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.
Early season tournaments provide teams with the challenge of playing several games on back-to-back days. It will test the team’s durability, their ability to adjust quickly, and several other key areas that will be detrimental to team success down the road.
With the unpredictability of the games, teams need to also be able to bounce back from big losses, or maintain the winning momentum they generated the night before.
Over the last seven days, the George Mason Patriots have had to do both. They’ve had to bounce back quickly from a blowout loss one night, then build off their first win of the season a day later.
The Patriots took part in the 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase this past week, and after an opening round loss, they reeled off a three-game winning streak to close out the week. A big reason for their 3-1 week was the play of senior guard Marquise Moore.
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.
One of the early-season tournaments that regularly brings in a highly competitive field is the Gulf Coast Showcase. Taking place down in Southwest Florida inside Germain Arena, any of the eight teams could realistically come away with the tournament title when all is said and done.
Last year was no exception. In the end, the Weber State Wildcats took down the Murray State Racers to win the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase in a battle of two top-tier mid-major programs.
On Friday, the bracket for the 2016 edition of the event was released. From top to bottom, there are talented programs who will be vying for an early-season tournament title.
Eight different conference are represented in the event, which takes place from November 21-23, 2016.
The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a start to the season we’ve had. Thursday was the day that some of the early-season tournaments began. Thursday had a ton of great games to watch and satisfy your craving for basketball action, and some upsets were sprinkled amongst the games during the day.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. The first Thursday of the year brought exciting finishes, upset losses, overtime thrillers, and its fair share of big performances as some teams were still looking for their first win of the campaign.