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College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Isaiah Reese, Canisius Golden Griffins

Isaiah Reese recorded the first triple-double in the 114-year history of Canisius men’s basketball on Saturday against Youngstown State. (Header: Canisius Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — It’s one thing to notch your first win of the year in your home opener. It’s another to do something that nobody else has done in program history in the same game.

That’s the scenario that played out for Isaiah Reese during the home opener for the Canisius Golden Griffins on Saturday.

Canisius came into the week on the heels of a loss in their season opener.  They had one game on the road to open the week, and then closed the game with their home opener on Saturday against the Youngstown State Penguins. Reese put his name in the history books for the Golden Griffins, while also leading the team to their first win of the season.

For the first time in the 114-year history of men’s basketball at Canisius College, a triple-double was recorded.

For his efforts over the past week, a stretch that saw the Golden Griffins earn a split with a historic performance, Golden Griffins’ sophomore Isaiah Reese has been selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 13-19, 2017!

Reese received a commanding 86% of the fan vote in our weekly Twitter poll. He beat out Tre’Shaun Fletcher (Toledo), Chima Moneke (UC Davis), and Jahad Thomas (UMass-Lowell) for the weekly honour. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Isaiah Reese, Canisius Golden Griffins

Career-high 26 points from Perkins leads Buffalo past Canisius, 80-75

CJ Massinburg (5) was limited to just eight points in Buffalo’s season opening victory over instate rival Canisius. (Source: Buffalo Athletics)

BUFFALO, NY — There’s nothing quite like a crosstown rivalry game to tip off the 2017-18 regular season.

Saturday afternoon, the Canisius Golden Griffins and Buffalo Bulls went head-to-head in a Big Four rivalry game. With both schools located in the city of Buffalo, bragging rights between the two student bodies were also on the line.

Heading into the season, Buffalo was projected by many to contend for a MAC title. The Bulls return an experienced roster, led by forward Nick Perkins and guard CJ Massinburg, and they added guard Jeremy Harris, who was the second-ranked JUCO player in the country a season ago.

Canisius, on the other hand, was considered to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the MAAC. They do, however, return arguably the best young back court in the MAAC, with sophomores Isaiah Reese, Malik Johnson, and Spencer Foley all ready to take starring roles with the team.

On Saturday, only one team could come away victorious. The game was knotted up at 73-all with 3:15 to play. The Bulls closed the game on a 7-2 run over the final three-plus minutes, notching their first win of the season with an 80-75 victory in the process. Continue reading Career-high 26 points from Perkins leads Buffalo past Canisius, 80-75

4th Annual #CCRMascotMayhem Challenge: Sweet 16 Results

We had an all-Buffalo match-up in the Sweet 16, as Buffalo’s Victor E. Bull took on Canisius’ Petey Griffin. Who would come out on top? (Source: Raj Mehta – USA Today Sports)

CANMORE, Alta. — Twenty-five days.

As of Monday, October 16th, we are exactly 25 days away from the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Teams are in full practice mode now, trying to fine tune their approach before games kick off on November 10th.

But, before then, there’s still an award that needs to be handed out.

The 4th Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge is down to the Elite Eight after another intense week of voting. Two powerhouse mascots continued to roll, while two of the match-ups had a bit of extra incentive for the schools involved.

Take a look below to see who has advanced to the Elite Eight! Continue reading 4th Annual #CCRMascotMayhem Challenge: Sweet 16 Results

4th Annual #CCRMascotMayhem Challenge: Round of 32 Results

In the Round of 32, Wisconsin’s Bucky Badger flexed his muscle as he knocked off Maryland-Eastern Shore’s HH3 to advance to the Sweet 16.

CANMORE, Alta. — In just over a month, we will have game action to talk about!

Until then, we are continuing our trek to crown the Top Mascot in the NCAA for the fourth season in a row. Fans have voted like crazy over the past seven days, and the field is now down to the Sweet 16, as we said goodbye to another 16 mascots after the Round of 32.

Last year’s Champion and runner-up are both still alive and well in the field, while another pair of top contenders have emerged and ran away with victories last week.

Then, to top it all off, we had two pairings that were decided by five votes or less. It was a close week for a few mascots, while others found themselves with comfortable wins.

Take a look below at who has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 4th Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge! Continue reading 4th Annual #CCRMascotMayhem Challenge: Round of 32 Results

Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

Detroit Mercy’s Corey Allen is just one of several sophomore guards that all fans should know about heading into the 2017-18 season. (Source: MLive)

CALGARY, Alta. — With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to sophomore guards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

Much like we did last season, we have broken down each class into guards and forwards. Then, the list of guards and forwards were broken down even further into multiple parts, as there was too much talent to do it any other way.

Each will have 10 sophomore guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Sophomores, Part One

2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Men Against Breast Cancer

With the graduation of Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, look for sophomore Nijal Pearson to be the go-to guy for Texas State in 2017-18. (Source: Texas State Men’s Basketball)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the 2017 Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Men Against Breast Cancer