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Lamar Basketball: Previewing the Southeastern Louisiana Lions

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Colton Weisbrod has three double-doubles over his last five games, and will look to post another such performance on Wednesday when Lamar hosts Southeastern Louisiana. (Source: The Examiner)

BEAUMONT, Tex. — Coming into the 2017-18 season, the Southland Conference looked like it would be home to one of the more exciting title races this season. Through the first two weeks, it certainly hasn’t disappointed.

Entering Wednesday night, there are nine teams that have a record of 2-2 in conference play, or better. Two teams remain undefeated atop the standings, the New Orleans Privateers and the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. Both teams are in action on Wednesday, and will be looking to keep their perfect records intact.

The Lions are in Beaumont, TX to take on the Lamar Cardinals, a team that many projected to win the conference title in 2017-18. They have struggled as of late, losing six of their last eight contests after an 8-1 start. A win over the Lions would undoubtedly get Lamar back on track as Southland play continues.

Southeastern Louisiana, on the other hand, will be looking to complete a perfect three game road trip with a win over the Cardinals. With two road wins and a victory at home over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks under their belts, the Lions are for real.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Wednesday night’s contest between the visiting Lions and host Cardinals.
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Notre Dame Ends Non-Conference Slate on a Good Note

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Mike Brey is just two wins away from becoming the winningest coach in Notre Dame Basketball history. (Source: UND.com)

SOUTH BEND, In. — In the final non-conference game of the year, and the final game before the holidays, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish came out victorious against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions, 86-50.

This was the 392nd victory for Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey, who is now only two wins away from passing Digger Phelps for the most in program history.

Notre Dame and Southeastern Louisiana met for the first time on Thursday night, with the Irish now claiming the lone victory in the series. The Irish showed defensive dominance throughout the whole game, forcing 16 turnovers, while giving up only six themselves.

Let’s take a look at how this played out.

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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Southeastern Louisiana Lions

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Bonzie Colson dropped a career high 37 points in Notre Dame’s win over Dartmout. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTH BEND, In. — Coming off a 10-point victory over the Dartmouth Big Green in their last outing, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be closing out their non-conference slate against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Thursday December 21st at the Purcell Pavilion.

This will be the first meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Lions, but the seventh between Notre Dame and a member of the Southland Conference. Notre Dame is 6-0 against teams of the Southland, with the last win coming against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, where Rex Pflueger tipped in the last second bucket to propel the Irish to victory.

Thursday’s contest will be the final game before the players travel back home to spend the holiday season with their families.

Let’s take a closer look inside this match-up:

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Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to junior forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

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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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Assembling a Mid-Major Dream Team for the 2017-18 Season

Jock Landale emerged as one of the nation’s top big men as a junior in 2016-17, increasing his scoring average from 7.9 points per game to 16.9.

CANMORE, Alta. — The level of parity in college basketball in recent years is at an all-time high.

Still, on a nightly basis, mid-major teams are often the underdogs against power conference teams. The likes of the Kentucky WildcatsDuke Blue Devils, and other blue-blood programs land the top high school recruits each season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of talent elsewhere in the country.

Smaller programs have just as much talent on their roster, but their names don’t come with the same pedigree as the ones in the ESPN Top 100. So, we thought we would filter through all of the mid-major schools and assemble our own Dream Team for the 2017-18 season.

We assembled a 14-man roster that we would want to see play together. The team is open to interpretation, and can be assembled in an endless number of ways. But, this is a team we think would contend with the best of the best in the NCAA.
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