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Previewing Notre Dame’s Side of the Maui Invitational Bracket

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The eight teams participating in the 2017 Maui Invitational Tournament. (Source: Sportslogos.net).

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 the Division 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.

Continue reading Previewing Notre Dame’s Side of the Maui Invitational Bracket

College Court Report Player of the Week: Marcus Keene, Central Michigan Chippewas

Marcus Keene is the only player in the country to average more than 30 points per game on the year, and is the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 5 to 11, 2016.
Marcus Keene is the only player in the country to average more than 30 points per game on the year, and is the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 5 to 11, 2016.

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.

For his efforts this past week, Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 5 – 11, 2016! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Marcus Keene, Central Michigan Chippewas

Tuesday Headlines: Florida Atlantic Stuns Ohio State, A Pair of 40-Point Performances, Navy’s Massive Comeback, and More

Nick Rutherford banked in a jumper in the closing seconds of overtime, sending the Florida Atlantic Owls to the stunning upset over Ohio State on the road, 79-77. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Nick Rutherford banked in a jumper in the closing seconds of overtime, sending the Florida Atlantic Owls to the stunning upset over Ohio State on the road, 79-77. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header Photo: Richard Drummond, Jr. – Central Michigan Life)

The folks over at Mid-Major Madness summed up Tuesday night’s theatrics with one simple headline.

Early Dose of March Madness Arrives…”

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.

Here are the top headlines from an action-packed Tuesday. Continue reading Tuesday Headlines: Florida Atlantic Stuns Ohio State, A Pair of 40-Point Performances, Navy’s Massive Comeback, and More

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.
With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.

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 Mid-American Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Three

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Nick Lindner is one of the marquee players in the Patriot League that nobody is talking about. He’s one of ten senior guards from across the country who will become household names by year’s end.
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.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the senior guards up into three parts.

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

**Note: Justin Robinson burst onto the scene last season, and Quinton Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year. Both didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale than some of the other senior guards.** Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Three