Juan Dixon is here! Ok, fine, he's just coaching a low-tier team, unless Coppin State shocks me (and the world!). The fight at the top should be between Hampton, Morgan State, and Norfolk State, with a few dark horses mixed in. Can anyone else break into the ranks of the contenders?
Florida Gulf Coast is the heavy favorite in the Atlantic Sun, but Lipscomb is a real contender and North Florida is sneaky dark horse. Still, though, Dunk City is the biggest threat to win games in the NCAA Tournament, so high seeds beware - they might be even better than the 2013 Sweet 16 darling.
In a conference with plenty of skilled guards and upwards of 3-4 legitimate contenders, the margins are extremely thin. Who will be able to separate themselves from the pack and fly highest in the Big Sky?
At long last, I finally got around to writing my annual look at the NCAA basketball futures market. Gonzaga was a big hit last year, so hopefully one of my 5 picks turns out just as fruitful this year...
In a league with a clear top tier, who will be able to create some separation between Belmont, Murray State, and Jacksonville State? Murray boasts star guard Jonathan Stark, but never count out Rick Byrd and the Bruins...
With a recent influx of high-level coaches, the WAC is getting more and more competitive, particularly at the top. But will Thunder Dan and Grand Canyon pull a Northern Kentucky and earn the conference's NCAA tournament bid in the program's first year of postseason eligibility?
Apart from poor Omaha and Western Illinois, every team in the Sun Belt returns significant talent from last season - none better than South Dakota State's Mike Daum. Can Daum lead the Jackrabbits back to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance?
Four teams with dynamic duos should top the standings this year, but don't count out Ron Hunter and Georgia State either. The Sun Belt race should come down to the wire this year...
The MAC enters 2017-18 sans a lot of last year's talent, but there are still some dangerous squads lurking here. Western Michigan, Ball State, and Buffalo seem to be the frontrunners, but in an unpredictable league, anything can happen.
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?