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Cincinnati Bearcats 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Troy Caupain leads defensive-minded Bearcats
Cincinnati Bearcats 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Despite the loss of three senior starters, Cincinnati appears well fortified to make a run at its seventh straight NCAA Tournament under Mick Cronin.

 

For a while last spring, it appeared as if Cronin, a Cincinnati native, was prepared to leave his alma mater to become the head coach at UNLV. He made the trip to Vegas to meet with UNLV officials, but after several days of deliberation decided to stay home.

 

“My love for this school has always been well documented,” Cronin says. “I hope people understand that.”

Iowa State Cyclones 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Monte Morris takes lead role for Cyclones program in transition
Iowa State Cyclones 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

In Year 1 of the Steve Prohm era in Ames, the former Murray State head coach inherited a veteran roster but also a nearly impossible situation. In a small town, replacing a guy commonly known as “The Mayor” is a difficult task. However, with the help of All-American Georges Niang, Prohm’s first year was a major success as the Cyclones made their fifth straight NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. Niang, the centerpiece of the Fred Hoiberg era, is now in the NBA, but the cupboard is far from empty.

 

10 Coaching Candidates to Replace Darrell Hazell at Purdue

Who will replace Darrell Hazell at Purdue?
10 Coaching Candidates to Replace Darrell Hazell at Purdue

Purdue is the second Power 5 team to make an in-season coaching change in 2016, as Darrell Hazell was fired on Sunday following the Boilermakers loss to Iowa. Hazell came to Purdue after a successful 16-10 stint at Kent State, including an 11-3 record in 2012. However, Hazell was only 9-33 in his tenure with the Boilermakers and never won more than one game in Big Ten play.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Preview and Prediction

The Buckeyes and Badgers clash on Saturday night in Madison.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Preview and Prediction 2016

A potential preview of the Big Ten Championship Game is on tap Saturday night, as Ohio State puts its unbeaten record on the line in a tough road environment in Madison against Wisconsin. Thanks to Big Ten realignment, these two teams and traditional conference powers have not met in a regular season game since 2013 and last played in Madison since 2012.

 

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Preview and Prediction

The Volunteers and Crimson Tide meet on Saturday in Knoxville.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Preview and Prediction 2016

The Third Saturday in October is meaningful once again, as Tennessee and Alabama meet for a potential preview of the SEC Championship Game this Saturday in Knoxville. This is the first meeting between the Crimson Tide and Volunteers where both teams are ranked inside of the top 10 since 1999.

Saint Mary's Gaels 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Emmett Naar, Saint Mary's have unfinished business
Saint Mary's Gaels 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Saint Mary’s won 29 games a year ago, beat Gonzaga twice in the regular season for the first time since 1995, captured the West Coast Conference regular-season title and led the nation in field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio. Even with a roster that returns virtually intact, it’s a lot to live up to.

 

“We could be better,” coach Randy Bennett says, “and not have as good a season as we did last year.”

 

Dayton Flyers 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Charles Cooke leads overachieving Flyers
Dayton Flyers 2016-17 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Archie Miller has become one of the hottest young coaches in the game after leading the Flyers to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Dayton earned a share of the A-10 regular-season title despite dealing with the suspension of Dyshawn Pierre that kept him out of the first semester.

 

Dayton is expected to be in the hunt for the conference crown once again despite losing Pierre as well as big man Steve McElvene, who died tragically in the offseason.

 

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