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 Diamond Head Classic has become a Christmas tradition for many basketball fans, as there are only a handful of college basketball games in the days just before and after December 25th. For hardcore basketball fans, the final day of the event falls on Christmas Day, providing an escape from the usual dinner table conversations.
Last season, the Oklahoma Sooners took on the Harvard Crimson in the finals. Harvard knocked off the BYU Cougars and the Auburn Tigers to reach the finals, and were looking for their third-straight upset to take home the title. In the end, Buddy Hield and the Sooners were too much for the Crimson, cruising to the 83-71 victory and the 2015 Diamond Head Classic title.
This time around, seven new teams will try their hand in Hawaii. While there are two clear-cut favourites, anything is possibly over the holiday break.
Each year, the number of the players on the transfer market is larger than the year before. Following the 2015-16 season, the list has continued to grow, even over a month after the Villanova Wildcatswere crowned the NCAA Champions.
Following the 2014-15 season, the transfer list ballooned to over 700 names. This year, things appear to be on their way past last year’s mark.
With the ever-increasing number of players on the list, it’s tough to keep track of who’s going where for the remainder of their careers. Some players are immediately eligible as graduate transfers, while others have to sit out a year due to transfer regulations, and it’s often tough to figure out who is in which category.
Below, we have listed our top five transfer players who have to sit out a year before suiting up for their new team for the 2017-18 season. The list is based off of the players who have committed so far, and will likely change as more players make their decisions.
Year after year, the number of players who decide to transfer to new schools seems to increase. Last year’s list exceeded 700 names, and this year’s looks to be well on its way past that number.
The season ended on April 4th, but players are still announcing their intentions to transfer over a month later, and there will likely be more names to come in the near future. Players are looking for the best fit, both academically and athletically, that will set themselves up for the best future possible.
More often than not, we see talented players from smaller schools transferring to bigger programs. On the heels of breakout seasons, these ‘lesser-known’ players have attracted interest from high-major programs, and look to make the jump to the bright lights and packed arenas that these schools have to offer.
The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full-swing, and what a weekend it was. Upsets were scattered about, mixed in with record-breaking performances from some of the nation’s best programs.
After the first weekend is in the books, basketball fans from across the nation get geared up for a full 24 hours of top-notch college basketball action, in the form of the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. From Monday, November 16th at 5:30pm until Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00pm, there are basketball games all throughout. Yes, that means even in the wee hours of the morning, there are basketball games (we see you, Nevada and Hawaii).
The event brings together a handful of the country’s best games over that time frame and all of the games are showcased on ESPN networks. To get you ready for this year’s festivities, we have previewed all of the games for you in one convenient location.