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College Basketball 2014-15: LSU Tigers Team Preview

Jordan Mickey looks to end Tigers' NCAA Tournament drought
College Basketball 2014-15: LSU Tigers Team Preview

Johnny Jones entered his second season in Baton Rouge with a once-dormant fanbase buzzing at the return of All-SEC junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III and the addition of coveted in-state recruit Jarell Martin, a McDonald’s All-American in 2013.

 

College Basketball: Ranking the SEC Coaches for 2014-15

John Calipari, Billy Donovan get company at the top with Bruce Pearl
College Basketball: Ranking the SEC Coaches for 2014-15

Sorry to break it to fans outside of Lexington and Gainesville, but SEC basketball is a little stale.

 

Kentucky and Florida have established a two-team power structure at the top of the league so close that the two teams have the same league record (64-20) since 2010.

 

If one coach can spice this league up, it’s the new guy at Auburn.

 

College Basketball 2014-15: Arkansas Razorbacks Team Preview

Michael Qualls leads talented bunch ready to break out
College Basketball 2014-15: Arkansas Razorbacks Team Preview

College basketball season is creeping up fast, and Athlon Sports is counting down to Midnight Madness and the start of practice on Oct. 17. 

 

Arkansas kicks off our top 25 countdown at No. 25 as we preview the Razorbacks in what they hope is a breakout season under Mike Anderson.

 

The Arkansas edition is one of dozens available on newsstands everywhere this week.

2014-15 College Basketball: The SEC's Top Freshmen, Transfers and More

Our look at the top newcomers and players returning from absences around the SEC
2014-15 College Basketball: The SEC's Top Freshmen, Transfers and More

Even in a year when Kentucky will have an uncharacteristically veteran team, the Wildcats will feature some of the top freshmen in the SEC.

Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis and Trey Lyles all could be impact players in the league for Kentucky even as they fight for playing time on the national runners up. Meanwhile, many other SEC teams are counting on transfers — from Division I and junior college — to keep them competitive in the league.

College Basketball NBA Draft Numbers to Astound and Amaze

Kentucky leads the superlatives, but other schools have reasons to brag
College Basketball NBA Draft Numbers to Astound and Amaze

The foot injury to Joel Embiid has shuffled the deck atop the NBA Draft, setting up the potential for a new No. 1 overall pick. Will it be Duke’s Jabari Parker or Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins?

Lucky for us, we don’t have to weigh those options. Here, we’re just interested in the numbers. Whether the pick is Parker or Wiggins, both Duke or Kansas will have reason to brag.

13 College Basketball Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2014-15

Who needs to win in a hurry next season?
13 College Basketball Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2014-15

The final spot in the 2014-15 coaching carousel was filled Wednesday when Marist hired a new basketball coach.

With that bit of news in mind, let’s start taking a look at the next round of potential coaching changes. Yesterday, Athlon featured 13 coaches who are on the rise. These are the jobs they might fill.

Of course, every coach under pressure can buy time with a nice season.

12 College Basketball Teams on the Rise for 2014-15

Mike Anderson, Arkansas among teams looking to take a leap next season
12 College Basketball Teams on the Rise for 2014-15

No program last season was more ascendant than UConn, even if the Huskies didn’t look the part until the final six games of the season.

The Huskies were banned from the NCAA Tournament in 2013 due to low APR scores. They came back to go 12-6 in the American, a solid if unspectacular performance by UConn standards.

Then came the Shabazz Show as Napier led UConn to one of the most unlikely national championships since the Tournament field expanded.

Ranking the Matchups in the 2014 SEC-Big 12 Challenge

Texas-Kentucky, Florida-Kansas highlight 2014 event
Ranking the Matchups in the 2014 SEC-Big 12 Challenge

The SEC-Big 12 Challenge doesn’t have the long-standing status of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, but at least in 2014, the event could match in marquee games.

We had a hard time picking between Texas-Kentucky and Florida-Kansas as the top game in the event. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. This will be an excellent double header featuring potentially four top-10 teams early in the season. Both are can’t-miss games.

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