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.
As the Horizon continues to slide into irrelevancy, musical chairs will recommence at the top of the standings with the Raiders, Flames and NORSE all jockeying for that last seat.
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.
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 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.
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…
After falling just shy of an improbable Final 4 appearance, Bruce Weber and the boys will set out to dethrone their arch rivals’ never-ending Big-12 title streak in 2019
The Spartans’ 2018-19 campaign ‘ought be labeled ‘the Redemption Tour’ after flaming out in the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend for the third consecutive season.
After running into the Villanova buzzsaw in March, West Virginia must now find a way to replace the invaluable backcourt duo of Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles. Bob Huggins will lean on one of the deepest frontcourts in the nation as the Mountaineers aim to dethrone Kansas’ perpetual Big 12 title streak.
The momentum just keeps on building in Fort Worth as Jamie Dixon brings back a potent roster with the chops to compete for a Big-12 title. The Horned Frogs will have to integrate their new wave of young talent with an experienced veteran core, headlined by a healthy Jaylen Fisher at point guard.
Fresh off another deep tournament run with Johnny Beilein pushing all the right buttons, the Wolverines should once again find themselves right in the thick of the Big Ten title race in 2019.
Last year’s 13-17 debacle marked an abrupt and sour end to a decorated 7-year run of success under Mr. Mayor Fred Hoiberg (2010 - 2015) and Steve Prohm (2015-2017). Now, with the return of Lindell Wigginton and a healthy Nick Weiler-Babb to spearhead a dynamic backcourt, the Clones are primed to restore the magic back to its rightful home in Hilton Coliseum.
The Boilermakers were gutted this offseason with the graduation of four senior starters from last year’s 2nd-seeded squad in the NCAA tournament. But Matt Painter’s coaching chops and the return of POTY candidate Carsen Edwards should keep Purdue competitive atop the Big 10 once again in 2018-19.
The combination of Juwan Morgan’s withdrawal from the NBA draft and Romeo Langford’s decision to stay home for school has Hoosier Hysteria at an all-time high in Bloomington. Can Archie Miller put the pieces together for a run at a Big Ten title and end IU’s 2-year tournament drought?
No Mo, No problem? Only time will tell if that phrase holds true with the Longhorns losing their supreme shot-swatter to the NBA draft this summer. Texas should once again reload with a stable of athletic guards and wings back in the mix for Shaka Smart’s 4th full season as the leading man in Austin.
The basketball buzz is officially back in Lincoln as Timmy Miles and the boys are riding high off a 22-win season. So, with a top-4 of Glynn Watson, James Palmer, Isaac Copeland and Isaiah Roby all back in the mix, the Cornhuskers could be a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten title race.
After being gutted by early NBA Draft entrants this summer, Mark Turgeon must yet again re-stock the talent cupboard in College Park. He brings in another top-tier recruiting class, but must first address the turnover epidemic that plagued the Terrapins far too often last season.
Wisconsin’s unrivaled consistency hit a bump in the road last season as the Badgers were absent from the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998 (!!!). Now, with a promising sophomore class returning to support low-post aficionado Ethan Happ, Greg Gard has all the pieces he needs to right the ship back on course.
UC’s mega-meltdown against Nevada in the Round of 32 sent the Bearcats packing before the tournament’s 2nd weekend for the 6th year in a row. Cincy returns a talented perimeter core, but must now re-tool the interior with Gary Clark and Kyle Washington both graduating this summer.
And then there were four... Michigan and Loyola enter the Final 4 riding a combined 30-game winning streak, so something's gotta give this Saturday in San Antonio to determine who plays for all the marbles Monday night.
Nova Nation and the Red Raiders find themselves one step away from college basketball's most revered stage - will Chris Beard break through for his first ever Final 4? Or will the Nova offensive machine keep rolling and send the Wildcats back to the grand stage after falling short in the Round of 32 last season...
Kentucky's impossibly-difficult path the Final Four (according to John Calipari, at least) has opened up completely, as the first region ever to have all 1-4 seeds fail to make the Sweet 16 appears ripe for Big Blue's picking. Kansas State, Loyola-Chicago, and Nevada hope to undermine that goal, though...
The East has become the 'Region of Chalk' with four of the top 5 seeds advancing to the Sweet 16 - All eyes turn to Boston where Villanova, West Virginia, Purdue and Texas Tech will determine the fate of their Final 4 destiny...
Armed with two of the toughest defenses college basketball has ever seen, Virginia and Cincinnati find themselves on a collision course as the top-2 seeds in the South...
'The Brunson Burner' and the top-seeded Wildcats are back to avenge last year's round of 32 departure in hopes of recapturing the magic from 'Supernova's' 2016 national championship run...
Mick Cronin and the Bearcats hushed the Wichita State preseason hype, claiming the AAC regular season crown by two full games - Cincy, Wichita and Houston will focus on rounding into postseason form this weekend in Orlando, given their at-large berths are already safely in tact.
Middle Tennessee refused to surrender their C-USA title belt led by the interior dominance of Nick King. But can Kermit Davis solve Marshall's 'run-and-gun' offensive attack which befuddled the Blue Raiders twice during the regular season?
After a clear-cut top-3 (Rhody, St. Bonnies and Davidson) the rest of the A-10 formed a massive logjam in the middle of the final standings. 12 of the league's 14 teams tallied at least 7 wins in conference, which means it could be a wild ride this weekend in D.C.