CANMORE, Alta. — The level of parity in college basketball in recent years is at an all-time high.
Still, on a nightly basis, mid-major teams are often the underdogs against power conference teams. The likes of the Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils, and other blue-blood programs land the top high school recruits each season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of talent elsewhere in the country.
Smaller programs have just as much talent on their roster, but their names don’t come with the same pedigree as the ones in the ESPN Top 100. So, we thought we would filter through all of the mid-major schools and assemble our own Dream Team for the 2017-18 season.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Thursday night saw two teams square off in Big Sky action who are trending in different directions. The Montana State Bobcats played host to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in Bozeman, MT, in the first of two meetings between the schools this season.
Following a blowout loss to the Portland State Vikings to open conference play, the Fighting Hawks came into Thursday’s tilt riding a three-game win streak.
On the flip side, the Bobcats knocked off the Idaho State Bengals to open up Big Sky play, but have lost their last three contests.
The hosts were hoping to flip the script and get back on the right track, while the visitors were hoping to keep riding their hot streak to another win in conference play.
With the exception of November and early-season tournaments, Mondays tend to be one of the quieter days of the week in the college basketball world. The first Monday of December was no different, as only a handful of games took place across the country.
That doesn’t mean there weren’t any exciting games.
Conference play in the MAAC was underway, and the Siena Saints paid a visit to the Rider Broncs to cap off what was an exciting weekend for the conference as a whole. There was a big time showdown inside the infamous Madison Square Garden, where two teams were looking for a resume-boosting win early in the year.
There was a 42-point game in Bozeman, MT, and the night cap in Portland went to double overtime.
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.