Fresh off a trip to the national title game, Chris Beard and Texas Tech have largely earned the “stick them in the top 15 and don’t ask questions” reputation in the preseason. Still, this roster has plenty of turnover, so newcomers will need to rise into key roles…
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.
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…
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?
The Tigers have emerged largely unscathed from the NCAA’s concern around the program, and with plenty of talent back this year, LSU has high hopes of making back-to-back Sweet 16s, so long as the defense holds up…
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?
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.
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?
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?
Virginia was the only team that shot down the high flying Ducks during the month of March last season, as Oregon got white hot in a hurry when the stakes were highest. Can Payton Pritchard and co. parlay that momentum into another deep run in 2020?
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?
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…
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?
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?
The Friars were fixtures in the NCAA tournament for five years running until unexpected turbulence snapped that streak last season. Can Ed Cooley, aka ‘Mr. Consistent’, and his prized grad transfer point guard, Luwane Pipkins, steer Providence back on track?
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?
VCU exceeded expectations last season and now look to be prime contenders for a second straight A-10 crown and trip to the Big Dance. A solid core of upperclassmen and a promising recruiting class lead the way.
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?
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…