After peaking in 2012-13 with 5 of the conference's 9 teams making the Big Dance, only 1 of 11 squads have qualified for the Tournament in each of the past two years. I'm not sure that will change this year, despite the presence of several high-potential squads...
After years of being the ugly stepchild of power conference hoops, the SEC brings in a glut of new talent this season and looks to be back on par with the ACC/Big Ten/etc. But how many NCAA bids will that lead to? And can anyone unseat the Kentucky Kid Crew?
Always one of the best conferences in the country, the ACC appears to have relatively clear top and bottom halves this season. Will any teams significantly surprise and upset the expectations?
With arch-villain Grayson Allen back and another elite crop of freshmen coming to Durham, Coach K once again has the Blue Devils squarely in the national spotlight. Will the pieces fit together more smoothly than last year's stacked squad?
The Bluegrass Cats will have an insanely young group featuring 8 freshmen and 2 sophomores, but the roster's limitless athleticism means John Calipari has Kentucky right back in the country's elite.
Florida brings a formidable combination of returning talent, touted freshmen, and productive transfers to the table, all under the careful direction of rising coaching star Mike White. Can the Gators unseat the Blue Blood Empire from Kentucky at the top of the SEC?
Anchored by what should be another top-10 defense in the country, Louisville should be right back in ACC and national title contention. With the NCAA finally having doled out (soft) punishment for the program's escort scandal, will the Cards take advantage of their postseason eligibility this year?
Despite prized recruit Lonnie Walker's torn meniscus in the offseason, Jim Larranaga's Hurricanes have some potent offensive firepower down in Miami. Can Bruce Brown lead them to ACC title contention?
The reigning national champions have a loaded backcourt, but graduation and the NBA hit the frontcourt hard. Can Roy Williams play his preferred 2-big style with this roster? Or will he need to adjust to his personnel to optimize this team's potential?
After a tumultuous season that ended in disappointment, Texas A&M returns a roster full of talent and adds some crucial pieces that could vault the Aggies up the SEC and national standings. We're obviously buying into the hype here at 3MW - time to find out why.
The Irish have some significant losses, but pillars at point guard and in the post give them a foundation on which to build another successful campaign. Mike Brey's efficient offense and tie-less suits should have Notre Dame battling the ACC powers once again - will the D keep up?
After some offseason drama, Buzz Williams has returned to Blacksburg for another season, and he has another classic Buzz team - a lot of guards and wings, very little size. The return of Chris Clarke and Kerry Blackshear from injuries will be a major factor in the Hokies' paint production and overall success.
One of the many SEC teams rising with a strong group of newcomers (led my 3MW favorite Collin Sexton), the Crimson Tide look to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 (and second since 2006). Avery Johnson's squad has the talent, but will it be derailed by youth?
Another decorated senior guard is gone from UVA (fare thee well, London), and Tony Bennett's squad surprisingly had a few players transfer as well. But the team's outrageous defense and a strong youth movement should keep the Cavs competitive in the ACC.
Bryce Drew's squad rode a late-season tear (and strange dominance over Florida) to overcome a 12-13 start to the season and become the first at-large team with 15 losses. With 5 of the team's top 7 players back and Drew finding his SEC sea legs (SE-SEA legs), will the Commodores start stronger this year?
Raised from the dregs of college basketball by Cuonzo Martin (ok, and the Porter family) after three horrendous years under Kim Anderson, Mizzou looks to regain its footing as a Tournament-caliber program. Will #1 stud MPJ lead them back to the Big Dance? Or will the Tiger rebuild take more than one quick infusion of newcomers?
Here they are, the rest of Jim's NBA Draft rankings! Which players will make him look smart or stupid in the future? Can't wait to find out...
Now that rosters are looking far more settled, how do the 3 Men of Weave see the Top 25?
Finally, the NBA Draft order is final. How does one member of the 3MW see the rankings at the top of the draft?
After two amazing semifinal games and a clunker of a title game, we've come to it at last: the long, dark, college basketball offseason. How can we cope? Where should we turn to satiate our appetites for collegiate hoops??
With the lights shining brightest in the desert, will the Zags continue to show out for "mid-majors" everywhere? Or will South Carolina continue their amazing 7-seed run?
Two of the country's best coaches clash with a chance at their first ever Final Four - oh yeah, it'd be each school's first F4 appearance in history, as well. The red-hot Musketeers face off against the resilient Zags in what should be a great Saturday evening opener.
Both Villanova and Duke are sitting on their couches, contemplating their NBA decisions and/or their mortality, leaving several upstarts with a shocking shot at the Final Four...
San Jose HEATS UP for two excellent battles Thursday night. None of these teams received much of a scare during the first weekend (apologies to St. Mary's), so some high-level basketball should be expected.
Home of the #1 overall seed, the East looks like a collision course between Villanova and Duke...or does it? The first round has some upset potential with a few talented double-digit seeds, and an underseeded Wisconsin team lurks in the 8/9 game.
Many in the national media think the West is the weakest region, but there's still a bevy of entertaining first round matchups. Will Huggy Bear make it out of the first round this time? How many points will Mike Daum score against the Zags? And who wins Florida bragging rights, the Seminoles or Gulf Coast?
It's here! It's finally here! Here's Jimmer's final bracket guesses...conference championship has been wild, but it's time for The Big Dance.
It's the first year of the Ivy Tournament!! Princeton is the favorite after terrorizing the league (went 14-0), but the tournament is played at Penn's Palestra and Yale and Harvard have the talent to compete.
Two days prior to the bracket being revealed, Jimbo looks at the bracket (factoring in games through 3-9-17)...it's creeping up on us, you guys...
After finally wrestling a tournament berth away from New Mexico State last year, CSU-Bakersfield looks to make it two in a row as the 1-seed. NMSU is still lurking, though, and with no Grand Canyon in the tourney, it likely comes down to those two.