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A Look at Michigan State’s Half of the Victory Bracket at the PK80 Invitational

The Victory Bracket of the PK80 Invitational is headlined by a pair of nationally ranked teams, in the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels. (Source: Blogging the Bracket)

PORTLAND, OR. — Thanksgiving Week in the United States always provides fans with some of the best college basketball of the season. With early season events taking place across the country, there are ample opportunities for teams to bolster their tournament resumes early on.

This season, fans are treated to the PK80 Invitational, an event that will honour Nike founder Phil Knight. Technically, it’s one event, but there are two brackets with eight teams apiece, and each bracket will produce a tournament winner. So, it’s two brackets, with two winners, but only one event.

Regardless, some of the nation’s top teams will ascend on Portland, Oregon over Thanksgiving Weekend to partake in some of the best college basketball action we will see all season long, outside of March Madness.

In the Victory Bracket, teams like the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Michigan State Spartans headline each half of the bracket. There are teams with some question marks heading into the event, while there are others who are looking to pull off the biggest win in program history (Portland Pilots).

Below, we have broken down the Michigan State half of the bracket, which features a Final Four team from last season, a team on the rise in the Big East, and the 2014 National Champion.
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4th Annual #CCRMascotMayhem Challenge: Sweet 16 Results

We had an all-Buffalo match-up in the Sweet 16, as Buffalo’s Victor E. Bull took on Canisius’ Petey Griffin. Who would come out on top? (Source: Raj Mehta – USA Today Sports)

CANMORE, Alta. — Twenty-five days.

As of Monday, October 16th, we are exactly 25 days away from the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Teams are in full practice mode now, trying to fine tune their approach before games kick off on November 10th.

But, before then, there’s still an award that needs to be handed out.

The 4th Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge is down to the Elite Eight after another intense week of voting. Two powerhouse mascots continued to roll, while two of the match-ups had a bit of extra incentive for the schools involved.

Take a look below to see who has advanced to the Elite Eight! Continue reading 4th Annual #CCRMascotMayhem Challenge: Sweet 16 Results

Third annual BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game set to showcase Canada’s brightest stars

The third annual BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game tips off Monday night inside the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. (Source: TSN.com)

TORONTO, Ont. — The third time is the charm.

After a successful first two years, Pretty River Sports and Entertainment, Canada Basketball, and BioSteel are hoping that the third annual BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game is their best one yet.

With the talent that will be on display on the hardwood over the two days this year, two things are for certain.

The first is that this year’s event will be one that fans won’t want to miss. Several players in Monday’s showcase are top recruits in the NCAA, and have committed to play for some of the biggest programs across the country.

The second is that the talent level for Canada Basketball continues to rise. Fans in attendance will get a great look at the future of Canada Basketball, before they take the next steps in their respective careers.

Here’s a look at the rosters for both the Nike BioSteel Futures All-Canadian Game, which takes place on Sunday, and the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game, which tips off Monday night. Continue reading Third annual BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game set to showcase Canada’s brightest stars

Inaugural VANCITY Showcase Brings Elite High School Basketball to the West Coast

Gary Trent, Jr. and the powerhouse Prolific Prep Academy will travel north of the border to Vancouver, B.C. to take on Orangeville Prep in the inaugural VANCITY Showcase on March 18th, 2017. (Source: Rich Manahan) (Header Photo: James MacDonald Photography)
Gary Trent, Jr. and the powerhouse Prolific Prep Academy will travel north of the border to Vancouver, B.C. to take on Orangeville Prep in the inaugural VANCITY Showcase on March 18th, 2017. (Source: Rich Manahan) (Header Photo: James MacDonald Photography)

The Canadian Basketball landscape is at an all-time high in 2016, and all signs point to that rise continuing as the calendar switches to 2017.

Pretty River Sports and Entertainment (PRSE) are the owners and operators of several sport and entertainment properties, including the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy in Mono, ON, the Orangevile A’s of the NBL Canada, and the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game, just to name a few.

On Friday, they announced another event that will feature some of the best up-and-coming basketball talent that both Canada and the United States of America have to offer.

The inaugural VANCITY Showcase will take place on March 18th, 2017, and will feature a pair of powerhouse programs. Orangeville Prep (Orangeville, Ontario) will square off against the perennial powerhouse known as Prolific Prep (Napa, California) in the first edition of the showcase.

The event will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Continue reading Inaugural VANCITY Showcase Brings Elite High School Basketball to the West Coast

Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan - USA Today Sports)
Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan – USA Today Sports)

The talent level of basketball players coming out of Canada over the past few years has been impressive, and there are no signs of that slowing down any time soon.

Several of the top recruits in the Class of 2017 are from the Great White North. Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (#29 in ESPN’s Top 100) has committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies, guard Lindell Wigginton (#49) has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones, and forward Christian David (#83) has committed to the Butler Bulldogs.

While the future is bright, the present is also just as bright for the game of basketball in Canada.

The 2016-17 season isn’t even two weeks old yet, but there are several Canadians who have looked impressive in the NCAA. Some are in their first years in Division I, while others are experienced leaders on championship contenders.

Here are just a few of the many Canadians who are budding stars in the NCAA. Continue reading Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Pac-12

Chris Boucher is one of four Oregon players to be named to the All-Pac 12 teams. (Source: Adam Eberhardt - Emerald)
Chris Boucher is one of four Oregon players to be named to the All-Pac 12 teams. (Source: Adam Eberhardt – Emerald)

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.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Pac-12 Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Pac-12