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Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

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Michigan guard Ibi Wagner announced his intentions to transfer from the Wolverines on Thursday night, less than two weeks after appearing in the 2018 National Championship game. (Source: 247 Sports) (Header: Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SARNIA, Ont. — Friday the 13th was a quiet day on the transfer market, as none of the big names committed to new schools for next season and beyond.

With that said, several teams from across the NCAA got better with the moves that did take place over the course of the day. A handful of schools landed commitments from players outside of Division I, while one new head coach in particular landed his first major recruit.

In addition to the commitments, a pair of players announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Late Thursday night, a player that took part in the 2018 National Championship game announced his intentions to transfer, while another who advanced to the Elite Eight transferred on Friday.

Here’s all that you may have missed on the transfer market during the day on Friday. Continue reading Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

Kansas State, Missouri Headline Field for the 2018 Paradise Jam

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Nick Mayo and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels will be one of eight teams to take part in the 2018 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. (Source: Kennebec Journal) (Header: Sports Illustrated)

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — After disaster struck the U.S. Virgin Islands this past off-season, the 2017 Paradise Jam was moved to Lynchburg, VA, and was hosted by the Liberty Flames.

On Wednesday, the tournament committee announced that the 2018 edition of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam would indeed return to St. Thomas, and they announced a star-studded field to go along with it.

Eight teams will make their way down to St. Thomas, USVI from Friday, November 16th through to Monday, November 19th. The 2018-19 season marks the 19th running of the tournament. Continue reading Kansas State, Missouri Headline Field for the 2018 Paradise Jam

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Big 12

Alex Robinson (25) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) will look to lead TCU to a Big 12 crown in 2017-18. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header: 247 Sports)

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.

Once again in the Big 12, the Kansas Jayhawks look to be the clear favourite in the title picture. However, several other teams return talented roster that will push Bill Self’s crew to the limit come conference play.

Scroll down to see who we have selected as our Big 12 Player of the Year, and who cracks our Preseason All-Big 12 teams!

Continue reading College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Big 12

Three Power Conference Teams Who Should Be on Upset Alert on Opening Night

Moses Kingsley and the Arkansas Razorbacks are projected by many to be a team on the rise in the SEC. Before they get there, they need to get past Fort Wayne on opening night. (Source: Samantha Baker - Associated Press)
Moses Kingsley and the Arkansas Razorbacks are projected by many to be a team on the rise in the SEC. Before they get there, they need to get past Fort Wayne on opening night. (Source: Samantha Baker – Associated Press)

With the clock changing to midnight, the calendar has officially switched over to November 11th, and it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for since April.

It’s officially opening day for college basketball!

At 12:00pm EST, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will take on Milligan, and the 2016-17 season will officially be underway. The day is chalked full of games, giving fans plenty of opportunities to satisfy the craving of college basketball.

With games come upsets, and as we learned last season, no team is safe from them. From the Blue Raiders’ win over the highly-favoured Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA Tournament, to a handful of upsets on opening night, anyone can seemingly beat anyone on any given night.

The first day of action in 2016-17 is no exception. There is potential for upsets all over the slate on Friday. Below are three power conference teams who should be weary of an upset on opening night.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big 12

Frank Mason III and the Kansas Jayhawks will be going for their 13th straight Big 12 title in 2016-17.
Frank Mason III and the Kansas Jayhawks will be going for their 13th straight Big 12 title in 2016-17.

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 Big 12 Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big 12

For the Second Year in a Row, the Western Illinois Leathernecks Will Look to Upset a Power Five School on Opening Night

On the opening night of the 2015-16 season, Jabari Sandifer recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds in Western Illinois' road upset over the Wisconsin Badgers. The Leathernecks will look to pull off another upset to open the 2016-17 season, this time against the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, KS. (Source: The Summit League)
On the opening night of the 2015-16 season, Jabari Sandifer recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds in Western Illinois’ road upset over the Wisconsin Badgers. The Leathernecks will look to pull off another upset to open the 2016-17 season, this time against the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, KS. (Source: The Summit League)

It didn’t take long for upsets to take place during the 2015-16 season.

One night, to be exact.

The Wisconsin Badgers came into the 2015-16 season as the 17th ranked team in the country, while the Western Illinois Leathernecks were coming off an 8-20 season in 2014-15.

On paper, Wisconsin was by far the stronger team. They had Nigel Hayes, who was in the conversation as a top contender for National Player of the Year, Bronson Koenig, and Zak Showalter, among others. The Badgers were coming off a loss in the National Championship, and were seen as a contender to win the Big Ten title and make a deep run in March.

The Badgers entered the game as 27-point favourites, but the Leathernecks weren’t about to back down.

Despite trailing by 7 points at halftime, Western Illinois continued to fight in the second half. They opened up an 8-point lead of their own with just over 6 minutes to play, and it appeared an upset was inevitable.

Two free throws from junior guard Garret Covington with 10 seconds left on the clock pushed Western Illinois ahead by 2, and the upset was complete soon thereafter.

The Leathernecks shocked the basketball world on opening night, upsetting the heavily-favoured Wisconsin Badgers on the road, 69-67.

Heading into the 2016-17 season, the Leathernecks are hoping to draw on their past experiences as they take on another power five opponent to open the campaign.

Can the Western Illinois Leathernecks pull off yet another program-defining upset to kick off the new season? Continue reading For the Second Year in a Row, the Western Illinois Leathernecks Will Look to Upset a Power Five School on Opening Night