AAC Basketball Preview: #2 SMU Mustangs


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

The SMU Mustangs controversially had their bubble burst last Selection Sunday but that shouldn’t be a concern this season. Larry Brown’s boys would have been my preseason favorite to win the AAC but losing highly touted recruit Emmanuel Mudiay, who instead chose to play professionally in China, bumps them down a spot. [Read more...]

AAC Basketball Preview: #3 Memphis Tigers


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

Despite a significant amount of turnover from last year’s roster, the Memphis Tigers have a talented though young team that should compete for the AAC Championship. [Read more...]

AAC Basketball Preview: #4 Temple Owls


temple dance team

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

The Temple Owls first season in the AAC was a train wreck as the program finished with their lowest win total since the 1975-76 season. With three key transfers joining the fray, Temple should bounce back and be knocking on the door of an NCAA Tournament berth. [Read more...]

AAC Basketball Preview: #5 Cincinnati Bearcats


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

In losing 72% of their scoring from last season including All-Conference shooting guard, Sean Kilpatrick; the Cincinnati Bearcats once must again rely on their stingy defense if they are going to make their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. [Read more...]

AAC Basketball Preview: #6 Tulsa Golden Hurricane


frank haith tulsa

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC.

A year after claiming a share of the Conference USA regular season title and winning the league’s postseason tournament and automatic berth to the Big Dance, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane will play their inaugural season in the AAC led by first-year head coach, Frank Haith. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #1 Kentucky Wildcats


kentucky wildcats basketball

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

With nine McDonald’s All-Americans, the Kentucky Wildcats are the obvious choice for the preseason #1 ranked team and the most likely to cut down the nets at the Final Four. The biggest challenge for John Calipari is finding a balance among his wealth of riches and keep everyone happy. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #2 Florida Gators


florida gators cheerleaders

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

After running the slate in the SEC and earning the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Florida Gators figure to take a small step back this season as they look to replace four starters. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #3 Arkansas Razorbacks


razorbacks cheerleaders

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

If any team is poised to supplant Kentucky or Florida in the top two of the SEC, it is the Arkansas Razorbacks. Heavily reliant on a deep rotation, the Hogs bring back six of their top seven scorers from last year’s team that missed out on the NCAA Tournament. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #4 Ole Miss Rebels


mississippi rebel cheerleaders

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

With the graduation of Marshall Henderson, it could actually be addition by subtraction as the Ole Miss Rebels who return a solid core and bring in a pair of key graduate transfers. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #5 Georgia Bulldogs


gerogia bulldog cheerleader

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

Despite a second place SEC finish, the Georgia Bulldogs failed to advance to the NCAA Tournament. With four of their five leading scorers back in the fold, a tourney berth is definitely a realistic accomplishment.

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SEC Basketball Preview: #6 Tennessee Volunteers


donnie tyndall tennessee

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

Even with their NCAA Tournament run, Cuonzo Martin headed west to Cal and Tennessee Volunteers hired Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. He must replace four starters and mix seven new faces into the lineup but has the talent to get the Vols back to the Big Dance. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #7 LSU Tigers


lsu basketball-ego-ferguson

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

In losing four of their top six scorers from a year ago, the LSU Tigers have plenty of key pieces to replace as they look for their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in six years. [Read more...]