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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Patriot League

Bryce Dulin emerged as a star for Navy last season, and the game he entered the forefront came on the road against the Midshipmen’s biggest rival.
CALGARY, Alta. — In recent years, several stars have left their mark on the Patriot League, and the NCAA as a whole.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, that appears to be the case once again. While some of the conference’s biggest names have moved on to the next chapters of their respective basketball careers, whether that be in the professional ranks or as a transfer in the NCAA, there is a plethora of talent coming back that will make the race for the conference title one to watch.

There may be a clear-cut favourite as the season approaches, but it’s anyone’s game when it comes down to the conference tournament. Any team can get hot at the right time, pull of some upsets, and make a post-season run to the Big Dance.

Below are ten players to keep an eye on in the Patriot League for the upcoming season. With ten teams, it only makes sense to pick one player per program.
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Dom Cristiano transfers to New York University

Photo courtesy of Don Cristiano’s Twitter.

Dom Cristiano is heading to “The Big Apple.”

Cristiano, who spent his freshman season with Lafayette of the Patriot League, has transferred to NCAA Division III New York University, he announced via Twitter on Thursday night. The 6’8″, 195-pound forward has three years of eligibility remaining and will suit up for the Violets next season.

“[I] didn’t get the opportunity I was looking for there,” Cristiano said in an exclusive interview. “[The] slow half-court style of play there, also, doesn’t use me in a way which utilizes my skills effectively.”

Cristiano says academics played a significant role in his decision; New York University has a business school, the Stern School of Business, while Lafayette College does not.
His pursuit of a degree aside, the former Greens Farms Academy star envisions something special at NYU.

“I will have a great opportunity there, including two other big transfers that will make us very competitive.”

Last year the Violets were 7-18 overall and 2-12 in the University Athletic Association.
However, Cristiano, who scored 1,472 points in his high school career, has the skills to be an immediate contributor.

“I am a 6’8 inside-out player with a great motor. I get out and down the floor, play above the rim and have range out to the three-point line,” Cristiano said. “I am a mismatch because I can post smaller defenders and drive by bigger defenders. [I am my] best in transition.”

New York University, formerly a Division I school, last made the Division III NCAA Tournament in 2016. Head coach Joe Nesci is entering his 30th season at the helm.

– P. Wesner

Army West Point, Loyola (MD) pick up wins in the first round of the Patriot League tournament

Freshman guard Tommy Funk recorded 9 points and 11 assists on Tuesday night, helping to lead Army West Point into the quarter-finals of the Patriot League tournament with a 75-58 win over American. (Source: Army West Point Athletics)
Freshman guard Tommy Funk recorded 9 points and 11 assists on Tuesday night, helping to lead Army West Point into the quarter-finals of the Patriot League tournament with a 75-58 win over American. (Source: Army West Point Athletics)

CALGARY, Alta — On Monday night, conference tournaments officially got under way, as the Atlantic Sun quarter-finals took place down south.

To the surprise of seemingly nobody, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles won handily over the Stetson Hatters, while the Kennesaw State Owls and the USC Upstate Spartans played arguably the game of the night across the NCAA.

On Tuesday, another conference got their post-season started. The Patriot League had their two first-round games on tap for Tuesday night, and they followed on the trend that the Atlantic Sun set the night before.

There was one close contest, and one that wasn’t so close. In the end, the teams who were favourites to win came out victorious, providing some more excitement to the final three rounds.

Here’s everything you need to know from Tuesday’s action in the Patriot League. Continue reading Army West Point, Loyola (MD) pick up wins in the first round of the Patriot League tournament

Patriot League Power Rankings: Navy Midshipmen make some noise

Cedric Hankerson and the Boston University Terriers are the only unbeaten team in Patriot League play, but are they the top team in our Power Rankings?
Cedric Hankerson and the Boston University Terriers are the only unbeaten team in Patriot League play, but are they the top team in our Power Rankings?

It was a relatively quiet week in the Patriot League, but there was still a bit of movement across the board.

While the top three teams remained the same, we have a new top-ranked team in the conference power rankings. The top two teams are set to square off this coming Saturday, which will only lead to some more movement next week, and beyond.

The conference itself seems to be in for an exciting race come March, as anyone can turn it on at any given time and make a run up the standings. We saw that this past week, as one team jumped up four spots and into the top five of the power rankings.

Here’s this week’s edition of the Patriot League Power Rankings, with a new top dog in the conference.
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Patriot League Power Rankings: Every team now has a win in conference play

Kimbal Mackenzie and the Bucknell Bison are doing just fine in 2016-17 without Chris Hass on the roster, as they sit at 4-0 in Patriot League play.
Kimbal Mackenzie and the Bucknell Bison are doing just fine in 2016-17 without Chris Hass on the roster, as they sit at 4-0 in Patriot League play.

The New Year is already over a week old, and conference play is in full swing all across the country. We’ve seen our fair share of great games so far in 2017, and the frequency will only increase as the season moves closer to the NCAA Tournament in mid-March.

One conference, in particular, that has provided some exciting basketball over the first two weeks of conference play is the Patriot League. On opening night, four of the five road teams scored victories to open things up, while plenty of the games have been single-digit margins of victory.

Team rosters are decorated with star players, and there’s a ton of talent on display each and every night. While the usual suspects are either at, or near, the top of the standings after four games, the conference seems as though it could go any which way. As of Sunday night, all ten teams in the conference have at least one win in Patriot League play.

Based on the fact that the conference race could go several different directions, we felt as though it was time to see how the teams stack up.

Below, you can find the inaugural edition of the College Court Report Patriot League Power Rankings, to be released each Monday from now to the end of the year.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Patriot League

Cedric Hankerson only played one game in 2015-16 before re-injuring his knee and missing the rest of the season. He's healthy and ready to lead the Terriers in 2016-17.
Cedric Hankerson only played one game in 2015-16 before re-injuring his knee and missing the rest of the season. He’s healthy and ready to lead the Terriers 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 Patriot League. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Patriot League