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CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List

Point guard Justin Robinson has the Monmouth Hawks flying high this season, and are currently the team to beat in the MAAC. Where does Robinson rank in our Mid-Major Player of the Year race? (Source: Monmouth Athletics)
Point guard Justin Robinson has the Monmouth Hawks flying high this season, and are currently the team to beat in the MAAC. Where does Robinson rank in our Mid-Major Player of the Year race? (Source: Monmouth Athletics)

Calendars are about to switch over to February, and the stretch run is about to kick in for every team in the country. The push for conference titles and post-season berths will be kicked into high gear, and players will bring their best efforts to the hardwood night in and night out.

With the end of the season near, it’s time to think about individual awards in the NCAA. Starting at the end of February, we will be opening the fan-voting for the 2nd Annual Fan-Voted All-American awards.

But, we also hand out our own hardware here at College Court Report. With that, it’s time to put out some watch lists to give you an idea of where we are leaning in terms of overall awards. Each day of the week, we will update a different Watch List for different awards.

Here is the first edition of the Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List.

We looked at statistics of each player, and the overall impact that each player has on their team. While the selections may not be the best player on their respective team, they are a key cog in the process, and that weighs heavily in our decisions.

Take a scroll down to see who cracks the Top 10 in the first edition of CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List, to be updated every Friday! Continue reading CCR Awards: Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List

CCR Top Three Individual Performances in College Basketball for December 10th

Tim Coleman recorded a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds on Thursday night to lead N.J.I.T. to a 92-86 overtime win over St. Francis (NY).
Tim Coleman recorded a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds on Thursday night to lead N.J.I.T. to a 92-86 overtime win over St. Francis (NY).

The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a season it has been already. Night in and night out, any team is truly capable of knocking off anyone, making the season that much more exciting. Upsets have been aplenty this season, and more are bound to come over the course of the 2015-16 season.

Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. They could be freshmen or experienced seniors, and they could come from the smallest mid-major programs or the top teams in the country. Each night, there are big performances that are critical for their respective teams.

Here are the top three individual performances for Thursday, December 10th! Continue reading CCR Top Three Individual Performances in College Basketball for December 10th

Five Teams Who Have Been Pleasant Surprises to Start the 2015-16 Season

Sheldon McClellan and the Miami Hurricanes have raced out to a quick 5 - 0 record this season, jumped into the AP Top 25 rankings, and have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2015-16 season.
Sheldon McClellan and the Miami Hurricanes have raced out to a quick 5 – 0 record this season, jumped into the AP Top 25 rankings, and have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2015-16 season.

Each season, there are memorable performances that take place in the opening few weeks that catch the attention of everyone across the NCAA basketball landscape. From upset wins, to overtime thrillers, and unexpected hot starts to the season, the opening month of the NCAA basketball season is always full of unexpected surprises.

The 2015-16 season is no exception. There have been plenty of upsets, memorable individual performances, and some teams who have simply dominated their competition before making a huge leap into the top 25 rankings.

These teams are not always power conference teams, and our list of Five Pleasant Surprises for the 2015-16 Season is made up of predominately mid-major programs. Four of the five teams on our list are smaller programs who have made big splashes to open the season.

Here’s to hoping these five teams can keep up their hot starts to 2015-16.
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2015-16 College Basketball Previews: Northern Colorado Bears

Heading into 2015-16, the Northern Colorado Bears will turn to the likes of Cameron Michael to lead the team on the offensive end after losing five of their top seven scorers from their 2014-15 roster. (Source: Rob Trubla)
Heading into 2015-16, the Northern Colorado Bears will lean on the likes of junior guard Cameron Michael to lead the team on the offensive end of the floor after losing five of their top seven scorers from their 2014-15 roster. (Source: Rob Trubla)

It was just two seasons ago when the Northern Colorado Bears put together an 18 – 14 record overall, an 11 – 9 record in conference play, and took part in the CIT. The Bears opened the season with a big road win over Kansas State, and were able to translate their early-season success into a post-season berth. While they lost to the Texas A&M-CC Islanders in the opening round, a post-season berth capped off a strong showing for the Bears.

Heading into 2015-16, the Northern Colorado Bears face a bit of a rebuild. Several of their key contributors and starters are gone from last year’s team, and the program has no seniors on their roster.

What can we expect from a younger Northern Colorado Bears team this season? Take a scroll down and see what they’ll bring to the hardwood in 2015-16.
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