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Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

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Elon’s Dmitri Thompson is one of 16 players who need your vote in the Dark Horse Dunker contest ahead of this year’s College SLAM Dunk Contest. (Header: HERO Sports)

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — The Final Four in San Antonio, TX is under two months away, but the anticipation is already building for the dunk contest, powered by College SLAM.

This week, the bracket for the Dark Horse Dunker was released, featuring 16 of the top dunkers from across the country. Eight of the players hail from Division I institutions, while the other eight come from the ranks of Division II, JUCO, and other levels.

Three of the eight first-round pairings pit Division I players against one another. Continue reading Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

Five Teams to Watch Ahead of Conference Tournaments

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Tyler Nelson and the Fairfield Stags may be below .500 in MAAC play, but they can’t be counted out down the stretch and into the conference tournament. (Source: Fairfield Athletics) (Header: Times Union)

LONDON, Ont. — Move over football, it’s college basketball’s time to shine!

With Super Bowl 52 now a thing of the past, the attention in the sporting world shifts to college basketball and the March to Madness. With the conference races heating up all across the country, teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as they look to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

As we all know from history, not all things go according to plan. Teams atop the conferences right now aren’t guaranteed of a spot in the field of 68, as anything can happen come late-February and early March.

Every year, there are teams that come from the middle of conference standings to make a run at their respective conference tournament title. It will happen again this year, without question, and we will see a few surprise entrants in the bracket come Selection Sunday as conference champions.

Here are five teams who currently sit in the middle of the pack in their respective conferences that could make some noise down the stretch during the regular season and into the post-season.
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College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week: Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA Roadrunners

Freshman guard Jhivvan Jackson leads the Roadrunners in scoring through five games with an average of 17.0 points per game. (Source: UTSA Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — The case could easily be made to claim that the best young group of players in the Conference USA belong to the UTSA Roadrunners.

Sophomores Byron Frohnen and Giovanni De Nicolao have the look of potential stars in the conference for the next two-plus seasons, and will be key building blocks for the program as their respective careers progress. Neither are known for their scoring prowess, and the Roadrunners addressed that with the 2017 recruiting class.

Enter freshman guard Jhivvan Jackson, who is currently leading the team with an average of 17.0 points per contest over the team’s first five games of the season.

This past week, the Roadrunners had a grueling stretch of four games in a five-day window. Three of them were apart of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase, which took place from Friday through to Sunday. Following a game against the Texas State Bobcats, the Roadrunners jumped on a plane to take part in the inaugural event.

The Roadrunners went 2-2 this past week, and Jackson emerged as a name to keep an eye in the Conference USA as the season unfolds.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of games that saw him continue his strong play to start his freshman campaign, UTSA guard Jhivvan Jackson was selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week for November 13-19, 2017!

Jackson earned 54% of the vote in our weekly Twitter poll. He beat out Teyvion Kirk (Ohio), Taylor Funk (Saint Joseph’s), and Tywhon Pickford (Northern Iowa) for the weekly honour. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Freshman of the Week: Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA Roadrunners

Second half run propels North Texas past Bethune-Cookman, 90-78

Ryan Woolridge recorded 18 points on Thursday night, and was one of four Mean Green players to score in double-figures against Bethune-Cookman. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

DENTON, Tex. — In the second game of a two-game Texas swing, the visiting Bethune-Cookman Wildcats were looking for a better result this time out.

Against the UTRGV Vaqueros on Monday night, a strong first half for the home side put the Wildcats behind the eight-ball, and they weren’t able to recover. The Vaqueros knocked off Bethune-Cookman, 92-74.

Thursday night, the Wildcats were looking to earn a split in the state of Texas, as they squared off against the North Texas Mean Green in Denton. The Mean Green were coming off a road loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and were looking forward to playing at home once again.

North Texas held a nine-point lead after the first half, at 42-33, but pulled away early in the second frame.

The home side opened the second half on a 19-3 run, and the Wildcats were unable to recover. North Texas bounced back from their loss, holding down their home court and notching a 90-78 victory over Bethune-Cookman. Continue reading Second half run propels North Texas past Bethune-Cookman, 90-78

North Texas opens Grant McCasland era with 122-65 win over Eureka College

Ryan Woolridge paced North Texas with a solid all-round performance in their season opener against Eureka. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

DENTON, Tex. — Last season, Grant McCasland helped turn the Arkansas State Red Wolves into a legitimate threat in the Sun Belt Conference.

This season, he will look to work his magic with the North Texas Mean Green, who hired McCasland in the off-season.

North Texas has a pair of sophomore guards to build around for the future, in Ryan Woolridge and A.J. Lawson. Both were key pieces a season ago, and will be the focal points of the offense for the Mean Green in 2017-18.

On Friday, the McCasland era in Denton, Texas officially began, as North Texas welcomed the Eureka Red Devils to town in non-conference action. The Red Devils stayed close in the early parts of the first half, but North Texas proved to be too much in the end.

In the second half alone, the Mean Green put up 67 points to put considerable distance between themselves and the Red Devils. North Texas opened up the 2017-18 season with a 122-65 win over Eureka. Continue reading North Texas opens Grant McCasland era with 122-65 win over Eureka College

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Conference USA

Jon Elmore has been a constant problem for opposing defenses over his first two years at Marshall, and that trend will continue in 2017-18. (Source: Jared Wickerham – AP)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Following the 2016-17 season, several teams in the Conference USA underwent some major changes in the off-season. From a recruiting saga with a five-star prospect that looked like it was never going to end, to several big-time players either graduating or transferring to bigger programs, the makeup of several teams will look vastly different that it did the year prior.

Regardless, the race for the Conference USA crown will be an exciting one. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to advance to their third straight NCAA Tournament and knock off a Big Ten school for the third time in a row. Other programs are nipping at their heels, and some come into the year ranked higher than the defending champions.

With an abundance of talent still calling the Conference USA their home, scroll down to take a look at who we have tabbed as our Preseason Player of the Year, and who comes in where on our All-Conference USA Teams!
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