#24 Memphis Tigers: 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.

New season, same old story in Conference USA as the Memphis Tigers are undoubtedly the team to beat.  It will be their final season in C-USA before heading to the Big East.

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#70 Marshall Thundering Herd: 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.

Conference USA is pretty wide open this season in terms of who will finish in second place behind the Memphis Tigers.  Of the candidates, the Marshall Thundering Herd enter the season with the most talent.

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#92 Houston Cougars: College Basketball 111 in 111

houston cougars mascot

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 exception of their unexpected run in the 2010 Conference USA Tournament which earned them the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, the Houston Cougars have been absent on the national scene for the past twenty years.  James Dickey is hoping to turn that around and brings in a pair of major recruits this season.

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#93 UCF Knights: 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 Central Florida Knights have fallen on hard times as of late.  With the recent ruling by the NCAA which bans UCF from post-season play due to major recruiting violations, Donnie Jones has seen three players leave the program including Marcus Jordan.  As a result, the Knights dropped from 49th to 93rd in my rankings.

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#10 Memphis Tigers: College Basketball 111 in 111

memphis dance team

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.

As expected, the Memphis Tigers went through their share of growing pains last season with a very young, but extremely talented roster.  After dominating Conference USA from 2006-2009 in which they only lost one league game, their reign of terror in the conference has hit a bump in the road the past two seasons.  Expect a new era of supremacy to begin this season for Josh Pastner and company.

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#59 Central Florida Knights: College Basketball 111 in 111

central florida cheerleaders

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.

Remember when the Central Florida Knights won their first fourteen games of the 2010-2011 season?  That was fun.  You know what wasn’t fun for UCF fans? Following up that win streak with eight consecutive losses and finishing 6-10 in Conference USA.  Which Knights team will we see this season?

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#73 UAB Blazers: College Basketball 111 in 111

uab cheerleaders

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.

Averaging 23 wins the past four seasons and not finishing worse than third in Conference USA, the UAB Blazers have established themselves as a league contender year-in and year-out under Mike Davis.  It is unlikely that they (or any other C-USA team for that matter) will catch Memphis this season, but the Blazers should be one of the teams battling it out for second place.

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#79 Tulsa Golden Hurricane: College Basketball 111 in 111

tulsa golden hurricane cheerleader

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.

With four straight twenty-plus win seasons, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane have re-established a program that saw a great stretch of success from the mid-nineties to early 2000’s.  However, a NCAA Tournament bid has still evaded the program for nearly a decade.  Another twenty wins could be on the horizon if Tulsa can find a way to replace Justin Hurtt.  Will that be enough to get them back into the Field of 68?

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#91 Marshall Thundering Herd: College Basketball 111 in 111

marshall thundering herd

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.

If you have not been keeping track at home, A- shame on you, B- you will notice that the Marshall Thundering Herd are the first mid-major in my rankings which means I project them to be the 37th mid-major in the country.  They have the potential to be a major sleeper in Conference USA.

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Plan to Form a New Great Midwest College Basketball Conference

Louisville dance team

The Big East conference has too many college basketball teams. In an ideal situation, each team in a conference plays each other twice, home and away. They can’t: too many teams!

If they did this, each school would have to play 30 conference games!

Ok, then let’s try this: split the Big East into two divisions of eight and play the other seven schools in your division home and away and play the eight schools from the other division once each-four of them at home, four on the road. No, this won’t work either because this still adds up to 22 conference games, which is still too many.

And besides, if you split into divisions, the only logical way to divide them would be into an east and a west and I’m pretty sure schools like UConn, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Villanova, and Georgetown aren’t going to be OK with being all lumped together and forced to play home and home with each other while schools like Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Marquette get shipped west and avoid the “bullies” of the conference.

I have a better solution: DePaul, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Marquette should leave the Big East.

By Adam Satorious

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