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With a spread this small I'd only take Middle Tennessee if you really think they're going to win, and I expect Butler to pull this one out. If some 11 seed makes the Final Four, the odds are that you aren't going to get lucky enough to pick that team anyway. So for example, if a 14 upsets a 3, and then the 14 is playing a 6 in the next round, RPI will say the 6 should advance most likely , rather than a pre-tourney prediction that might have the 3 advancing. Jacksonville State is a feisty team that both can get hot from outside and has a 7-footer who is a significant defensive presence. Be the first to know.

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The Gaels have multiple front court options who can provide depth beyond Landale, Hermanson and Fitzner, and the addition of Ole Miss transfer Cullen Neal will help on the perimeter.

UTA may only return two starters from that team, but one happens to be a front court player who deserves more attention nationally in senior Kevin Hervey. As a junior Neal averaged With Wichita State having moved on to the American Athletic Conference, the question in the Missouri Valley is which team or teams can step forward and carry the conference banner nationally.

In his first season with the program Johnson averaged The front court tandem of Johnson and Obediah Church should be one of the best in the Valley, and senior Ronnie Rousseau III and junior Jarred Dixon among the players on the perimeter who will look to help account for the loss of second-leading scorer Dequon Miller. Four starters return from a team that won 25 games and a share of the Horizon League regular season title a season ago, with guard Martez Walker In total nine contributors from that team are back, and of the five newcomers four will be eligible to compete immediately with former Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn being one of those four.

Under Kampe the Golden Grizzlies have been able to incorporate transfers into their rotation and reap the rewards more often than not, and that could once again be the case in In addition to averaging Head coach James Jones welcomes back the top two scorers from that team in junior guard Alex Copeland and sophomore forward Miye Oni, and Yale will also have point guard Makai Mason.

The losses of forward Sam Downey and guard Anthony Dallier is something that Yale will have to account for, but rotation players Blake Reynolds and Jordan Bruner should be ready to take a step forward for the Ivy League favorites. Since Earl Grant took over as head coach in the Cougars have made significant strides, going from nine wins in his first season to 17 in , and from 17 to 25 wins last season.

Forward Jarrell Brantley and guard Grant Riller were also double-digit scorers last season, with Brantley ranking third in the CAA with an average of 8. And with the scoring options that this team has, the College of Charleston could prove to be a team worth avoiding come March. The 6-foot-6 sophomore averaged While he averaged just 6.

While other teams in an improved America East will make things tougher for Vermont, the Catamounts remain the favorites to win the conference title. Bucknell may not have gone undefeated in its run to the Patriot League crown last season, but the Bison left no doubt as they won the regular season title by three games before claiming the automatic bid. Head coach Nathan Davis welcomes back his top nine scorers from last season, led by forward Zach Thomas Guards Kimbal McKenzie and Stephen Brown were also double-digit scorers for the Bison, who ranked 20th in the nation in effective field goal percentage Bucknell led the Patriot League in both offensive and defensive efficiency last season, and given all of the returnees it would not come as a shock if the Bison duplicated that feat in The Eagles have made two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances under head coach Joe Dooley, and the pieces are in place to extend that streak to three.

Also worth keeping an eye on inside are freshman Brian Thomas and redshirt sophomore Brady Ernst, with the latter beginning his collegiate career at Iowa State before averaging 9.

Senior forward Chase Foster is the top returning scorer as he averaged Amanze Egekeze, who averaged Guard Kevin McClain and center Seth Adelsperger are among the returnees who will look to earn more minutes, and a freshman class that includes guards Gray Murphy and Pedro Bradshaw will have the opportunity to contribute as well.

In his first season with the program Holland, whose career began at Wichita State before spending a season at Indian Hills CC, averaged In the front court, seniors Desmond Ringer and Stephon Jelks will lead the way, as they combined to average With the talent and experience on this roster Mercer is more than capable of winning what should be a tight SoCon race with Furman, Samford and ETSU in the mix as well.

UAlbany is led by a very impressive backcourt tandem in juniors David Nichols and Joe Cremo, with the former being a first team all-conference selection last season and the latter landing on the second team.

In the front court seniors Travis Charles and Greg Stire both return, which should help the Great Danes account for the loss of their leading rebounder from a season ago in Mike Rowley. In addition to his abilities as a defender 2. Another sophomore guard, Jalen Harris, averaged As a freshman the 6-foot tall Aiken averaged With Siyani Chambers having graduated, Aiken stands to figure even more prominently in the Harvard offensive attack.

Forwards Seth Towns and Chris Lewis and guard Corey Johnson all return as well, with the 6-foot-7 Towns looking to build on a freshman season in which he averaged With the aforementioned Chambers and forward Zena Edosomwan being the most noteworthy departures, Harvard will at minimum contend for the Ivy League crown. With leading scorer Dewayne Russell gone, Braun will be the feature offensive option for a team that also returns the likes of guards Oscar Frayer and Gerard Martin, and forward Keonta Vernon.

For good reason, Alabama basketball fans are excited about next season. One day after the end of the season, The Tide is already ranked among the top teams. Compliments of Vegas Insider:. The other top ten ranked teams according to Sporting News are No. Alabama basketball announced three roster changes over the last week. King saw only limited early season action due to a serious medical ailment.

Austin missed most of the season with a back injury and only competed in six games. Davis played in 32 games during his single season with the Crimson Tide. Alabama basketball is expected to add at least one additional player for the season. Any roster additions at this point will likely be graduate transfers, like players Corban Collins and Bola Olaniyan.

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