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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 Player of the Week: Devin Harris, Jacksonville Dolphins

Devin Harris led Jacksonville to three wins over the past week, including a pair as a part of the Wright State MTE. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: Jacksonville Dolphins)

CANMORE, Alta. — It was quite a week for the Jacksonville Dolphins.

Not only did the Dolphins put together a 3-1 record over the past seven days, including a 2-1 record at the Wright State MTE in Dayton, OH, but they also cleaned house in terms of the weekly Atlantic Sun awards. Jace Hogan picked up Newcomer of the Week honours, while Devin Harris nabbed Player of the Week honours.

Their week ended up on a high note, as they picked up a big win over the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in triple-overtime, 106-99. Harris played an impressive 52 minutes on the day, leading the Dolphins to the impressive victory to close out a strong week for the team across the board.

Over the course of the week, Harris has three games with 20+ points, while also recording his first two double-doubles to open the week. He was a force on both ends of the floor, and Jacksonville fans wanted to show their support for the senior from Tampa, Florida.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch that saw him record 23 or more points three times, senior guard Devin Harris has been selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 20-26, 2017!

Harris received the most votes in our weekly Twitter poll. Akolda Manyang (Utah Valley), Matt Scott (Niagara), and Isaiah Wright (San Diego) were also in the running.
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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

With Justin Robinson gone from the fold, Monmouth will turn to the likes of Austin Tilghman (above) and Micah Seaborn to lead the team in 2017-18. (Source: Monmouth Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta. — Entering the 2017-18 season, the MAAC will be without several familiar faces from a year ago.

Several of the conference’s biggest stars from 2016-17 have moved on to the next chapter in their respective basketball careers, leaving massive shoes to fill in the process. The Siena Saints have arguably lost the most, with Brett BispingMarquis WrightLavon Long, and Javion Ogunyemi having graduated.

Not to be outdone, the Monmouth Hawks will be without the reigning MAAC Player of the Year, in Justin Robinson, who will be anxiously waiting to see if his name is called in the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22nd.

In 2017-18, seemingly every team has an opportunity for a player or two to step up and seize a starring role with their respective program. Minutes are there for the taking, and coaches are looking for someone to step up and lead their team.

Here are ten players to keep an eye on in the MAAC for the upcoming season.

Disclaimer: This particular list could have easily been 15-20 players.
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Top 20 transfers from non-power programs in 2017

Former Akron guard Antino Jackson is one of the top 20 transfers on the market from non-power schools at this point in the off-season.

CALGARY, Alta. — You get your release, and you get your release, and you get your release.

With the high volume of transfer players receiving their releases within the first couple of weeks after the National Championship game is complete, it’s sometimes tough to keep up-to-date with all of the player movement.

That’s where the folks at Verbal Commits and ourselves come in handy.

Collectively, we try to keep fans across the country in the loop when it comes to player transfers and scholarship offers. Admittedly, they do all of the work, whether it’s the fact that they have a complete list of transfer players or tweeting out updates each and every day. They make our lives easier.

We then try to take their information and condense it down in to articles for you to stay informed as your days move on.

With a plethora of talented players on the open market, it was tough to narrow the list down to just 20 players. After we took out the power conference programs, the task was just as hard, as the number of talented players who are transferring from smaller programs is as impressive collection.

We did our best. Here are the top 20 transfers from non-power programs still on the market, as of April 5th, 2017.
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Transfer Market: Trio of guards highlight Tuesday’s movers and shakers

Just days after declaring early for the 2017 NBA Draft, guard Mark Alstork announced on Tuesday that he was graduating from Wright State and transferring.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2016-17 season is a mere memory now, and the attention has quickly shifted to the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.

Several websites have released their way-too-early top 25 rankings, while Joe Lunardi has already released his first edition of Bracketology for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The 2017-18 season is still over 200 days away.

While the off-season gets underway, the transfer marker is already over 350 names, according to Verbal Commits. With each passing day, the list continues to grow, and it’s tough to keep up with all of the happenings throughout the work day.

That’s where we come in. Every day or two, we will update fans across the country with some of the biggest news from around the transfer market, from scholarship offers and acceptances, to simply new names hitting the open market.

On Tuesday, several big time players decided to test the waters of the transfer market, while an underrated sophomore guard picked up four offers from schools across the southern parts of the United States.

Here’s what you may have missed on April 4th, 2017. Continue reading Transfer Market: Trio of guards highlight Tuesday’s movers and shakers

RECAP: UMBC notches first post-season win with 88-83 victory over Fairfield

Jairus Lyles and the UMBC Retrievers notched the program’s first-ever win in the post-season on Wednesday night against Fairfield.

BALTIMORE, Md. — Fans of the UMBC Retrievers have been waiting a long time for this night.

Entering their first round game against the Fairfield Stags in the 2017 CIT, the Retrievers had yet to win a Division I post-season game in their history. They made it to the NCAA Tournament back in 2008, but fell in the opening round to the Georgetown Hoyas.

Playing on their home court on Wednesday gave the Retrievers an extra boost of confidence. They were 10-4 inside RAC Arena during the regular season, and the Retrievers were looking for their 19th win of the season overall.

At the break, the Retrievers held a five-point lead, and looked to be well on their way to a victory. Fairfield came out on fire in the second half, eliminating the Retrievers’ lead before the first media timeout.

The second half saw both teams go on lengthy runs to take leads of their own. In the end, the Retrievers got the last laugh. An 11-2 run pushed the home side ahead for good, and they came away with the 88-83 win over Fairfield to advance to the second round of the 2017 CIT. Continue reading RECAP: UMBC notches first post-season win with 88-83 victory over Fairfield