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Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

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After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.

According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.

This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.

Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.

With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season.
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Hawai’i Falls to Utah, 80-60, for Their Second Loss of the Season

On December 2nd, Utah dealt Hawai’i their second loss of the season, by way of an 80-60 decision in Salt Lake City. (Source: Adam Fondren – Desert News) (Header: Adam Fondren – Desert News)

HONOLULU — The Hawai’i Warriors fell to the Utah Utes, 80-60, late Saturday night. It was their second loss of the season.

Utah is one of only two power five schools that the Warriors will play this season. Saturday also marked the first road game of 2017-18 for the Warriors.

Both teams shot less than 45% from the floor, with Hawai’i having their worst shooting game this season, going a dismal 36.5% from the floor in the loss. Continue reading Hawai’i Falls to Utah, 80-60, for Their Second Loss of the Season

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Pac-12

Chris Boucher is one of four Oregon players to be named to the All-Pac 12 teams. (Source: Adam Eberhardt - Emerald)
Chris Boucher is one of four Oregon players to be named to the All-Pac 12 teams. (Source: Adam Eberhardt – Emerald)

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 Pac-12 Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Pac-12

First Round Pairings for 2016 Diamond Head Classic Announced

On paper, Trey Kell and the San Diego State Aztecs look like the favourite to win the 2016 Diamond Head Classic. But, anything can happen, and that's why the games are played. (Source: Rant Sports)
On paper, Trey Kell and the San Diego State Aztecs look like the favourite to win the 2016 Diamond Head Classic. But, anything can happen, and that’s why the games are played. (Source: Rant Sports)

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.

All four quarter-final match-ups promise to bring more excitement to the holiday season, and things get started with a match-up that features two teams who were in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
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Toronto Raptors Select Center Jakob Poeltl as Potential Replacement for Bismack Biyombo

With Bismack Biyombo likely on his way out of Toronto, big man Jakob Poeltl is an ideal fit for the Toronto Raptors as a backup center.
With Bismack Biyombo likely on his way out of Toronto, former Utah big man Jakob Poeltl is an ideal fit for the Toronto Raptors as a backup center.

When big man Jonas Valanciunas went down with an injury in the 2016 NBA Playoffs for the Toronto Raptors, many thought that the team wouldn’t advance far in the post-season.

But, as he showed over the course of the regular season, backup center Bismack Biyombo showed that he was no slouch. He was capable of playing big minutes and being an impact player on both ends of the floor for the Raptors. Biyombo was a key piece of the Raptors’ run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

After Toronto’s season came to an end, Biyombo opted out of his contract, becoming a free agent on July 1st. With Biyombo in a position to see a massive pay raise, and the Raptors possibly letting him go to another team, the focus turned to a backup center on draft night.

Several names were thrown for the Raptors in the 9th slot. From Henry Ellenson to Jakob Poeltl, and Marquese Chriss to Domantas Sabonis, the Raptors could have went several directions.

After picks ahead of them fell into place, the decision became clear for Toronto. Continue reading Toronto Raptors Select Center Jakob Poeltl as Potential Replacement for Bismack Biyombo

Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.
Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.

The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full-swing, and what a weekend it was. Upsets were scattered about, mixed in with record-breaking performances from some of the nation’s best programs.

After the first weekend is in the books, basketball fans from across the nation get geared up for a full 24 hours of top-notch college basketball action, in the form of the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. From Monday, November 16th at 5:30pm until Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00pm, there are basketball games all throughout. Yes, that means even in the wee hours of the morning, there are basketball games (we see you, Nevada and Hawaii).

The event brings together a handful of the country’s best games over that time frame and all of the games are showcased on ESPN networks. To get you ready for this year’s festivities, we have previewed all of the games for you in one convenient location.

Take a scroll down to read a bit about each game that will take place over the 2015 ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. Grab some caffeine, get comfortable, and get ready for a crazy 24 hours. Continue reading Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon