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gobearcats.com have kindly summarized all the summertime preseason rankings....


May 31, 2017

CINCINNATI – With the NBA Draft deadline in the rearview mirror most of the national media outlets have reassessed the upcoming college men’s basketball season and presented an early summer Top 25 preview. The Cincinnati Bearcats are well represented.

National media outlets listed in highest ranking for Cincinnati and include date of ranking.

// ROTHSTEIN’S CBB TOP 25 FOR 2017-18 (MAY EDITION) – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 11

Jon Rothstein, FanRag Sports Network (May 25) Story Link

Key Newcomers: Cane Broome (transfer), Trevor Moore, Keith Williams, Mamodou Diarra
Projected Starting Five:
PG Cane Broome
SG Jacob Evans
SF Jarron Cumberland
PF Gary Clark
C Kyle Washington

Projected Bench: Nysier Brooks, Tre Scott, Justin Jenifer, Trevor Moore, Keith Williams, Mamodou Diarra

// SPORTING NEWS – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 13

Ryan Fagan, Sporting News (May 30) Story Link

Why they’re here: The Bearcats had five guys average at least 8.3 points per game this season, and four of them are expected back. That’s pretty darn good, considering those guys formed the core of a team that won 30 games this season. Plus, former Sacred Heart star guard Cane Broome — he averaged 23.1 points as a sophomore and was the Northeast Conference player of the year — will be eligible after sitting out this year as a transfer. Mick Cronin just wins at Cincinnati.

// FOXSPORTS.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 14

Aaron Torres, FoxSports.com (May 25) Story Link

Mick Cronin’s program continues to plug along, and after a 30-win season in 2017, could be even better next year. The Bearcats return their top three scorers and add transfer Cane Broome, who averaged 23 points per game at Sacred Heart two seasons ago. The rich got even richer late, when Cincinnati added a commitment from former Washington signee Mamoudou Diarra just a few weeks ago.

// SB NATION – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 15

Mike Rutherford, SB Nation (May 30) Story Link

Troy Caupain leaves big shoes to fill, but fellow stars Jacob Evans and Gary Clark are back from Mick Cronin’s strongest Cincinnati team to date. Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome should add even more offensive firepower to a roster that should provide the best competition for Wichita State in the AAC.

// ESPN.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 16

Myron Metcalf, ESPN (May 25) Story Link

Since 2011, Mick Cronin's Bearcats have finished within the top 25 of KenPom.com's adjusted defensive efficiency rankings for seven consecutive seasons. In that stretch, he has lost an abundance of talent, including Octavius Ellis, Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright. Cincy's identity as one of America's top defensive teams has not changed, but in 2017-18, Cronin might field his most balanced team. Kyle Washington (12.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.2 BPG), who connected on 53 percent of his shots inside the arc and 36 percent of his 3-point attempts, returns to lead Cincinnati into a battle with Wichita State for the American championship. With Jacob Evans and Gary Clark in the mix, Cronin will have his top three scorers and critical elements of his defense from last season. Jarron Cumberland made 65 percent of his shots inside the arc last season. Now he moves into a more significant role with Troy Caupain and Kevin Johnson gone. This group also adds Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, a guard who sat last season after averaging 23.1 points in 2015-16. Another strong year for Cincy? Yes, another strong year for Cincy.

// CBSSPORTS.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 16

Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com (May 22) Story Link

Coach: Mick Cronin
2016-17 record: 30-6
Notable players definitely gone: Troy Caupain, Kevin Johnson
Notable players also expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington, Gary Clark, Jarron Cumberland, Trey Scott, Justin Jenifer, Nysier Brooks, Quadri Moore
Notable newcomers: Cane Broome, Mamoudou Diarra, Keith Williams, Trevor Moore, Eliel Nsoseme
Why the Bearcats are here: Mick Cronin has guided the Bearcats to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments. An eighth is on tap considering Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington, Gary Clark and Jarron Cumberland are back and capable of competing at or near the top of the AAC standings again.

// USA TODAY – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 21

Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports (May 26) Story Link

Coach Mick Cronin has most of the nucleus back from a 30-win squad, including the top three scorers Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington and Gary Clark. Guard Jarron Cumberland figures to take another step as a sophomore. The key offensive addition is Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, who averaged 23.1 points a game in 2015-16 as the Northeast Conference Player of the Year.
Otoh, a lot of people who haven't seen Jacob Evans since before he came to UC might not recognize him this summer.

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(05-31-2017 12:36 PM)Bearcat2012 Wrote: [ -> ]http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-baskb...17aaf.html

gobearcats.com have kindly summarized all the summertime preseason rankings....


May 31, 2017

CINCINNATI – With the NBA Draft deadline in the rearview mirror most of the national media outlets have reassessed the upcoming college men’s basketball season and presented an early summer Top 25 preview. The Cincinnati Bearcats are well represented.

National media outlets listed in highest ranking for Cincinnati and include date of ranking.

// ROTHSTEIN’S CBB TOP 25 FOR 2017-18 (MAY EDITION) – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 11

Jon Rothstein, FanRag Sports Network (May 25) Story Link

Key Newcomers: Cane Broome (transfer), Trevor Moore, Keith Williams, Mamodou Diarra
Projected Starting Five:
PG Cane Broome
SG Jacob Evans
SF Jarron Cumberland
PF Gary Clark
C Kyle Washington

Projected Bench: Nysier Brooks, Tre Scott, Justin Jenifer, Trevor Moore, Keith Williams, Mamodou Diarra

// SPORTING NEWS – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 13

Ryan Fagan, Sporting News (May 30) Story Link

Why they’re here: The Bearcats had five guys average at least 8.3 points per game this season, and four of them are expected back. That’s pretty darn good, considering those guys formed the core of a team that won 30 games this season. Plus, former Sacred Heart star guard Cane Broome — he averaged 23.1 points as a sophomore and was the Northeast Conference player of the year — will be eligible after sitting out this year as a transfer. Mick Cronin just wins at Cincinnati.

// FOXSPORTS.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 14

Aaron Torres, FoxSports.com (May 25) Story Link

Mick Cronin’s program continues to plug along, and after a 30-win season in 2017, could be even better next year. The Bearcats return their top three scorers and add transfer Cane Broome, who averaged 23 points per game at Sacred Heart two seasons ago. The rich got even richer late, when Cincinnati added a commitment from former Washington signee Mamoudou Diarra just a few weeks ago.

// SB NATION – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 15

Mike Rutherford, SB Nation (May 30) Story Link

Troy Caupain leaves big shoes to fill, but fellow stars Jacob Evans and Gary Clark are back from Mick Cronin’s strongest Cincinnati team to date. Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome should add even more offensive firepower to a roster that should provide the best competition for Wichita State in the AAC.

// ESPN.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 16

Myron Metcalf, ESPN (May 25) Story Link

Since 2011, Mick Cronin's Bearcats have finished within the top 25 of KenPom.com's adjusted defensive efficiency rankings for seven consecutive seasons. In that stretch, he has lost an abundance of talent, including Octavius Ellis, Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright. Cincy's identity as one of America's top defensive teams has not changed, but in 2017-18, Cronin might field his most balanced team. Kyle Washington (12.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.2 BPG), who connected on 53 percent of his shots inside the arc and 36 percent of his 3-point attempts, returns to lead Cincinnati into a battle with Wichita State for the American championship. With Jacob Evans and Gary Clark in the mix, Cronin will have his top three scorers and critical elements of his defense from last season. Jarron Cumberland made 65 percent of his shots inside the arc last season. Now he moves into a more significant role with Troy Caupain and Kevin Johnson gone. This group also adds Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, a guard who sat last season after averaging 23.1 points in 2015-16. Another strong year for Cincy? Yes, another strong year for Cincy.

// CBSSPORTS.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 16

Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com (May 22) Story Link

Coach: Mick Cronin
2016-17 record: 30-6
Notable players definitely gone: Troy Caupain, Kevin Johnson
Notable players also expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington, Gary Clark, Jarron Cumberland, Trey Scott, Justin Jenifer, Nysier Brooks, Quadri Moore
Notable newcomers: Cane Broome, Mamoudou Diarra, Keith Williams, Trevor Moore, Eliel Nsoseme
Why the Bearcats are here: Mick Cronin has guided the Bearcats to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments. An eighth is on tap considering Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington, Gary Clark and Jarron Cumberland are back and capable of competing at or near the top of the AAC standings again.

// USA TODAY – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 21

Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports (May 26) Story Link

Coach Mick Cronin has most of the nucleus back from a 30-win squad, including the top three scorers Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington and Gary Clark. Guard Jarron Cumberland figures to take another step as a sophomore. The key offensive addition is Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, who averaged 23.1 points a game in 2015-16 as the Northeast Conference Player of the Year.

local media thinks the program sucks. Lance and Broo also.
What's the rest of the AAC look like this year? Is UC the preseason favorite? What does SMU have returning?
(06-13-2017 07:24 AM)nachoman91 Wrote: [ -> ]What's the rest of the AAC look like this year? Is UC the preseason favorite? What does SMU have returning?

Wichita State is a top 10 team and being touted as the favorite with UC 2nd. SMU is expected in the hunt as well.

Personally I think UC should be the favorite as Wichita State isn't used to be tested more than 2 or 3 times a year in conference. When half them teams in your new conference are better than the 2nd best team in your old conference, who knows what to expect. Heck I would bet our worst teams would probably finish top 3 in their old conference. Don't get me wrong, Wichita State should be really good, but being the hunted in a conference with more firepower is much bigger than being the hunted in the Missouri Valley when only a team or two have a legit chance to upset you.
(06-13-2017 07:32 AM)BigDawg Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-13-2017 07:24 AM)nachoman91 Wrote: [ -> ]What's the rest of the AAC look like this year? Is UC the preseason favorite? What does SMU have returning?

Wichita State is a top 10 team and being touted as the favorite with UC 2nd. SMU is expected in the hunt as well.

Personally I think UC should be the favorite as Wichita State isn't used to be tested more than 2 or 3 times a year in conference. When half them teams in your new conference are better than the 2nd best team in your old conference, who knows what to expect. Heck I would bet our worst teams would probably finish top 3 in their old conference. Don't get me wrong, Wichita State should be really good, but being the hunted in a conference with more firepower is much bigger than being the hunted in the Missouri Valley when only a team or two have a legit chance to upset you.

The other thing I think will potentially bother them the first year is the travel. The MVC was a legitimately regional conference. I doubt they had to go more than 150 miles to any of their games. Now they will be flying to UConn on a monday and Tampa on a saturday. That is going to have an effect on them, especially the first year.
(06-12-2017 10:04 PM)SuperFlyBCat Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-31-2017 12:36 PM)Bearcat2012 Wrote: [ -> ]http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-baskb...17aaf.html

gobearcats.com have kindly summarized all the summertime preseason rankings....


May 31, 2017

CINCINNATI – With the NBA Draft deadline in the rearview mirror most of the national media outlets have reassessed the upcoming college men’s basketball season and presented an early summer Top 25 preview. The Cincinnati Bearcats are well represented.

National media outlets listed in highest ranking for Cincinnati and include date of ranking.

// ROTHSTEIN’S CBB TOP 25 FOR 2017-18 (MAY EDITION) – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 11

Jon Rothstein, FanRag Sports Network (May 25) Story Link

Key Newcomers: Cane Broome (transfer), Trevor Moore, Keith Williams, Mamodou Diarra
Projected Starting Five:
PG Cane Broome
SG Jacob Evans
SF Jarron Cumberland
PF Gary Clark
C Kyle Washington

Projected Bench: Nysier Brooks, Tre Scott, Justin Jenifer, Trevor Moore, Keith Williams, Mamodou Diarra

// SPORTING NEWS – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 13

Ryan Fagan, Sporting News (May 30) Story Link

Why they’re here: The Bearcats had five guys average at least 8.3 points per game this season, and four of them are expected back. That’s pretty darn good, considering those guys formed the core of a team that won 30 games this season. Plus, former Sacred Heart star guard Cane Broome — he averaged 23.1 points as a sophomore and was the Northeast Conference player of the year — will be eligible after sitting out this year as a transfer. Mick Cronin just wins at Cincinnati.

// FOXSPORTS.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 14

Aaron Torres, FoxSports.com (May 25) Story Link

Mick Cronin’s program continues to plug along, and after a 30-win season in 2017, could be even better next year. The Bearcats return their top three scorers and add transfer Cane Broome, who averaged 23 points per game at Sacred Heart two seasons ago. The rich got even richer late, when Cincinnati added a commitment from former Washington signee Mamoudou Diarra just a few weeks ago.

// SB NATION – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 15

Mike Rutherford, SB Nation (May 30) Story Link

Troy Caupain leaves big shoes to fill, but fellow stars Jacob Evans and Gary Clark are back from Mick Cronin’s strongest Cincinnati team to date. Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome should add even more offensive firepower to a roster that should provide the best competition for Wichita State in the AAC.

// ESPN.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 16

Myron Metcalf, ESPN (May 25) Story Link

Since 2011, Mick Cronin's Bearcats have finished within the top 25 of KenPom.com's adjusted defensive efficiency rankings for seven consecutive seasons. In that stretch, he has lost an abundance of talent, including Octavius Ellis, Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright. Cincy's identity as one of America's top defensive teams has not changed, but in 2017-18, Cronin might field his most balanced team. Kyle Washington (12.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.2 BPG), who connected on 53 percent of his shots inside the arc and 36 percent of his 3-point attempts, returns to lead Cincinnati into a battle with Wichita State for the American championship. With Jacob Evans and Gary Clark in the mix, Cronin will have his top three scorers and critical elements of his defense from last season. Jarron Cumberland made 65 percent of his shots inside the arc last season. Now he moves into a more significant role with Troy Caupain and Kevin Johnson gone. This group also adds Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, a guard who sat last season after averaging 23.1 points in 2015-16. Another strong year for Cincy? Yes, another strong year for Cincy.

// CBSSPORTS.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 16

Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com (May 22) Story Link

Coach: Mick Cronin
2016-17 record: 30-6
Notable players definitely gone: Troy Caupain, Kevin Johnson
Notable players also expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington, Gary Clark, Jarron Cumberland, Trey Scott, Justin Jenifer, Nysier Brooks, Quadri Moore
Notable newcomers: Cane Broome, Mamoudou Diarra, Keith Williams, Trevor Moore, Eliel Nsoseme
Why the Bearcats are here: Mick Cronin has guided the Bearcats to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments. An eighth is on tap considering Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington, Gary Clark and Jarron Cumberland are back and capable of competing at or near the top of the AAC standings again.

// USA TODAY – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 21

Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports (May 26) Story Link

Coach Mick Cronin has most of the nucleus back from a 30-win squad, including the top three scorers Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington and Gary Clark. Guard Jarron Cumberland figures to take another step as a sophomore. The key offensive addition is Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, who averaged 23.1 points a game in 2015-16 as the Northeast Conference Player of the Year.

local media thinks the program sucks. Lance and Broo also.

Lance is a Butler and Xavier fan. He claims to have UC season tickets (and I don't doubt he doesn't as a sports media member in town), but if you notice he always seems to be at Cintas watching the Muskies.

The only real UC fans in the media in this town are Dan Hoard, George Vogel, Mo Egger and Elise Jessie (by proxy since she is married to the strength and conditioning coach).
(06-13-2017 08:08 AM)skylinecat Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-13-2017 07:32 AM)BigDawg Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-13-2017 07:24 AM)nachoman91 Wrote: [ -> ]What's the rest of the AAC look like this year? Is UC the preseason favorite? What does SMU have returning?

Wichita State is a top 10 team and being touted as the favorite with UC 2nd. SMU is expected in the hunt as well.

Personally I think UC should be the favorite as Wichita State isn't used to be tested more than 2 or 3 times a year in conference. When half them teams in your new conference are better than the 2nd best team in your old conference, who knows what to expect. Heck I would bet our worst teams would probably finish top 3 in their old conference. Don't get me wrong, Wichita State should be really good, but being the hunted in a conference with more firepower is much bigger than being the hunted in the Missouri Valley when only a team or two have a legit chance to upset you.

The other thing I think will potentially bother them the first year is the travel. The MVC was a legitimately regional conference. I doubt they had to go more than 150 miles to any of their games. Now they will be flying to UConn on a monday and Tampa on a saturday. That is going to have an effect on them, especially the first year.


dude, you need a geography lesson...you have to drive 150 miles in Kansas just to get to the next town.

Heck, their travel may even be easier now just because AAC cities are way more accessible than MVC cities.
(06-13-2017 08:10 AM)CliftonAve Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-12-2017 10:04 PM)SuperFlyBCat Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-31-2017 12:36 PM)Bearcat2012 Wrote: [ -> ]http://www.gobearcats.com/sports/m-baskb...17aaf.html

gobearcats.com have kindly summarized all the summertime preseason rankings....


May 31, 2017

CINCINNATI – With the NBA Draft deadline in the rearview mirror most of the national media outlets have reassessed the upcoming college men’s basketball season and presented an early summer Top 25 preview. The Cincinnati Bearcats are well represented.

National media outlets listed in highest ranking for Cincinnati and include date of ranking.

// ROTHSTEIN’S CBB TOP 25 FOR 2017-18 (MAY EDITION) – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 11

Jon Rothstein, FanRag Sports Network (May 25) Story Link

Key Newcomers: Cane Broome (transfer), Trevor Moore, Keith Williams, Mamodou Diarra
Projected Starting Five:
PG Cane Broome
SG Jacob Evans
SF Jarron Cumberland
PF Gary Clark
C Kyle Washington

Projected Bench: Nysier Brooks, Tre Scott, Justin Jenifer, Trevor Moore, Keith Williams, Mamodou Diarra

// SPORTING NEWS – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 13

Ryan Fagan, Sporting News (May 30) Story Link

Why they’re here: The Bearcats had five guys average at least 8.3 points per game this season, and four of them are expected back. That’s pretty darn good, considering those guys formed the core of a team that won 30 games this season. Plus, former Sacred Heart star guard Cane Broome — he averaged 23.1 points as a sophomore and was the Northeast Conference player of the year — will be eligible after sitting out this year as a transfer. Mick Cronin just wins at Cincinnati.

// FOXSPORTS.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 14

Aaron Torres, FoxSports.com (May 25) Story Link

Mick Cronin’s program continues to plug along, and after a 30-win season in 2017, could be even better next year. The Bearcats return their top three scorers and add transfer Cane Broome, who averaged 23 points per game at Sacred Heart two seasons ago. The rich got even richer late, when Cincinnati added a commitment from former Washington signee Mamoudou Diarra just a few weeks ago.

// SB NATION – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 15

Mike Rutherford, SB Nation (May 30) Story Link

Troy Caupain leaves big shoes to fill, but fellow stars Jacob Evans and Gary Clark are back from Mick Cronin’s strongest Cincinnati team to date. Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome should add even more offensive firepower to a roster that should provide the best competition for Wichita State in the AAC.

// ESPN.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 16

Myron Metcalf, ESPN (May 25) Story Link

Since 2011, Mick Cronin's Bearcats have finished within the top 25 of KenPom.com's adjusted defensive efficiency rankings for seven consecutive seasons. In that stretch, he has lost an abundance of talent, including Octavius Ellis, Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright. Cincy's identity as one of America's top defensive teams has not changed, but in 2017-18, Cronin might field his most balanced team. Kyle Washington (12.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.2 BPG), who connected on 53 percent of his shots inside the arc and 36 percent of his 3-point attempts, returns to lead Cincinnati into a battle with Wichita State for the American championship. With Jacob Evans and Gary Clark in the mix, Cronin will have his top three scorers and critical elements of his defense from last season. Jarron Cumberland made 65 percent of his shots inside the arc last season. Now he moves into a more significant role with Troy Caupain and Kevin Johnson gone. This group also adds Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, a guard who sat last season after averaging 23.1 points in 2015-16. Another strong year for Cincy? Yes, another strong year for Cincy.

// CBSSPORTS.COM – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 16

Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com (May 22) Story Link

Coach: Mick Cronin
2016-17 record: 30-6
Notable players definitely gone: Troy Caupain, Kevin Johnson
Notable players also expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington, Gary Clark, Jarron Cumberland, Trey Scott, Justin Jenifer, Nysier Brooks, Quadri Moore
Notable newcomers: Cane Broome, Mamoudou Diarra, Keith Williams, Trevor Moore, Eliel Nsoseme
Why the Bearcats are here: Mick Cronin has guided the Bearcats to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments. An eighth is on tap considering Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington, Gary Clark and Jarron Cumberland are back and capable of competing at or near the top of the AAC standings again.

// USA TODAY – BEARCATS RANKING: NO. 21

Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports (May 26) Story Link

Coach Mick Cronin has most of the nucleus back from a 30-win squad, including the top three scorers Jacob Evans, Kyle Washington and Gary Clark. Guard Jarron Cumberland figures to take another step as a sophomore. The key offensive addition is Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome, who averaged 23.1 points a game in 2015-16 as the Northeast Conference Player of the Year.

local media thinks the program sucks. Lance and Broo also.

Lance is a Butler and Xavier fan. He claims to have UC season tickets (and I don't doubt he doesn't as a sports media member in town), but if you notice he always seems to be at Cintas watching the Muskies.

The only real UC fans in the media in this town are Dan Hoard, George Vogel, Mo Egger and Elise Jessie (by proxy since she is married to the strength and conditioning coach).

You certainly got the UC media folks right, though I do think Lance is a UC football fan, haven't listened to him in years just an impression I got years ago. Think Broo is more of a pro fan and I don't know who does any other station.
(06-13-2017 08:25 AM)DownOnRohs Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-13-2017 08:08 AM)skylinecat Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-13-2017 07:32 AM)BigDawg Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-13-2017 07:24 AM)nachoman91 Wrote: [ -> ]What's the rest of the AAC look like this year? Is UC the preseason favorite? What does SMU have returning?

Wichita State is a top 10 team and being touted as the favorite with UC 2nd. SMU is expected in the hunt as well.

Personally I think UC should be the favorite as Wichita State isn't used to be tested more than 2 or 3 times a year in conference. When half them teams in your new conference are better than the 2nd best team in your old conference, who knows what to expect. Heck I would bet our worst teams would probably finish top 3 in their old conference. Don't get me wrong, Wichita State should be really good, but being the hunted in a conference with more firepower is much bigger than being the hunted in the Missouri Valley when only a team or two have a legit chance to upset you.

The other thing I think will potentially bother them the first year is the travel. The MVC was a legitimately regional conference. I doubt they had to go more than 150 miles to any of their games. Now they will be flying to UConn on a monday and Tampa on a saturday. That is going to have an effect on them, especially the first year.


dude, you need a geography lesson...you have to drive 150 miles in Kansas just to get to the next town.

Heck, their travel may even be easier now just because AAC cities are way more accessible than MVC cities.

Very true. Outside of East Carolina, every team in this league has a major international airport in its metro area.
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