65 Teams in 65 Days: #26 Brigham Young

Location: Provo, UT Nickname: Cougars Conference: Mountain West Last Year’s Record: 25-8 Why they’ll make it: All-conference performers, Jimmer Fredette and Jonathan Tavernari, return to lead a stacked Cougar squad. Fredette, who scored over 16 points-per-game last season, is one of the favorites to win Mountain West Player of the Year. While Tavernari, who averagedContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #26 Brigham Young”

65 Teams in 65 Days: #27 South Carolina

Location: Columbia, SC Nickname: Gamecocks Conference: Southeastern Last Year’s Record: 21-10 Why they’ll make it: With seven players returning, who started multiple games last season, the Gamecocks will have plenty of quality depth this season. Led by first-team all-conference guard, Devan Downey, and solid frontcourt contributor, Dominique Archie, the Gamecocks should improve on their NITContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #27 South Carolina”

65 Teams in 65 Days: #28 Siena

Location: Loudonville, NY Nickname: Saints Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Last Year’s Record: 27-8 Why they’ll make it: In on word: experience. The Saints return four starters to a team that has been to the Big Dance the past two seasons. This team is not satisfied with just getting there though. This squad made it toContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #28 Siena”

65 Teams in 65 Days: #29 Cincinnati

Location: Cincinnati, OH Nickname: Bearcats Conference: Big East Last Year’s Record: 18-14 Why they’ll make it: Cincinnati returns four starters from a team that at one point late last season, had a legitimate shot at a NCAA tournament berth. Led by senior Deonta Vaughn and sophomore Yancy Gates, the Bearcats have the right mixture ofContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #29 Cincinnati”

65 Teams in 65 Days: #30 Illinois

Location: Champaign, IL Nickname: Fighting Illini Conference: Big Ten Last Year’s Record: 24-10 Why they’ll make it: Don’t expect this Illinois team to be any different from last years. That means they’ll still play lock-down defense. The Fighting Illini held its opponents to just over 57 points-per-game. That’s quite a feat even in the ruggedContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #30 Illinois”

65 Teams in 65 Days: #31 Louisville

Location: Louisville, KY Nickname: Cardinals Conference: Big East Last Year’s Record: 31-6 Why they’ll make it: As the case goes with all Rick Pitino-coached teams, Louisville will once again have a deep bench in which to work. While the stats may no show it, Rick Pitino makes good use of almost every player on hisContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #31 Louisville”

65 Teams in 65 Days: #32 Boston College

Location: Chesnut Hill, MA Nickname: Eagles Conference: Atlantic Coast Last Year’s Record: 22-12 Why they’ll make it: The Eagles only lose one player from last year’s team and have some solid talent returning. Joe Trapani, Rakim Sanders, and Corey Raji will lead the Eagles this season and they’re all capable of that responsibility. Trapani andContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #32 Boston College”

65 Teams in 65 Days: #33 Oklahoma State

Location: Stillwater, OK Nickname: Cowboys Conference: Big 12 Last Year’s Record: 23-12 Why they’ll make it: Junior guard, James Anderson leads a talented Cowboy group that returns three starters. He along with Obi Muonelo, Marshall Moses, and Keiton Page were all key players to the Cowboys’ run to the Big Dance last season and shouldContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #33 Oklahoma State”

65 Teams in 65 Days: #34 Nevada

Location: Reno, NV Nickname: Wolfpack Conference: Western Athletic Last Year’s Record: 21-13 Why they’ll make it: The outstanding duo of Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson return to lead the Wolfpack this season. Babbitt is a uniquely skilled player who can not only score and rebound in the post, but he can also step out behindContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #34 Nevada”

65 Teams in 65 Days: #35 Wake Forest

Location: Winston-Salem, NC Nickname: Demon Deacons Conference: Atlantic Coast Last Year’s Record: 24-7 Why they’ll make it: Al-Farouq Aminu is back to lead a talented Demon Deacon bunch. They lost some pieces to the NBA, but Aminu and his co-horts have plenty of firepower to be successful. Aminu, along with L.D. Williams and Chas McFarlandContinue reading “65 Teams in 65 Days: #35 Wake Forest”