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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Ohio Valley Conference

Malcolm Drumwright and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks advanced to their first-ever NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back trips to the Big Dance in 2018.

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.

The race for the Ohio Valley Conference title in 2017-18 will be one of the more exciting ones across the NCAA. Several big names from last season have moved on, while several teams have a legitimate chance to advance to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

On the heels of their first-ever appearance in the Big Dance last season, momentum has to be behind the Jacksonville State Gamecocks as they look to make it two straight appearances. However, traditional power programs like the Murray State Racers and Belmont Bruins won’t back down easily from the top of the conference.

With a ton of talent in the conference, it’s anyone’s game at this point. Take a look at which talented player we’ve selected as our Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, plus who falls where on our All-OVC teams for the upcoming season!

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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Ohio Valley

Evan Bradds had the top field goal percentage in the nation last season, and while his numbers are sure to drop slightly, the Belmont Bruins will be the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference due to his talents.
Evan Bradds had the top field goal percentage in the nation last season, and while his numbers are sure to drop slightly, the Belmont Bruins will be the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference due to his talents.

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 Ohio Valley Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Ohio Valley

Ten Can’t Miss Seniors for the 2016-17 Season

The third member of the Big Three at Belmont last season, Taylor Barnette often received the least amount of attention. In his senior season, people will know his name across the country. (Source: Belmont Athletics)
The third member of the Big Three at Belmont last season, Taylor Barnette often received the least amount of attention. In his senior season, people will know his name across the country. (Source: Belmont Athletics)

All of the players listed below have power conference talent, but none play for power conference teams.

As the 2016-17 season slowly but surely gets closer, the excitement level keeps building. With the 2015-16 season a distant memory, the upcoming season promises to be an exciting and eventful five-month journey.

Transfers will play their first games with their new programs, talented freshmen will make their much-anticipated debuts, and stellar four-year careers will sadly come to an end for some players who have donned the same jersey throughout.

Some of the best players in the country aren’t found on the rosters of power conference programs, and simply don’t get the attention and respect they deserve. Many of them play their entire collegiate career with the same school, and are among the best players to ever play for their respective program when all is said and done.

After going through the rosters of every non-power conference school, we narrowed the list of can’t miss seniors down to 10. There could easily be 30 or 40 players on the list, but after careful deliberation, it was trimmed down to the final 10.

All of these players have power conference talent and a ton of potential that will lead them to promising careers after graduation. Check them out while you can in 2016-17 before it’s too late.
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RECAP: Austin Peay Advances to OVC Tournament Final with 97-96 Upset Win over Belmont

Chris Horton is one of the best centers in the NCAA that nobody is talking about. After his 30 points, 16 rebound performance in the Governors' upset win over Belmont on Friday night, people are talking about Horton and the entire Austin Peay team now. (Header Photo: Clarksville Sports Network)
Chris Horton is one of the best centers in the NCAA that nobody is talking about. After his 30 points, 16 rebound performance in the Governors’ upset win over Belmont on Friday night, people are talking about Horton and the entire Austin Peay team now.

It’s known as March Madness for a reason, as anything can truly happen in the college basketball world. After just four days of post-season play, America may already have its new favourite team.

The Austin Peay Governors.

Austin Peay came to Nashville, TN as the 8-seed in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, and faced a tough road towards the conference championship. Playing in the championship on Saturday night seemed like a long shot for the Governors, but they set out to prove everyone wrong.

In their tournament opener, they took down the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles with relative ease, 92072. The next night, they found themselves in a much closer affair against the Tennessee State Tigers, but came away with the 74-72 win.

Their reward for having won two wins in two days? A date with the top-seeded Belmont Bruins.

Playing three games in three nights is never easy, especially when the third night is against the best team in the conference from the regular season. After taking down two tough opponents in their first two games of the tournament, the Governors were battle-tested and ready for a challenge.

Belmont and Austin Peay needed overtime to determine who would advance to the conference championship, and the Bruins nearly survived. However, a review of their last-second basket showed it was released after the final buzzer, and the Austin Peay team and their fans erupted into a frenzy.

The 8-seed Austin Peay Governors knocked off the Belmont Bruins in overtime, 97-96, to advance to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament finals. Continue reading RECAP: Austin Peay Advances to OVC Tournament Final with 97-96 Upset Win over Belmont

RECAP: Morehead State Eagles use Massive Second-Half Comeback to Stun Belmont, 78-77

Brent Arrington scored a team-high 24 points on Saturday, and the Morehead State Eagles fought back from a 14-point deficit at the half to stun Belmont, 78-77.
Brent Arrington scored a team-high 24 points on Saturday, and the Morehead State Eagles fought back from a 14-point deficit at the half to stun Belmont, 78-77.

The last time the Morehead State Eagles and the Belmont Bruins met, it was a closely-contested affair. When the dust settled, the Bruins came away with a 6-point win on their home floor.

That was just 9 days ago, on February 4th.

Since then, the Bruins have staked their claim atop the Ohio Valley Conference standings, while the Eagles were looking to gain some ground in the race for the regular season title. After a win over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in their last outing, the Eagles were looking for some revenge against the Bruins, this time in front of their own crowd.

Belmont raced out to a 14-point lead after the first half, but a cold spell in the second allowed Morehead State to storm back and seize control of the game. The Bruins were held off the scoreboard for close to 7 minutes, and the Eagles used a 15-0 run to build momentum that would carry them down the stretch.

The Bruins had a chance to win, but a missed jumper from Craig Bradshaw sealed the comeback for the Eagles, who landed a bit of revenge with the 78-77 victory over the Bruins. Continue reading RECAP: Morehead State Eagles use Massive Second-Half Comeback to Stun Belmont, 78-77

2015-16 College Basketball Previews: Belmont Bruins

Craig Bradshaw returns to lead a Belmont Bruins team that is chalked full of experience and talent, and look like the clear-cut favourite in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2015-16.
Craig Bradshaw returns to lead a Belmont Bruins team that is chalked full of experience and talent, and look like the clear-cut favourite in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2015-16.

When you’ve made the NCAA Tournament twice and the conference championship all three years since you’ve entered a new conference, there’s bound to be some hype around your program.

That’s the exact situation the Belmont Bruins find themselves in.

Ever since entering the Ohio Valley Conference, the Bruins have been a dominant force within the conference, and they hope to continue the trend this season. With talented players returning all across the floor, Belmont could be in line for another trip to the big dance.

Depending on how well they can manage expectations and get their stars rolling early and often, this year’s Belmont team could be special in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Take a scroll down the page and have a read on what the 2015-16 edition of the Belmont Bruins will have to offer this year.
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