Big East/SEC Challenge Preview and Predictions

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With the exodus of Big East teams leaving for the ACC, this is going to be the final year that the Big East/SEC Challenge will have such star power.  The three day event tips off tonight and here is a preview including my brilliant, insightful predictions.

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#37 Alabama Crimson Tide: 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 Alabama Crimson Tide suffered through their share of ups and downs last season before being a one-and-done in the NCAA Tournament.  Despite having a young, thin roster, Anthony Grant should have ‘Bama in the upper half of the SEC standings and back in the Big Dance.

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Big East/SEC Challenge Preview and Predictions

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Unlike the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, The Big East/SEC Challenge is still in its infant stages.  There is a new format this season as the battle of power conferences increases to a twelve-game schedule with teams playing host for each game rather than meeting at a neutral site which has been the case the past four years.  Since the SEC is a 12-team conference, four Big East teams (Marquette, Notre Dame, Villanova, and South Florida) are not partaking in the event.  Here are my predictions and things to watch out for as the three-day event tips off this evening.

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2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Preview and Predictions

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It’s not even Feast Week and the pre-season tournament is upon us.  The 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off begins today and has somewhat of a watered down field since teams like Purdue, Maryland, and Colorado are going through a transition period.  Here are my predictions and what to look for during the four day tourney.  Click on the school’s name for an in-depth season preview.

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#16 Alabama Crimson Tide: 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.

Entering his third season as head coach, Anthony Grant has really put his stamp on the Alabama Crimson Tide basketball program.  The NIT runner-up a year ago, ‘Bama figures to take another step this year led by their suffocating defense.

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99 in 99: #72 Alabama Crimson Tide

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The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” countdown ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power rankings order.  It will lead right into the opening tip of the season and provide you with in-depth coverage on every team.  Alabama comes in at #72 and is still a couple years away from being a real factor in the SECClick here if you missed teams #73-#99.

By: David Kay
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