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Big Ten Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Athlon reviews the Big Ten and looks ahead to the second half of 2015.
Big Ten Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review 2015

The Big Ten ended 2014 in the spotlight after Ohio State claimed the national championship and Jim Harbaugh arrived at Michigan. And through seven weeks in 2015, it’s safe to say this conference has been worthy of all of the offseason attention and more.

 

Syracuse Orange 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Trevor Cooney, Orange ready to return from postseason ban
Syracuse Orange 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

So this is the new normal for the Syracuse Orange.

 

The cloud of an NCAA investigation, and the uncertainty that came with it, has been lifted. Syracuse will be docked three scholarships per year for the next four years. Among the NCAA’s other penalties, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim will be suspended for the Orange’s first nine ACC games this season. In March, Boeheim announced that he would coach for three more seasons, at which point longtime assistant Mike Hopkins will take over.

 

Virginia Cavaliers 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Malcolm Brogdon looks to take regular season success into the NCAA Tournament
Virginia Cavaliers 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Depending on which side of the debate you were on, Virginia was either bad for college basketball last season, or, like Wisconsin, an example of old-school cool.

 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Demetrius Jackson ready to take lead role for Irish
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

The inroads made by Notre Dame during its ACC championship run and trip to the Elite Eight — where the Irish fell by just two points to then-undefeated Kentucky — planted seeds of production and confidence that should continue to sprout in 2015-16.

 

“The whole season was a statement,” says Irish head coach Mike Brey of the 32–6 campaign. “It was just so pure. I hope we can bottle it and keep it going.”

 

Florida State Seminoles 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Devon Bookert, Seminoles prepped for rebound season
Florida State Seminoles 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Few teams in the country return more production or experience than Florida State — the Seminoles’ top six scorers are back, and eight returning players have been starters at some point. But it’s what’s being added to the roster that has the Noles poised to end a three-year hiatus from the NCAA Tournament.

 

Louisville Cardinals 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Pitino counting on graduate transfers to remain a factor in ACC race
Louisville Cardinals 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Few coaches have shown an ability to adapt quite like Rick Pitino Nobody embraced the 3-point shot more quickly than Pitino. The man pressed the tempo when other coaches slowed it down. And he won.

 

Pitino’s latest adaptation? Proving he can win big with graduate transfers.

 

ACC Basketball 2015-16 Preview, Predictions and All-Conference Team

ACC's old guard leads the way again
ACC Basketball 2015-16 Preview, Predictions and All-Conference Team

Old-school ACC fans who remember the days of a Tobacco Road-focused lineup may find themselves pinching themselves at times this season.

 

Conference expansion in the ACC has been football focused, even if basketball powerhouses like Louisville and Syracuse have been added. This season, however, the three teams at the top are classic ACC basketball powers. Duke, North Carolina and Virginia are all poised to contend for the Final Four. All that’s missing is Maryland, a charter ACC team that will have a top-five team in the Big Ten.

 

Miami Hurricanes 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Tonye Jekiri, Hurricanes aiming to recapture 2013 magic
Miami Hurricanes 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

At this time last year, coach Jim Larranaga had a team of unknowns. He had three returning players, one of whom was injured, and nine newcomers who had never worn the Hurricanes uniform. He had little idea what to expect.

 

NC State Wolfpack 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Cat Barber aims to take NC State to the Tourney for the fifth consecutive year
NC State Wolfpack 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Mark Gottfried feels good about the progress the NC State program has made under his watch. The Wolfpack have been to the NCAA Tournament four years in a row and twice have reached the Sweet 16, including last year’s run highlighted by an upset of Villanova, a No. 1 seed.

 

And Gottfried feels good about his team’s potential this season. “I like where we can get to,” he says.

 

ACC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Athlon reviews the ACC and looks ahead to the second half of 2015.
ACC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review 2015

The ACC was considered by some to be the weakest of the Power 5 leagues in 2015, but at the halfway point of the 2015 college football season, this conference features two playoff contenders – Florida State and Clemson – as well as an entertaining race once again in the Coastal Division.

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