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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Southland Conference

Ehab Amin led the nation in steals per game last season at Texas A&M-CC, averaging 3.4 steals per night.

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.

Up first is one of the conferences that we are most excited for this season. The Southland Conference boasts a plethora of talented players, and the top half of the conference will be extremely competitive this season.

The case could be made for four or five teams to win the conference, and people wouldn’t think you were totally crazy.

Below, you can find our Preseason Southland Player of the Year, and our All-Southland Conference teams for the upcoming season!
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RECAP: Sam Houston State pulls away in second half for 87-65 win over Lamar

Dakarai Henderson went 6-of-9 from the floor for 13 points, and Sam Houston State pulled away from Lamar in the second half for the 87-65 win.
Dakarai Henderson went 6-of-9 from the floor for 13 points, and Sam Houston State pulled away from Lamar in the second half for the 87-65 win.

HUNTSVILLE, Tex. — With the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks not as dominant as we’ve seen in recent seasons, the Southland Conference is as wide open as ever. Several teams look like they have a shot at representing the conference in the NCAA Tournament, at least on paper.

One team who has been in contention on a consistent basis, but unable to break through due to the Lumberjacks reigning supreme in the conference, has been the Sam Houston State Bearkats. They are regularly in contention for the title, but haven’t been able to advance to the Big Dance.

They’ve made three straight appearances in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, compiling a record of 2-3 over the last three seasons.

On Thursday, the Bearkats welcomed another conference title hopeful to town. The Lamar Cardinals have shown flashes of being able to contend for the conference crown this season, but other times have looked like they’re another year from truly being a contender.

Thursday night was a tale of two halves. After the first, the teams were separated by a single point, at 41-40. The second half was vastly different, as the Bearkats outscored the Cardinals by 21, and cruised to the 87-65 victory on their home court. Continue reading RECAP: Sam Houston State pulls away in second half for 87-65 win over Lamar

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Southland Conference

The high-flying Rashawn Thomas is looking to lead the Texas A&M-CC Islanders to their fourth-straight post-season appearance in 2016-17. (Source: Islanders Athletics)
The high-flying Rashawn Thomas is looking to lead the Texas A&M-CC Islanders to their fourth-straight post-season appearance in 2016-17. (Source: Islanders Athletics)

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 Southland Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Southland Conference

The New Face(s) of the Southland Conference

Thomas Walkup and his trademark beard have moved on from Stephen F. Austin and the Southland Conference, meaning the conference needs a new face on the national stage.
Thomas Walkup and his trademark beard have moved on from Stephen F. Austin and the Southland Conference. The search for the next face(s) of the Southland Conference is on.

Over the last couple of seasons, everyone has come to know about the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the face of the Southland Conference, Thomas Walkup.

Walkup has been a key piece in the Lumberjacks’ domination of the Southland Conference in the past three seasons, and was also a big reason for their two trips to the Round of 32 in the past three years in the NCAA Tournament. Especially during the 2015-16 season, Walkup became a fan favourite all over the country due to his play on the court, and resemblance of a lumberjack with his full beard.

But, all good things come to an end at some point, and Walkup’s time at Stephen F. Austin has sadly come to an end.

He was the face of the Southland Conference on the national stage. Now, someone new has to step up and carry the torch. There are plenty of talented players who are more than capable of being ‘the face’ of the Southland in 2016-17.

From a talented guard duo who was granted one more year together, to a budding star from Lithuania, we have come up with five new options as the face(s) of the Southland Conference, both this season and potentially beyond.
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