MAUI, HI – The 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament is set to begin on November 20th, 2017 with the Marquette Golden Eagles taking on the VCU Rams (VCU) in the opening game at 2:30 PM EST.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have to wait until 9:30 PM EST to play their first game of the tournament, as they take on theDivision II Chaminade Silverswords.
The other teams that join Notre Dame in their side of the bracket are the LSU Tigers and Michigan Wolverines, who will be playing their opening game against each other at he conclusion of the Irish and Silverswords game. Win or lose, the Fighting Irish will either take on the likes of the Tigers or the Wolverines.
While Notre Dame, Chaminade, LSU, and Michigan highlight the bottom portion of the bracket; Marquette, VCU, Wichita State and California highlight the top, with the Shockers taking on the Bears after Marquette and VCU battle it out.
Before Notre Dame gets started in Maui, we will break down each opponent that join Notre Dame in the bottom part of the bracket.
Over the first month of the season, there have been plenty of stellar individual performances. From 40-point performances to triple-double games, players have put together some remarkable games in 2016-17.
However, nobody has been as consistent on the offensive end of the floor as junior guard Marcus Keene has been for the Central Michigan Chippewas.
In his first season with the Chippewas after transferring from the Youngstown State Penguins, the native of San Antonio, TX has been filling up the box score since his first game in a Central Michigan uniform.
Keene wasted little time making an impact with his new team, recording a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds in the Chippewas’ season opening win over IU-Kokomo,
As the season has moved along, he has showed no signs of slowing down.
Over the past seven days, the Chippewas went 1-1 in their two games, and pushed their record to 8-3 overall. Keene played 77 of a possible 80 minutes over the two games, and put up his first 40-point game of the season.
Tuesday night’s action had a little bit of everything. From stunning road upsets, to a double-overtime thriller, to a pair of 40-point performances across the country, college basketball fans everywhere were treated to a fantastic night of action.
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.
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 senior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. 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.