The Southland promises to be a competitive league this season with several squads holding legitimate title hopes. Stephen F. Austin appears to be back on top of the league, while teams like Lamar, SE Louisiana, and Nicholls State look to unseat the conference power.
The Big West is wide open this season with the departure of some key All-League talent. Perennial conference contender UC Irvine and defending conference champ UC Davis look to pace the league, while traditional powers Hawaii and Long Beach State look to rebound from down years.
UNC Asheville leads a fiercely competitive Big South with its dynamic wing duo. Liberty looks to make a push for glory behind coach Ritchie McKay's pack line, Winthrop vies for a second consecutive bid to the Dance behind Xavier Cooks, and Campbell looks to build on a surprising run behind electric dynamo Chris Clemons.
Bucknell looks to assert its dominance on helpless Patriot foes behind conference Player of the Year Nana Foulland. Colgate, Boston, and Navy look to play spoiler while Lehigh tries to cope with life after Tim Kempton.
With most of Monmouth's dominating team from last season flipping over, Iona has emerged as the conference favorite in the MAAC. Former conference doormats, Niagara and Manhattan, suddenly look ready to compete, while Fairfield returns arguably the MAAC's best player.
With Valpo out, the Horizon League turns to Oakland and Northern Kentucky for consistent NCAA Tourney representation. UIC and Detroit look like upstart contenders this season in a conference that features a clear top tier.
Yale and Harvard look to make the Ivy League a 2-bid conference for the first time in history. Princeton will be tough as always, while Penn looks to play dark horse and steal a bid at the Palestra in March. With so much incoming and growing talent, this year could be the best Ivy we've seen in years.
The Valley is wide open with the departure of conference overlord Wichita State. Missouri State and Loyola now look to be the favorites in a relatively down year for one of the premier mid major conferences in the country. New member Valparaiso looks to make their mark on the league in their inaugural season, while traditional power Northern Iowa looks to get back to glory.
With turnover and a coaching change plaguing recent league power UNC Wilmington, Charleston has emerged as the conference favorite. Earl Grant has a deep, experienced roster with the power to upset in the Big Dance. Towson, Elon, and Hofstra look to spoil the Cougars' auto-bid hopes.
Kansas once again leads a competitive Big 12 that features 10 teams with NCAA Tourney hopes. While the top of the league appears weaker than in years past, the depth has never been deeper.
After a relatively down year, the Big Ten looks to be back with a vengeance. Michigan State is the clear cut favorite, but Minnesota, Purdue, and Northwestern all have conference championship aspirations. Top to bottom, this is one of the deeper conferences in the nation with 10 or 11 teams possessing legitimate shots at an at-large berth.
Perennial power Kansas reloads after losing all-time program great Frank Mason. Bill Self hunts for his 14th straight Big 12 regular season title, while Devonte' Graham assumes alpha dog status and looks to lead his squad to the Final Four.
Sparty is one of the favorites to win this year's National Championship per Vegas. Tom Izzo looks to lead his ridiculously deep and talented squad to the Promised Land, while Miles Bridges fights to stake his claim as the best player in the country.
West Virginia looks to harass their way to the top of the standings in another tough Big 12 conference. Jevon Carter returns to "defend" his DPOY crown, while Esa Ahmad looks to blossom into one of the best all-around players in the conference. Quiver in fear ye of little ball security.
Minnesota looks to build on a surprising bounce back season that saw the Gophers up their win total three times over. All-League guard Nate Mason returns to lead the charge, as burgeoning talents Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey look to make names for themselves in the Big Ten.
Purdue looks to reclaim their Big Ten title without Caleb Swanigan, the most dominant college player in the country last season. Carsen Edwards is poised to take over as the lead dog, while Vince Edwards and Isaac Haas bring consistency and intimidating size, respectively.
America's favorite underdog story last season has evolved into a Big Ten contender in 2017-18. How far will All-League point guard Bryant McIntosh and nationally celebrated head coach Chris Collins take the Cats?
Michigan looks to re-tool after losing roster cornerstones Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin, and D.J. Wilson. Incoming transfers, new recruits, and an ever-improving center have Wolverine fans bullish on the upcoming season.
Baylor took the nation by storm last season, rattling off impressive non-conference win after impressive non-conference win. With Johnathan Motley gone, can Manu Lecomte and Company produce enough firepower to vault the Bears into the Big 12 elite?
TCU, the 2017 NIT champs, prepare to wreak havoc on the Big 12 this season. All five starters return for Jamie Dixon, as the Frogs eye their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998.
Lon Kruger looks to lead his Sooners back to another NCAA Tournament after breaking his four-year streak a season ago. Oklahoma was one of the nation's youngest teams last year and the now-battle tested vets look ready to contend in the blood bath that is the Big 12.
No Trimble? No problem! The Terps bring back a Smorgasbord of talent and feature a roster deep enough to make a serious run at the Big Ten title.
It's early May, so let's predict what the 2018 NCAA Tournament will look like!
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North Carolina and Oregon square off in the second Final Four game of Saturday. The Tar Heels look to avenge their Championship loss to Villanova a year ago, and are the favorites to take home the National Title. The Ducks are one of the best shooting teams in the country, and feature one of the best defenses as well. Can Jordan Bell hold off the UNC big man juggernaut? Who wins in the battle of Justin Jackson vs. Dillon Brooks? We try to answer those questions and more in this comprehensive preview.
North Carolina and Kentucky square off for the second time this season, promising to provide us with another can't-miss television affair. These squads are two of the nation's very best and should give us one hell of an Elite Eight show.
Holy Blue Bloods Batman! UCLA, Kentucky, and North Carolina, three of the most storied basketball programs in history, battle it out for a chance to represent the South region in the Final Four. Don't sleep on Butler though! This is the chalkiest Sweet 16 bracket out there, making these matchups can't-miss affairs.
The UNC Tar Heels and Kentucky Wildcats highlight a South region bursting with talent. UCLA looks to make a run at yet another Final Four from the 3-seed spot, while Middle Tennessee tries on a dress in hopes of playing Cinderella.
It's here!!! Selection Sunday is here!! Here's my final bracket prediction before the Field of 68 is officially revealed.
Selection Sunday is literally 2 days away. I'm giddy like a school girl.