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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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...
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.