The Grand Canyon Antelopes are one of the newest teams at the Division I level of men’s basketball in the NCAA, having been playing at the top level since the 2013-14 season. In their third season, the Antelopes have started to make serious waves in the WAC, and across the NCAA as a whole. With he exception of their blowout loss at Louisville, the Antelopes have played strong basketball this season. They entered Monday night riding a four-game winning streak, and they opened the season on a six-game winning streak.
On their home court, the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars were looking to score the upset win on Monday night. The season has gone the other direction for the Cougars this season, as they have had to endure a seven-game losing streak in November and December before reeling off two straight wins. After a road loss to the USC Trojans, the Cougars were looking to get back on track with a marquee win over the Antelopes.
The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a season it has been already. Night in and night out, any team is truly capable of knocking off anyone, making the season that much more exciting. Upsets have been aplenty this season, and more are bound to come over the course of the 2015-16 season.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. They could be freshmen or experienced seniors, and they could come from the smallest mid-major programs or the top teams in the country. Each night, there are big performances that are critical for their respective teams.
The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a start to the season we’ve had. Wednesday was a transition day, of sorts. Tuesday was the day that the Tip-Off Marathon ended, and Thursday is the day that some of the early-season tournaments begin. With that said, Wednesday still had a ton of great games to watch and satisfy your craving for basketball action.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. The first Wednesday of the year brought exciting finishes, upset losses, overtime thrillers, and its fair share of big performances as some teams were looking for their first win of the campaign.
Over the past few seasons, the WAC has been dominated by New Mexico State, and rightfully so. They have had talented players come through the program, and have been the best team in the conference.
Last season may have been the signal of a changing of the guard in the conference in the near future, no pun intended on the ‘guard’. While New Mexico State won the conference titles, it was UMKC’s star guard who took home WAC Player of the Year. Martez Harrison took home the award, a season after the Aggies’ Daniel Mullings won the hardware.
This season, UMKC will look to capitalize on having their star back for another go-round. The ‘Roos will look to build off their T-2nd place finish in the regular season standings, and build off one of their best seasons in recent memory. The big question will be whether or not they have the talent in place to knock the Aggies off atop the conference standings. Only time will tell.
The off-season leading up to the 2015-16 NCAA basketball season has been a busy one down in the Rio Grande Valley.
Two schools became one, as the University of Texas – Pan American and the University of Texas – Brownville became the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley. The change-over has been in the works since December of 2012, and it came to full-fruition in the early stages of 2015.
With UTRGV having a new look, in terms of official colours, logo, and team nickname, the future is bright for the institution on an academic level. The hope is that the school can experience some success in terms of sporting teams in the very near future.
One team in particular that is a big focus of the institution is the men’s basketball program. Playing out of the Western Athletic Conference, the conference has been dominated by the New Mexico State Aggies for the past few seasons, but the Vaqueros are hoping to change that.
The 2013-14 season saw the Saint Louis Billikens advance to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. With the likes of Jordair Jett, Dwayne Evans, Rob Loe, and Mike McCall Jr on the roster, it was one of the best Billiken teams of all-time.
However, most of those players graduated, which led to a rebuilding year in 2014-15. Saint Louis wasn’t nearly as strong as they were the previous year, and struggled at times to get things rolling.
This off-season hasn’t been any better, and the 2015-16 edition of the Billikens will have a different look and feel to it. Three players have transferred from the program, including Austin McBroom, Tanner Lancoma, and Grandy Glaze.
McBroom is off to Eastern Washington, while Lancoma has yet to make his decision.