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.
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.
Following the 2016-17 season, several teams in the Conference USA underwent some major changes in the off-season. From a recruiting saga with a five-star prospect that looked like it was never going to end, to several big-time players either graduating or transferring to bigger programs, the makeup of several teams will look vastly different that it did the year prior.
Regardless, the race for the Conference USA crown will be an exciting one. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to advance to their third straight NCAA Tournament and knock off a Big Ten school for the third time in a row. Other programs are nipping at their heels, and some come into the year ranked higher than the defending champions.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Bobby Collins is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in 2017-18, and he’s looking to get the team back into the post-season for the first time since 2014-15.
In Collins’ first year in Princess Anne, he guided the Hawks to a record of 18-15 overall, and a spot in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Despite an opening round loss to the High Point Panthers, the season was a success for the Hawks.
Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the Hawks are coming off back-to-back losing seasons. Last season, they took a step forward again, finishing sixth in the MEAC standings, and they advanced to the MEAC Tournament semi-finals.
Heading into this season, the Hawks are looking to build off of last year’s momentum, and contend for a MEAC title once more.
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.
Despite the Blazers being out of the running for the tournament title, the road to the Big Dance wasn’t going to be easy.
On Saturday, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders found themselves squaring off against the Old Dominion Monarchs for the right to represent the conference in the field of 68. With two teams full of experience, the game was destined to be a closely contested affair, and it lived up to that very expectation.
Despite taking a five-point lead at half, the Monarchs weren’t able to hold onto the lead in the second half.
If the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament was any indication, we are in for an unpredictable 2016 edition of the marquee event.
This season saw the likes of Gonzaga, Texas, Texas A&M, Connecticut, Michigan, Charlotte, Washington, and Syracuse ascend on Paradise Island, Bahamas for the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis. Four of the teams (Gonzaga, Texas A&M, Connecticut, and Michigan) started the season ranked inside the top 25, and looked like the front-runners for the title.
However, it was unranked Syracuse who pushed their record to 6-0 to start the season and came away with the tournament title. They knocked off Connecticut and Texas A&M on back-to-back days to take home the hardware. They should find themselves ranked comfortably inside the top 25 rankings come Monday, November 30th.
On the heels of the Orange winning the tournament, the field was announced for the 2016 edition of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The field will be loaded once again next season, as it is decorated with perennial contenders from power conferences and dominant mid-major programs.
The list of teams heading down to take part in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis is a star-studded one from top to bottom. The teams partaking in next year’s festivities are: Michigan State, Louisville, Wichita State, Baylor, VCU, St. John’s, LSU, and Old Dominion.
A lot of these teams will have new looks to them in comparison to this year’s teams. Michigan State will be without star guard Denzel Valentine, Wichita State will be without Ron Baker and Fred Van Vleet and could be without head coach Gregg Marshall, and LSU could be without star freshman Ben Simmons.
Despite the absence of key players from this year’s edition of the teams, the tournament will still be a fun one to watch. The Spartans bring in a high-profile recruiting class and will be one of the nation’s best teams. Louisville, Baylor, and Wichita State are always top contenders in their respective conferences. Old Dominion has been a tough out the past couple of seasons, and next year will be no different.
The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament attracts some of the nation’s top programs, and gives fans some great basketball action. Next season’s field will be no exception, as we will get to see great contests from start to finish.
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