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 A-10 promises to be an extremely deep and challenging-to-predict league, but a few programs stand out to us as the most notable contenders…
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?
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.
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…
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.