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.
After their season opening win over Howard Payne, 90-47, the Lamar Cardinals embarked on a mini two-game road swing to the West Coast. Their 43-point win was impressive, but the talent level of their opponents was about to vastly improve, meaning the Cardinals would need to bring everything they had on both ends of the floor.
Up first, on Wednesday night, was a trip to Corvallis, Oregon for a date with the Oregon State Beavers.
Oregon State opened the season with back-to-back wins over the Prairie View A&M Panthers and the UTSA Roadrunners.
The Beavers showed some vulnerability against the Roadrunners, committing 15 turnovers in the win. They committed 20 turnovers against the Panthers in their opener.
On Wednesday night, the Cardinals brought pressure on the defensive end, forcing the Beavers to commit 27 turnovers for the game.
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.
The 2016-17 season is less than three weeks away, and teams all across the nation are chomping at the bit to get things under way.
One team in particular is the Lamar Cardinals, as they are looking for a rebound year after limping to the finish in 2015-16.
After starting the year at 9-4, optimism started to build around the program and whether or not they could contend for the Southland Conference title with the top teams in the conference. After their win over the Nicholls State Colonels to open conference play, the Cardinals would win just two more games on the year, finishing with a record of 11-19 overall, and 3-15 in conference play.
This season, while the team will still be young, the Cardinals are hoping for a better showing from start to finish. With only two seniors on their roster, inexperience may be an issue, but the talent is there, without question.
Outside of the power conference, the Lamar Cardinals boast one of the top groups of sophomore players in the nation. With Nick Garth, Josh Nzeakor, and Dorian Chatman all back for year two, plus a slew of talented additions, there is reason for optimism around the program once more.
Their schedule presents several opportunities for statement wins right from the outset. We took a look at their upcoming schedule and identified three games that you won’t want to miss if you’re a fan of the Cardinals, or just a fan of great basketball.