MAC Preview 2019-20

Buffalo’s buzzsaw dulls with the departure of Nick Perkins, CJ Massinburg and Jeremy Harris, so is this the year Bowling Green finally punches a ticket to the Big Dance?

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WCC 2019-20 Preview

Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and everyone else - that sound familiar? The perennial WCC powers are at the top of their game, paving the track for another two horse race, but a deep “Tier 2” headlined by BYU and new coach Mark Pope aim to narrow the gap.

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Mountain West 2019-20 Preview

Craig Smith made a mockery of the 2018-19 Mountain West preseason predictions, as the Aggies’ new head honcho crossed the finish line tied with a Nevada squad oozing with talent. With the same cast of characters back for the 2019-20 campaign, Utah State looks like the early MWC frontrunner.

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#8 Gonzaga 2019-20 Preview

The NBA poached the crux of Gonzaga’s 2018-19 roster core, but there’s no shortage of talent in the pipeline. With Saint Mary’s nipping on their heels, the Zags will need their young guns to grow up in a hurry if they hope to retain the WCC title belt.

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#11 Villanova 2019-20 Preview

You know you got it rolling when a conference championship is labeled as a *down year*. Jay Wright has officially elevated Nova to first class status as he sets out to rule the Big East yet again behind a star-studded crop of freshmen.

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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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#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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#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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Handicapping Home Court Advantage

What is the value of home court advantage? This is, quite literally, the million dollar question that’s confounded professional handicappers for decades.

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