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.
With their win over Virginia Tech and Florida State’s recent loss to North Carolina, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now officially first place in the ACC as they improved to 5-0 on the season after a five point win against the Hokies.
Virginia Tech was nationally ranked a few weeks ago after defeating #5 (at the time) Duke, but fell out of the AP Top 25 as a result of two straight losses to North Carolina State and Florida State.
The Hokies are now 13-4 on the season after today’s loss to the Fighting Irish, but have won against prominent basketball opponents in Michigan, Texas A & M, Duke and Syracuse.
Before today’s game, Notre Dame and the Hokies had played against each other seven times with the Irish now leading the series 7-1. The Irish won last years matchup between the Hokies, winning by only two points at home. Virginia Tech hasn’t won against the Irish since the 1973 NIT Championship 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 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.
With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!
You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.
The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.
In 2015-16, Billy Kennedy and the Texas A&M Aggies endured their fair share of ups-and-downs, but were still one of the nation’s top teams at year’s end.
The Aggies finished the year at 28-9 overall, and 13-5 in SEC play. They were tied for the top spot in the regular season standings with the Kentucky Wildcats, but were awarded the top-seed in the SEC Tournament on virtue of their win over the Wildcats on February 20th.
For a period of about two weeks, things didn’t look good for the Aggies. They lost five of six games from January 27th to February 13th, and were in danger of falling out of contention for the conference title. However, the Aggies were able to turn it around, and ultimately advanced to the SEC Tournament finals.
While they would lose to the Wildcats in the finals, the Aggies were awarded a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament. They would advance to the Sweet 16, knocking off the Northern Iowa Panthers in one of the most memorable tournament games in history. Texas A&M’s run would end at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners, 77-63.
The attention has switched to the 2016-17 season, and the Aggies find themselves with their backs against the wall before the season has even tipped off. Their roster will look vastly different than it did a year ago.
Conference play is in full swing across the country, and teams are all working towards the same goal of making the NCAA Tournament.
Over the next two months, as the season moves towards Selection Sunday and the NCAA Tournament, there will be a ton of speculation as to which teams deserve a spot in the tournament, and who should be left on the outside looking in.
There will be plenty of teams who gain a lot of attention as the tournament approaches, and there will be teams who sneak into the field under the radar. Some of these under-appreciated teams are more than capable of making a deep tournament run if they find themselves in the field of 68.