#71 Iona Gaels: 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.

Behind the highest scoring offense in Division One last year, the Iona Gaels accomplished the difficult feat of earning an at large bid into the NCAA Tournament as a mid-major team.  However, Iona suffered a collapse of epic proportions in their opening round game and as a result was bounced by BYU.  Tim Cluess loses several key contributors from last year’s team and will rely on a plethora of newcomers to keep the ball rolling.

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#65 Iona Gaels: 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.

The MAAC figures to be a two horse race between Iona and Fairfield this season.  The Gaels return their top four scorers and two All-MAAC First Team members who lead the team into the season.

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#68 Fairfield Stags: 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.

Despite losing head coach Ed Cooley to Providence, the Fairfield Stags are still in a good position to repeat as MAAC regular season champions.  The addition of a pair of transfers will play a huge part in the journey to once again cut down the nets.

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