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2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Men Against Breast Cancer

With the graduation of Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, look for sophomore Nijal Pearson to be the go-to guy for Texas State in 2017-18. (Source: Texas State Men’s Basketball)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the 2017 Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Men Against Breast Cancer

2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic, Hosts’ Bracket

Jordan Caroline is a front-runner for the Mountain West Player of the Year award, and is the leader of a talented Nevada Wolfpack team in 2017-18.

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the Hosts’ Bracket of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic, Hosts’ Bracket

2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Jimmy V Classic

Kevin Ollie will look to guide his team to a win over Syracuse in the 2017 Jimmy V Classic on December 5th in New York. (Header: ESPN Events)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017-18 season is just around the corner, and while there’s a debate on Twitter as to when the season actually starts, it can’t get here soon enough.

Schedules are being released with each passing weekday, and many of them feature early-season tournaments and multi-team events all throughout non-conference play. According to Chris Dobbertean and Blogging the Bracket, there are over 30 multi-team tournaments, and another handful of neutral site showcases and non-exempt events.

So, with the season coming up, we thought we would go through and preview all of the early-season tournaments, the non-exempt tournaments, and a wide array of the neutral site showcase events. In total, we will preview 75 different events over the course of the next 75 days, culminating on opening day.

We selected the events at random, and have broken some up into two pieces, like the Phil Knight Invitational, since there are two separate brackets.

Today, we take a look at the Jimmy V Classic. Continue reading 2017-18 MTE and Neutral Site Showcase Preview Series: Jimmy V Classic

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Alec Wintering, Portland Pilots

Alec Wintering averaged 24.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this past week, leading the Pilots to two wins to open up conference play.
Alec Wintering averaged 24.5 points and 7.0 assists per game this past week, leading the Pilots to two wins to open up conference play.

He may not get the national attention that he deserves, which is a crime in its own right, but Portland Pilots‘ senior guard Alec Wintering is one of the premier guards in the entire NCAA.

Over his entire collegiate career, the native of Charlotte, NC has done it all for the Pilots.

Wintering has averaged at least 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game in each season at Portland, while shooting at least 43.4% from the field in each of the last three years. He regularly stuffs the stat sheet, which makes it even more puzzling as to why more people aren’t talking about him and his talents.

We’ve been high on him over the past two seasons, and he keeps giving us more reasons to be excited about his future prospects.

This past week was no different, as he helped to lead the Pilots to two big wins in conference play to close out 2016 on a high note. Wintering averaged 23.5 points and 7.0 assists in the Pilots’ two wins last week, putting them a perfect 2-0 in WCC play and sending them into 2017 with a big boost of momentum.

After his impressive week, Wintering was rewarded for his efforts. Through a poll on Twitter, he was selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of December 26 – January 1!

Wintering is the first player to receive a Player of the Week award in back-to-back seasons from College Court Report, as he won the award last season for the week of February 1 – 7, 2016. Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Alec Wintering, Portland Pilots

Five First Time Head Coaches Enjoying Early-Season Success in Division I

Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton - Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton - Arkansas State Athletics)
Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton – Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton – Arkansas State Athletics)

Players aren’t the only ones who make their debuts in college basketball each November.

Each season, there are several first time head coaches who realize their dreams of becoming a head coach at the Division I level. Many have paid their dues, whether it be as an assistant coach in the NCAA, or as a head coach at a smaller institution. The journeys are undoubtedly long, but well worth it in the end, when they see the title of ‘Head Men’s Basketball Coach’ after their name.

The start of the 2016-17 season was no exception.

In total, there are 29 coaches across the country who are first-time head coaches in Division I this season. Some have been assistants at larger programs in the country, while others have been head coaches in the junior college ranks.

Regardless of where they came from, they are now head coaches at the top level of collegiate basketball.

The transition hasn’t been easy for every coach, as only nine of the 29 first-time coaches have a winning record through the first five weeks of the year.

Here are five coaches who are enjoying some early success in their first year at the helm in Division I.
Continue reading Five First Time Head Coaches Enjoying Early-Season Success in Division I

Thursday Headlines: UT-Arlington Scores First-Ever Win over a Ranked Team, Middle Tennessee Wreaks Havoc on the SEC, and More

The UT-Arlington Mavericks scored their first-ever win over a ranked team on Thursday night, knocking off #12 Saint Mary's in Moraga, CA, 65-51. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header Photo: UT-Arlington Athletics)
The UT-Arlington Mavericks scored their first-ever win over a ranked team on Thursday night, knocking off #12 Saint Mary’s in Moraga, CA, 65-51. (Source: USA Today Sports) (Header Photo: UT-Arlington Athletics)

Thursday night may have only had 11 games on the slate, but it most definitely provided its fair share of excitement, and then some.

Two ranked teams were in action on the night. They both lost.

A Conference USA powerhouse took on yet another team from the SEC. They won for the third straight time against teams from the conference.

There were some career-best performances across the country (Shamorie Ponds and Maurius Hill, we’re talking about you), and an ugly performance from the Fordham Rams.

Despite only having 11 games on tap, Thursday was a night to remember. Here are Thursday’s Headlines. Continue reading Thursday Headlines: UT-Arlington Scores First-Ever Win over a Ranked Team, Middle Tennessee Wreaks Havoc on the SEC, and More