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Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

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On Wednesday, the Purple Aces released their non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season, becoming the second school to do so. (Source: Evansville Athletics) (Header: Evansville Athletics)

EVANSVILLE, In. — The 2018-19 season is still close to six months away, but with each passing day, college basketball gets a little bit closer.

On Wednesday, the excitement continued to build for the Evansville Purple Aces, as they released their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The North Carolina Tar Heels were the first team to release their full non-conference slate back in mid-April.

Head coach Walter McCarty has put together a challenging slate that will undoubtedly test the Purple Aces, considering they will be without their top three scorers from a season ago. Evansville will play six games away from home, while hosting seven non-conference games before the 2018 calendar year comes to a close. Continue reading Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

Arkansas State Transfer Connor Kern Commits to The Citadel

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Connor Kern averaged 3.7 points per game in 2017-18 for Arkansas State while appearing in all 32 games. (Source: Arkansas State Athletics) (Header: Arkansas State Athletics)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It’s been quite the week for The Citadel Bulldogs on the transfer market, to say the least.

Earlier in the week, they had three players transfer out of the programTariq SimmonsFrankie Johnson, and Rob Johnson all requested their releases from the Bulldogs’ program following the 2017-18 campaign.

The Citadel went 11-21 overall this past season, and 5-13 in Southern Conference play.

When you add in the loss of Preston Parks, who was dismissed from the program during the regular season, and the Bulldogs have lost four pieces of the puzzle for next season and beyond.

However, over the weekend, the Bulldogs got a bit of good news on the transfer market, landing a Division I transfer who played two seasons in the Sun Belt Conference. Continue reading Arkansas State Transfer Connor Kern Commits to The Citadel

College Court Report Player of the Week: Fatodd Lewis, UT Martin Skyhawks

Fatodd Lewis posted a double-double and a triple-double this past week, leading UT Martin to a pair of wins in the process. (Source: UT Martin Athletics) (Header: UT Martin Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — Coming into the week, the UT Martin Skyhawks had just one win to their name in 2017-18, and they were looking to get back on the right track before taking five days off from game action for exams.

Fortunately for the Skyhawks, junior forward Fatodd Lewis had a pair of big performances in his back pocket to lead the attack and get the team heading in the right direction.

In their win over the North Carolina Central Eagles back on November 15th, Lewis recorded his first career double-double, going for 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Skyhawks’ 74-57 win at home.

Fast forward to this week, and the Skyhawks were still sitting on that lone win. After the past week, a pair of games that saw Lewis stuff the stat sheet on back-to-back occasions, UT Martin has now won two straight games, and are undefeated this season when Lewis records at least a double-double.

For his efforts this past week, UT Martin junior forward Fatodd Lewis has been selected as the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 4 – 10, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Fatodd Lewis, UT Martin Skyhawks

RECAP: Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State knock off Arkansas State for first Sun Belt win

Emarius Logan scored 12 points, and Ronshad Shabazz (top) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to their first Sun Belt win of 2016-17 on Monday. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)
Emarius Logan scored 12 points, and Ronshad Shabazz (top) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to their first Sun Belt win of 2016-17 on Monday. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)

So far in 2016-17, the Sun Belt has lived up to its #FunBelt slogan on social media, as it sure has been fun.

In non-conference play, several teams had the look of a top contender in the race for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. After a slow start, the UT-Arlington Mavericks look like the team to beat, while the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are picking up steam at the right time.

Another team who caught the attention of fans everywhere, including us, is the Arkansas State Red Wolves. A road win over the Georgetown Hoyas highlighted a strong start to their season.

On Monday, the Red Wolves were looking to bounce back after a loss over the weekend in conference action. They went on the road to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a team who was looking for their first Sun Belt win of the year.

The Mountaineers were looking to make a statement, and they came out of the gates on fire. The home side opened the game on a 12-0 run to get the home crowd into the game early.

While Arkansas State would fight back, and the game would be tight right to the final few minutes, the Mountaineers wouldn’t let the game slip away.

Ronshad Shabazz scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to the 70-57 win over Arkansas State on Monday night. Continue reading RECAP: Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State knock off Arkansas State for first Sun Belt win

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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College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Devin Carter, Arkansas State Red Wolves

This week, against the UT-Martin Skyhawks, Devin Carter hit a school record 10 three pointers in Arkansas State's 87-68 road win. (Source: Mitchell Layton - Arkansas State Athletics) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton - Arkansas State Athletics)
This week, against the UT-Martin Skyhawks, Devin Carter hit a school record 10 three pointers in Arkansas State’s 87-68 road win. (Source: Mitchell Layton – Arkansas State Athletics) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton – Arkansas State Athletics)

Ever since the 2016-17 season has tipped off, the Arkansas State Red Wolves have been on quite the roll.

After a season-opening loss to the North Dakota State Bison, the Red Wolves reeled off a seven-game winning streak, a stretch that included wins over the Georgetown Hoyas and the Chattanooga Mocs. A loss to the TCU Horned Frogs put an end to the winning streak, but the Red Wolves wouldn’t be down for long.

Over the past week, Arkansas State put together another impressive showing in their two road contests.

It was also a big week on an individual level for senior guard Devin Carter, as he etched his name into the all-time record books at Arkansas State.

Carter now holds the school record for most three pointers made in a game, as he hit 10 from long distance in the first game of the week for the Red Wolves. He would follow that up with another strong performance in Friday’s game, completing an impressive two-game stretch for the native of Champaign, IL.

For his efforts over the past seven days, Arkansas State guard Devin Carter was tabbed the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for December 12 – 18, 2016.

He was selected by the fans through a poll on Twitter. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Devin Carter, Arkansas State Red Wolves