#14 Baylor 2019-20 Preview

It was a tale of two seasons for the Bears last year, but with an outstanding and deep frontcourt returning plus a potential star guard in Jared Butler, we’re betting on the “good” version of Scott Drew’s team showing up consistently in 2019-20…

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#15 Xavier 2019-20 Preview

The Travis Steele era got off to a rocky start, but a sizzling hot finish has the X-Men eyeing a banner year in Cincinnati. Can the Muskies parlay last year’s momentum into a Big East championship run in 2020?

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#17 Arizona 2019-20 Preview

After missing the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in nearly 40 years, it’s time for Sean Miller and the Wildcats to turn the page. Can hometown hero and point guard prodigy Nico Mannion be the savior Arizona needs to return to glory in 2020?

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#18 Seton Hall 2019-20 Preview

Myles Powell’s evolution into a human flamethrower helped Kevin Willard notch his fourth straight trip to the dance… With everyone of importance back in the saddle for 2020, the Pirates won’t be sneaking up on anyone as they look to break through for a second weekend run in the NCAA Tournament.

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#19 Creighton 2019-20 Preview

2019 was a roller coaster ride for Creighton, but a 5-game win streak to close out the year helped the Jays salvage a respectable season. Can a burgeoning group of guards bring stability to the backcourt and make some noise in the Big East title chase?

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#20 Memphis 2019-20 Preview

Penny Hardaway has officially arrived in Memphis. The Tigers and their #1 recruiting class are going to live on ESPN this year, so you might as well get to know them today…

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#21 Saint Mary's 2019-20 Preview

After Gonzaga laid waste to the WCC during the regular season, the Gaels got the last laugh when they stunned the Zags in the WCC championship game. With a burgeoning superstar in Jordan Ford back to lead the charge, can Saint Mary’s outlast the arch nemesis for an outright conference crown?

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#24 Utah State 2019-20 Preview

Utah State swept the Mountain West All-Conference awards, bringing the Coach of the Year (Craig Smith), Player of the Year (Sam Merrill) and Defensive Player of the Year (Neemias Queta) hardware back to Logan. With that terrific triad still in place, can the Aggies seize their first outright conference crown since 2011?

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#28 Texas 2019-20 Preview

Ladies and gentlemen, your reigning National (Invitational Tournament) Champions! Texas has struggled to find consistency under Shaka Smart, but the addition of Luke Yaklich to help coordinate the defense and the growth of the Longhorns’ young guards are encouraging signs entering 2019-20…

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#29 Mississippi 2019-20 Preview

The Runnin’ Rebels returned to the Big Dance in Kermit Davis’s debit, but their stay was extremely short-lived. Can a potent backcourt and two key JUCO additions push Mississippi into Round 2 and beyond this year?

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#30 Alabama 2019-20 Preview

With semi-sincere apologies to Avery Johnson, we cannot wait to see what Nate Oats does with SEC resources in Tuscaloosa. Are there enough pieces in place for him to compete in a tough league in his first year?

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#32 Marquette 2019-20 Preview

Getting boat ‘raced’ by Murray State was a sour way to end an otherwise banner year in the Steve Wojciechowski era. And with the Hauser brothers unexpectedly bolting for greener pastures this summer, can Markus Howard and his superhero cape keep the Golden Eagles in Big East title contention?

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#35 Tennessee 2019-20 Preview

A heartbreaking Sweet 16 loss ended the Grant Williams/Admiral Schofield era in Knoxville, leaving a team with an abundance of question marks. Rick Barnes has talent remaining, but can the Vols overcome their youth and inexperience to stay in the NCAA Tournament picture?

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#36 Auburn 2019-20 Preview

After an undefeated run through the month of March and reaching the program’s first ever Final Four, Auburn hopes to reload despite losing several key contributors. Can Bruce Pearl do it again?

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#39 West Virginia 2019-20 Preview

After a disastrous season in 2018-19, we’re expecting a bounceback this year for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers. They’ll be anchored by a terrifying front court, but the potential hinges on the guards…

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