The Wacky WAC is a top heavy league this season featuring three squads with legit Tourney aspirations in New Mexico State, Grand Canyon, and Utah Valley, Will the favorites prevail or will the likes of Seattle and Cal State Bakersfield play spoiler?
The top two squads (Belmont and Murray St.) both return a bona fide star, but outside of that, the league has plenty of attrition and uncertainty. They’ll still likely duel at the top, but a few newer threats are looking to emerge…
Mike Daum and the Jackrabbits have climbed to the ‘Summit’s peak’ for three years running - can the decorated Daum and his supporting senior cast make one last stand before sailing off into the sunset?
Rick Stansbury’s magnetic pull on the recruiting trail has the Tops primed for a banner year in Bowling Green, while some budding coaching stars (CC: Grant McCasland, Steve Henson) set their sights on a move up the C-USA ladder in 2019.
Three teams lead the way for the Fun Belt this year as Georgia State, Georgia Southern, and Louisiana fight for the coveted auto-bid to the Big Dance. A tough second tier should make it tough for the league favorites in what promises to be yet another exciting season.
The Ivy is getting deeper and deeper, as more schools pick up talented young recruits with bright futures. Tommy Amaker’s Crimson seem to be the pick of the litter at first glance, but Penn is still lurking, and other contenders are lining up for a shot as well…
The MAC figures to be the most competitive its been in years with the return of 12 out of 15 All-Conference players. Buffalo is the favorite to cut down the nets in March and punch another bid to the Tourney, but the likes of Ball State and Eastern Michigan are hungry for a Tourney berth of their own.
After ruining bracket pools all across America, the 2018 NCAA Tournament darling Loyola Ramblers now have a target on their back as they look to defend their MVC title crown and position themselves for another deep run in the Big Dance.
Gonzaga is once again head and shoulders above the other teams in the WCC, but this year promises to be one of the deeper versions of the conference in recent memory. BYU and Saint Mary’s look to earn at-large bids to the Big Dance, while the likes of San Diego, San Francisco, and Pacific look to play spoiler.
Jim is bursting at the seams to finally preview the Colonial after three years of being shut out. It’s no coincidence that the league name has two “O’s” and zero “D” (yes that joke is horrendous, but it’s true)…
New coaches headline the AAC’s offseason storylines as Dan Hurley and Penny Hardaway embark on new journeys at their respective employers. Will Cincinnati’s regular season dominance be threatened by SMU or UCF, a pair of injury-ridden squads who have now been nursed back to health?
The SEC is as competitive as ever with up to 10 teams having legitimate cases for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Kentucky is the odds-on favorite, but the likes of Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, LSU, and Mississippi State will look to upend the reign of BBN.
Likely the weakest of the so-called Power 6 leagues, the Pac 12 will have to deal with being a kind of “little brother” to Gonzaga and Nevada on the west coast. The league is relatively wide open (not always a compliment), but the traditional powers will probably make up the upper tiers…
The Big-12 is back and as brutal as ever with everyone chasing the familiar frontrunner. Will Kansas add another piece of hardware to an already crowded trophy case? Or can in-state foe K-State spoil the Jayhawks continuous run of Big-12 titles?
The Big Ten should be as muddled as ever with a slew of teams separated by a razor-thin major. Will Sparty retain their spot atop the league standings? They’ll have to fend off a handful of squads armed with major upside in 2019.
Xavier ended Villanova’s reign of terror last year, but despite a plethora of pro defections, Jay Wright’s Wildcats appear to once again be the class of the league. Who else will emerge from a crowd of possible contenders?
This season of ‘Kansas basketball’ will feature a whole new cast of characters, but the director and mastermind behind the Jayhawks decade and a half dominance, Bill Self, is still patrolling the sidelines - you’d be foolish not to consider Kansas as a legitimate national title contender in 2019…
UNC brings in a top ten recruiting class to replace All-League PG Joel Berry. Roy Williams looks to lead the Tar Heels to their 4th National Title since 2005 behind superlative power forward Luke “Mayonnaise” Maye.