Category: Season Preview
As college football season slowly works towards the end, all eyes have turned to basketball with tournaments underway all around the country. Here is a preview of some of the top teams that college basketball will showcase this season.
Coming off of an impressive 2015-16 season which included a Big 10 championship and an appearance in the Sweet 16, the Indiana Hoosiers will look to repeat their success while maintaining most of their core. Although they did lose a large piece of their offensive production in the sensational Yogi Farrell, the Hoosiers will return Troy Williams as well as James Blackmon Jr to the lineup and try to defend their Big 10 title. Moreover, keep an eye out for Thomas Bryant who was pivotal in the teams run through the NCAA Tournament last season. Ultimately, Tom Crean wasn’t able to put together as competitive of a recruiting class as he had liked, but the 17th overall list should provide some depth for the Hoosiers.
Unfortunately, Sean Miller’s legacy at Arizona has been one of great success that has ultimately fell short of providing the ultimate prize to the University of Arizona. A prime example is last year, when the Wildcats came off of back to back Elite Eight appearances only to lose in the first round of the 2016 tournament. However, Miller was able to put together the sixth best recruiting class in the nation for the upcoming season, as well as benefit from Allonzo Trier staying in Tucson for one more year. The Wildcats will surely be put through the ringer in Pac-12 play, however will be battle-tested come March.
Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. This is where John Calipari has thrived in recent memory as the head coach at Kentucky, and the story is the same this year as he once again landed himself at the top of the ESPN recruiting list. Despite losing loads of underclassmen talent including Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis, this news is nothing new to the Wildcats as reloading has become a key trend in the program’s success over the years. Moreover, Isiah Briscoe will return and provide Big Blue Nation with some veteran leadership as they strive to greatness once more.
Duke Blue Devils
Success breeds tradition in college basketball, and no one has had more success than Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils. Although they did lose a primary scoring option in Brandon Ingram to the NBA, the Blue Devils do return sophomore guard Grayson Allen as well as reload with two of the top players out of the ESPN Top 100 recruiting class. These commitments have landed Duke as the second highest ranked recruiting class for the upcoming season, and situate them to find themselves in the Final Four once again. This is not to mention they play in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
North Carolina Tar Heels
College basketball analysts have established the Tar Heels as the most all around built team in the country in the early going. After literally falling seconds short of another NCAA title in last year’s championship game, the Tar Heels did lose a lot of production in the offseason due to the departures of both Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige. However, Roy Williams and company will have to rely on veterans Kennedy Meeks and Isiah Hicks to repeat the teams recent success. And really, having to depend on those two for offensive output is a problem that most coaches in the country would probably ask for.
Many things are anticipated before the 2016-2017 college basketball. Before the season starts, it is a good chance for all gamblers to analyze their favorite teams and make predictions on fixtures that will be taking place as the season kicks off. The biggest drama of who is going pro and who is coming back is yet to happen too. This is a real challenge to all underclassmen to test their skills in the NBA draft. It is going to be an incredible season as events continue to unfold before the start of date. For any real fan, it is the time to start catching up with the latest news about all happenings in transfers and team preparations. Here are some predictions on NCAA teams;
Duke Blue Devils
Having endured a tough 2015-2016 season plagued by injuries and inconsistency in performance, the Blue Devils are looking for a better campaign. The team has shown a great form in the recent national championship. Two of their top players, Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum were among the best-rated players in the last season. The coach is anticipating the two players will have a significant influence on the rest of teammates. Few players have also rejoined the team to strengthen the squad. There is a strong reinforcement after Amile Jefferson who missed the last campaign was given the medical redshirt. He is expected to be on the team this time round.
Under their first spell with a new coach, John Calipari, the Wildcats reached NCAA regional final. The performance was fantastic throughout the season. A top rated signing has been made to add strength and new tactics to the squad. The Wildcats are a team to watch because they look more prepared and strong in this starting season.
The 2015-2016 season was a great one for this team having reached the finals in National Championship. They set a record of 35-5 as well. The freshly crowned champions will have a hard time trying to find perfect replacements for their two wingers who will be leaving. Nevertheless, the remaining team is strong enough to fill the gaps that will be left. The talents from Josh Hart and Omari Spellman will be vital in the center. The two bring in creativity, sharpness, and speed in the heart of the play. They will play an important role in helping the team defend their trophy. If you want a team that will not disappoint, this is one to watch.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels finished as the first runners-up in National Championship with a record of 33-7. The team still looks strong to defend their place even after losing three key players at the end of the season. They are bringing in a whole group of freshmen with some top prospects. It is a significant boost to the remaining team members. With much practice, the team will go to same heights as the 2015-2016 season.
Despite losing top players in graduate transfers, Louisville is expected to bounce back. The two players were very influential in their 2015 campaign helping them get a record of 23-8. Even after a self-imposing after season ban, the team looks ready to challenge in the NCAA Champion like it has done many times before.
The Hawks did not enjoy a very successful campaign as they had anticipated at the start. They got a record 33-5 last season. Top scorers Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham will be back to give the team more strength forward. Several top players have joined the side and are expected to improve general performance in all positions played.
These are just but a few teams in the NCAA that look promising. Predictions have been made by experts on their results and possible lineups. Ensure you keep updated and win your bets.