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Arizona Wildcats 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Allonzo Trier leads young Wildcats
Arizona Wildcats 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

For one of the few times in 30 years, Arizona won’t play one of the nation’s most difficult non-conference schedules, choosing to play home games against Sacred Heart, Northern Colorado, Grand Canyon, Texas Southern, Cal-Bakersfield, New Mexico and UC Irvine. Sean Miller says the unusually light schedule will allow the Wildcats to audition three elite true freshmen and redshirt freshman forward Ray Smith, all of whom are likely to start.

 

College Football Podcast: The Week 8 Recap

What does Penn State's upset mean for the Big Ten?
College Football Podcast: The Week 8 Recap

Week 8 is in the books and the Athlon Sports Cover 2 podcast breaks it all down. Don't forget to subscribe here and rate us if you like (or don't like) what you hear!

 

- Ohio State fell to Penn State but was the win a lucky one for the Nittany Lions? What does the outcome do to the Big Ten East race?

 

- Who is the best one-loss team in the nation: Louisville, Ohio St or Texas A&M?

 

Facing Alabama’s 2016 Defense Like Playing on "Heisman" Skill Level

SEC offensive coordinators are looking for the cheat code to solve the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense
Facing Alabama’s 2016 Defense Like Playing on ‘Heisman’ Skill Level

Alabama’s defense is so ridiculously talented and utterly dominant that the only thing it can be compared to right now is playing on the “Heisman” skill level in the late NCAA Football video game series.

 

If you love and miss the game as much as I do (may it rest in peace), you know what I’m talking about.

 

Michigan State Spartans 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Eron Harris spearheads re-loading group in East Lansing
Michigan State Spartans 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Names have changed, and roles have been rearranged at Michigan State, but the Spartans and Tom Izzo will carry their usual knockout power into the important parts of the season. Serious contention for championship belts, however, will probably have to wait a year.

 

For the first time since 2006, Michigan State is coming off a one-and-done showing in the NCAA Tournament. It’s also the first time since 2006 that the Spartans don’t have a returning player who averaged double figures in scoring.

 

Indiana Hoosiers 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Thomas Bryant has IU poised for another run at the Big Ten title
Indiana Hoosiers 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Tom Crean’s team sits in a similar position to last season: Few will pick Indiana to win the Big Ten regular season, but few should be surprised if the Hoosiers deliver. After starting slowly, Indiana finished with gusto, winning the Big Ten by two games and then knocking Kentucky out of the NCAA Tournament on the way to the Sweet Sixteen. The Hoosiers are capable of that type of run — and more — in 2017.

 

College Football Week 8 Awards

Athlon hands out the awards from the Week 8 action.
College Football Week 8 Awards 2016

Week 8 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Alabama continued to distance itself from the rest of the nation, as the Crimson Tide handled Texas A&M to remain unbeaten.

LSU Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels Preview and Prediction

The Tigers and Rebels meet on Saturday night in Baton Rouge.
LSU Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels Preview and Prediction

Interim coach Ed Orgeron looks to build momentum for keeping the full-time job at LSU, as the Tigers host Ole Miss in a critical game for positioning within the SEC West on Saturday night. The Rebels won last year’s meeting in convincing fashion (38-17), but the three previous matchups in this series were decided by six points or less.

Virginia Tech Hokies 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Zach LeDay, Hokies on cusp of breakout season
Virginia Tech 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament drought reached its ninth year in 2015-16, but there were signs that it may soon come to an end. Buzz Williams, entering his third season as head coach, worked his magic and led the Hokies to a nine-win improvement from the previous year and their first postseason appearance since 2011.

 

Making the NIT was noteworthy for a program that had finished in last place in the ACC four straight years, but Tech is building to something much bigger.

 

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