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Holland, Strawberry lead Mercer past Liberty at the Paradise Jam, 63-48

Jordan Strawberry flirted with a triple-double on Friday, posting nine points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists in Mercers 63-48 win over Liberty at the 2017 Paradise Jam. (Source: Macon.com) (Header: Mercer Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — It’s hard to believe that the 2017-18 season tipped off a week ago already.

A lot has happened over the course of the week. From a few upsets, to an exciting Champions Classic, fans have been treated to some exciting basketball over the first seven days of the season.

On Friday, the 2017 Paradise Jam tipped off in Lynchburg, VA, and the host Liberty Flames took on the Mercer Bears to kick off the event. The contest featured two teams who many expect to contend in their respective conferences this season, and it’s one of the top match-ups that the event could produce.

Mercer came out of the gate strong, scoring eight of the first 11 points, holding Liberty to three points over the first five-plus minutes in the process. After the Flames took a brief two-point lead before the midway point of the frame, the Bears retook the lead and never looked back.

Jordan Strawberry scored the final six points of the game over the final 3:04, and Mercer pulled away for the 63-48 victory over the host Flames to kick off the 2017 Paradise Jam. Continue reading Holland, Strawberry lead Mercer past Liberty at the Paradise Jam, 63-48

Liberty Flames open the 2017 Paradise Jam Against Mercer

Ryan Kemrite comes into the 2017 Paradise Jam just 125 points shy of the 1,000-point mark for his career. While it’s unlikely he’ll pass the mark during the three-day event, he will make strides to get closer to the career milestone over the weekend. (Photo by Joel Coleman)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Due to severe damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of the multiple hurricanes and natural disasters over the summer months, the 2017 Paradise Jam was relocated to Lynchburg, VA, home of the Liberty Flames.

On Friday, the three-day event tips off with the home team taking part in the first contest. Twelve games will be played over the weekend, with some potential marquee match-ups on the horizon.

However, one of the top match-ups that the event could produce happens to be the one that kicks everything off. The host Flames take on the senior-laden Mercer Bears to open the event.

With both teams expected to contend in their respective conferences in 2017-18, the opener of the 2017 Paradise Jam won’t disappoint. Continue reading Liberty Flames open the 2017 Paradise Jam Against Mercer

Liberty Flames to host 2017 Paradise Jam in Lynchburg, Virginia

The 2017 Paradise Jam will be played in Lynchburg, VA, inside the Liberty University Vines Center. (Source: Liberty University) (Header: Liberty MBB)

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Tournament directors for the 2017 Paradise Jam announced on Friday that the event will be relocated to the Liberty University Vines Center, from Nov. 17-19.

The Paradise Jam was relocated from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

Friday marks the second event that has been moved due to damage from hurricanes this summer. The 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament was recently moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The tournament received several proposals to host from the participating schools with the tournament directors ultimately selection to host the 12-game event in Lynchburg. The eight-team tournament includes the Colorado BuffaloesDrake BulldogsDrexel Dragons, Houston Cougars, Mercer Bears, Quinnipiac BobcatsWake Forest Demon Deacons, and the host Liberty Flames. Continue reading Liberty Flames to host 2017 Paradise Jam in Lynchburg, Virginia

2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

The best game of the 2017 Paradise Jam could very well be the opener, as Ria’n Holland and the Mercer Bears take on the Liberty Flames in the quarter-finals. (Source: Mercer Bears)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Southern Conference

After playing just a handful of games last season, Casey Jones is back and healthy once again, adding another weapon to Chattanooga's already loaded roster.
After playing just a handful of games last season, Casey Jones is back and healthy once again, adding another weapon to Chattanooga’s already loaded roster.

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

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

Kevin Hervey (25) is back and healthy for the UT-Arlington Mavericks, and he's poised to become a household name during his junior season, along with nine other forwards.
Kevin Hervey (25) is back and healthy for the UT-Arlington Mavericks, and he’s poised to become a household name during his junior season, along with nine other junior forwards.

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.

As the 2016-17 season approaches, we will be looking at non-power five players who are on the brink of becoming household names during 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 junior 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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