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Sunday Recap: Colorado Remains Perfect, Miles Bridges, and a Quadruple Overtime Thriller

George King recorded 25 points and eight rebounds in the Championship game of the Paradise Jam to lead the Colorado Buffaloes past Mercer for the title, 79-70. (Source: Buffzone.com) (Header: Sports Illustrated)

CANMORE, Alta. — The second weekend of the 2017-18 season is officially in the books, and what a Sunday we all experienced to cap it off.

Admittedly, the first week of the season had its moments where it was a bit underwhelming. A lack of upsets left excitement on the table and fans wanting more, but we also got to experience our fair share of exciting basketball and close games. College basketball is unpredictable with each passing game, which is why we take it all in stride.

November 19th brought a little bit of everything to the forefront. A trio of early-season tournaments came to a close, a pair of top ten teams dodged upset bids, and we witnessed our fair share of overtime games that had fans on the edge of their seats right to the final buzzer.

If you opted for the NFL as opposed to the NCAA, here’s what you may have missed over the course of the day on Sunday. Continue reading Sunday Recap: Colorado Remains Perfect, Miles Bridges, and a Quadruple Overtime Thriller

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: America East

Jahad Thomas does it all for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, as evident by his two triple-double performances in 2016-17.

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.

Last season, the Vermont Catamounts rolled over the rest of the America East, and all signs point to another dominating team in 2017-18. Canadian guard Trae Bell-Haynes took home the America East Player of the Year award last season, and will be looking to become a two-time winner to close out his career.

However, there are several talented players in the conference who are all worthy of the award. Even though Vermont is the team to beat, the Player of the Year award winner could come from one of the other eight programs in the conference.

Take a look below at who we have selected as America East Player of the Year, and who falls where on our All-America East teams, which feature at least one player from all nine teams!

Continue reading College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: America East

Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Brandon Goodwin and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be flying high once again in 2017-18. Can they recreate the magic from their Sweet 16 run from back in the 2013 NCAA Tournament? (Source: Naples Herald)

CALGARY, Alta. — As soon as the 2016-17 season came to an end, the 2017-18 season became the focal point for fans all across the country.

Everyone has made some sort of snap judgment about how things will play out next season, with the major books verified by analysts at Sports Betting Dime focused on odds for the major contenders, or pretenders, of the power conferences.

But, what about the teams that fill the role of ‘Cinderella’ each and every season? These are the teams that captivate a nation as they make their incredible runs through the NCAA Tournament, knocking off power conference foes with each passing game as the field dwindles down.

Every year, fans get on the bandwagon of certain teams, with the hope that they make a deep run in March. It’s never too early to pick a Cinderella team, and we’ve got four of our own teams who will put a serious scare into power conference teams over the course of the upcoming 2017-18 season. Continue reading Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: America East

After a strong freshman campaign, Albany's Joe Cremo is ready to take on a lead role for the Great Danes in 2016-17. (Source: Times Union)
After a strong freshman campaign, Albany’s Joe Cremo is ready to take on a lead role for the Great Danes in 2016-17. (Source: Times Union)

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 in the America East. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: America East

Full Bracket Released for the 2016 Gulf Coast Classic from Nov. 21-23

The full bracket for the Gulf Coast Showcase has been released, and the games will take place inside Germain Arena in Southwest Florida from Nov. 21-23. (Source: @gcshowcase on Twitter)
The full bracket for the Gulf Coast Showcase has been released, and the games will take place inside Germain Arena in Southwest Florida from Nov. 21-23. (Source: @GCShowcase on Twitter)

One of the early-season tournaments that regularly brings in a highly competitive field is the Gulf Coast Showcase. Taking place down in Southwest Florida inside Germain Arena, any of the eight teams could realistically come away with the tournament title when all is said and done.

Last year was no exception. In the end, the Weber State Wildcats took down the Murray State Racers to win the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase in a battle of two top-tier mid-major programs.

On Friday, the bracket for the 2016 edition of the event was released. From top to bottom, there are talented programs who will be vying for an early-season tournament title.

Eight different conference are represented in the event, which takes place from November 21-23, 2016.

Below are the four opening round match-ups for the event. Continue reading Full Bracket Released for the 2016 Gulf Coast Classic from Nov. 21-23

RECAP: Stony Brook Seawolves Advance to First NCAA Tournament in School History

Behind Jameel Warney's 43 points and 10 rebounds, the Stony Brook Seawolves fought back to take down the Vermont Catamounts, 80-74, to earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history. (Source: NY Post)
Behind Jameel Warney’s 43 points and 10 rebounds, the Stony Brook Seawolves fought back to take down the Vermont Catamounts, 80-74, to earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history. (Source: NY Post)

Fans of the Stony Brook Seawolves have been waiting a while for the school to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and many thought that this year could be the year that they finally earn a ticket to the big dance. After finishing atop the America East standings in the regular season, the spot in the field of 68 was theirs to lose.

After advancing to the conference tournament finals, the Seawolves were one win away from realizing their dream. They had to get past another perennial conference powerhouse to earn the spot, the Vermont Catamounts.

Both teams have been regular fixtures near the top of the conference standings, so a Seawolves-Catamounts finale is no surprise. For either team to come away victorious, star players would need to bring their best.

Fortunately for the Seawolves, Jameel Warney and Carson Puriefoy did just that. Warney scored a game-high 43 points, while Puriefoy added 23 points of his own, and the duo helped lead Stony Brook on a massive second-half comeback to secure a berth in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

After falling behind by 9 at halftime, the Stony Brook Seawolves fought their way back and came away with the 80-74 victory over the Vermont Catamounts. Continue reading RECAP: Stony Brook Seawolves Advance to First NCAA Tournament in School History