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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mountain West Conference in 2018-19

McDaniels, Jalen
After an impressive freshman campaign, Jalen McDaniels is on the verge of becoming the next star at San Diego State. (Source: East Village Times)

SARNIA, Ont. — Could the 2019 NCAA Tournament be the year that the Mountain West bucks the trend of one bid and send multiple teams back to the tournament?

The last time that the Mountain West Conference had more than two teams in the NCAA Tournament was back in 2015. The Boise State Broncos were in the First Four, fighting for an 11-seed against the Dayton Flyers, while the Wyoming Cowboys earned a 12-seed as conference champions and the San Diego Aztecs earned an 8-seed as an at-large pick.

Last season, the Nevada Wolf Pack made a deep run into the NCAA Tournament after receiving an at-large bid into the Big Dance as the 7-seed in the South Regional. The San Diego Aztecs earned the automatic berth after winning the conference tournament, and they earned the 11-seed in the West Regional.

Heading into the 2018-19 season, many feel as though that this could be the second consecutive year that the conference sends multiple teams to the tournament. After last season, several teams will be without their star players and faces of the program. New players will step up and take on expanded roles, while key returnees should finally get the national attention they deserve.

From All-Conference selections to breakout freshmen, the Mountain West Conference is full of underrated players. We did our best to narrow the list down to 10 players to keep an eye on as the 2018-19 season quickly approaches.

Note: Players from the Nevada Wolf Pack weren’t listed because they have been the talk of the town all off-season long, therefore people should be familiar with their names by now. Also, it was too hard to narrow down since the roster is immensely talented this season. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mountain West Conference in 2018-19

Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

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On Wednesday, the Purple Aces released their non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season, becoming the second school to do so. (Source: Evansville Athletics) (Header: Evansville Athletics)

EVANSVILLE, In. — The 2018-19 season is still close to six months away, but with each passing day, college basketball gets a little bit closer.

On Wednesday, the excitement continued to build for the Evansville Purple Aces, as they released their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The North Carolina Tar Heels were the first team to release their full non-conference slate back in mid-April.

Head coach Walter McCarty has put together a challenging slate that will undoubtedly test the Purple Aces, considering they will be without their top three scorers from a season ago. Evansville will play six games away from home, while hosting seven non-conference games before the 2018 calendar year comes to a close. Continue reading Evansville Purple Aces Release Their Non-Conference Schedule for 2018-19

Coastal Carolina, Wyoming set to do battle in best-of-three series for the CBI crown

Sophomore Justin James is looking to continue his strong play as of late and lead Wyoming to the 2017 CBI title.
CALGARY, Alta. — March Madness is in full swing, and it’s lived up to the hype so far.

Several ‘streaks’ are in jeopardy, like whether or not a Hall of Fame coach will make an appearance in the Final Four. Then, we have the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are looking to snap their own personal drought and make a Final Four appearance for the first time ever.

Following their win over the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Sweet 16, the Bulldogs are now knocking on the door of the Final Four in Houston.

While most people tend to focus solely on the NCAA Tournament, there are two teams who are looking to put an end to their championship droughts in Division I basketball.

On one side, you have a team looking to give the Mountain West Conference back-to-back winners in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament, and their first tournament title since 1943.

On the flip side, you have a team who is looking for their first-ever post-season tournament title in men’s basketball.

Starting Monday in Conway, SC, there’s a lot on the line for both the Wyoming Cowboys and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, who square off against one another in a best-of-three series to determine the 2017 CBI champions.

Here’s a look at how both teams got to where they are, and what they need to do to bring home some hardware. Continue reading Coastal Carolina, Wyoming set to do battle in best-of-three series for the CBI crown

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.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mountain West

What else is new? Trey Kell and the San Diego State Aztecs are the top team in the Mountain West once again in 2016-17.
What else is new? Trey Kell and the San Diego State Aztecs are the top team in the Mountain West once again in 2016-17.

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 Mountain West Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mountain West

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Two

Dedrick Basile was the talk of the town last March when he hit a buzzer-beater t osend the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament. This season, he's one of ten senior guards who will be household names all year long. (Source: Tom Pennington - Getty Images)
Dedrick Basile was the talk of the town last March when he hit a buzzer-beater t osend the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament. This season, he’s one of ten senior guards who will be household names all year long. (Source: Tom Pennington – Getty Images)

With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to senior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the senior guards up into three parts.

Each will have 10 senior guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

**Note: Justin Robinson burst onto the scene last season, and Quinton Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year. Both didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale than some of the other senior guards.** Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Two