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5 MLB Teams on the Rise in 2015

Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox hope to go from worst to first in the AL East
5 MLB Teams on the Rise in 2015

Half of the MLB teams finished with a losing record in 2014. Of these 15 teams, which are in the best position to experience better results on the diamond this season? Preseason hope is never a guarantee of success once the games that count begin, but fans of these five teams have plenty of reasons to be excited with Opening Day just around the corner.

 

Tennessee Volunteers 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Vols this spring?
Tennessee Volunteers 2015 Spring Football Preview

Expectations are starting to soar in Knoxville for a reason.

 

Butch Jones has quickly rebuilt the Tennessee depth chart with two incredibly talented recruiting classes. The results on the field were tangible as well, as the Vols got back to the postseason and were extremely impressive against quality competition like Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Iowa.

 

West Virginia Mountaineers 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Mountaineers this spring?
West Virginia Mountaineers 2015 Spring Football Preview

West Virginia rebounded from a 4-8 mark in 2013 to finish 7-6 and earn its first winning record (5-4) in Big 12 action since joining the league. The Mountaineers return 16 starters for 2015, including talented running back Rushel Shell and defensive backs Daryl Worley (CB) and Karl Joseph (S).

Sweet 16 East Region: Preview, Top Players and TV Schedule

A quick look at the four teams playing in Syracuse
Sweet 16 East Region: Preview, Top Players and TV Schedule

The East region will have an ACC flavor even though the ACC regular season champion is at home. Louisville and NC State will meet in the Sweet 16 on an ACC floor for a rare conference game in the NCAA Tournament.

 

At the same time, Oklahoma will try to save face for a beleaguered Big 12, but the Sooners will have to go through Tom Izzo, who as usual has his Michigan State squad peaking in March.

 

Here’s a look at the East Regional in Syracuse at a glance.

 

Friday’s Schedule

Sweet 16 South Region: Preview, Top Players and TV Schedule

A quick look at the four teams playing in Houston
Sweet 16 South Region: Preview, Top Players and TV Schedule

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament wiped away notion of Cinderellas, but if you’re looking for an underdog, perhaps you can find one in the South Region.

 

Going up against Duke is the lowest seed remaining in the Tournament, a team that won six games just four years ago and a team that’s been very good for a long time but never reached the Final Four. Of course, we’re talking about UCLA, Utah and Gonzaga, so Cinderella fits this crew about as much as “South” region does.

 

Sweet 16 Midwest Region: Preview, Top Players and TV Schedule

A quick look at the four teams playing in Cleveland
Sweet 16 Midwest Region: Preview, Top Players and TV Schedule

Kentucky’s bid for an undefeated season will have to go through West Virginia, the team that in 2010 beat what was arguably John Calipari’s best team in Lexington.

 

In the other regional semifinal, Wichita State and Notre Dame will try to re-orient themselves for an emotional — for very different reasons — Sweet 16 game.

 

Here’s a look at the Midwest Regional in Cleveland at a glance.

 

Thursday’s Schedule

No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (7:15 p.m., CBS)

Sweet 16 West Region: Preview, Top Players and TV Schedule

A quick look at the four teams playing in Los Angeles
Sweet 16 West Region: Preview, Top Players and TV Schedule

The West region will be full of familiar faces on a number of fronts. For starters, each team in the Sweet 16 is no stranger to this stage. In the last five seasons alone, these four teams have been to the regional semifinal 12 times.

 

But if the region goes chalk and sends top two seeds Wisconsin and Arizona to Saturday, the game will be a rematch of last year’s Elite Eight that sent Bo Ryan to his first Final Four.

 

Here’s a look at the West Regional in Los Angeles at a glance.

 

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