The battle between Georgetown and Illinois on November 12th was one of the best we’ve seen thus far in the college basketball season. Ky looks into key factors for both teams and signs of good things to come.
SFA looks to continue its dominance over the Southland with an up-and-coming coach and three of the best players in the league. SE Louisiana’s Marlain Veal will give his Lion’s a fighting chance, while Abilene Christian features one of the most experienced rosters in the country.
Conference newcomer Liberty looks to make a name for itself after coming over from the Big South, but title favorite Lipscomb has its eyes set on another Tourney bid. Meanwhile, Florida Gulf Coast reloads via the transfer wire and North Florida brings everyone of significance back from last year.
Bucknell’s recent Patriot League dominance may be in jeopardy with the loss of Nana Foulland and Zach Thomas. Lehigh looks to be the new team to beat heading into 2018-19, but the Bison, Boston U, and Colgate all have legit NCAA Tourney hopes.
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?
UNCG looks to repeat as the SoCon’s representative to the Big Dance, but Fletcher Magee of Wofford and the slew of JUCO transfers over at ETSU have other plans in mind…
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 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.
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.
The Mountain West looks to get back to its multi-bid ways this season with a legit title contender in Nevada and scrappy under-the-radar squads in San Diego State and New Mexico.
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.
Once again, the ACC is stacked like Pamela Anderson (“Nice joke, nailed it” - Coach K)… Nine teams grace our top 40, but who will take home the coveted conference title?
The Zags are 3MW’s #1 team in our 2018-19 preseason rankings. Mark Few has arguably his most talented squad ever, one that features a balanced, deadly scoring attack.
Duke brings in one of the best recruiting classes of all-time to replace a talented starting five and make yet another run at an NCAA Championship.
Surprise! Kentucky is stacked again, this time with a healthy combination of freshmen and vets. Can Calipari reclaim dominance over an ever-improving SEC?
Virginia enters the year looking to make up for being on the losing side of the greatest Tourney upset of all time. With a roster full of talented returners and a system you can set your watch to, UVA looks to be on the short list of National Title contenders.
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.
Tennessee will be one of the most experienced teams in the country this season. Can Rick Barnes lead the Vols to the school’s first ever #1 seed?
Nevada is JACKED with talent this season with three returning NBA prospects and a gaggle of transfers. The Pack not only have their eyes set on a top seed come March, but a National Title as well.
Auburn boasts one of the best frontcourts in the country with the return of former 5-star recruit Austin Wiley. Can Burce Pearl and the boys overcome the transfers of Mustapha Heron and DeSean Murray and upend Kentucky for the SEC crown?
Virginia Tech features a deep roster with more three-point shooters than items in Hermione’s handbag. Buzz Williams looks to bring the Hokies to glory in his 5th season at the helm.
The Noles return nearly everyone from a surprising Elite Eight run. Will the emergence of MJ Walker and addition of David Nichols finally earn Leonard Hamilton that coveted ACC title?
Will Wade looks to bring the Bayou Bengals back to prominence with a top-5 recruiting class and one of the most electrifying point guards in the country.
Florida boasts one of the best backcourts in the nation heading into 2018-19. Can their frontcourt produce enough to vault the Gators to Final Four contender status?
A loaded Bulldog roster looks to challenge Kentucky for the 2018-19 SEC title. Can the Brothers Weatherspoon and fossil Ben Howland pull off the upset?
Kevin Keatts has his system firing on all cylinders and brings in yet another talented group of transfers and freshmen. Returning wing Torin Dorn looks to lead the Wolfpack to a second straight Tourney berth and challenge for the ACC title.
No DeVoe, no problem. The Tigers lose two big pieces from a Sweet Sixteen squad a year ago, but bring back one of the best returning trios in the country. Brad Brownell looks to add a little security to his once-shaky job as the Tigers threaten the top of the ACC.
Syracuse returns all five starters from a team that reached last year’s Sweet Sixteen. NBA prospect Tyus Battle’s return has given Boeheim his best roster in years, and a lock down defense makes the Orange an enticing ACC conference crown contender.
Miami loses a significant amount of production from last season, but still returns a core featuring a dynamic point guard and an NBA-caliber big man. A Florida Gulf Coast transfer and Jim Larranaga’s always-great coaching ability should keep the Canes near the top of the ACC standings.
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