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Hawai’i Warriors Get Off to a 3-1 Start in Big West Play

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Despite some poor shooting performances on the offensive end, Eran Ganot and the Hawai’i Warriors sit at 3-1 in Big West play, thanks in large part to their defense. (Source: Hawai’i Luxury Magazine) (Header: Hawai’i Athletics)

HONOLULU — After opening with a record of 3-1 in Big West play, which will continue on Saturday against Chima Moneke and the UC Davis Aggies, the Hawai’i Warriors are sitting pretty in a tie for second in the conference standings.

Hawai’i has averaged an even 70 points per game over their four-game stretch, but have been playing some sub-par basketball despite the results on the scoreboard and their spot in the standings.

In their 57-45 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs, their second win over the stretch, the Warriors shot just 40.5% from the field, as well as shooting a dismal 33.3% from beyond the arc. Continue reading Hawai’i Warriors Get Off to a 3-1 Start in Big West Play

Lamar Basketball: Previewing the UC Davis Aggies

Junior guard TJ Shorts II (0) has four double-digit scoring games over his past six outings, including a 20 point showing at Washington State. (Source: Davis Enterprise)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Some holiday basketball will take place in Sin City on Friday and Saturday, as the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic will be played inside Orleans Arena.

Eight teams, split into two brackets, will play a pair of games over the next two days to close out non-conference play for most, and close out the 2017 calendar year for a few as well. The Lamar Cardinals will take part in the Visitors’ Bracket of the event, and open up with a contest against the UC Davis Aggies.

In the other pairing, the Radford Highlanders and North Carolina A&T Aggies will square off. The winners and losers of each contest will match up against one another on Saturday to close out the event. Lamar has never faced any of the three teams in the bracket.

Friday’s contest will be one of the toughest-to-date for the Cardinals in 2017-18, as UC Davis comes into the day ranked 24th in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 poll from CollegeInsider.com. Both teams will be looking to get back on track as conference play is just around the corner.

Here’s what you need to know about Lamar and UC Davis in advance of their contest on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas. Continue reading Lamar Basketball: Previewing the UC Davis Aggies

Trifecta: Three teams with the best chance of earning their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament

Matt Mooney and the South Dakota Coyotes earned their first-ever regular season Summit League crown this season, and will look to turn that into their first-ever trip to the Big Dance. (Source: South Dakota Athletics)
Matt Mooney and the South Dakota Coyotes earned their first-ever regular season Summit League crown this season, and will look to turn that into their first-ever trip to the Big Dance. (Source: South Dakota Athletics)
CALGARY, Alta. — Some power conference teams simply don’t know what it’s like to not make the NCAA Tournament each year. Teams like the Kansas JayhawksMichigan State Spartans, and even the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs have lengthy streaks of appearances in the Big Dance.

On the flip side, some smaller programs are still awaiting their first spot in the magical field of 68.

Advancing to the NCAA Tournament is always tougher for smaller programs. In most cases, non-power conferences are only represented by their respective conference champions. Outside of the Missouri Valley Conference and the West Coast Conference, it’s very rare to see to see multiple teams from the same small conference in the field of 68.

This season, the level of parity across the NCAA appears to be at an all-time high. So far in March, we’ve already seen our fair share of upsets. The Campbell Camels knocked off the UNC Asheville Bulldogs behind a Big South record 51 points from Chris Clemons, and two of the top three teams are already out of the Big South tournament.

Because of these upsets, it makes us think that anything is possible.

In the latest edition of the Trifecta, here are three teams who appear to have the best chance of securing their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Note: the three teams listed below have yet to begin their conference tournaments.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big West

In a conference that has it's fair share of top-tier guards, Justin Bibbins is one of the best in the Big West. (Source: Joshua S. Kelly - USA Today Sports)
In a conference that has it’s fair share of top-tier guards, Justin Bibbins is one of the best in the Big West. (Source: Joshua S. Kelly – USA Today Sports)

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.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Big West Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big West

NBA Draft Profile: Corey Hawkins, UC Davis

Corey Hawkins enjoyed a career year with the UC Davis Aggies, and boosted his draft stock in the process during the 2014-15 season.
Corey Hawkins enjoyed a career year with the UC Davis Aggies, and boosted his draft stock in the process during the 2014-15 season.

The NBA Draft is less than a month away, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

60 of the best young basketball players in the world will hear their name called, as they finally realize their dreams of being drafted to the NBA. At the same time, however, players will see their dreams come to an end as they fail to walk across the stage to shake the commissioner’s hand.

With a rich talent pool this season, there are bound to be players who had great collegiate careers that don’t get drafted. It doesn’t mean they won’t ever play in the NBA, they will just have to take a detour.

This is the time of year when people try to find out as much information about players as they possibly can, so they can be familiar with whomever their favourite NBA team selects on draft day.

Yes, there will be situations like Toronto last season, when they selected Bruno Caboclo, where even the commentators were stunned at the selection. For the most part, the players selected have been household names in college, or on the international stage.

Over the course of the next month leading up to the draft, we will post a new draft preview each day that highlights a player who has a great chance to be drafted. One thing that we are doing different than other sites is not focusing on players in the first round. These players are constantly covered, and you can find information on them all over the place.

We will look at players who don’t get as much attention as they deserve, as we try to shine the light on some underrated talents in the NBA Draft. Today’s feature: Corey Hawkins, UC Davis. Continue reading NBA Draft Profile: Corey Hawkins, UC Davis