Last season, the Hawkeyes looked a year away. Now, behind Aaron White and Melsahn Besabe — who will each take the next step — Iowa will be a tournament team once more.
The Boilermakers are again young, but if 7-footer A.J. Hammons and guards/brothers Terone and Ronnie Johnson can do what’s expected, Purdue could scare some conference foes.
Drew Crawford is back from shoulder surgery and will give new coach Chris Collins a potential star. It’ll be enough to pull the Wildcats out of the basement, but the NCAA tournament might still prove elusive.
Coach Richard Pitino certainly has turned the excitement level up a notch in his first year, but the Gophers still have some major holes in the lineup, most notably in the frontcourt.
Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson are gone, and it will take some time to find adequate replacements.
11 Penn State
With Tim Frazier back, combining with D.J. Newbill for one of the best backcourts in the conference, it’s tempting to pick the Nittany Lions higher. Still, they’ll need help to move up.
|San Diego - J. Lane||11:10 AM|
|Atlanta - E. Santana|
|Washington - J. Zimmermann||6:10 PM|
|Miami - N. Eovaldi|
|Philadelphia - A. Burnett||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - B. Colon|
|Milwaukee - K. Lohse||6:10 PM|
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|NY Yankees - D. Phelps||7:05 PM|
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