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Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

Devine Eke was an impact player on both ends of the floor for Maine in 2015-16. Now, in 2017-18, he will be given every opportunity to shine with the Rider Broncs. (Source: David Butler II – USA Today Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is all but a distant memory now, and what an exciting season it was. The North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets to cap off another incredible season across the country.

While a slew of players put together career seasons, and several stars capped off their collegiate careers, there was a ton of talent left watching from the bleachers.

Several key transfers from the 2015-16 off-season sat out last year due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to put on their new program’s jersey and go to work in a regular season game.

You have the likes of Kory HoldenDevin Watson, Kendall Stephens, and Cane Broome who headlined the transfer list following the ’15-16 campaign, and are four of the names people all remember when talking about the crop of transfers. However, there are several transfers that fans may have forgotten about, since it’s been a year since they’ve seen regular season action.

Here are ten transfers who may have been forgotten over the course of the 2016-17 season, but will undoubtedly have a positive impact with their new schools this coming year. Continue reading Ten transfers from the 2015-16 season who will have an impact this season with their new programs

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

RECAP: Furman routs South Carolina Upstate by 22 in CIT opener

Kris Acox recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Furman to the 79-57 rout of USC Upstate in their CIT opener. (Source: Furman Athletics)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Coming into Thursday, home teams were a combined 6-1 in the 2017 CIT.

After the first two games of the night, they were now 6-3.

In the first game of the evening, the Furman Paladins paid a visit to Spartanburg, South Carolina for a date with the USC Upstate Spartans. It was the first-ever meeting on the hardwood between the two programs.

Fresh off a share of the Southern Conference regular season title, the Paladins took control of the contest out of the gate against the Spartans. Furman went on an 8-0 run to open the game, highlighted by a pair of three pointers from Devin Sibley, to take control from the opening tip.

The lead for the Paladins would reach 10 points in the opening half, but the Spartans managed to trim it down to four with just over two minutes in the half.

That was as close as the home side would get on the night, as Furman pulled away early in the second half and cruised to the 79-57 win over USC Upstate. Continue reading RECAP: Furman routs South Carolina Upstate by 22 in CIT opener

RECAP: Second half comeback leads Stetson to 76-67 win over Bethune-Cookman in Volusia County Rivalry game

On Wednesday night, Stetson and Bethune-Cookman met for the 30th time in the Volusia County Rivalry. Photo Sources: Bernard Miller - BCU Athletics)
On Wednesday night, Stetson and Bethune-Cookman met for the 30th time in the Volusia County Rivalry. (Photo Sources: Bernard Miller – BCU Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Wednesday night marked the 30th installment of the Volusia County Rivalry between the Stetson Hatters and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. In a rare mid-week non-conference battle in the midst of rigorous conference action, both teams came into the night looking for a momentum-building win.

There were several intriguing story lines coming into the match-up.

The Hatters held a commanding 23-6 advantage in the series coming into the night, but lost the last meeting between the two schools. Last season, the Hatters and Wildcats met on a pair of occasions, with each team winning once. Bethune-Cookman knocked off the Hatters in DeLand, 96-94.

A win on Wednesday would be the 10th win for the Hatters, and would eclipse their regular season win total from all of last season.

Following the post-season, Stetson finished at 12-22.

Lastly, sophomore forward Derick Newton came into the night needing just 14 points to pass the 1,000 mark for his young career.

With all of the additional story lines coming into the game, fans were in for a treat. Both teams did not disappoint, and it was yet another close encounter between the two instate rivals.

Despite falling behind by six at the break, Stetson came out in the second half looking to make up ground and take over the game. Behind the play of Newton and Divine Myles, the Hatters outscored the Wildcats by 15 points, and held on down the stretch for the 76-67 win. Continue reading RECAP: Second half comeback leads Stetson to 76-67 win over Bethune-Cookman in Volusia County Rivalry game

Stetson, Bethune-Cookman set to renew Volusia County Rivalry on Wednesday night

Jeffrey Altidort and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Hatters on Wednesday night.
Jeffrey Altidort and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Hatters on Wednesday night.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The cities of Daytona Beach and Deland are separated by a mere 24-mile drive down the US-92 E. Both are located in beautiful Volusia County, and are each home to a Division I university.

On Wednesday night, the two school add another chapter to their rivalry, as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats welcome the Stetson Hatters to Daytona Beach for a rare non-conference date to kick off February.

While the rivalry doesn’t garner much attention on a national scale, it has provided fans of both programs some excitement, and the occasional stressful moment, in recent years.

Last season, the teams squared off on a pair of occasions. Stetson knocked off the Wildcats in Las Vegas as a part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Thanksgiving Night, 83-70.

Then, in an instant classic inside the Edmunds Center in Deland, the Wildcats evened the season series with a 96-94 win over the Hatters.

Wednesday night’s tilt marks the 30th meeting between the two schools, and the Hatters hold a commanding 23-6 lead in the series. Both teams are looking for a big win to give themselves some positive momentum as they march towards the post-season, but only one will come out on top. Continue reading Stetson, Bethune-Cookman set to renew Volusia County Rivalry on Wednesday night

College Court Report Co-Player of the Week: Dallas Moore, North Florida Ospreys

Dallas Moore has averaged at least 12.5 points and 2.6 assists per game over his four seasons at North Florida, while shooting 42.9% or better from the field each season.
Dallas Moore has averaged at least 12.5 points and 2.6 assists per game over his four seasons at North Florida, while shooting 42.9% or better from the field each season.

CALGARY, Alb. — Dallas Moore has had himself quite the collegiate career so far, and he’s not quite done just yet.

In each of his first three seasons with the North Florida Ospreys, the native of Saint Petersburg, FL has averaged at least 12.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He topped the 1,000-point mark for his career in the second game of last season.

This season, he passed another pair of milestones, and etched his name into the Atlantic Sun record books.

This past week, Moore became the first player in conference history to record 2,000 points and 500 assists for a career. He did so with two big performances in two wins for the Atlantic Sun-leading Ospreys.

Over two close home wins for North Florida, Moore averaged a casual 32.5 points, and 4.5 rebounds per game to lead the Ospreys to a perfect home swing after a three-game road trip.

For his efforts over the past seven days, senior guard Dallas Moore has been named the College Court Report Co-Player of the Week for the week of January 16 – 22, 2017!
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