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Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

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Elon’s Dmitri Thompson is one of 16 players who need your vote in the Dark Horse Dunker contest ahead of this year’s College SLAM Dunk Contest. (Header: HERO Sports)

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — The Final Four in San Antonio, TX is under two months away, but the anticipation is already building for the dunk contest, powered by College SLAM.

This week, the bracket for the Dark Horse Dunker was released, featuring 16 of the top dunkers from across the country. Eight of the players hail from Division I institutions, while the other eight come from the ranks of Division II, JUCO, and other levels.

Three of the eight first-round pairings pit Division I players against one another. Continue reading Dark Horse Dunker Bracket Features 16 of the Nation’s Top Dunkers

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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Six early winners on the 2017 transfer market

C.J. Bryce surprised many with his decision to transfer from UNC Wilmington, but he made the NC State Wolfpack one of the biggest winners of the offseason. (Source: NBC Sports)

CALGARY, Alta. — So far this offseason, 728 players have transferred from their 2016-17 program, according to Verbal Commits.

That’s a fair number of players.

With that, rosters will look vastly different over the next two seasons, as graduate transfers take to the hardwood this season with their new programs, while others have to wait until the 2018-19 campaign to get into game action.

There have been some great additions for programs all across the country, and there have been some decisions that leave you scratching your head ans asking the age old question of ‘why’.

We took a look through all of the transfer decisions so far, and asked folks on Twitter to find out who are the biggest winners so far on the market. Below, you can find the six biggest winners on the 2017 transfer market so far.   Continue reading Six early winners on the 2017 transfer market

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

Buffalo Point Guard Lamonte Bearden Transfers to Western Kentucky

Sophomore guard Lamonte Bearden announced in mid-July that he was transferring from Buffalo, and on Tuesday, he committed to Rick Stansbury and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Sophomore guard Lamonte Bearden announced in mid-July that he was transferring from Buffalo, and on Tuesday, he committed to Rick Stansbury and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

It’s not uncommon to hear of players transferring at season’s end. A plethora of players made that decision for their careers following the 2015-16 season, with the list pushing 700 names.

However, it’s rare to hear of players who decide to transfer in July, over three months after the previous season came to a close. A decision that late puts both team and player in a tough spot moving forwards.

The latter is the situation the Buffalo Bulls and Lamonte Bearden found themselves in, as the sophomore point guard announced his intentions to transfer from the program.

After his decision to transfer, several schools reached out and tried to recruit Bearden, who will sit out the 2016-17 season due to transfer regulations.

On Tuesday, it was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that Bearden has found his new team for the remainder of his collegiate career.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Continue reading Buffalo Point Guard Lamonte Bearden Transfers to Western Kentucky

RECAP: Western Kentucky Knocks Off Top-Seed UAB in Conference USA Quarter-Finals

Western Kentucky guard Fredrick Edmond went 7-of-9 from the field on Thursday night, scoring a team-high 19 points to lead the Hilltoppers to the 88-77 upset win over top-seeded UAB in the Conference USA quarter-finals. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Western Kentucky guard Fredrick Edmond went 7-of-9 from the field on Thursday night, scoring a team-high 19 points to lead the Hilltoppers to the 88-77 upset win over top-seeded UAB in the Conference USA quarter-finals. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Being the top seed heading into a conference tournament doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the NCAA Tournament, or even a win for that matter. Top teams have felt that pain on several occasions throughout the 2015-16 post-season, and Thursday night was no different.

The top-seed in the Conference USA, the UAB Blazers, felt that pain first-hand in the tournament quarter-finals.

During the regular season, the Blazers split their season series with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at one game apiece. Equipped with their impressive record, the Blazers were mainstay in the CCR Mid-Major Top 20 Power Rankings for the second half of the season, while Western Kentucky was looking for some sort of sustained positive momentum heading into the conference tournament.

Coming into Thursday night’s tilt, the Hilltoppers had won three straight games, and were coming off a win over the North Texas Mean Green in their Conference USA tournament opener on Wednesday. They were looking to keep their strong play rolling, and that they did.

A big first half put the Hilltoppers ahead by 11 at the break, and they would go onto win by the very same margin. Western Kentucky downed the UAB Blazers, 88-77, to advance to the Conference USA semi-finals. Continue reading RECAP: Western Kentucky Knocks Off Top-Seed UAB in Conference USA Quarter-Finals