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Fan Vote Tabs College Court Report Mid-Major Freshman of the Year

Abilene Christian's Jaylen Franklin had the lead in the finals heading into the weekend, but saw it dwindle down to just a 0.06% cushion with five hours to go in the finals. Was he able to hold on for the title? (Source: ACU Sports)
Abilene Christian’s Jaylen Franklin had the lead in the finals heading into the weekend, but saw it dwindle down to just a 0.06% cushion with five hours to go in the finals. Was he able to hold on for the title? (Source: ACU Sports)

Back at the end of February, 64 of the best freshmen in the country were put into an NCAA Tournament-style bracket to determine who was the top player in the nation during the 2015-16 season.

Two things made this unique. All of the players were from mid-major schools, and the winner would be determined solely by fan votes. We felt that giving control to the people who watch the games on a consistent basis.

Over the course of the challenge, over 350,000 votes were cast in the Player of the Year Fan Vote, including over 90,000 in the final round alone. The contest was down to two of the nation’s most talented guards, as Jaylen Franklin went head-to-head with Fletcher Magee.

Franklin was a steady force right out of the gate, as fans and coaches alike from Abilene Christian got behind their star freshman. As the weeks progressed, fans of Franklin increased their social media presence, making him a force in terms of both voting methods.

As for Fletcher, he was a force in terms of social media votes over the course of the entire challenge. Week after week, the #CCRFreshmanFanVote was trending in Spartanburg, as the community was behind him from the start.

In the end, only one player could come on top and take home the hardware as the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year.

After six weeks of voting, the winner of the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Year Fan Vote is… Continue reading Fan Vote Tabs College Court Report Mid-Major Freshman of the Year

CCR Mid-Major Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Final Four Results

Wofford's Fletcher Magee has used a heavy social media presence to get him into the Final Four, but will it be enough to send him into the championship pairing? (Source: Wofford Athletics)
Wofford’s Fletcher Magee has used a heavy social media presence to get him into the Final Four, but will it be enough to send him into the championship pairing? (Source: Wofford Athletics)

Who else is better qualified to hand out some college basketball hardware than the fans who watch the games on a regular basis?

Nobody.

The 2nd Annual CCR Mid-Major Freshman of the Year Fan Vote got under way on February 29th, and the votes started to roll in right from the outset. Schools got behind their talented freshmen, trying to propel their players to the top of the contest.

More and more schools have joined the campaign trails as the contest has picked up steam. In total, a combined 70,096 votes were cast in the Final Four through the online polls and the use of #CCRFreshmanFanVote on Twitter.

Four of the nation’s top freshmen went head-to-head in a pair of showdowns to determine the finals. All four came from smaller schools with loyal fan bases, and all of them were looking to push their player to the championship!

Take a scroll down to see who’s off to the finals.

You can vote for the Championship match here! Continue reading CCR Mid-Major Freshman of the Year Fan Vote: Final Four Results

RECAP: Coastal Carolina Holds On Down the Stretch to Score a Big Road Win at Wofford

In a game that featured two mid-major programs who were atop their respective conferences a season ago, it was Badou Diagne, who scored 13 points and pulled in 7 rebounds, and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers who came away with the 71-63 win over Wofford.
In a game that featured two mid-major programs who were atop their respective conferences a season ago, it was Badou Diagne, who scored 13 points and pulled in 7 rebounds, and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers who came away with the 71-63 win over Wofford.

Over the past couple of seasons, both the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Wofford Terriers have represented their conference in the NCAA Tournament, and have wreaked havoc during the regular season over the NCAA as a whole. They have been two of the more dominant mid-major teams in the last 2 or 3 years, which has made the start to the 2015-16 season a struggle to watch at time for both teams.

Both the Chanticleers and Terriers are adapting to life without some of their stars from last season. Most notably, Warren Gillis is not in a Chanticleers’ jersey this season, and Karl Cochran is no longer suiting up for the Terriers.

Despite the losses, both teams have talent and Monday night’s battle was a showdown of two heavyweight mid-major programs.

Behind a big first half, the Chanticleers held on down the stretch in the second half and sent the Terriers to their first home loss of the season. Coastal Carolina had four players reach double-figures in their 71-63 win over Wofford. Continue reading RECAP: Coastal Carolina Holds On Down the Stretch to Score a Big Road Win at Wofford