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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mountain West Conference in 2018-19

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After an impressive freshman campaign, Jalen McDaniels is on the verge of becoming the next star at San Diego State. (Source: East Village Times)

SARNIA, Ont. — Could the 2019 NCAA Tournament be the year that the Mountain West bucks the trend of one bid and send multiple teams back to the tournament?

The last time that the Mountain West Conference had more than two teams in the NCAA Tournament was back in 2015. The Boise State Broncos were in the First Four, fighting for an 11-seed against the Dayton Flyers, while the Wyoming Cowboys earned a 12-seed as conference champions and the San Diego Aztecs earned an 8-seed as an at-large pick.

Last season, the Nevada Wolf Pack made a deep run into the NCAA Tournament after receiving an at-large bid into the Big Dance as the 7-seed in the South Regional. The San Diego Aztecs earned the automatic berth after winning the conference tournament, and they earned the 11-seed in the West Regional.

Heading into the 2018-19 season, many feel as though that this could be the second consecutive year that the conference sends multiple teams to the tournament. After last season, several teams will be without their star players and faces of the program. New players will step up and take on expanded roles, while key returnees should finally get the national attention they deserve.

From All-Conference selections to breakout freshmen, the Mountain West Conference is full of underrated players. We did our best to narrow the list down to 10 players to keep an eye on as the 2018-19 season quickly approaches.

Note: Players from the Nevada Wolf Pack weren’t listed because they have been the talk of the town all off-season long, therefore people should be familiar with their names by now. Also, it was too hard to narrow down since the roster is immensely talented this season. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mountain West Conference in 2018-19

Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

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On Wednesday, the Purple Aces released their non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season, becoming the second school to do so. (Source: Evansville Athletics) (Header: Evansville Athletics)

EVANSVILLE, In. — The 2018-19 season is still close to six months away, but with each passing day, college basketball gets a little bit closer.

On Wednesday, the excitement continued to build for the Evansville Purple Aces, as they released their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The North Carolina Tar Heels were the first team to release their full non-conference slate back in mid-April.

Head coach Walter McCarty has put together a challenging slate that will undoubtedly test the Purple Aces, considering they will be without their top three scorers from a season ago. Evansville will play six games away from home, while hosting seven non-conference games before the 2018 calendar year comes to a close. Continue reading Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

Five Teams to Watch Ahead of Conference Tournaments

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Tyler Nelson and the Fairfield Stags may be below .500 in MAAC play, but they can’t be counted out down the stretch and into the conference tournament. (Source: Fairfield Athletics) (Header: Times Union)

LONDON, Ont. — Move over football, it’s college basketball’s time to shine!

With Super Bowl 52 now a thing of the past, the attention in the sporting world shifts to college basketball and the March to Madness. With the conference races heating up all across the country, teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as they look to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

As we all know from history, not all things go according to plan. Teams atop the conferences right now aren’t guaranteed of a spot in the field of 68, as anything can happen come late-February and early March.

Every year, there are teams that come from the middle of conference standings to make a run at their respective conference tournament title. It will happen again this year, without question, and we will see a few surprise entrants in the bracket come Selection Sunday as conference champions.

Here are five teams who currently sit in the middle of the pack in their respective conferences that could make some noise down the stretch during the regular season and into the post-season.
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Carlton Bragg Jr. Commits to New Mexico

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Former Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) transferred from Arizona State without playing a game, and has committed to the New Mexico Lobos. (Source: KUSports.com) (Header: Kentucky Sports Radio)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM. — Paul Weir is at it again on the transfer market.

The New Mexico Lobos already have a pair of power conference transfers entering the fold next season. JaQuan Lyle, who transferred from the Ohio State Buckeyes, and Vance Jackson, formerly of the Connecticut Huskies, will both become eligible for the Lobos during the 2018-19 season.

On Thursday, Weir added another piece to the puzzle, and this one is a big piece that brings with him a ton of potential.

Transfer Carlton Bragg Jr. has committed to play for Paul Weir and the New Mexico Lobos. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports. Continue reading Carlton Bragg Jr. Commits to New Mexico

Nevada Hands Hawai’i Their First Loss of the Season

Sheriff Drammeh received a flagrant one in the second half, halting any positive momentum had against Nevada. (Source: Star Advertiser) (Header: Nevada Athletics)

HONOLULU — On a night where the ball just wasn’t bouncing their way, the Hawai’i Warriors fell to the Nevada Wolf Pack late Friday night, 67-54.

Only one Hawai’i player finished with double digits, and it came from guard Brocke Stepeau off the bench. Leland Green finished with nine points, and forwards Mike Thomas and Gibson Johnson both contributed eight points, respectively.

Caleb Martin led the Wolf Pack with 22 points and six rebounds, while brother Cody Martin added 16 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks in the win.

The Warriors could never get a good lead going at all in this game, as their dismal shooting kept them from gaining any traction on the Wolf Pack. Hawai’i bricked six in a row at one point mid-way through the first half. Continue reading Nevada Hands Hawai’i Their First Loss of the Season

2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Cancun Challenge, Riviera Bracket

Otis Livingston II and the George Mason Patriots will look to turn some heads at the 2017 Cancun Challenge.

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 Riviera Bracket of the 2017 Cancun Challenge. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Cancun Challenge, Riviera Bracket