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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Mid-American Conference

Demajeo Wiggins stands at 6’10” and 240 pounds, and is set for a breakout season for the Bowling Green Falcons in 2017-18. (Source: Bowling Green Athletics)

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.

Looking at the Mid-American Conference for the 2017-18 season, a ton of talent returns for all 12 teams. From experienced guard to up-and-coming big men, the conference race will be one of the more exciting ones to watch.

Entering the season, a handful of teams look like top contenders to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. With so many teams so close together, the MAC will be home to some competitive games over the course of conference play.

As we gear up for another year full of MACtion, take a look at our pick for Preseason Player of the Year, and who slots in where on our Preseason All-MAC teams!

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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.
With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.

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 Mid-American Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

Ten Can’t Miss Seniors for the 2016-17 Season

The third member of the Big Three at Belmont last season, Taylor Barnette often received the least amount of attention. In his senior season, people will know his name across the country. (Source: Belmont Athletics)
The third member of the Big Three at Belmont last season, Taylor Barnette often received the least amount of attention. In his senior season, people will know his name across the country. (Source: Belmont Athletics)

All of the players listed below have power conference talent, but none play for power conference teams.

As the 2016-17 season slowly but surely gets closer, the excitement level keeps building. With the 2015-16 season a distant memory, the upcoming season promises to be an exciting and eventful five-month journey.

Transfers will play their first games with their new programs, talented freshmen will make their much-anticipated debuts, and stellar four-year careers will sadly come to an end for some players who have donned the same jersey throughout.

Some of the best players in the country aren’t found on the rosters of power conference programs, and simply don’t get the attention and respect they deserve. Many of them play their entire collegiate career with the same school, and are among the best players to ever play for their respective program when all is said and done.

After going through the rosters of every non-power conference school, we narrowed the list of can’t miss seniors down to 10. There could easily be 30 or 40 players on the list, but after careful deliberation, it was trimmed down to the final 10.

All of these players have power conference talent and a ton of potential that will lead them to promising careers after graduation. Check them out while you can in 2016-17 before it’s too late.
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Full Bracket Released for the 2016 Gulf Coast Classic from Nov. 21-23

The full bracket for the Gulf Coast Showcase has been released, and the games will take place inside Germain Arena in Southwest Florida from Nov. 21-23. (Source: @gcshowcase on Twitter)
The full bracket for the Gulf Coast Showcase has been released, and the games will take place inside Germain Arena in Southwest Florida from Nov. 21-23. (Source: @GCShowcase on Twitter)

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.

Below are the four opening round match-ups for the event. Continue reading Full Bracket Released for the 2016 Gulf Coast Classic from Nov. 21-23

2015-16 College Basketball Previews: Kent State Golden Flashes

MAC First-Team forward Jimmy Hall is back to lead an experienced and talented fromt court for Kent State, but losses in the back court may lead to some trouble for the Golden Flashes in 2015-16.
MAC First-Team forward Jimmy Hall is back to lead an experienced and talented front court for Kent State, but losses in the back court may lead to some trouble for the Golden Flashes in 2015-16.

Heading into the 2015-16 season, the MAC could be one of the better conferences to follow this year. With Central Michigan returning its top nine (9!) scorers from last year, and Buffalo star Justin Moss being dismissed from the program, there are plenty of story lines surrounding the top teams in the conference.

One team that hasn’t got a lot of attention so far is the co-defending champion in the MAC – East Division. The Kent State Golden Flashes went 12 – 6 last year in conference play, tying Buffalo for the East Division title. This season, they lose a bit of talent, but return their fair share in other spots that should allow for them to remain near the top of the standings.

How will Kent State overcome their losses? How will their transfer players fit into the puzzle this season?

Take a scroll down to see what the Kent State Golden Flashes will have to offer in the 2015-16 season.
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