SOUTH BEND, In. — With their top two players out and zero wins at the Carrier Dome in over 10 years, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a tough match-up against a very athletic Syracuse Orange team, who had wins over teams like University of Connecticut, Georgetown and Virginia Tech in non-conference play.
PORTLAND, OR. — Thanksgiving Week in the United States always provides fans with some of the best college basketball of the season. With early season events taking place across the country, there are ample opportunities for teams to bolster their tournament resumes early on.
This season, fans are treated to the PK80 Invitational, an event that will honour Nike founder Phil Knight. Technically, it’s one event, but there are two brackets with eight teams apiece, and each bracket will produce a tournament winner. So, it’s two brackets, with two winners, but only one event.
Regardless, some of the nation’s top teams will ascend on Portland, Oregon over Thanksgiving Weekend to partake in some of the best college basketball action we will see all season long, outside of March Madness.
In the Victory Bracket, teams like the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Michigan State Spartans headline each half of the bracket. There are teams with some question marks heading into the event, while there are others who are looking to pull off the biggest win in program history (Portland Pilots).
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.
SOUTH BEND, In. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish may have found Bonzie Colson’s successor early Saturday morning, as former Connecticut Huskies’ power forward Juwan Durham tweeted his commitment to the Irish.
The incoming transfer wrote:
Blessed to have the opportunity to do is this again. I'm going to Notre Dame! 🍀🍀
Durham tweeted out his intent to transfer from Connecticut back on April 3rd, following a mediocre season for the Huskies that saw them go 16-17. Their season ended in the American Athletic Conference tournament by 10 at the hands of the Cincinnati Bearcats, and no post-season tournaments followed.
With the exception of November and early-season tournaments, Mondays tend to be one of the quieter days of the week in the college basketball world. The first Monday of December was no different, as only a handful of games took place across the country.
That doesn’t mean there weren’t any exciting games.
Conference play in the MAAC was underway, and the Siena Saints paid a visit to the Rider Broncs to cap off what was an exciting weekend for the conference as a whole. There was a big time showdown inside the infamous Madison Square Garden, where two teams were looking for a resume-boosting win early in the year.
There was a 42-point game in Bozeman, MT, and the night cap in Portland went to double overtime.
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.