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2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hy-Vee Classic

Reed Timmer and the Drake Bulldogs will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes as a part of the 2017 Hy-Vee Classic on December 17th inside the Wells Fargo Arena.

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 2017 Hy-Vee Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Hy-Vee Classic

RECAP: Jeremy Morgan’s return fuels Northern Iowa Panthers to first MVC victory

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The difference one man makes.

Wednesday night at Bradley, Northern Iowa Panthers senior Jeremy Morgan was inactive. The guard’s right foot was in a walking boot due to an ankle sprain.

Four days later, the 2016-17 Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Player of the Year was back on the court for a rivalry game against Drake.

For the first time since December 10, UNI fought to a victory.

Northern Iowa, shooting 63% in the first half, immediately jumped on Drake and put the Bulldogs in their pen, 79-60. Jeremy Morgan’s presence was felt with a 21-point, 4-rebound, 3-assist performance while Bennett Koch was perfect from the floor and scored 21 points. Continue reading RECAP: Jeremy Morgan’s return fuels Northern Iowa Panthers to first MVC victory

Northern Iowa star Jeremy Morgan expected to return from ankle injury, start Sunday

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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.

Morgan, one of two seniors on Ben Jacobson’s squad, is leading Northern Iowa in every major offensive category this season. The stat-sheet stuffer is averaging 16.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks per contest. He has scored 20 or more points in six games. Continue reading Northern Iowa star Jeremy Morgan expected to return from ankle injury, start Sunday

RECAP: Missouri State begins MVC play victorious, holds off Northern Iowa, 68-63

Photo courtesy of Springfield News-Leader.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — 1 down, 17 to go.

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.”

Missouri State dominated the Panthers in the first half. 2015-16 Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year Dequon Miller started the party with the game’s first five points. JUCO transfer Alize Johnson soon got in on the act, draining two triples to extend the early edge.  Continue reading RECAP: Missouri State begins MVC play victorious, holds off Northern Iowa, 68-63

College Court Report Co-Fan Voted Player of the Week: Jeremy Morgan, Northern Iowa Panthers

Jeremy Morgan scored a career-high 38 points against North Dakota, all of which came in the second half, as Northern Iowa capped off a perfect 2-0 week.
Jeremy Morgan scored a career-high 38 points against North Dakota, all of which came in the second half, as Northern Iowa capped off a perfect 2-0 week.

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!

Albany Great Danes‘ guard Joe Cremo was also named Co-Fan Voted Player of the Week, as voted on by basketball fans via Twitter. Continue reading College Court Report Co-Fan Voted Player of the Week: Jeremy Morgan, Northern Iowa Panthers

Wesner’s 4-Point Play: Tire Pros Invitational

Photo courtesy of AP Photo/John Raoux

Welcome to March Madness in November.

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