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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Big Sky Conference in 2018-19

Sanders, Jalen
Jalen Sanders and the Northern Colorado Bears enter the 2018-19 season on the heels of their 2018 CIT Championship, and they will be looking to carry that momentum into the new campaign. (Source: Joshua Polson – The Greeley Tribune)

SARNIA, Ont. — The Big Sky Conference has undergone some big changes this off-season.

For starters, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks are now officially members of the Summit League, leaving the Big Sky Conference after the 2017-18 season. North Dakota’s departure now puts the Big Sky at 11 teams for the upcoming season.

Many of the remaining teams will also look considerably different, as star players from across the league have moved on in their careers. Whether it was due to graduation or transfer, some familiar names have left the Big Sky Conference. With that said, there are now plenty of opportunities for new players to become the faces of the conference, and there are plenty of candidates around the league.

There are still star players in the league, but the Big Sky is home to some talented players who have flown under the radar so far in their respective careers. One in particular put up massive numbers a season ago, but barely grabbed attention from the national media.

Here are 10 returning players who will be names to know this season in the Big Sky Conference.

Note: Players like Ahmaad Rorie, Jordan Davis, Tyler Hall, and Michael Oguine weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Big Sky Conference in 2018-19

Three Games that could lead to Upsets on Opening Night

The high-scoring Chris Clemons leads Campbell into an opening-night battle with Penn State.

CANMORE, Alta. — Waking up on Friday morning will be just like Christmas morning for college basketball fanatics everywhere.

The 2017-18 season gets underway at 10:30am ET, as the Eastern Michigan Eagles take on Spring Arbor in the first game of the season. There’s a full slate of games on Friday that is sure to please everyone. The vast majority of programs are in action throughout the day, and there are some must-see games on tap.

Like this guide mentions, mismatches take place each and every day on the hardwood. Many look at the match-ups and pick a winner based on the prestige of the schools alone. That could very well happen again this week, and most times, people would be right.

However, here are three games to keep an eye on during Friday’s action-packed slate, as the result could go in favour of the visitors when all is said and done.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Sky

Quinton Hooker is the reigning College Court Report Player of the Year, and will look to build off of his 20.1 point per game average from a season ago. (Source: North Dakota Athletics)
Quinton Hooker is the reigning College Court Report Player of the Year, and will look to build off of his 20.1 point per game average from a season ago. (Source: North Dakota 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 Big Sky Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Sky

Five Canadian Newcomers to Keep an Eye On in 2015-16

Jamal Murray is one of the best prospects to enter the NCAA in 2015-16, and he just happens to be Canadian. He's one of five Canadian freshmen you'll want to keep an eye on this season.
Jamal Murray is one of the best prospects to enter the NCAA in 2015-16, and he just happens to be Canadian. His talents are well-known, but there are plenty of other Canadian players worth keeping an eye on this season and beyond.

In recent years, Canada has burst onto the scene in terms of basketball on the international stage. If recent events have shown us anything, Canada is here to stay.

With emerging stars like Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas, and Anthony Bennett playing in the NBA, and a slew of others playing in the NBA Development League, the NCAA, or overseas, Canada has a ton of talent at their disposal.

The list of talented players seems to be ever-growing.

In terms of NCAA recruiting, Canada has been at the forefront once again, with Jamal Murray enrolling at Kentucky this year and Thon Maker set to make his debut in the 2016-17 season. The talents and pedigree of these two players have seemingly overshadowed other talented players who are entering the NCAA from Canada.

Below, we have identified five Canadian newcomers (freshmen or transfers) that you will want to keep an eye on during the 2015-16 season.

We didn’t include Jamal Murray in the list because, well, if you haven’t heard of him by now, you probably live in a pineapple under the sea next to our favourite underwater sponge…

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2015-16 College Basketball Previews: Northern Colorado Bears

Heading into 2015-16, the Northern Colorado Bears will turn to the likes of Cameron Michael to lead the team on the offensive end after losing five of their top seven scorers from their 2014-15 roster. (Source: Rob Trubla)
Heading into 2015-16, the Northern Colorado Bears will lean on the likes of junior guard Cameron Michael to lead the team on the offensive end of the floor after losing five of their top seven scorers from their 2014-15 roster. (Source: Rob Trubla)

It was just two seasons ago when the Northern Colorado Bears put together an 18 – 14 record overall, an 11 – 9 record in conference play, and took part in the CIT. The Bears opened the season with a big road win over Kansas State, and were able to translate their early-season success into a post-season berth. While they lost to the Texas A&M-CC Islanders in the opening round, a post-season berth capped off a strong showing for the Bears.

Heading into 2015-16, the Northern Colorado Bears face a bit of a rebuild. Several of their key contributors and starters are gone from last year’s team, and the program has no seniors on their roster.

What can we expect from a younger Northern Colorado Bears team this season? Take a scroll down and see what they’ll bring to the hardwood in 2015-16.
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