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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Conference USA

Jon Elmore has been a constant problem for opposing defenses over his first two years at Marshall, and that trend will continue in 2017-18. (Source: Jared Wickerham – AP)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Following the 2016-17 season, several teams in the Conference USA underwent some major changes in the off-season. From a recruiting saga with a five-star prospect that looked like it was never going to end, to several big-time players either graduating or transferring to bigger programs, the makeup of several teams will look vastly different that it did the year prior.

Regardless, the race for the Conference USA crown will be an exciting one. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to advance to their third straight NCAA Tournament and knock off a Big Ten school for the third time in a row. Other programs are nipping at their heels, and some come into the year ranked higher than the defending champions.

With an abundance of talent still calling the Conference USA their home, scroll down to take a look at who we have tabbed as our Preseason Player of the Year, and who comes in where on our All-Conference USA Teams!
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RECAP: Wake Forest Demon Deacons Use Long Ball to Knock Off UTEP in Gildan Charleston Classic, 103-81

John Collins recorded 24 points on Thursday afternoon, going 9-of-10 from the floor in the process, as Wake Forest downed UTEP in the opening round of the Gildan Charleston Classic, 103-81. (Source: Jeremy Brevard - USA Today Sports
John Collins recorded 24 points on Thursday afternoon, going 9-of-10 from the floor in the process, as Wake Forest downed UTEP in the opening round of the Gildan Charleston Classic, 103-81. (Source: Jeremy Brevard – USA Today Sports)

The 2016-17 season is barely a week old, and there have already been a slew of fantastic games that we will be talking about for the rest of the season.

Last night, we witnessed the upset of the season so far, as the Lamar Cardinals went on the road and forced the Oregon State Beavers into committing 27 turnovers, en route to the 63-60 victory in Corvallis.

According to Ken Pomeroy, the Cardinals has a 5% chance of winning the contest.

On Thursday, a number of early season evens kicked off, giving fans basketball action all day long. One of which that kicked off Thursday morning was the Gildan Charleston Classic.

After the Villanova Wildcats opened up the tournament with a closer-than-expected win over the Western Michigan Broncos, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons took on the UTEP Miners with a date against the reigning National Champions awaiting the winner in the semi-finals.

Wake Forest came to play in the first half, and were hot from the field. They shot 13-of-20 in the first half from three point range, putting up 63 points in the process.

The lead was too much for UTEP to come back from, and the Demon Deacons cruised in the second half, punching their ticket to the semi-finals with a 103-81 win over the Miners. Continue reading RECAP: Wake Forest Demon Deacons Use Long Ball to Knock Off UTEP in Gildan Charleston Classic, 103-81

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Conference USA

William Lee and the UAB Blazers enter the 2016-17 season as the favourites in the Conference USA, and will look to make their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years.
William Lee and the UAB Blazers enter the 2016-17 season as the favourites in the Conference USA, and will look to make their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last three years.

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

2016-17 Schedules: UTEP Miners

Dominic Artis is entering his second, and final, season with the UTEP Miners in 2016-17, and will be looking to get the team into the NCAA Tournament. (Source: American Sportsnet)
Dominic Artis is entering his second, and final, season with the UTEP Miners in 2016-17, and will be looking to get the team into the NCAA Tournament. (Source: American Sportsnet)

UTEP Miners

2015-16 Record: 19-14 (10-8 in Conference USA; 6th)
Key Returnees: Dominic Artis, Lee Moore, Omega Harris, Terry Winn
Key Departures: Earvin Morris, Jr., Hooper Vint
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UTEP Big Man Vince Hunter to go Pro

UTEP standout Vince Hunter declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday after just two seasons with the Miners. (Source: USA Today Sports)
UTEP standout Vince Hunter declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday after just two seasons with the Miners. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Thursday was a day that was filled with players declaring for the NBA Draft. Kentucky saw it’s top seven (7!) scorers declare for the draft, with potential first overall selection Karl-Anthony Towns leading the way. A little bit later on, Duke’s Jahlil Okafor also declared for the draft. Towns and Okafor are the likely candidates to be the first overall selection in the draft, with the other likely to go with the second pick. Right now, it looks as though they sit 1a and 1b on many draft boards, as you can’t really go wrong with either.

There was another notable announcement on Thursday that got overshadowed by the “stars” making their decisions. Another talented big man declared for the draft, and he goes by the name of Vince Hunter. The UTEP Miner forward officially entered his name into the 2015 NBA Draft, and is a name to watch come draft day. Continue reading UTEP Big Man Vince Hunter to go Pro