Harvard holds all the talent, but that hasn’t translated to NCAA Tournament bids the last two seasons. With Bryce Aiken and Seth Towns set to reunite, is the third time a charm for Tommy Amaker and the Crimson?
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?
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.
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.
The Pac-12 has been college basketball’s punchline in recent years, but the influx of some blue-chip talent should help the league recapture national respect in 2020.
One year removed from sending just 4 of its 10 teams to the Big Dance - none of which earned a top-4 seed - the Big East is primed for a bounce back in 2020, thanks to a batch of established stars.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
With zero roster attrition this summer, the expectations are Rocky Mountain high in Boulder. Can floor general McKinley Wright lift the Buffs into Pac-12 title contention?
What is the value of home court advantage? This is, quite literally, the million dollar question that’s confounded professional handicappers for decades.
Behind every well-oiled basketball program lies the backbone of the day-to-day operations: the student managers. In this spotlight feature, we take a peak behind the curtain of college basketball’s most thankless job.
The Weave got an exclusive look at the USBWA College Basketball Awards Monday evening, hosted by the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis, which served as the grand finale to a memorable 2019 college hoops campaign.
First came the controversy… then came the clutch…
10 years from now, how will we remember Virginia’s Houdini-esque escape from Auburn?
Survive and advance. That’s the script Auburn and Virginia stuck to over the weekend, as both needed overtime to keep their NCAA title hopes from flatlining. With a new lease on life, the orange-shaded squadrons will duke it out for a chance to play for all the marbles in the first matchup of Saturday’s double header in Minneapolis.
After spoiling Kansas’ plans to play in its ‘home away from home’ at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Auburn now set its sights on dispatching yet another powerhouse from the blue blood infested Midwest Region. While the Tigers hope to keep their 3-point party rolling, the Coogs aim to de-throne the potentially PJ Washington-less Wildcats.
Duke survived a Round of 32 heavyweight bought with Tacko Fall and UCF, while Michigan State dominated a hapless, Jordan Murphy-less Minnesota squad. Now they head to the nation’s capital to take on Virginia Tech and LSU, respectively, two teams who could give their higher-ranked opponents issues…
In this chalky Sweet-16, the South region features the only double-digit seed left in the field. Can Oregon continue its mad dash through March? Or will one of the heavy hitters, Virginia, Tennessee and Purdue, cut down the nets this weekend in Louisville?
By popular demand, the Weavers have compiled their brackets and published herein for all to see - let the Madness begin…
Virginia looks to avenge last year’s edition, while an experienced Tennessee squad lurks on the bottom half of the bracket. Will everything in between descend into madness? Is this finally the Final Four year for Tony Bennett?
Two blue bloods, North Carolina and Kentucky, sit opposite each other in the Midwest bracket as the region’s top-2 seeds. To prevail, they’ll have to outlast two Big-12 powers (Kansas and Iowa State), two ‘mid-major’ wrecking balls (Wofford and Utah State), along with a handful of other dangerous challengers.
Cincy’s two-year run atop the AAC leaderboard has come to a close after being overthrown by Kelvin Sampson and the Cougars. Can Houston stay hot in Memphis and complete the season sweep of both the AAC regular season title and AAC championship crown?