Thursday Night was YOUR night mid-major maniacs - the Zags and Gaels gave us a treat of an encore, while some intriguing squads across the C-USA, Colonial, OVC and Sun Belt took the hardwood as well.
Trae Young is slowly earning a new nickname: "Turnover Trae". The trip to Manhattan spelled 'doom' for the Sooners, but Oklahoma wasn't the only victim of conference life on the road last night...
Piping hot quick hitter takes from a marvelous MLK Monday in the wonderful world of college hoops.
Looking for an edge against your bookie? Let the data guide you with 3MW's conference gambling tool, which houses a decade's worth of ATS results for all conference games to help you explore historical team and matchup trends.
The Vegas oddsmakers are essentially robotic in their level of precision setting college basketball lines on a night-to-night basis - but do injury and eligibility nuances throw a wrench into their models?
We're officially in the awkward downtime of the college basketball season anxiously awaiting conference action to ramp up, so what better time for another update on the best and worst teams against the spread so far this year...
It's still November, but we highlight the early Against-the-spread Winners and Losers to help you beat your bookie and the big bad town of Las Vegas, Nevada...
The perennial powers square off in the now annual tradition known as the Champions Classic - who will bolster their resume with an early marquee win at the United Center tonight in Chicago?
The SWAC is BACK! (and potentially worse than ever)... Texas Southern is still the favorite under Mike Davis, but the rest of the league could account for 9 of the bottom-20 teams in division 1 basketball.
While the transfer epidemic continues to deplete the league's talent supply, the Red Flash project to be a slight favorite in what will likely be yet another rat race to the finish line in the NEC.
The Catamounts have their eyes set on a 2nd straight America East title after running the table last year, but don't count out the dynamic duo of Joe Cremo and David Nichols for Albany.
After a fiercely competitive playing field resulted in a 3-way tie for first atop the SoCon standings last season, as many as 7 teams have a realistic shot at claiming the conference crown in 2017-18.
After steamrolling through the C-USA last year, Middle Tennessee finally looks vulnerable with Jacorey Williams and Reggie Upshaw graduating this summer. The Blue Raiders will have to fend off a handful of worthy adversaries who have the chops to seize the regular season crown in 2017-18.
The WCC is once again a two horse race between Saint Mary's and the Zags. Mark Few and co. should reload instantly, but will this be the year Jock Landale leads the Gaels to an outright WCC title?
The AAC welcomes a new friend to the party this year after the perennial Missouri Valley Conference powerhouse Wichita State joined the now 12-team league this summer. Gregg Marshall and the Shockers look to continue their dominance as they step up in competition, but a formidable foe in Cincinnati patiently awaits the challenge.
While Rhode Island seems to be the clear-cut frontrunner in the A-10 this year, it's hard to find much separation amongst the rest of the 14-team field. With only four games separating the 4th and 9th place teams last season, the margin for error will once again be slim to none in 2017-18.
Despite an impressive 10-4 showing in last year's NCAA tournament, the Pac-12 earned only four berths to the Big Dance - the league's least since 2012. Will a loaded Arizona squad roll through the "Conference of Champions" in a one-horse race? Or will the likes of USC, UCLA and Oregon have the chops to take down the Wildcats?
After sending 7 of it's 10 teams to the NCAA tournament last March - the most since the league's realignment in 2013 - the Big East looks to be just as deep this year. Will Villanova claim their 5th straight regular season title? Or will this finally be the year someone knocks the Wildcats off their perch?
It was yet another frustrating finish to Arizona's season after being bounced in the Sweet 16 by 11-seeded Xavier - head coach Sean Miller's former employer. With a potential player of the year candidate in Allonzo Trier back and fully healthy for his junior campaign, is this the year Miller and the Wildcats finally break through?
Despite an early NCAA tournament exit last year, Villanova will once again be the hunted in the Big East this season. With bonafide big man Omari Spellman now eligible, and preseason POTY candidate Jalen Brunson back in the mix, can Jay Wright and the Wildcats claim their 5th straight league title?
After coming up just three points shy of knocking off Kentucky in last year's NCAA tournament, Gregg Marshall will seamlessly hit the reset button with almost everyone slated to return. With the Shockers about to embark on their first full season in the AAC, expectations have never been higher in Wichita.
Andy Enfield looks to take the Trojans one step further in March behind a roster that is oozing with both talent and experience. With many projecting USC as a top-10 team this year, it's safe to say Enfield has officially resurrected hoops in south Los Angeles.
The Bearcats have been a model of consistency in the AAC, finishing in the top-3 of the conference standings in each of the past four seasons. While the loss of senior leader Troy Caupain will be tough to replace, Mick Cronin found a diamond in the rough in Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broom, who will have big shoes to fill in 2017-18.
Fresh off a roller coaster season which brought the Musketeers to the brink of a Final Four appearance, Trevon Bluiett aims to lead the X-Men to the promise land [of San Antonio] in his last season in Xavier uniform.
After being ousted in the first round of the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons, Seton Hall hopes that a third time turns out to be a charm in 2018. Led by three seniors - Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez and Khadeen Carrington - the Pirates' experienced talent make them poised for a deep run in March.
Gonzaga wore the burden of mid-majors everywhere last season as they came just a few points shy of college basketball's mountaintop. With the crushing championship defeat behind them, it's time for Mark Few to do what he's done time and time again in Spokane - reboot and reload.
With "Lonzo-mania" moving across town to the Staples Center, a new crop of young talent is set to take the stage for the Bruins. Even with a laundry list of offensive weapons leaving Westwood this summer, UCLA should take only a minor step back in 2017-18, especially if Aaron Holiday proves he's ready for the spotlight.
After coming up one game shy of the Final Four two years ago, Oregon finally took that next step to reach college basketball's biggest stage last season. Despite a massive roster overhaul, Dana Altman has quickly replenished the talent pool with a blue-chip recruit in Troy Brown and two gems via the transfer wire in Elijah Brown and MiKyle McIntosh.
After a crushing 2nd half collapse in last year's First Four showdown against USC, the Friars are chomping at the bit to avenge their recent postseason shortcomings. Ed Cooley will now fuse together a top-20 recruiting class with the formidable core from last year's roster, making Providence a deep sleeper to contend for the Big East crown.
If not for two devastating daggers from Tyler Dorsey in URI's 2nd round matchup with Oregon, there's no telling where Rhody's late-season magic would've ended last year. Now, with a loaded backcourt returning this season, can Dan Hurley lead the Rams back to the Sweet-16 for the first time since 1998?