TULSA, Okla. — Some may call it an upset. Others will simply say that the better team won.
However you want to spin it, the season opener between the host Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the visiting Lamar Cardinals was a great way to kick off the 2017-18 campaign.
Last season, the Cardinals knocked off the Oregon State Beavers on the road in their second game of the year. This season, the Cardinals were looking to pull off a big time road win to kick things off. With arguably their most talented roster in recent years, Lamar had the tools to pull out the win.
After leading most of the way, Lamar had to thwart a late charge from the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa rattled off a 12-0 run, trimming Lamar’s lead down to a single point, at 62-61.
However, that was as close as they would come.
Lamar was able to hold off the charge from the home side, and clutch free throw shooting from both Nick Garth and Colton Weisbrod in the closing minutes sealed the deal for the Cardinals.
TULSA, Okla. — Friday marks the start of what promises to be a big year for the Lamar Cardinals.
Fresh off of their appearance in the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, Tic Price and the Cardinals kick off the 2017-18 regular season with a road game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. It marks the 10th all-time meeting between the schools, with the Cardinals holding a slim 5-4 advantage over Tulsa.
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 Diamond Head Classic has become a Christmas tradition for many basketball fans, as there are only a handful of college basketball games in the days just before and after December 25th. For hardcore basketball fans, the final day of the event falls on Christmas Day, providing an escape from the usual dinner table conversations.
Last season, the Oklahoma Sooners took on the Harvard Crimson in the finals. Harvard knocked off the BYU Cougars and the Auburn Tigers to reach the finals, and were looking for their third-straight upset to take home the title. In the end, Buddy Hield and the Sooners were too much for the Crimson, cruising to the 83-71 victory and the 2015 Diamond Head Classic title.
This time around, seven new teams will try their hand in Hawaii. While there are two clear-cut favourites, anything is possibly over the holiday break.
At this point last season, the East Carolina Pirates were 8-10 overall, and 1-4 in AAC play, and suffered a 66-64 loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane after falling 77-54 to the SMU Mustangs.
Fast forward one year, the Pirates enter Tuesday with an 8-10 record overall, and are 0-5 in conference play, and are coming off a 79-55 loss to SMU two games ago.
Maverick B. previews tonight’s game by looking at several key areas, including some projected starting lineups, factors to that improve each team’s chances, and some background information on both teams and coaches that could be a big factor in tonight’s contest.
Today’s game can be seen on ESPNNews with tip-off at 7:00pm ET! Scroll on down to take a look at College Court Report’s official Tulsa @ East Carolina preview!