ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — After disaster struck the U.S. Virgin Islands this past off-season, the 2017 Paradise Jam was moved to Lynchburg, VA, and was hosted by the Liberty Flames.
On Wednesday, the tournament committee announced that the 2018 edition of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam would indeed return to St. Thomas, and they announced a star-studded field to go along with it.
LONDON, Ont. — To say the least, the 2017-18 college basketball season has been an exciting one, and we still have over two months of action left before another dreaded off-season.
Conference play is in full swing for every league across the NCAA, and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. There have been several surprise teams, both for the better and for the worse, that have caused some shakeups in leagues that many thought were locks for particular teams this season.
With the excitement comes the plethora of emerging young talents from coast to coast. Freshmen from all across the country have emerged as potential stars with their respective programs, and have taken on starring roles in their first seasons in the NCAA.
For whatever reason, the majority of freshmen outside of the Big Seven conferences (B1G, B12, Pac-12, ACC, SEC, AAC, BEast) don’t get their fair share of attention on a national scale. Most media outlets will only focus on the biggest names and the top programs, all while turning a blind eye to players who are just as deserving. One player, in particular, ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, yet many fans don’t know his name.
CANMORE, Alta. — Coming into the week, the UT Martin Skyhawks had just one win to their name in 2017-18, and they were looking to get back on the right track before taking five days off from game action for exams.
Fortunately for the Skyhawks, junior forward Fatodd Lewis had a pair of big performances in his back pocket to lead the attack and get the team heading in the right direction.
In their win over the North Carolina Central Eagles back on November 15th, Lewis recorded his first career double-double, going for 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Skyhawks’ 74-57 win at home.
Fast forward to this week, and the Skyhawks were still sitting on that lone win. After the past week, a pair of games that saw Lewis stuff the stat sheet on back-to-back occasions, UT Martin has now won two straight games, and are undefeated this season when Lewis records at least a double-double.
NICEVILLE, Fl. — Don’t look now, but the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles appear to be firing on all cylinders.
Coming into Saturday’s finale at the Emerald Coast Classic against the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, the Golden Eagles were riding a four-game winning streak, and sat at 5-1 on the young 2017-18 season. Their winning streak included an eight-point win on the road over the New Mexico Lobos, a game in which Aleksa Jugovic went for 37 points inside one of the nation’s toughest arenas to play in as a road team.
In the fifth-place game at the Emerald Coast Classic, the Golden Eagles were looking for their fifth straight victory. From the outset, Tennessee Tech was the superior team, controlling the game from the opening tip and never looking back.
CANMORE, Alta. — Coming into the 2017-18 season, it was common knowledge that the Eastern Kentucky Colonels had one of the more underrated tandems in the nation.
Junior forward Nick Mayo and sophomore guard Asante Gist were expected to lead the Colonels on their quest for an Ohio Valley Conference title this season. However, Gist has only played one game this season, a three-point performance in the season opener against the Rice Owls.
With Gist out of the lineup, the Colonels needed someone to step up and compliment Mayo on both ends of the floor. Enter freshman combo guard Dedric Boyd, who has been a big factor in all three games so far this season for the Colonels.
After clinching the win for the Colonels over the Owls with timely free throws, Boyd picked up where he left off over the past seven days. Eastern Kentucky earned a split over their two games this past week, and Boyd was at the forefront on both nights.
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.
The race for the Ohio Valley Conference title in 2017-18 will be one of the more exciting ones across the NCAA. Several big names from last season have moved on, while several teams have a legitimate chance to advance to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
On the heels of their first-ever appearance in the Big Dance last season, momentum has to be behind the Jacksonville State Gamecocks as they look to make it two straight appearances. However, traditional power programs like the Murray State Racers and Belmont Bruins won’t back down easily from the top of the conference.
With a ton of talent in the conference, it’s anyone’s game at this point. Take a look at which talented player we’ve selected as our Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, plus who falls where on our All-OVC teams for the upcoming season!