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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 Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Alec Wintering, Portland Pilots

Alec Wintering averaged 24.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this past week, leading the Pilots to two wins to open up conference play.
Alec Wintering averaged 24.5 points and 7.0 assists per game this past week, leading the Pilots to two wins to open up conference play.

He may not get the national attention that he deserves, which is a crime in its own right, but Portland Pilots‘ senior guard Alec Wintering is one of the premier guards in the entire NCAA.

Over his entire collegiate career, the native of Charlotte, NC has done it all for the Pilots.

Wintering has averaged at least 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game in each season at Portland, while shooting at least 43.4% from the field in each of the last three years. He regularly stuffs the stat sheet, which makes it even more puzzling as to why more people aren’t talking about him and his talents.

We’ve been high on him over the past two seasons, and he keeps giving us more reasons to be excited about his future prospects.

This past week was no different, as he helped to lead the Pilots to two big wins in conference play to close out 2016 on a high note. Wintering averaged 23.5 points and 7.0 assists in the Pilots’ two wins last week, putting them a perfect 2-0 in WCC play and sending them into 2017 with a big boost of momentum.

After his impressive week, Wintering was rewarded for his efforts. Through a poll on Twitter, he was selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of December 26 – January 1!

Wintering is the first player to receive a Player of the Week award in back-to-back seasons from College Court Report, as he won the award last season for the week of February 1 – 7, 2016. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Alec Wintering, Portland Pilots

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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Thursday Headlines: UT-Arlington Scores First-Ever Win over a Ranked Team, Middle Tennessee Wreaks Havoc on the SEC, and More

The UT-Arlington Mavericks scored their first-ever win over a ranked team on Thursday night, knocking off #12 Saint Mary's in Moraga, CA, 65-51. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header Photo: UT-Arlington Athletics)
The UT-Arlington Mavericks scored their first-ever win over a ranked team on Thursday night, knocking off #12 Saint Mary’s in Moraga, CA, 65-51. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header Photo: UT-Arlington Athletics)

Thursday night may have only had 11 games on the slate, but it most definitely provided its fair share of excitement, and then some.

Two ranked teams were in action on the night. They both lost.

A Conference USA powerhouse took on yet another team from the SEC. They won for the third straight time against teams from the conference.

There were some career-best performances across the country (Shamorie Ponds and Maurius Hill, we’re talking about you), and an ugly performance from the Fordham Rams.

Despite only having 11 games on tap, Thursday was a night to remember. Here are Thursday’s Headlines. Continue reading Thursday Headlines: UT-Arlington Scores First-Ever Win over a Ranked Team, Middle Tennessee Wreaks Havoc on the SEC, and More

RECAP: San Francisco Dons Cruise to 82-63 Win over Lamar

Chase Foster (22) scored a team-high 20 points, and the San Francisco Dons cruised to the 82-63 win over the Lamar Cardinals on Friday night. (Header Photo: Associated Press)
Chase Foster (22) scored a team-high 20 points, and the San Francisco Dons cruised to the 82-63 win over the Lamar Cardinals on Friday night. (Header Photo: Associated Press)

To open the 2016-17 season, the San Francisco Dons have looked rather impressive. While a few of their games have been close wins, the Dons have come out on top nonetheless.

Entering Friday night’s tilt against the Lamar Cardinals, the Dons had won three straight on their home floor, and were sitting at a comfortable 5-1 on the year.

As for the Cardinals, they have followed up back-to-back wins with a loss twice already in 2016-17. If the trend was to continue, a win was to be in their future. Coming off a 77-60 loss against the Idaho State Bengals in their last time out, the Cardinals were looking to get back on the winning track.

San Francisco took a six-point lead into halftime, and came out of the gates on fire in the second half. After the Cardinals scored the first two points of the half, the Dons reeled off a 14-0 run to take full control of the game.

The Cardinals weren’t able to recover, and the San Francisco Dons rolled to the 82-63 win on their home floor. Continue reading RECAP: San Francisco Dons Cruise to 82-63 Win over Lamar

RECAP: Pepperdine Waves Edge Little Rock Trojans in Lone Star Showcase Action

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas-Little Rock at DePaul
Lis Shoshi, a 6-11 forward from Kosovo, recorded a double-double as he led Little Rock with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a close loss to Pepperdine as part of the Lone Star Showcase. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Kemy Osse‘s 3-point try at the buzzer rimmed out, and the Little Rock Trojans dropped a close contest to the Pepperdine Waves, 66-65, as part of the Lone Star Showcase on Tuesday evening.

The loss came a day after the Trojans (3-2) held off a second-half rally from the St. Bonaventure Bonnies to dispatch the Bonnies for a quality 68-65 victory in the tournament’s first round.

Osse, a redshirt senior from Montreal, had a quiet shooting night as Little Rock shot 38 percent from the floor as a team and stumbled late in the game, despite leading the entire first half and being up by as many as seven points down the stretch. Continue reading RECAP: Pepperdine Waves Edge Little Rock Trojans in Lone Star Showcase Action