#14 Arizona Wildcats: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With a loaded recruiting class and one key transfer, Sean Miller is stacking talent in Tuscon and should have the Arizona Wildcats competing with UCLA for the Pac 12 title.

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#17 UCLA Bruins: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With the uncertainty surrounding Shabazz Muhammad’s eligibility, it’s difficult to rank the UCLA Bruins.  With Muhammad, they are a potential Final Four contender.  Without him, there is still improved talent but the Top 20 seems like a more reasonable expectation.

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#42 Stanford Cardinal: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

After winning the NIT championship last season, the Stanford Cardinal look to take the next step and get into the relevant college basketball postseason tournament.  With several of their key players back, that is a very attainable goal for Johnny Dawkins and company.

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#52 Washington Huskies: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The early exits of Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten to the NBA Draft set the defending Pac 12 champion Washington Huskies back this year as they easily lose their top two players from a year ago.  Still, Lorenzo Romar’s team has enough talent to finish in the upper half of the conference and compete for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

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#53 California Golden Bears: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

After UCLA and Arizona, the Pac 12 is fairly open with several teams figuring to be line for a berth into the NCAA Tournament.  Included in that group is the Cal Golden Bears who must replace two valuable leaders from a year ago.

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#56 Colorado Buffaloes: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

I admit that I missed the boat on the Colorado Buffaloes last season when I predicted them to struggle in their inaugural year in the Pac-12.  Instead, Tad Boyle’s team earned the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and will push for a return trip again this year.

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#75 USC Trojans: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

2011-2012 was a train wreck for the USC Trojans basketball program.  They were ravaged by injury, lost a school record 26 game, picked up just one victory in a weak Pac-12 conference, and finished second to last in Division One in scoring.  While Kevin O’Neill welcomes some key transfers to the team, he also loses a couple of valuable contributors from last year.

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#81 Oregon State Beavers: College Basketball 111 in 111

Craig Robinson Oregon State

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Oregon State Beavers picked up their first twenty win season in more than twenty years yet still weren’t even close to an NCAA Tournament berth.  Though they return seven of their top eight scorers, Craig Robinson’s team still doesn’t figure to be a real threat in the Pac-12.

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#87 Washington State Cougars: College Basketball 111 in 111

Washington State basketball

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Washington State Cougars have yet to make the NCAA Tournament during Ken Bone’s three years as head coach and that stretch will likely extend another year as Wazzu loses four key contributors from a year ago.

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Pac-12 Basketball Preview and Predictions

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It’s still weird to write “Pac-12” but in the ever changing college sports landscape, the conference expanded with the additions of Colorado and Utah.  Those two schools won’t help the Pac-12 become a stronger conference during the 2011-2012 season, but the league should be slightly more competitive as a whole.

Here are my Pac-12 predictions for the 2011-2012 season.  Click on the school”s name for an in-depth breakdown of each team.

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#14 Arizona Wildcats: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

It didn’t take Sean Miller long to get the Arizona Wildcats back in the national picture.  In his second year as head coach, Miller helped ‘Zona reach the Elite Eight and was a three-point shot away from beating eventual National Champion UConn to earn a spot in the Final Four.  This season, the ‘Cats will rely on a more balanced attack as they try to replace All-American Derrick Williams… and hopefully bounce back from their shocking exhibition loss to Seattle Pacific.

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#26 Washington Huskies: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

For the second straight year, the Washington Huskies underachieved a bit in the regular season even though they finished third in the Pac-10Lorenzo Romar has to replace four starters but has some extremely talented youngsters who should help UW figure into the Pac-12 title race.

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