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Full Bracket Released for the 2016 Gulf Coast Classic from Nov. 21-23

The full bracket for the Gulf Coast Showcase has been released, and the games will take place inside Germain Arena in Southwest Florida from Nov. 21-23. (Source: @gcshowcase on Twitter)
The full bracket for the Gulf Coast Showcase has been released, and the games will take place inside Germain Arena in Southwest Florida from Nov. 21-23. (Source: @GCShowcase on Twitter)

One of the early-season tournaments that regularly brings in a highly competitive field is the Gulf Coast Showcase. Taking place down in Southwest Florida inside Germain Arena, any of the eight teams could realistically come away with the tournament title when all is said and done.

Last year was no exception. In the end, the Weber State Wildcats took down the Murray State Racers to win the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase in a battle of two top-tier mid-major programs.

On Friday, the bracket for the 2016 edition of the event was released. From top to bottom, there are talented programs who will be vying for an early-season tournament title.

Eight different conference are represented in the event, which takes place from November 21-23, 2016.

Below are the four opening round match-ups for the event. Continue reading Full Bracket Released for the 2016 Gulf Coast Classic from Nov. 21-23

3rd Annual College Court Report Season Awards

Buddy Hield was picked twice as the Player of the Year, with Ben Simmons landing the third selection. See who else landed an award in the 3rd Annual College Court Report Season Awards.
Buddy Hield was picked twice as the Player of the Year, with Ben Simmons landing the third selection. See who else landed an award in the 3rd Annual College Court Report Season Awards.

With the 2015-16 season firmly in the rearview mirror and the attention on the 2016 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, we felt as though this would be the perfect time to hand out some hardware.

After a crazy season, there are several players who are worthy of accolades, which made the decisions below even harder to make.

The writers got together to select five of the top awards before getting into the CCR All-American teams and more awards for more-than-deserving players in the country.

We recognize some of the top mid-major players, the top Canadians, and some talented freshmen you may not have heard of.

Take a look at who took home some hardware in the 3rd Annual College Court Report Season Awards!
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RECAP: South Dakota State Returns to NCAA Tournament with 67-59 Victory over North Dakota State

Freshman Mike Daum recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds in the Summit League final, en route to helping the South Dakota State Jackrabbits land their 3rd NCAA Tournament bid in the last five years with a 67-59 win over North Dakota State. Daum was also named the MVP of the 2016 Summit League tournament.
Freshman Mike Daum recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds in the Summit League final, en route to helping the South Dakota State Jackrabbits land their 3rd NCAA Tournament bid in the last five years with a 67-59 win over North Dakota State. Daum was also named the MVP of the 2016 Summit League tournament.

Things came down to the final game of the regular season, but the South Dakota State Jackrabbits earned a share of the regular season title in the Summit League with a 12-4 record.

Due to the tie-breaking procedures, they earned the 2-seed in the conference tournament, while the IPFW Mastodons were awarded the top seed.

On their journey towards the conference championship, the Jackrabbits had to fight to reach the finals. A three-point win over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in the quarter-finals was followed by a come-from-behind win over the Denver Pioneers in the semi-finals, in which South Dakota State won by a single point.

The Jackrabbits were unquestionably tired after their tough two games, but they were one win away from the NCAA Tournament. In the top half of the bracket, upset victories led the 5th-seed North Dakota State Bison to the Summit League championship for another instalment in the rivalry between them and the Jackrabbits.

North Dakota State had their sights set on the Big Dance, but the Jackrabbits weren’t about to let their hard work from the previous two games go to waste.

South Dakota State persevered, pulling away from the Bison in the second-half to come away with the 67-59 victory, and a coveted spot in the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading RECAP: South Dakota State Returns to NCAA Tournament with 67-59 Victory over North Dakota State

RECAP: Darell Combs Nets 31 as IUPUI Jaguars Knock off Summit-Leading IPFW Mastodons, 80-77

Max Landis (above) and John Konchar combined for 33 points on Saturday, but the Summit LEague leaders couldn't hold off the upset-minded IUPUI Jaguars, falling 80-77 on the road. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Max Landis (above) and John Konchar combined for 33 points on Saturday, but the Summit League leading IPFW Mastodons couldn’t hold off the upset-minded IUPUI Jaguars, falling 80-77 on the road. (Source: USA Today Sports)

The regular season in the Summit League came to an end on Saturday, and the IPFW Mastodons had the opportunity to secure the regular season title outright with a win on the road over the IUPUI Jaguars.

Having won their past four games, the Mastodons were riding a hot streak at just the right time. The same couldn’t be said for the Jaguars, as they came in having lost their previous two outings.

In the first meeting between the two this season, the Jaguars went on the road and shocked the Mastodons, coming away with the 84-82 victory. With the action switching to their home floor, they were looking for a season sweep, while closing the regular season on a high note.

It came down to the wire, and Max Landis had the ball in his hands with the game on the line. His last-second three point attempt was off the mark, and the IUPUI Jaguars came away with the massive 80-77 win over the IPFW Mastodons. Continue reading RECAP: Darell Combs Nets 31 as IUPUI Jaguars Knock off Summit-Leading IPFW Mastodons, 80-77

RECAP: IUPUI Upsets Summit League Favourite South Dakota State, 74-67

Darell Combs scored a team-high 18 points on Thursday night to help lead the IUPUI Jaguars to the 74-67 upset victory over the Summit League front-running South Dakota State Jackrabbits. (Source: Indy Sports Report) (Header Photo: Indy Sports Report)
Darell Combs scored a team-high 18 points on Thursday night to help lead the IUPUI Jaguars to the 74-67 upset victory over the Summit League front-running South Dakota State Jackrabbits. (Source: Indy Sports Report)
(Header Photo: Indy Sports Report)

Coming into the 2015-16 season, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits were the favourite to come away with the Summit League title come March. They have a group that is filled with talent and experience, and they are also the beneficiary of some of the other top contenders losing some of their own talent from last season.

With their strong play to open the season, the Jackrabbits have been a mainstay in the CCR Mid-Major Power Rankings all season long.

On Thursday night, they went on the road to take on the IUPUI Jaguars in a big road test for the Jackrabbits. The Jaguars came into the night with a 5-12 record overall, and 1-1 in conference play. Despite their sub-.500 record, they have shown flashes of strong basketball this year, and were looking to make a statement on their home floor against the best the Summit League has to offer.

When all was said and done, the Jaguars did exactly what they set out to do. They hung with South Dakota State over the first half, and took control of the game in the last 9 minutes of the game to pull off the upset.

IUPUI came away with an impressive win over South Dakota State, 74-67. Continue reading RECAP: IUPUI Upsets Summit League Favourite South Dakota State, 74-67