SEC Basketball Preview: #11 South Carolina Gamecocks


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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 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

In his third season as head coach, Frank Martin has yet to take the South Carolina Gamecocks to the next level of the SEC. While they might be slightly improved this season, it is unlikely the Gamecocks make much of a move up the conference pecking order. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #12 Auburn 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 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

After being blacklisted from the college coaching world, Bruce Pearl was hired this off-season by the Auburn Tigers. It was certainly the splash hire the program desperately needs to try and bring respectability to a team that hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament in more than a decade. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #13 Missouri 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 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

Frank Haith’s sudden departure to Tulsa led to the Missouri Tigers hiring former player, Kim Anderson to lead the team. Mizzou loses their top three scorers though and figure to have a rough season. [Read more...]

SEC Basketball Preview: #14 Vanderbilt Commodores


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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 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC.

The Vanderbilt Commodores have undergone some adversity over the past year, having to ultimately dismiss three talented guards from their roster. As a result, Vandy should struggle mightily this season with a young, inexperienced roster. [Read more...]

Big 12 Basketball Preview: #1 Kansas Jayhawks


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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 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12.

Another season, another banner for the Kansas Jayhawks who claimed at least a share of their 10th straight Big 12 Championship. KU does lose three starters but as always, Bill Self won’t be rebuilding this year, but rather reloading. [Read more...]

Big 12 Basketball Preview: #2 Texas Longhorns


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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 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12.

The Texas Longhorns were one of the surprise teams in college basketball last season. With everybody returning and the addition of one of the top recruits in the 2014 class, the ‘Horns won’t sneak up on anybody this year. [Read more...]

Big 12 Basketball Preview: #3 Iowa State Cyclones


fred hoiberg iowa state

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 now we turn our attention to the Big 12.

Despite losing their top two scorers from last year’s Sweet 16 squad, Fred Hoiberg and the Iowa State Cyclones reload thanks to… shocking… a few key transfers. [Read more...]

Big 12 Basketball Preview: #4 Oklahoma Sooners


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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 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12.

With four starters returning, the Oklahoma Sooners will once again be a factor in the Big 12 race. The eligibility of transfer TaShawn Thomas is a huge x-factor this season for Lon Kruger’s crew. [Read more...]

Big 12 Preview: #5 Kansas State Wildcats


kansas state 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 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12.

In his first season at Kansas State Wildcats head coach, Bruce Weber led the program to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. With their top two scorers returning and a couple transfers becoming eligible, K-State has the weapons to extend their Big Dance streak. [Read more...]

Big 12 Basketball Preview: #6 Baylor Bears


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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 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12.

The Baylor Bears lose three of their top four scorers from a year ago and hope the addition of six new faces can help fill the void. [Read more...]

Big 12 Basketball Preview: #7 West Virginia Mountaineers


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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 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12.

The West Virginia Mountaineers were expecting to have everybody returning from last year’s team and make a significant leap in the Big 12. However, Bob Huggins lost two key players to transfer and another who decided to turn pro overseas which will stunt the program’s growth. [Read more...]

Big 12 Basketball Preview: #8 Oklahoma State Cowboys


oklahoma state dance team

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift 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 now we turn our attention to the Big 12.

After getting off to a 15-2 start last season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys went into a downward spiral by losing ten of their next 16 games. Travis Ford now faces the daunting task of replacing his starting backcourt of Marcus Smart and Markel Brown. [Read more...]