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.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Per Clay Cunningham of The Courier, Panthers’ star and 2016-17 MVC Preseason Player of the Year Jeremy Morgan is expected to start today versus in-state rival Drake. The 6’5″ guard missed the last game with a sprained right ankle and was seen in a walking boot.
In a game they led from start to finish, Missouri State fended off Northern Iowa, 68-63. Star senior Dequon Miller scored a team-high 17 points in the win while sophomore Ryan Kreklow iced the contest with four free throws.
“It’s huge,” said Kreklow about the win to Jim Connell of Springfield News-Leader. “1-0 in ‘The Valley’ so far — We’ve got a long way to go, but I think it shows that we’re growing a lot as a team.”
It was a banner week for senior guard Jeremy Morgan.
As a team, the Northern Iowa Panthers have had their ups and downs over the first month of the 2016-17 season. They opened the year with three straight wins, including a victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Then, they followed that up with four straight losses, including a pair to the Xavier Musketeers on back-to-back occasions.
Their losing stretch brought them into the first week of December at 3-4 overall. Many picked the Panthers to be the team that would pose the greatest challenge to the Wichita State Shockers in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.
After their two games this week, it seems as though the Panthers may have found their groove.
Northern Iowa went a perfect 2-0 this week, knocking off two high-calibre programs at home. A big reason for their two wins was the play of senior guard Jeremy Morgan.
After averaging 27.5 points and 9.5 rebounds over the Panthers’ two victories, Jeremy Morgan has been tabbed the College Court Report Co-Fan Voted Player of the Week for December 5 – 11, 2016!
Aside from the return of college basketball, holiday tournaments are the best part of non-conference play.
Battles between future NCAA Tournament teams give a taste of postseason basketball. Mid-majors are presented with opportunities to score a resume win and receive national attention. And, on the third day, one team is crowned champion, a feat they hope to accomplish twice more before the season’s conclusion. Continue reading Wesner’s 4-Point Play: Tire Pros Invitational→
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