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January 5th Game of the Day: Elon Phoenix at Northeastern Huskies

NCAA BASKETBALL:  NOV 10 Elon at Duke
Senior guard Dmitri Thompson is averaging 15 points over his last three games, all of which have been wins for the Elon Phoenix. (Source: HERO Sports) (Header: Boston Herald)

BOSTON — Traditionally, the college basketball world is rather quieter on Friday nights before the action ramps up on Saturday and Sunday to close out the week.

However, on January 5th, there are several intriguing match-ups that are sure to satisfy fans across the country. Twenty-three games are on tap for Friday night as teams continue their quest for a conference title and a spot in the field of 68 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Several teams from the Colonial Athletic Association are in action, and that’s the direction we went for today’s Game of the Day selection. In Boston, the Northeastern Huskies welcome the Elon Phoenix to town for the first of two regular season meetings between the two schools in 2017-18. The Phoenix are in a tie for first in the conference with a perfect 2-0 record, while the Huskies have split their first two games against CAA opponents.

Last season, the teams split the regular season series at a game apiece, and each team won on the road. Their two games were decided by a combined three points. Elon won their game at Northeastern in January, 51-49, while the Huskies needed double-overtime to pick up their 105-104 win in February.

With that in mind, expect another close game on Friday night. Here’s what you need to know in advance of the first meeting of the season between Elon and Northeastern.
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Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –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 junior forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Colonial Athletic Association

Tyler Seibring (above) and Brian Dawkins give the Elon Phoenix a formidable duo in the front court. (Source: Elon Men’s Basketball) (Header: Moultrie News)

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.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, there appears to be a changing of the guard in the CAA. Last season, the UNC Wilmington Seahawks took home the conference tournament crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. While they will still be in contention this year, there looks to be a new champion.

The College of Charleston Cougars are the clear favourites heading into the season, and they boast a pair of legitimate CAA Player of the Year candidates. If all goes according to plan, and everyone remains healthy, the Cougars will be a tough out all season long.

Scroll down to see who we have tabbed as the Preseason CAA Player of the Year, and who falls where on our All-CAA Teams!

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Trifecta: Three teams who could steal an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament

Bryce Dulin has emerged as a star for Navy, and his play has the Midshipmen in line to contend for the Patriot League's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. (Source: Navy Athletics)
Bryce Dulin has emerged as a star for Navy, and his play has the Midshipmen in line to contend for the Patriot League’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. (Source: Navy Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — Conference tournaments officially get underway on Monday, which means the 2017 NCAA Tournament is just around the corner.

Selection Sunday is less than two weeks away, which means it’s also time to get looking at some teams who could be surprise entrants into the field of 68 as conference champions.

Every year, teams get hot down the stretch and ride the positive momentum into the NCAA Tournament, and that will be the case again this season. It’s inevitable.

Cinderellas make their first appearance in the two weeks prior to the Big Dance, rolling to unexpected conference tournament titles as lower seeds and ‘stealing’ a bid from the top teams in their respective conferences. As college basketball fanatics, we love the drama that comes with March.

Some prefer to see the best teams from each conference go to battle in March. But, if teams earn the right to be in the field, we’d much rather see that. Plus, who doesn’t love the underdogs?

This is the first edition of the ‘Trifecta’, where we will focus on groups of three players, teams, or events that will affect March Madness.

Below are three teams who could very well knock off the top teams in their respective conferences, thus earning themselves a coveted spot in the field of 68 that otherwise wouldn’t come their way.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Colonial Athletic Association

With a slew of talent back for another season, Chris Flemmings and the UNC Wilmington Seahawks are the pre-season favourites in the Colonial Athletic Association.
With a slew of talent back for another season, Chris Flemmings and the UNC Wilmington Seahawks are the pre-season favourites in the Colonial Athletic Association.

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 Colonial Athletic Association. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Colonial Athletic Association