It was only fitting that Coastal Carolina‘s Artur Labinowicz drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Wofford Terriers on Monday evening.
The game was a two-hour long shooting festival, a patchwork quilt consisting of run after run, much physicality and an ever-slim margin of error. Labinowicz’s shot would have fit into the madness nearly perfectly if it had forced overtime or won the game.
Unfortunately for the Chanticleers, it did fit into the madness perfectly — because before the heave, Wofford led by four.
Thursday was a busy day in the college basketball world, and a sad one for the basketball world, in general.
The legendary Craig Sager passed away at the age of 65, after a lengthy battle with Leukemia. Fans around the world looked back on their fondest memories of Mr. Sager to pay their respects, as the sporting world lost yet another icon in 2016.
Rest in the sweetest peace, Craig Sager.
On Thursday, the college basketball world offered up some top-notch action, even though there were only a handful of games on the slate. No ranked teams were in action on the night, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any big time performances to talk about.
The Auburn Tigers tied an SEC record for three pointers in a game, en route to a 45-point win, while yet another NAIA team knocked off a Division I opponent in 2016-17.
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.
Over the past three seasons, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have been near the top of the Big South Conference, advancing to the NCAA Tournament on back-to-back occasions in 2014 and 2015.
Heading into the 2016-17 season, the Chanticleers are on the move to the Sun Belt Conference, and the rest of the Big South let out a collective sigh of relief.
In their new home, Cliff Ellis and the Chanticleers will look to continue their recent stretch of strong play. But, the Sun Belt will provide a tougher slate of games for Coastal Carolina, who will be transitioning to a new home without some star players from a year ago.
Forwards Badou Diagne and Michel Enanga have both graduated from the program, and both are big losses for the team. However, guard Elijah Wilson will be looking to close out his career at Coastal Carolina with a fourth-straight trip to a post-season tournament.
The 2015-16 season is the last in the Big South Conference for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, who will make the move to the Sun Belt Conference for the 2016-17 season and beyond. Coastal Carolina has won back-to-back conference titles, and are looking to complete the hat trick before moving to their new home.
After a sluggish start to conference play, the Chanticleers have started to turn things around. Coming into Saturday afternoon’s tilt with the Radford Highlanders, the Chanticleers had won their previous six outings in a row, and were making a move up the Big South standings.
Back in December, the Chanticleers took down the Highlanders in Conway, SC, and were looking to complete the season sweep in Radford, VA. The Highlanders were looking to get back on the right track, having lost in their previous outing to the Winthrop Eagles.
Over the past couple of seasons, both the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Wofford Terriers have represented their conference in the NCAA Tournament, and have wreaked havoc during the regular season over the NCAA as a whole. They have been two of the more dominant mid-major teams in the last 2 or 3 years, which has made the start to the 2015-16 season a struggle to watch at time for both teams.
Both the Chanticleers and Terriers are adapting to life without some of their stars from last season. Most notably, Warren Gillis is not in a Chanticleers’ jersey this season, and Karl Cochran is no longer suiting up for the Terriers.
Despite the losses, both teams have talent and Monday night’s battle was a showdown of two heavyweight mid-major programs.