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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Atlantic Sun

Divine Myles has been rock solid for the Stetson Hatters over his first three seasons in the NCAA, and he has his sights set on the NCAA Tournament as a senior. (Source: Stetson Athletics) (Header: Lipscomb 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.

Coming into the season, the narrative surrounding the Atlantic Sun Conference is consistent across the board. It’s Dunk City, and then everyone else. While the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are the top team in the conference on paper, anything can indeed happen come March.

The Atlantic Sun tournament is no different, as we have seen our fair share of upsets over the past couple of seasons in the single-elimination event. In 2017-18, the conference is chalked full of talent, including several up-and-coming stars who are ready to step in for graduating seniors.

Below, take a look at who we have selected as our Preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, along with who factors in where on our Preseason All-Atlantic Sun teams!

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Abilene Christian and Lipscomb to start a home-and-home series in 2017-18

Garrison Mathews will look to lead the Lipscomb Bisons to a pair of non-conference wins over Jaylen Franklin (top) and the Abilene Christian Wildcats during the 2017-18 season. (Source: Lipscomb Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — Every time a new home-and-home series is developed, it adds more excitement to the non-conference schedules for the teams involved.

It’s rare to see these types of games being scheduled between power conference schools and smaller programs. If they are, they are sometimes billed as two-for-ones, where the power conference school will travel on the road for one game, while the smaller school will go on the road for two games in back-to-back seasons.

However, a new home-and-home series between two smaller schools is a great way to add excitement to their non-conference slates, and it generates a ton of buzz around campus. They provide schools who may struggle with scheduling high-caliber opponents with the opportunity to have two meaningful games, one each at home and on the road.

One of the new home-and-home sets that has been announced for this year was released on June 5th. The Abilene Christian Wildcats and the Lipscomb Bisons have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2017-18 season, and you can bet that this will be a great set of games for both programs. Continue reading Abilene Christian and Lipscomb to start a home-and-home series in 2017-18

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Atlantic Sun

The Stetson Hatters, led by Brian Pegg, advanced to the Atlantic Sun tournament finals last season. This year, they're out to prove that it was no fluke.
The Stetson Hatters, led by Brian Pegg, advanced to the Atlantic Sun tournament finals last season. This year, they’re out to prove that it was no fluke. (Source: Stetson University)

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 Atlantic Sun Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Atlantic Sun

Non-Power Five Forwards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Sophomores

South Dakota State sophomore Mike Daum is one of 10 non-power five forwards who will be household names in 2016-17.
South Dakota State sophomore Mike Daum is one of 10 non-power five forwards who will be household names in 2016-17.

With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at non-power five players who are on the brink of becoming household names, as early as the 2016-2017 season. We’ve separated the lists between guards and forwards, and then again based on their year of eligibility.

Here are 10 non-power five sophomore forwards who will be household names in the very near future, plus 10 extras at the bottom to keep a flag on as their careers progress.
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2016-17 Schedules: Lipscomb Bisons

The Lipscomb Bisons look to build from their Atlantic Sun semi-finals loss to Stetson last season, and sophomore guard Eli Pepper will be a key piece to the Bisons' push in 2016-17. (Photos: Lipscomb Sports)
The Lipscomb Bisons look to build from their Atlantic Sun semi-finals loss to Stetson last season, and sophomore guard Eli Pepper will be a key piece to the Bisons’ push in 2016-17. (Photos: Lipscomb Sports)

Lipscomb Bisons

2015-16 Record: 12-21 (7-7 in Atlantic Sun; Tied-5th)
Key Returnees: Eli Pepper, Nathan Moran, Garrison Mathews, George Brammeier
Key Departures: J.C. Hampton
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Lipscomb Graduate Transfer J.C. Hampton Commits to Texas A&M

J.C. Hampton led the Lipscomb Bisons in scoring in 2015-16, averaging 15.9 points per game. His commitment to Texas A&M will ease the pain of losing four seniors.
J.C. Hampton led the Lipscomb Bisons in scoring in 2015-16, averaging 15.9 points per game. His commitment to Texas A&M will ease the pain of losing four seniors.

In 2015-16, Billy Kennedy and the Texas A&M Aggies endured their fair share of ups-and-downs, but were still one of the nation’s top teams at year’s end.

The Aggies finished the year at 28-9 overall, and 13-5 in SEC play. They were tied for the top spot in the regular season standings with the Kentucky Wildcats, but were awarded the top-seed in the SEC Tournament on virtue of their win over the Wildcats on February 20th.

For a period of about two weeks, things didn’t look good for the Aggies. They lost five of six games from January 27th to February 13th, and were in danger of falling out of contention for the conference title. However, the Aggies were able to turn it around, and ultimately advanced to the SEC Tournament finals.

While they would lose to the Wildcats in the finals, the Aggies were awarded a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament. They would advance to the Sweet 16, knocking off the Northern Iowa Panthers in one of the most memorable tournament games in history. Texas A&M’s run would end at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners, 77-63.

The attention has switched to the 2016-17 season, and the Aggies find themselves with their backs against the wall before the season has even tipped off. Their roster will look vastly different than it did a year ago.

Fortunately, Coach Kennedy gained a big commitment from a graduate transfer guard who can step in and contribute right away. Continue reading Lipscomb Graduate Transfer J.C. Hampton Commits to Texas A&M