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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Southland Conference

Colton Weisbrod had a strong junior season with Lamar, but can he build off that and take Lamar to the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18?

CALGARY, Alta. — The Southland Conference has been one of the top conferences from outside of the power six in recent years, and it has been chalked full of talent with each passing year.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the conference will look a tad bit different than it did a year ago.

Rashawn Thomas? Gone.

Christavious GillErik ThomasTyler Singleton, Zeek Woodley, Colter Lasher, and Dakarai Henderson? You guessed it. Gone.

Despite the loss of several star-caliber players from across the conference, a ton of talent remains firmly in the Southland. The return of Jalan West will bolster the roster for the Northwestern State Demons with the loss of Woodley.

And, if you don’t know the name Jordan Howard, then you need to pay more attention to the conference, It’s as simple as that.

Outside of the bigger names in the conference, here are ten names you need to know from the Southland Conference heading into the 2017-18 season.
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Abilene Christian and Lipscomb to start a home-and-home series in 2017-18

Garrison Mathews will look to lead the Lipscomb Bisons to a pair of non-conference wins over Jaylen Franklin (top) and the Abilene Christian Wildcats during the 2017-18 season. (Source: Lipscomb Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — Every time a new home-and-home series is developed, it adds more excitement to the non-conference schedules for the teams involved.

It’s rare to see these types of games being scheduled between power conference schools and smaller programs. If they are, they are sometimes billed as two-for-ones, where the power conference school will travel on the road for one game, while the smaller school will go on the road for two games in back-to-back seasons.

However, a new home-and-home series between two smaller schools is a great way to add excitement to their non-conference slates, and it generates a ton of buzz around campus. They provide schools who may struggle with scheduling high-caliber opponents with the opportunity to have two meaningful games, one each at home and on the road.

One of the new home-and-home sets that has been announced for this year was released on June 5th. The Abilene Christian Wildcats and the Lipscomb Bisons have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2017-18 season, and you can bet that this will be a great set of games for both programs. Continue reading Abilene Christian and Lipscomb to start a home-and-home series in 2017-18

College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Final Four Results

Carson Williams had been picking up steam with each passing round, but would he have enough support to advance to the finals of the Freshman of the Year Fan Vote?

CALGARY, Alta. — There may only be one game left in the 2016-17 college basketball season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of reasons to come out and support your favourite players from across the country.

The College Court Report Fan Voted awards are winding down themselves, but not before crowning winners of their own.

After another week of voting, the Freshman of the Year field has now been trimmed to just two. Early on in the bracket-style tournament, front-runners were identified from each regional. This past week, the winners of each region advanced to the Final Four, and plenty of fans came out to show their support once again.

Across the three voting platforms, 28,933 votes were cast for the four student-athletes still alive in the battle for the title of Freshman of the Year.

Below are the results from the two Final Four pairings.

The Finals get underway Monday, April 3rd at approximately 1:00am EST. Continue reading College Court Report Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Final Four Results

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

Abilene Christian President issues unique challenge to fans ahead of Wednesday’s basketball double-header

Jaylen Franklin and the Abilene Christian Wildcats close out their home schedule on Wednesday against the Incarnate Word Cardinals. (Source: ACU Athletics)
Jaylen Franklin and the Abilene Christian Wildcats close out their home schedule on Wednesday against the Incarnate Word Cardinals. (Source: ACU Athletics)

ABILENE, Tex. — In today’s basketball world, smaller schools are always looking for creative ways to get more fans to come out and support their men’s and women’s programs.

From throwback nights and cheap concessions, to rivalry games and Cyber Monday deals, institutions are always looking for new and innovative ways to get fans into seats on game days.

The same can be said for the Abilene Christian Wildcats, who issued a challenge to the university in advance of their men’s and women’s double-header on Wednesday night against the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

Wednesday marks the last home game of the season for both programs, and the university wants to pack Moody Coliseum. On Monday, the school announced their incentive to pack the Coliseum on Wednesday, at the expense of the President of the university, Phil Schubert.

If the Moody Coliseum is sold out for both games, then President Schubert will have to don a new look, which will perfectly embody his love for Abilene Christian. Continue reading Abilene Christian President issues unique challenge to fans ahead of Wednesday’s basketball double-header

RECAP: Abilene Christian knocks off Lamar on half-court heave from Payten Ricks

Isaiah Tripp scored 9 points in Abilene Christian's 67-64 win over Lamar on Saturday.
Isaiah Tripp scored 8 points in Abilene Christian’s 67-64 win over Lamar on Saturday.

ABILENE, Tx. — Payten Ricks may only be a freshman, but over the past three games, he isn’t playing like it’s his first year in the NCAA.

Coming into Saturday’s tilt with the Lamar Cardinals, the Abilene Christian Wildcats‘ freshman guard has averaged 12 points per contest, and he put up a career-high 15 points against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks last week.

Against the Cardinals, the Wildcats were looking to avoid a 1-5 start in Southland Conference play, and they found themselves in a fight with Lamar that came down to the wire. With under 10 seconds to play, the Wildcats had a chance to win the game, avoiding an extra five-minute the frame.

The ball was in the hands of Ricks.

With the clock ticking down, Ricks put up a half-court heave that beat the buzzer. It banked off the back board, fell for his only three pointer, and the Wildcats stunned the Cardinals.

Abilene Christian sent their fans into a frenzy with their 67-64 win over Lamar. Continue reading RECAP: Abilene Christian knocks off Lamar on half-court heave from Payten Ricks