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.
Nike has done so much for some of the nation’s leading college basketball programs. Several of the top programs across the country don the infamous Nike Swoosh on their jerseys and apparel, and the marketing done by both sides has been a huge success.
On Wednesday, the NCAA and ESPN Events announced an early-season event that will pay homage to Nike co-founder and chairman, Phil Knight, during the 2017-18 season.
The Phil Knight Invitational will see 16 schools from all across the country, who are all sponsored by Nike, converge on the Portland area for two early-season tournaments in celebration of Knight’s 80th birthday.
Each year, the number of the players on the transfer market is larger than the year before. Following the 2015-16 season, the list has continued to grow, even over a month after the Villanova Wildcats were crowned the NCAA Champions.
Following the 2014-15 season, the transfer list ballooned to over 700 names. This year, things appear to be on their way past last year’s mark.
With the ever-increasing number of players on the list, it’s tough to keep track of who’s going where for the remainder of their careers. Some players are immediately eligible as graduate transfers, while others have to sit out a year due to transfer regulations, and it’s often tough to figure out who is in which category.
In the opening month of the season, the team that has been the talk of the town has been none other than the Monmouth Hawks. The Hawks have taken the collegiate basketball world by storm this season, with their strong play on the court and their equally strong bench celebrations.
The Hawks have already taken down the UCLA Bruins, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the USC Trojans, and lost a 3-point game to the Dayton Flyers. Monmouth has been electric this season, and they were hoping to continue their strong play with a big road game on Tuesday night.
Their opponent? The high-powered Georgetown Hoyas. Georgetown has the look of a team who can contend in the Big East this season, and have a big win over rival Syracuse under their belts already this season.
However, once the Hawks get rolling, it’s tough to slow their momentum. Monmouth was able to race out to an early lead, and they used that momentum to carry them down the stretch and they added another marquee win to their resume.
Tuesday night provided a big opportunity for two teams who haven’t lived up to expectations to start the 2015-16 season. The Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, who were coming off an 18-win season a year ago, were just 1-4 on the season. While they were coming off their first win of the season, a 70-57 decision over Saint Francis (PA), there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
The Hawks had a marquee opportunity to pull off an upset win on Tuesday, as they kicked off a seven-game road trip with a game against the Georgetown Hoyas. The Hoyas were just 2-3 on the season, but were coming off a 30-point win over Bryant their last time out.
Georgetown entered Tuesday as 25-point favourites over the Hawks, so the deck was stacked against Maryland-Eastern Shore. Playing on the road against a power conference team like Georgetown is never an easy task, but the Hawks looked to put together a strong performance.
The 2015-16 season hasn’t started out as planned for both the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks and the Georgetown Hoyas as they enter the month of December.
Georgetown has started the season with a 2-3 record, while the Hawks have started at 1-4. Both teams entered the season with some hype surrounding the program, as the Hoyas had their star guard back for another season and the Hawks were coming off one of the best seasons in program history. While the month of November wasn’t the best start for either program, there is still plenty of time in 2015-16 to turn things around.