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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the SEC in 2018-19

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Quietly, Vanderbilt’s Saben Lee had himself a strong freshman campaign in 2017-18, and he’s the Commodores’ top returning scorer this season. (Source: VandyMania.com) (Header: Knoxville News Sentinel)

SARNIA, Ont. — Once again, the SEC is loaded with talent in 2018-19.

Fans in the SEC will be all too familiar with the talent in the league, but several of the team’s top contributors have flown under the radar on a national scale throughout their careers. With the player turnover in the league following the 2017-18 season, there will be new faces of the conference this year.

The Kentucky Wildcats loaded up with several high-profile freshmen, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody. Teams like the Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs will rely on experience and talent to get them back to the NCAA Tournament. There is a healthy mix of experience and youth in the conference, which in turn will lead to excitement and an unpredictable race for the SEC title.

Looking ahead to the season, here are 10 names who have flown under the radar so far in their careers on the national scene that you will want to watch over the course of the 2018-19 campaign.

Note: Players like Tremont Waters, Grant Williams, Jalen Hudson, Jontay Porter, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Daniel Gafford weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the SEC in 2018-19

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: SEC

After under-achieving in 2015-16 with Ben Simmons, the LSU Tigers will lean on Antonio Blakeney to lead them to a bounce-back year in 2016-17.
After under-achieving in 2015-16 with Ben Simmons, the LSU Tigers will lean on Antonio Blakeney to lead them to a bounce-back year in 2016-17.

With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!

Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.

Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.

Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Southeastern Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: SEC

2016-17 Schedules: Alabama Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide will rely on some key transfers to lead them in 2016-17, including Memphis-transfer Nick King.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will rely on some key transfers to lead them in 2016-17, including Memphis-transfer Nick King.

Alabama Crimson Tide

2015-16 Record: 18-15 (8-10 in SEC; 10th)
Key Returnees: Shannon Hale, Riley Norris, Jimmie Taylor
Key Departures: Retin Obasohan, Arthur Edwards, Justin Coleman, Michael Kessens
Continue reading 2016-17 Schedules: Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama Transfer Michael Kessens Commits to Florida International; Immediately Eligible in 2016-17

Alabama transfer Michael Kessens (3) announced on Wednesday that he was transferring to Florida International. He is eligible immediately, and will suit up for the Golden Panthers for the 2016-17 season.
Alabama transfer Michael Kessens (3) announced on Wednesday that he was transferring to Florida International. He is eligible immediately, and will suit up for Coach Evans (top) and the Golden Panthers for the 2016-17 season.

When one thinks of household names in the college basketball world, the Florida International Golden Panthers don’t usually come to mind in terms of national discussion, let alone in their own conference.

Playing in the Conference USA, the Golden Panthers are often overshadowed by the likes of the UAB BlazersLouisiana Tech Bulldogs, and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, among others. While they have had some talented players over recent years, including big man Adrian Diaz, who should have garnered much more attention than he received, the Golden Panthers haven’t been able to compete for a conference title.

On Wednesday afternoon, they gained a commitment from a coveted graduate transfer that will bolster their roster in 2016-17.

Forward Michael Kessens committed to the Golden Panthers, after transferring from the Alabama Crimson Tide following the 2015-16 campaign. Continue reading Alabama Transfer Michael Kessens Commits to Florida International; Immediately Eligible in 2016-17

Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.
Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.

The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full-swing, and what a weekend it was. Upsets were scattered about, mixed in with record-breaking performances from some of the nation’s best programs.

After the first weekend is in the books, basketball fans from across the nation get geared up for a full 24 hours of top-notch college basketball action, in the form of the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. From Monday, November 16th at 5:30pm until Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00pm, there are basketball games all throughout. Yes, that means even in the wee hours of the morning, there are basketball games (we see you, Nevada and Hawaii).

The event brings together a handful of the country’s best games over that time frame and all of the games are showcased on ESPN networks. To get you ready for this year’s festivities, we have previewed all of the games for you in one convenient location.

Take a scroll down to read a bit about each game that will take place over the 2015 ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. Grab some caffeine, get comfortable, and get ready for a crazy 24 hours. Continue reading Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Class of 2016 Forward Braxton Key Commits to Alabama

Class of 2016 small forward Braxton Key has committed to play for Avery Johnson and the University of Alabama, giving the Crimson Tide their second recruit ranked inside the ESPN Top 100.
Class of 2016 small forward Braxton Key has committed to play for Avery Johnson and the University of Alabama, giving the Crimson Tide their second recruit ranked inside the ESPN Top 100.

Changes are coming for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the rest of the SEC has been put on notice.

First, they introduced Avery Johnson as their new head coach following the 2014-15 season. Johnson brings a wealth of experience with him, and is another big name head coach to reside in the SEC.

Then, Alabama landed a commitment in August from five-star shooting guard Terrance Ferguson. Ferguson is the 10th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2016 by ESPN. He chose Alabama over the likes of Kansas, North Carolina, and a plethora of other power conference programs.

On Wednesday, things got even better for the Crimson Tide in 2016-17, as they gained another commitment from an ESPN 100 recruit.

Small forward Braxton Key committed to play for Avery Johnson and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Continue reading Class of 2016 Forward Braxton Key Commits to Alabama