CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.
Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.
So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.
We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.
To open the 2016-17 season, the San Francisco Dons have looked rather impressive. While a few of their games have been close wins, the Dons have come out on top nonetheless.
Entering Friday night’s tilt against the Lamar Cardinals, the Dons had won three straight on their home floor, and were sitting at a comfortable 5-1 on the year.
As for the Cardinals, they have followed up back-to-back wins with a loss twice already in 2016-17. If the trend was to continue, a win was to be in their future. Coming off a 77-60 loss against the Idaho State Bengals in their last time out, the Cardinals were looking to get back on the winning track.
San Francisco took a six-point lead into halftime, and came out of the gates on fire in the second half. After the Cardinals scored the first two points of the half, the Dons reeled off a 14-0 run to take full control of 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 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.
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 Arizona Wildcats have had a roller-coaster of an offseason, and it’s only the end of April. The likes of Brandon Ashley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson all declared for the NBA Draft. Add in the loss of TJ McConnell who graduated, and Sean Miller is without a big part of his team who went 34 – 4 in 2014-15.
Fortunately for the Wildcats, Friday was a better day for the program. It was announced that big man Kaleb Tarczewski was returning for his senior season, which is a big boost for the program. They also landed one of the more coveted transfers from this off-season.