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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the SEC in 2018-19

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Quietly, Vanderbilt’s Saben Lee had himself a strong freshman campaign in 2017-18, and he’s the Commodores’ top returning scorer this season. (Source: VandyMania.com) (Header: Knoxville News Sentinel)

SARNIA, Ont. — Once again, the SEC is loaded with talent in 2018-19.

Fans in the SEC will be all too familiar with the talent in the league, but several of the team’s top contributors have flown under the radar on a national scale throughout their careers. With the player turnover in the league following the 2017-18 season, there will be new faces of the conference this year.

The Kentucky Wildcats loaded up with several high-profile freshmen, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody. Teams like the Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs will rely on experience and talent to get them back to the NCAA Tournament. There is a healthy mix of experience and youth in the conference, which in turn will lead to excitement and an unpredictable race for the SEC title.

Looking ahead to the season, here are 10 names who have flown under the radar so far in their careers on the national scene that you will want to watch over the course of the 2018-19 campaign.

Note: Players like Tremont Waters, Grant Williams, Jalen Hudson, Jontay Porter, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Daniel Gafford weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the SEC in 2018-19

RECAP: UCF Knights Lead Wire-to-Wire in Rout of Mississippi State, 86-61

UCF big man Tacko Fall recorded 26 points and 12 rebounds in the Black Knights' wire-to-wire win over Mississippi State, 86-61.
UCF big man Tacko Fall recorded 26 points and 12 rebounds in the Knights’ wire-to-wire win over Mississippi State, 86-61.

On Thursday afternoon, the tallest player in the NCAA had a field day in the first round of the Gildan Charleston Classic, as did the rest of his team.

Sophomore center Tacko Fall, who is listed at 7’6”, was dominant in the paint against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, recording his second-straight double-double of the young season.

But, it wasn’t all about Fall’s performance. As a whole the UCF Knights took it to the Bulldogs from the outset, never giving Mississippi State a chance to build positive momentum of their own.

UCF led wire-to-wire on the afternoon, cruising past the Bulldogs and into the semi-finals of the Gildan Charleston Classic with an 86-61 victory. Continue reading RECAP: UCF Knights Lead Wire-to-Wire in Rout of Mississippi State, 86-61

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: SEC

After under-achieving in 2015-16 with Ben Simmons, the LSU Tigers will lean on Antonio Blakeney to lead them to a bounce-back year in 2016-17.
After under-achieving in 2015-16 with Ben Simmons, the LSU Tigers will lean on Antonio Blakeney to lead them to a bounce-back year 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 Southeastern Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: SEC

Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season

Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending VIllanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
Kris Jenkins made the final basket in the 2015-16 season, sending Villanova to the National Championship. With Ryan Arcidiacono gone, Jenkins becomes a big focal point for the Wildcats. Where does he rank in our list of Top 100 Players for the 2016-17 Season?
The 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.

With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!

You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.

The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.

Let us know your thoughts on the list, by either leaving a comment or letting us know on Twitter and Facebook!
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Southern Knocks off Mississippi State on the Road, Spoiling the Debut of Malik Newman

Trelun Banks scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Southern Univ. Jaguars to their first win of the season, a 76 - 72 road victory over Mississippi State on Monday night.
Trelun Banks scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Southern Univ. Jaguars to their first win of the season, a 76 – 72 road victory over Mississippi State on Monday night.

Monday night marked a long-awaited moment for Mississippi State basketball fans: the regular season of Malik Newman, the prize recruit from a strong recruiting class for the Bulldogs. After not appearing in their opener against Eastern Washington, Newman would come off the bench against Southern.

It also marked the first-ever meeting between Southern and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were riding high after a win over Eastern Washington, while the Jaguars lost a hard-fought game to Arkansas in their opener.

When a SWAC teams takes on an SEC opponent, the latter would tend to win more often than not, at least on paper. On Monday, the “not” came into full effect, and the SWAC reigned supreme.

Southern University went into Starkville, MS, and spoiled the debut of Newman with a 76 – 72 win over the Bulldogs. Continue reading Southern Knocks off Mississippi State on the Road, Spoiling the Debut of Malik Newman

CCR Top Three Individual Performances in College Basketball for November 13th

Mississippi State senior big man Gavin Ware stuffed the stat sheet on opening to help Mississippi State knock off Eastern Washington. Was his performance good enough for the top spot in the top three individual performances?
Mississippi State senior big man Gavin Ware stuffed the stat sheet on opening to help Mississippi State knock off Eastern Washington. Was his performance good enough for the top spot in the top three individual performances?

The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is finally here! With over 150 games on opening night alone, it has set us up well for another remarkable and memorable season as we march towards the ultimate goal of the NCAA Championship in Houston.

Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. Opening night saw its fair share of big time individual performances that were critical in the wins for their respective teams.

Here are the top three individual performances for opening night, November 13th!
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