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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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RECAP: Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State knock off Arkansas State for first Sun Belt win

Emarius Logan scored 12 points, and Ronshad Shabazz (top) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to their first Sun Belt win of 2016-17 on Monday. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)
Emarius Logan scored 12 points, and Ronshad Shabazz (top) scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to their first Sun Belt win of 2016-17 on Monday. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)

So far in 2016-17, the Sun Belt has lived up to its #FunBelt slogan on social media, as it sure has been fun.

In non-conference play, several teams had the look of a top contender in the race for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. After a slow start, the UT-Arlington Mavericks look like the team to beat, while the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are picking up steam at the right time.

Another team who caught the attention of fans everywhere, including us, is the Arkansas State Red Wolves. A road win over the Georgetown Hoyas highlighted a strong start to their season.

On Monday, the Red Wolves were looking to bounce back after a loss over the weekend in conference action. They went on the road to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers, a team who was looking for their first Sun Belt win of the year.

The Mountaineers were looking to make a statement, and they came out of the gates on fire. The home side opened the game on a 12-0 run to get the home crowd into the game early.

While Arkansas State would fight back, and the game would be tight right to the final few minutes, the Mountaineers wouldn’t let the game slip away.

Ronshad Shabazz scored a game-high 18 points to lead Appalachian State to the 70-57 win over Arkansas State on Monday night. Continue reading RECAP: Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State knock off Arkansas State for first Sun Belt win

RECAP: Florida Gators Sink Little Rock, 94-71

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Florida’s KeVaughn Allen scored 13 of the Gators’ first 20 points in a 94-71 win over the Little Rock Trojans on Wednesday evening to open the newly-renovated ExacTech Arena. (Source: USA Today Sports)

In a belated home opener on Wednesday evening, the Florida Gators dispatched the visiting Little Rock Trojans with ease, beating them 94-71 behind five double-digit scoring performances.

The Gators (9-3) were forced to play the majority of their non-conference schedule away from their usual home arena, the O’Connell Center, which was in the process of being renovated and was reopened to the team only within the last few days. Florida head coach Mike White, in his second year at the Gators’ helm after a successful run at Louisiana Tech, led his team to a resounding double-digit win to open up the fresh building. Continue reading RECAP: Florida Gators Sink Little Rock, 94-71

RECAP: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Earn Signature Win Over Little Rock

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Trojans post presence Lis Shoshi pulled down eight boards in a non-conference loss to Oral Roberts on Monday evening. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Little Rock, which was in the midst of an impressive six-game winning streak with only two losses so far in head coach Wes Flanigan‘s debut year, was sent away from Tulsa on Monday afternoon with a tough third defeat, as the Trojans were whipped by the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 63-48.

The Eagles’ Aaron Anderson made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and had eight total points, as ORU began pulling away late in the period and went into the halftime break with a 27-21 advantage.

As a team, Little Rock shot just 7-of-26 (27 percent) from the floor in the first half and did not land a single shot from behind the arc. In fact, the Trojans did not make any of the 15 3-pointers attempted during the entire game (they were 0-for-15), a serious hindrance to any hopes of a second-half comeback.  Continue reading RECAP: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Earn Signature Win Over Little Rock

RECAP: Wofford Terriers Outlast Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in Tight Battle

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Wofford senior point guard Eric Garcia posted a career-high 23 points as the Terriers escaped from Conway, S.C., with a one-point victory over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a non-conference tilt on Monday evening. (Source: Denver Post)

It was only fitting that Coastal Carolina‘s Artur Labinowicz drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Wofford Terriers on Monday evening.

The game was a two-hour long shooting festival, a patchwork quilt consisting of run after run, much physicality and an ever-slim margin of error. Labinowicz’s shot would have fit into the madness nearly perfectly if it had forced overtime or won the game.

Unfortunately for the Chanticleers, it did fit into the madness perfectly — because before the heave, Wofford led by four.

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Five First Time Head Coaches Enjoying Early-Season Success in Division I

Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton - Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton - Arkansas State Athletics)
Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton – Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton – Arkansas State Athletics)

Players aren’t the only ones who make their debuts in college basketball each November.

Each season, there are several first time head coaches who realize their dreams of becoming a head coach at the Division I level. Many have paid their dues, whether it be as an assistant coach in the NCAA, or as a head coach at a smaller institution. The journeys are undoubtedly long, but well worth it in the end, when they see the title of ‘Head Men’s Basketball Coach’ after their name.

The start of the 2016-17 season was no exception.

In total, there are 29 coaches across the country who are first-time head coaches in Division I this season. Some have been assistants at larger programs in the country, while others have been head coaches in the junior college ranks.

Regardless of where they came from, they are now head coaches at the top level of collegiate basketball.

The transition hasn’t been easy for every coach, as only nine of the 29 first-time coaches have a winning record through the first five weeks of the year.

Here are five coaches who are enjoying some early success in their first year at the helm in Division I.
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