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Second half run propels North Texas past Bethune-Cookman, 90-78

Ryan Woolridge recorded 18 points on Thursday night, and was one of four Mean Green players to score in double-figures against Bethune-Cookman. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

DENTON, Tex. — In the second game of a two-game Texas swing, the visiting Bethune-Cookman Wildcats were looking for a better result this time out.

Against the UTRGV Vaqueros on Monday night, a strong first half for the home side put the Wildcats behind the eight-ball, and they weren’t able to recover. The Vaqueros knocked off Bethune-Cookman, 92-74.

Thursday night, the Wildcats were looking to earn a split in the state of Texas, as they squared off against the North Texas Mean Green in Denton. The Mean Green were coming off a road loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and were looking forward to playing at home once again.

North Texas held a nine-point lead after the first half, at 42-33, but pulled away early in the second frame.

The home side opened the second half on a 19-3 run, and the Wildcats were unable to recover. North Texas bounced back from their loss, holding down their home court and notching a 90-78 victory over Bethune-Cookman. Continue reading Second half run propels North Texas past Bethune-Cookman, 90-78

North Texas opens Grant McCasland era with 122-65 win over Eureka College

Ryan Woolridge paced North Texas with a solid all-round performance in their season opener against Eureka. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

DENTON, Tex. — Last season, Grant McCasland helped turn the Arkansas State Red Wolves into a legitimate threat in the Sun Belt Conference.

This season, he will look to work his magic with the North Texas Mean Green, who hired McCasland in the off-season.

North Texas has a pair of sophomore guards to build around for the future, in Ryan Woolridge and A.J. Lawson. Both were key pieces a season ago, and will be the focal points of the offense for the Mean Green in 2017-18.

On Friday, the McCasland era in Denton, Texas officially began, as North Texas welcomed the Eureka Red Devils to town in non-conference action. The Red Devils stayed close in the early parts of the first half, but North Texas proved to be too much in the end.

In the second half alone, the Mean Green put up 67 points to put considerable distance between themselves and the Red Devils. North Texas opened up the 2017-18 season with a 122-65 win over Eureka. Continue reading North Texas opens Grant McCasland era with 122-65 win over Eureka College

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Conference USA

Jon Elmore has been a constant problem for opposing defenses over his first two years at Marshall, and that trend will continue in 2017-18. (Source: Jared Wickerham – AP)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Following the 2016-17 season, several teams in the Conference USA underwent some major changes in the off-season. From a recruiting saga with a five-star prospect that looked like it was never going to end, to several big-time players either graduating or transferring to bigger programs, the makeup of several teams will look vastly different that it did the year prior.

Regardless, the race for the Conference USA crown will be an exciting one. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to advance to their third straight NCAA Tournament and knock off a Big Ten school for the third time in a row. Other programs are nipping at their heels, and some come into the year ranked higher than the defending champions.

With an abundance of talent still calling the Conference USA their home, scroll down to take a look at who we have tabbed as our Preseason Player of the Year, and who comes in where on our All-Conference USA Teams!
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Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

Detroit Mercy’s Corey Allen is just one of several sophomore guards that all fans should know about heading into the 2017-18 season. (Source: MLive)

CALGARY, Alta. — 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 sophomore guards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. 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.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

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

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College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Elite Eight Results

It was a big week for Jashaun Agosto, as the freshman not only declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, but he was also the top vote-getter in the Elite Eight of the Freshman of the Year Fan Vote.

CALGARY, Alta. — Two Final Fours were set on the same day.

On Sunday, the North Carolina Tar Heels and South Carolina Gamecocks rounded out this year’s Final Four, joining both the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Oregon Ducks in Phoenix.

With just a handful of games left in the 2016-17 season, the end is in sight.

However, the season isn’t completely over for those programs who have played their last game. The College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote is still in full swing, and the field has been trimmed down to its own Final Four.

This past week, in the Elite Eight, fans came out in full force once again to support their favourite first-year players from across the country. Over 29,000 votes were cast in the round across all three platforms (online polls, Facebook, and Twitter).

Two players, and their respective athletic departments, attempted to make a big comeback over the weekend, but fell short in the end.

Below, you can see the results for all four match-ups from the Elite Eight. Continue reading College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Elite Eight Results