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Liberty Guard Ryan Hiepler Launches New YouTube Channel

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Liberty junior guard Ryan Hiepler has launched a new YouTube channel that gives fans an in-depth look at the life of a Division I athlete, particularly at the mid-major level. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Fans always see college basketball players on the court during the season.

But, what does life look like for these athletes away from the court? Nowadays, more and more athletes are taking to social media to showcase their lives away from the court, giving fans a deeper insight into their day-to-day life.

With Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, and even Facebook to an extent still, fans have more and more access and insight into a player’s life away from the court. From classes to workouts, and bus trips to practices, fans can learn a lot from what players share on social media in their spare time.

For starters, you’ve got Isaiah Tripp, who owns and operates his own YouTube channel entitled Tripp Talk. He has taken fans inside the Abilene Christian Wildcats’ men’s basketball program, while also showcasing his family life away from the hardwood. Since the 2017-18 season started, Tripp has seen his number of subscribers skyrocket, reaching close to 3,000.

Tripp’s most popular videos? A Day in the Life of a Division I athlete.

Now, you can add another player to the list of those who are taking their fans behind the scenes on YouTube, as junior guard Ryan Hiepler launched his own series on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading Liberty Guard Ryan Hiepler Launches New YouTube Channel

Jalone Friday Posts Double-Double in 74-69 Win For Abilene Christian Over Lamar

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Tevin Foster fell an assist shy of a double-double on Wednesday night against Lamar, recording 12 points and nine assists to guide Abilene Christian to the 74-69 win. (Source: Lubbock Online) (Header: Abilene Christian Athletics)

ABILENE, Tex. — The standings in the Southland Conference through the first half of league play are a log jam, as eight teams came into Wednesday night with a record above .500 against conference opponents.

On Wednesday night, two teams with 5-4 records looked to separate themselves from the pack a bit. The Abilene Christian Wildcats welcomed the Lamar Cardinals to town in the only meeting of the season between the two programs. Last season, they only met once, and the Wildcats picked up a home win thanks to a buzzer-beating three pointer from Payten Ricks from half court.

While there weren’t any late-game heroics this time around, the end result was still the same. Abilene Christian and Lamar went back and forth for much of the first half before the home side took a four point lead into the break.

The Wildcats led for most of the second frame, and picked up their sixth conference win of the season with a 74-69 victory over the Cardinals. Continue reading Jalone Friday Posts Double-Double in 74-69 Win For Abilene Christian Over Lamar

Abilene Christian Hosts Lamar in Key Southland Conference Showdown

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Josh Nzeakor, who has three double-doubles over his past four games, will look to lead Lamar to a road win on Wednesday night against the Abilene Christian Wildcats. (Source: Beaumont Enterprise) (Header: Abilene Christian Athletics)

ABILENE, Tex. — The Southland Conference standings are almost as congested as the subways in Toronto, ON during the morning rush hour on a Tuesday.

Coming into Wednesday night’s action, the teams in first place and 10th place are separated by just four games. Nine teams in the league have a record of at least .500 against conference foes, adding some drama to the second half of league play as the calendars prepare to be flipped to February.

Right in the middle of the log jam are the Abilene Christian Wildcats and Lamar Cardinals. Both teams enter their tilt on Wednesday night with identical 13-9 records overall, and 5-4 records in conference play. Both teams are looking to pick up a win and separate themselves from the pack and make a move up in the standings.

With only eight teams making the Southland Conference tournament in Katy, TX, each and every game is significant.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the only regular season meeting of the 2017-18 season between Abilene Christian and Lamar.
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January 17th Game of the Day: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at Abilene Christian Wildcats

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After a loss in their Southland opener, TJ Holyfield and the Lumberjacks enter Wednesday night riding a four game winning streak. (Source: TJ Holyfield on Twitter) (Header: Abilene Christian Athletics)

ABILENE, Tex. — Every day with college basketball on tap is an exciting one.

Tuesday night provided fans with some exciting games. The Purdue Boilermakers continued to show why they’re one of the nation’s top teams, while the Oklahoma Sooners fell on the road against the Kansas State Wildcats by 18 points.

Then, in the Southland Conference, the Nicholls Colonels continued their strong play, moving to 6-1 against league opponents with a 30-point win over the Texas A&M-CC Islanders, 91-61.

On Wednesday night, the rest of the Southland Conference will look to keep pace with the Colonels. In Abilene, TX, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and Abilene Christian Wildcats will square off in a battle of two top contenders in the conference. Both come into the day with four league wins, and will look to inch closer to the top spot.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of our Game of the Day for January 17th between the Lumberjacks and Wildcats. Continue reading January 17th Game of the Day: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at Abilene Christian Wildcats

Chasing History: Isaiah Tripp’s journey to making history, both on and off the court

Senior guard Isaiah Tripp is chasing history in 2017-18, both on and off the court at Abilene Christian. (Source: Abilene-Reporter News) (Header: Abilene Christian Athletics)

ABILENE, Tex. — It all comes down to balance.

Isaiah Tripp, a senior guard with the Abilene Christian Wildcats, has a busy day-to-day schedule. From attending class to studying for midterms, to having a young family at home and an internship, Tripp is being pulled several different ways.

Then, when you add in the fact that he’s a Division I basketball player and records and edits his own videos for his own YouTube channel, finding that perfect balance is essential for his success and sanity.

“Balance comes with preparation and scheduling,” said Tripp, in a recent interview with College Court Report. “Nowadays I have to make a schedule and stick to it verbatim. I have to take days off from Tripp Talk at times, I have to study on the weekend at times, and I have to drop everything including my phone and be with my family at times”

Even through his busy schedule, Tripp always knows where to find the strength to keep pushing through.

“I have to always leave time in my busy schedule for God, because that’s where I get my strength from,” continued Tripp. “It honestly gets tough trying to balance school, basketball, a job at KACU, an internship, Tripp Talk and family life but through him, I’m getting through all of that.’ Continue reading Chasing History: Isaiah Tripp’s journey to making history, both on and off the court

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Southland Conference

Ehab Amin led the nation in steals per game last season at Texas A&M-CC, averaging 3.4 steals per night.

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.

Up first is one of the conferences that we are most excited for this season. The Southland Conference boasts a plethora of talented players, and the top half of the conference will be extremely competitive this season.

The case could be made for four or five teams to win the conference, and people wouldn’t think you were totally crazy.

Below, you can find our Preseason Southland Player of the Year, and our All-Southland Conference teams for the upcoming season!
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