Illini Fans: What Providence Basketball Brings to the Table

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With arguably the best point guard in the country, the Providence basketball team will rely heavily on Kris Dunn this season as their roster goes through a significant amount of turnover. Can Dunn’s skill and leadership lead the Friars back to the Big Dance? That’s the question. [Read more…]

Ohio State Basketball uncharacteristic underdogs this season


With four of their top six scorers gone and seven newcomers stepping onto the floor, the Ohio State basketball program is facing a rare year of reloading. The Buckeyes were picked to finish seventh in the Big Ten and are enter the season in a strange role; as underdogs.

Last Season: 6th, 11-7 in Big Ten, 24-11 overall
Predicted Big Ten Finish: 7th [Read more…]

Wisconsin basketball faces much turnover after Final Four runs

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After back-to-back trips to the Final Four, it appears to be the end of an era for the Wisconsin basketball program. During the summer, Bo Ryan announced his 15th season at UW would be his last though that remains somewhat uncertain as Ryan has backpedaled a bit in the past couple months. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Badgers have accomplished an incredible feat by never finishing lower than fourth place in the Big Ten. That streak is in jeopardy this season though as Wisconsin loses four starters from last year’s National Runner-Up squad. [Read more…]

Georgetown basketball ready to be nationally relevant again

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Since advancing to the Final Four in John Thompson III’s first season in 2006-07, the Georgetown basketball team has seen plenty of success, just not when it matters most. They haven’t advanced beyond the round of 32 since that magical season.

The Hoyas have a talented, albeit young roster this year, but are certainly capable of making some major noise beyond the Big East. [Read more…]

Villanova basketball to rule Big East again

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Coming off a school record 33 win season, the Villanova basketball program is the unanimous favorite to claim their third straight Big East title. [Read more…]

2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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The 2016 college basketball tournament tips off this week.  Here is a pre-season NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi five of the past six years. [Read more…]

Highly-touted freshmen class to get Marquette basketball back on track

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As expected, year one of the Steve Wojciehowski era was rough for the transitioning Marquette basketball program as they finished tied for last place in the Big East. Wojo has hit the recruiting trail hard though and brings a top ten class to Milwaukee this season which is part of the reason Marquette is expected to have a bounce back year. [Read more…]

Experience should serve Butler basketball well

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After a rough inaugural year in the Big East, first year head coach Chris Holtmann got the Butler basketball program back on track last season. With their top three scorers returning and the addition of a former McDonald’s All-American, the Bulldogs should once again be a major factor in the conference race. [Read more…]

Balanced attack will once again carry Xavier basketball

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The Xavier basketball program has quietly put together a quietly impressive string of success, having made the Sweet 16 in five of the past eight seasons. Chris Mack once again has a balanced attack that should help the Musketeers remain a factor not only in the Big East, but on the national level as well. [Read more…]

Transfers to play major role for Creighton basketball

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As expected, the post-Doug McDermott era got off to a rough start for the Creighton Bluejays as they finished tied for last place in the Big East.  While the team loses five key contributors from last year, the addition of a pair of transfers should provide a needed boost this season. [Read more…]

Sophomores need to shine for Seton Hall basketball program

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After starting last season with a 13-3 record, things quickly spiraled downward for the Seton Hall basketball team as they won just three of their final sixteen games. The Pirates suffered a big blow in the off-season when leading scorer, Sterling Gibbs decided to transfer so Kevin Willard’s future lies in the hands of a young team. [Read more…]

Familiar face looks to turn around DePaul basketball program

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With the DePaul basketball program continuing to be the laughing stock of the Big East, the Blue Demons have gone back to the past in hopes of turning things around. The school hired Dave Leitao as head coach this off-season, ten years after he left the exact same position for seemingly greener pastures. Leitao led DePaul to an NCAA Tournament and two NIT appearances in the mid-2000’s but has his work cut out for him to get the Blue Demons back to that level. [Read more…]