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New Orleans Remains Perfect in Southland Play With 72-62 Win Over Lamar

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Travin Thibodeaux was one of four players to score in double figures on Wednesday night, and New Orleans improved to 3-0 in Southland Conference play with a 72-62 win over Lamar. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header: Chicago Tribune)

NEW ORLEANS — I’ll be the first to admit that I underestimated the New Orleans Privateers heading into Wednesday night’s match-up with the Lamar Cardinals.

All the Privateers did on Wednesday night was open the game on a 13-2 run and never trail over the course of the entire game. New Orleans never let Lamar get settled into a rhythm, forcing them to play catch-up all night long.

New Orleans had four different players score in double-figures, led by Makur Puou, who had a team-high 14 points. The Privateers held the Cardinals to just 16 points in the first half, and wouldn’t let Lamar get closer than four points in the second frame.

After not recording a win over a Division I opponent in non-conference play, the Privateers have now won three straight games to open Southland play. New Orleans led wire-to-wire in their 72-62 win over Lamar inside the Lakefront Arena. Continue reading New Orleans Remains Perfect in Southland Play With 72-62 Win Over Lamar

Lamar Basketball: Previewing the New Orleans Privateers

Josh Nzeakor (11) will look to post his third straight double-double on Wednesday night when Lamar visits New Orleans. (Source: UCA Sports Information) (Header: USA Today Sports)

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Wednesday night pits two teams who are 2-0 in Southland Conference play against one another in an early match-up for first place in the conference.

Five teams in total have 2-0 records in conference play, with two of them having records that are below .500 overall for the season. One of those two teams, the New Orleans Privateers, will look to move to 3-0 when they host the Lamar Cardinals in the Big Easy on Wednesday night.

Lamar was projected to be a top contender in the conference in various preseason polls, and they’ve lived up to the billing early on this season. At 10-5 overall, they have the second-best record of any team in the Southland Conference.

As for the Privateers, they were expected to take a step back this season. Instead, they’ve knocked off a pair of talented teams to open conference play on a two game winning streak. Wednesday night will be a big test for both teams, as they look to extend their winning streaks to three games and score their first win of the 2018 calendar year.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Wednesday’s battle for first place between Lamar and New Orleans. Continue reading Lamar Basketball: Previewing the New Orleans Privateers

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Southland Conference

Ehab Amin led the nation in steals per game last season at Texas A&M-CC, averaging 3.4 steals per night.

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.

Up first is one of the conferences that we are most excited for this season. The Southland Conference boasts a plethora of talented players, and the top half of the conference will be extremely competitive this season.

The case could be made for four or five teams to win the conference, and people wouldn’t think you were totally crazy.

Below, you can find our Preseason Southland Player of the Year, and our All-Southland Conference teams for the upcoming season!
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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Southland Conference

Colton Weisbrod had a strong junior season with Lamar, but can he build off that and take Lamar to the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18?

CALGARY, Alta. — The Southland Conference has been one of the top conferences from outside of the power six in recent years, and it has been chalked full of talent with each passing year.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the conference will look a tad bit different than it did a year ago.

Rashawn Thomas? Gone.

Christavious GillErik ThomasTyler Singleton, Zeek Woodley, Colter Lasher, and Dakarai Henderson? You guessed it. Gone.

Despite the loss of several star-caliber players from across the conference, a ton of talent remains firmly in the Southland. The return of Jalan West will bolster the roster for the Northwestern State Demons with the loss of Woodley.

And, if you don’t know the name Jordan Howard, then you need to pay more attention to the conference, It’s as simple as that.

Outside of the bigger names in the conference, here are ten names you need to know from the Southland Conference heading into the 2017-18 season.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Southland Conference

The high-flying Rashawn Thomas is looking to lead the Texas A&M-CC Islanders to their fourth-straight post-season appearance in 2016-17. (Source: Islanders Athletics)
The high-flying Rashawn Thomas is looking to lead the Texas A&M-CC Islanders to their fourth-straight post-season appearance in 2016-17. (Source: Islanders Athletics)

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

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part One

Marcus Johnson, Jr (13) and the Little Rock Trojans are looking to build off last year's record year, and Johnson will become a household name on a national stage, much like Josh Hagins (right) was last season.
Marcus Johnson, Jr (13) and the Little Rock Trojans are looking to build off last year’s record year, and Johnson will become a household name on a national stage, much like Josh Hagins (right) did last season.

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.

When it comes to senior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the senior guards up into three parts.

Each will have 10 senior guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

**Note: Justin Robinson burst onto the scene last season, and Quinton Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year. Both didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale than some of the other senior guards.**
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