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Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Brandon Goodwin and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be flying high once again in 2017-18. Can they recreate the magic from their Sweet 16 run from back in the 2013 NCAA Tournament? (Source: Naples Herald)

CALGARY, Alta. — As soon as the 2016-17 season came to an end, the 2017-18 season became the focal point for fans all across the country.

Everyone has made some sort of snap judgment about how things will play out next season, with the major books verified by analysts at Sports Betting Dime focused on odds for the major contenders, or pretenders, of the power conferences.

But, what about the teams that fill the role of ‘Cinderella’ each and every season? These are the teams that captivate a nation as they make their incredible runs through the NCAA Tournament, knocking off power conference foes with each passing game as the field dwindles down.

Every year, fans get on the bandwagon of certain teams, with the hope that they make a deep run in March. It’s never too early to pick a Cinderella team, and we’ve got four of our own teams who will put a serious scare into power conference teams over the course of the upcoming 2017-18 season. Continue reading Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Appalachian State freshman guard Patrick Good to transfer from program

On Wednesday, freshman Patrick Good became the second guard to transfer from Appalachian State this off-season, joining sophomore Emarius Logan. (Source: News and Neighbor)

BOONE, NC. — Another day has come and gone in the 2017 off-season, and another notable player has been added to the transfer list.

On Tuesday, guard Randy Onwuasor received his release from the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, thus becoming a graduate transfer. A trio of power conference programs have already reached out to the California native, with more sure to follow in the coming days.

Then, on Wednesday, another talented guard with a bright future received his release, and will be a good addition to any team he commits to.

After a rather impressive first season in the NCAA, shooting guard Patrick Good requested his release from the Appalachian State Mountaineers, and the program facilitated his request immediately. Continue reading Appalachian State freshman guard Patrick Good to transfer from program

Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

Wes Myers averaged a shade under 17 points per game last season, but isn’t getting as much national attention on the transfer market as he deserves. (Source: Ashley L. Conti – BDN)
CALGARY, Alta. — Once again, change is good, and sometimes it’s needed.

For over 700 players across the NCAA this offseason, change has been needed, as they’ve opted to transfer to a new program for various reasons.

While the vast majority of them have committed to new schools, there’s still a slew of talented players who are on the market, and are flying under the radar.

There are the suspects who get the bulk of the attention, like Bryan Alberts from the Gonzaga BulldogsDejon Jarreau and Brison Gresham from the Massachusetts Minutemen, and Ibrahima Diallo from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, just to name a few.

However, there are several talented players from smaller programs and conferences who aren’t garnering the level of attention they deserve, but all of whom can help a team in the future.

Here are five players who are flying under the radar, with a few extras at the end to keep an eye on as the offseason moves along. Continue reading Five uncommitted transfers who are flying under the radar

Coastal Carolina, Wyoming set to do battle in best-of-three series for the CBI crown

Sophomore Justin James is looking to continue his strong play as of late and lead Wyoming to the 2017 CBI title.
CALGARY, Alta. — March Madness is in full swing, and it’s lived up to the hype so far.

Several ‘streaks’ are in jeopardy, like whether or not a Hall of Fame coach will make an appearance in the Final Four. Then, we have the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are looking to snap their own personal drought and make a Final Four appearance for the first time ever.

Following their win over the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Sweet 16, the Bulldogs are now knocking on the door of the Final Four in Houston.

While most people tend to focus solely on the NCAA Tournament, there are two teams who are looking to put an end to their championship droughts in Division I basketball.

On one side, you have a team looking to give the Mountain West Conference back-to-back winners in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament, and their first tournament title since 1943.

On the flip side, you have a team who is looking for their first-ever post-season tournament title in men’s basketball.

Starting Monday in Conway, SC, there’s a lot on the line for both the Wyoming Cowboys and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, who square off against one another in a best-of-three series to determine the 2017 CBI champions.

Here’s a look at how both teams got to where they are, and what they need to do to bring home some hardware. Continue reading Coastal Carolina, Wyoming set to do battle in best-of-three series for the CBI crown

RECAP: Texas State tops Lamar in an all-Texas showdown, 70-60

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Texas State advance to the second round of the CIT. (Source: Texas State Bobcats)

SAN MARCOS, Tex. — Instate battles in the regular season are always exciting.

When they take place in the post-season, and the stakes are much, much higher, they get taken to another level.

On Thursday night down in San Marcos, Texas, the CIT provided an all-Texas battle in the first round. The Lamar Cardinals, who were making their first appearance in the post-season since 2012, went on the road to take on the Texas State Bobcats, who fell in the Sun Belt tournament finale over the weekend.

While it’s not considered an instate rivalry by any means, having bragging rights over a team in your same state is never a bad thing.

On their home court, the Bobcats came out with a strong first half, setting the tone towards the end of the frame. An 11-1 run by the Bobcats gave them a nine-point lead, which would expand to a 12-point lead at the break.

The second half saw Lamar try to cut into the lead and get back into the game, but Texas State always had an answer for what the Cardinals threw at them.

Texas State kept their opponents at a safe distance, and punched their ticket to the Second Round of the CIT with a 70-60 win over Lamar. Continue reading RECAP: Texas State tops Lamar in an all-Texas showdown, 70-60

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Kevin Hervey, UT-Arlington Mavericks

After a season-ending injury last season, Kevin Hervey is making up for lost time, and he has the UT-Arlington Mavericks riding high in the Sun Belt. (Source: UT-Arlington Athletics)
After a season-ending injury last season, Kevin Hervey is making up for lost time, and he has the UT-Arlington Mavericks riding high in the Sun Belt. (Source: UT-Arlington Athletics)

CALGARY, Alb. — Before Kevin Hervey went down with a season-ending injury last season, the UT-Arlington Mavericks had the look of an NCAA Tournament team. They looked like the top threat to the Little Rock Trojans in the race for the Sun Belt title.

Following his injury, the Mavericks fell off their hot start to the season, and had to settle for a berth in the 2016 CollegeInsider.Com tournament. While a post-season berth is an impressive feat, fans of the Mavericks were left wondering ‘what if’.

The 2016-17 season is in the midst of conference play, and fans are seeing what a healthy Hervey can do against the rest of the Sun Belt.

Entering the week, the Mavericks were second in the conference, trailing only the Georgia Southern Eagles for top spot. They had two tough games on tap, one each at home and on the road, and needed two wins to keep pace atop the Sun Belt.

Behind the play of Hervey, who averaged a double-double for the week, the Mavericks scored two big wins by an average of 26.5 points.

For his efforts this past week, basketball fans selected Kevin Hervey as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of January 23 – 29, 2017!

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