CALGARY, Alta. — It’s been a quiet couple of weeks in the MEAC.
Outside of schedule releases, the bulk of the action has died down in terms of player movement. The 2017-18 season is quickly approaching, and while the Hampton Pirates played exhibition games in Puerto Rico, we’re just itching for the regular season to finally get underway.
So, with more and more schedules being released with each passing day, we decided it was time to look at some of the best non-conference games for the year that feature teams from the MEAC. Now, not all of the 13 teams have released their non-conference slates as of yet, so this is a list that will undoubtedly be revised at a later date.
CALGARY, Alta. — As soon as the 2016-17 season came to an end, the 2017-18 season became the focal point for fans all across the country.
Everyone has made some sort of snap judgment about how things will play out next season, with the major books verified by analysts at Sports Betting Dime focused on odds for the major contenders, or pretenders, of the power conferences.
But, what about the teams that fill the role of ‘Cinderella’ each and every season? These are the teams that captivate a nation as they make their incredible runs through the NCAA Tournament, knocking off power conference foes with each passing game as the field dwindles down.
CALGARY, Alta. — On a night where Russell Westbrook broke the single-season record for triple-doubles with 42, another record fell that was *slightly* overshadowed by Westbrook’s.
Obviously, we’re kidding. The other record was much more significant. (Still kidding.)
After six weeks of voting, the field in the Third Annual College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote had been cut down to the final four players. With players from four different regions of the United States represented, the whole nation was still involved.
Fans came out in full force this week, and a record number of votes were cast in the round across the three platforms in the two match-ups. A total of 57,561 votes were cast over the past seven days.
Both match-ups came down to the final day of the round, and fans did everything they could to propel their favourites into the Final Round, which starts Monday.
CALGARY, Alta. — A pair of Final Fours have been cut down to just two, while another has just been formed.
There may only be one game left in the 2016-17 college basketball season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of reasons to come out and support your favourite players from across the country.
The College Court Report Fan Voted awards are winding down themselves, but not before crowning winners of their own.
After another week of voting, the Player of the Year field has now been trimmed to just four players. Early on in the bracket-style tournament, front-runners were identified from each regional. This past week, players were looking to win their respective regional finals and advance to the Final Four.
Across the three voting platforms, a record 29,108 votes were cast for the eight student-athletes still alive in the battle for the title of Player of the Year.
Below are the results from the four pairings in the Elite Eight.
While he may have missed the first two games of the season, senior guard DeWayne Russell has been among the nation’s best players in 2016-17.
Once he made his debut on November 19th against the Albany Great Danes, both Russell and the Grand Canyon Antelopes have been on quite the roll.
Russell has already played the most minutes of any player on the roster, despite playing two less games than several of his teammates. He has played all 40 minutes in five games, and hasn’t played less than 31 minutes in a contest.
On top of that, he has scored in double figures in each of the 11 games he’s played. Since his return, the Antelopes have gone 8-3, and currently sit at 8-5 on the year. The team has been without the services of Joshua Braun for the last seven games, but the play of Russell has kept the Antelopes on a roll.
This past week, Grand Canyon played a pair of games in the days leading up to Christmas, and Russell continued his strong play over the first half of the season.
In the Antelopes’ two wins, Russell averaged 29.0 points per contest, while also adding 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.
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.