#73 UAB Blazers: 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.

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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Gene Smith Gives Rational Behind the 2011 NCAA Tournament Field of 68

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Every year there seems to be controversy surrounding the NCAA tournament field. The selection committee, just like referees, receive the most attention when a poor decision is made. This year, with the field expanding by three teams, the scrutinization is at an all-time high.

Once the brackets were revealed Sunday evening, Gene Smith held a teleconference to give rational to the committee’s final decisions.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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2011 NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch

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We are hitting the stretch run of the college basketball season and teams are trying to improve their resume and pick up some key wins to help their NCAA Tournament hopes.  Here are some crucial games this week featuring bubble teams that could make or break their chances of being selected for the Field of 68Click here for my latest bracketology.

By: David Kay
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