SARNIA, Ont. — It’s time for conference tournaments across the country, and the 2018 NCAA Tournament field is slowly taking shape.
At the end of the day on Sunday, five teams have already secured their spots in the field of 68. The Murray State Racers, Lipscomb Bisons, Michigan Wolverines, Loyola (IL) Ramblers, and Radford Highlanders have all secured themselves a spot in the Big Dance. Over the next seven days, the rest of the automatic bids will be secured.
With the season in the home stretch before March Madness, it also signals award season. Conferences have handed out their annual awards, and the race for the national awards heated up down the stretch.
The end of the season also signaled the start of the College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote. For the second year in a row, we selected 96 of the best players from outside of the power conferences and put them into a bracket-style field to select our Player of the Year. Fans vote for their favourites each week until there is just one left standing.
Over the past seven days, over 9,800 votes were cast in the First Round for 64 of the nation’s top players. Thirty-two players advanced to the Round of 64, and will each square off with a player who received a First Round Bye in the field.
WICHITA, Ks. — The 2017-18 college basketball season kicks off this week, and the Wichita State Shockers already have a title to their name.
In the six weeks leading up to the 2017-18 season, College Court Report operated its 4th Annual Mascot Mayhem Challenge, in search of the NCAA’s Top Mascot. In a bracket-style tournament, 68 of the top mascots from across the country were randomly selected into four regions, and fans voted each week for their favourites.
The Final Four saw mascots from four different conferences represented. Two familiar faces found their way back to the Final Four, while one newcomer to the challenge advanced all the way to the Championship pairing.
What once started with 68 mascots back on September 22nd came to a close on November 5th, and only one mascot was left standing.
The Championship saw Wichita State’s WuShock square off against Bill, representing the Navy Midshipmen. Both mascots had gained support with each passing week of the challenge, but only one could come away as the Top Mascot in the NCAA.
CANMORE, Alta. — The 4th Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge is now down to its final two mascots who are vying for the title of ‘Top Mascot in the NCAA’.
With the 2017-18 college basketball season less than two weeks away, fans across the country are buzzing with excitement about their respective teams. Several teams have taken part in disaster relief games to raise funds for relief efforts across North America and other parts of the world, which has only added to the buzz.
But, before the season kicks off, there’s one more week of voting in the Mascot Mayhem Challenge to determine the winner.
The Final Four saw two familiar faces taking part, including last year’s winner. Then, there was a newcomer to the challenge entirely, and one who has been a mainstay over the four years, but was in their first Final Four.
CANMORE, Alta. — Exhibition games are taking place all across the country for a great cause, and the buzz of college basketball is officially back!
The NCAA has granted countless waivers that allow schools to schedule a third exhibition game in advance of the 2017-18 season. Teams are using the games as a way to raise funds and awareness for humanitarian efforts as a result of the various disasters that happened over the summer months. Proceeds are going to hurricane relief efforts and wildfire relief efforts.
On Sunday, the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers took part in a game that raised close to $2 million for disaster relief efforts.
As the season approaches, and teams get ready to kick off their quest for a national championship, the battle for ‘Top Mascot in the NCAA’ is now down to four participants. After another tight week on the polls, the final four mascots have advanced to next week, one step closer to the title.
We’ve got two familiar faces who return to the Final Four after last season, including the defending champion. Then, we’ve got two newcomers to the Final Four. Both find themselves in opposite pairings, which means we could have an all-newcomer Championship pairing.
As of Monday, October 16th, we are exactly 25 days away from the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Teams are in full practice mode now, trying to fine tune their approach before games kick off on November 10th.
But, before then, there’s still an award that needs to be handed out.
The 4th Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge is down to the Elite Eight after another intense week of voting. Two powerhouse mascots continued to roll, while two of the match-ups had a bit of extra incentive for the schools involved.
CANMORE, Alta. — In just over a month, we will have game action to talk about!
Until then, we are continuing our trek to crown the Top Mascot in the NCAA for the fourth season in a row. Fans have voted like crazy over the past seven days, and the field is now down to the Sweet 16, as we said goodbye to another 16 mascots after the Round of 32.
Last year’s Champion and runner-up are both still alive and well in the field, while another pair of top contenders have emerged and ran away with victories last week.
Then, to top it all off, we had two pairings that were decided by five votes or less. It was a close week for a few mascots, while others found themselves with comfortable wins.