#30 Saint Mary’s Gaels: College Basketball 111 in 111

st. mary's dance team

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 St. Mary’s Gaels finally broke through last season, ending Gonzaga’s 11-year reign as West Coast Conference regular season champs by sitting atop the throne all by themselves.  While the Gaels did receive some negative publicity in September when reports began to leak that the program was under investigation by the NCAA for undisclosed reasons, they return enough talent to make a repeat a real possibility.

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#50 BYU Cougars: College Basketball 111 in 111

byu cheerleaders

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.

As expected, the BYU Cougars’ transition to the West Coast Conference was smooth as they advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a sixth straight season.  Steady goes the course for Dave Rose as he should have BYU competing for another trip to the dance.

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#17 Gonzaga Bulldogs: College Basketball 111 in 111

gonzaga basketball

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.

11 straight conference championships.  14 twenty-plus win seasons in a row.  13 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.  It will be business as usual for the Gonzaga Bulldogs as they should remain the kings of the West Coast Conference even with the arrival of BYU.  Unlike recent years though, the Zags will rely on their veteran frontcourt as they go through some transition at guard.

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#42 Saint Mary’s Gaels: College Basketball 111 in 111

saint mary's 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.

For the second time in three years, Saint Mary’s ended up on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble despite a successful regular season.  Things only get more difficult for the Gaels with addition of BYU to the West Coast Conference.  Still, with a solid core returning, St. Mary’s should be right back in the conference title hunt.

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