in the WAC Tournament finale for the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to knock off the Aggies and punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

The off-season saw some changes for the Aggies, as head coach Marvin Menzies left for the vacant position with the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, following the saga with Chris Beard. In came Paul Weir, a first-time head coach at the Division I level, who also happens to be Canadian.

Even with a new head coach, the Aggies haven’t missed a beat over the first five weeks of the 2016-17 season.

A big reason for their 10-2 start has been the play of senior guard Ian Baker. The Washington, D.C. native has seen it all as a member of the Aggies, from the highs of advancing to the NCAA Tournament on a pair of occasions, to the lows of last season’s heart-breaking loss in the WAC Championship game.

This year, he’s leading the Aggies on another run towards the NCAA Tournament. Over the past week, his talents were on full display for everyone to see.

After averaging 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game over the Aggies’ two wins last week, both of which were double-digit wins on the road, Ian Baker has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 12 – 18, 2016! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Ian Baker, New Mexico State Aggies

RECAP: Vaqueros Complete Perfect Homestand with 95-81 Win Over Lamar

The UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros completed a perfect 3-0 homestand on Friday night, notching a 95-81 win over Lamar.
The UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros completed a perfect 3-0 homestand on Friday night, notching a 95-81 win over Lamar.

After the majority of their games being on the road to open the 2016-17 season, the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros were back in Edinburg, TX for a three-game homestand.

Convincing wins over the Texas State Bobcats and the North Florida Ospreys kicked off the homestand. Those wins pushed the Vaqueros’ home record to 4-1 on the year.

On Friday night, the Lamar Cardinals made the trip to Edinburg for a date with UTRGV. In their last outing, the Cardinals put an end to their three game losing streak with a 51-point win over Austin College.

The first half of Friday’s game was close, as the teams were deadlocked at 38-all after the first half. Early in the second half, the Vaqueros took control of the game, and rolled to the 95-81 victory over the Cardinals when all was said and done. Continue reading RECAP: Vaqueros Complete Perfect Homestand with 95-81 Win Over Lamar

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: LaVell Boyd, UMKC Kangaroos

LaVell Boyd (4) averaged 20.6 points and 7.0 assists per game over the last week, leading the UMKC 'Roos to a 2-1 record over that span. (Source: UMKC Athletics) (Header Photo: UMKC Athletics)
LaVell Boyd (4) averaged 20.6 points and 7.0 assists per game over the last week, leading the UMKC Kangaroos to a 2-1 record over that span. (Source: UMKC Athletics) (Header Photo: UMKC Athletics)

Back in 2015-16, the UMKC Kangaroos entered the season with heightened expectations around the program.

With the likes of LaVell Boyd, who was in his first year with the program after transferring to UMKC from South Suburban College, and Martez Harrison, who was the 2015 WAC Player of the Year, leading the way, the ‘Roos were a trendy pick to win the conference title.

In the end, it wasn’t in the cards.

UMKC finished the 2015-16 season with a record of 12-19 overall, and 4-10 in conference play. It wasn’t the way they had hoped the year would go, but they seem to have put it all behind them.

The Kangaroos have opened the 2016-17 season with a 6-3 record, and have put together two separate winning streaks of three games to date.

Senior guard LaVell Boyd has been a big reason for the early-season success for the team. Amidst the suspension to Harrison, Boyd has become the offensive leader for UMKC.

This past week, Boyd helped lead the ‘Roos to a 2-1 record, averaging over 20 points per game over that span.

Senior guard LaVell Boyd has been tabbed the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 28 – December 4, as selected by fans on Twitter! Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: LaVell Boyd, UMKC Kangaroos