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2021-2022 cbhsports College Football Preview:Arkansas

Projected Starting Lineup

**=Returning Starter

Offense
QB: KJ Jefferson, RS Sophomore
RB: Trelon Smith, RS Junior
WR1: *Treylon Burks, Junior*
WR2: *Mike Woods, Senior*
WR3: De’Vion Warren, Senior
TE: *Hudson Henry, RS Sophomore*
LT: *Myron Cunningham, RS Senior*
LG: Brady Latham, RS Sophomore
C: *Ricky Stromberg, Junior*
RG: *Ty Clary, RS Senior*
RT: Dalton Wagner, RS Senior

Defense
DE: Eric Gregory, RS Sophomore
DT: Jaelen Williams, Junior
DT: Isaiah Nichols, RS Junior
DE: Nicholas Fulwider, RS Junior
OLB: Dorian Gerald, RS Senior
MLB: *Grant Morgan, RS Senior*
OLB: *Bumper Pool, Senior*
CB: LaDarrius Bishop, RS Junior
CB: Trent Gordon, RS Junior
SS: *Jalen Catalon, RS Sophomore*
FS: *Joe Foucha, RS Senior*

Special Teams
K: Cameron Little, Freshman
P: Sam Loy, RS Senior
KR: De’Vion Warren, Senior
PR: Treylon Burks, Junior

Returning Production:
On offense, the return of all starting receivers Treylon Burks, Mike Woods, and De’Vion Warren is huge. Linebackers Grant Morgan and Bumper Pool are the heart soul of a defense that should be fun to watch again in 2021. Talented safety Jalen Catalon returns as well.

New Starters:
KJ Jefferson replaces former Florida grad transfer Feleipe Franks. Jefferson was phenomenal in the Missouri game when Franks was hurt. Trelon Smith paces the running game after getting starting minutes a season ago with Rakeem Boyd’s lack of minutes due to injury. A young defensive line and defensive backfield are reasons to be concerned in 2021 in Fayetteville.

Schedule Preview

Rice (9/4)
Arkansas needs an easy win to open their season. They should get one. Projected Score: Arkansas 42, Rice 20

Texas (9/11)
With new head coach Steve Sarkisian and lots of returning talent, the Texas faithful should expect a pretty good season from their team. Arkansas will challenge Texas and if they can get their offense going, it should be a great game. Projected Score: Texas 20, Arkansas 17

Georgia Southern (9/18)
While I can see people thinking Arkansas will overlook these non conference teams, Sam Pittman will not let this team overlook opponents. Hogs win big. Projected Score: Arkansas 38, Georgia Southern 17

vs.Texas A&M (Arlington) (9/25)
Texas A&M is Alabama’s biggest challenge in the SEC West. But, historically Arkansas has played A&M well despite losing every contest to the Aggies since they joined the SEC. Projected Score: Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 20

at.Georgia (10/2)
Sam Pittman and the hogs heads to face-off against his last old team. Arkansas played Georgia close in 2020 but with Georgia finding QB JT Daniels, it will be tough for a young Arkansas defense to counter. Projected Score: Georgia 38, Arkansas 21

at.Ole Miss (10/9)
Arkansas turned Ole Miss over seven times in 2020. Ole Miss should and probably will have a chip on their shoulder to come out and win this game. Arkansas’ offense will have to be clicking on all cylinders in Oxford to match scores on every possession by Ole Miss’ awesome offense. Projected Score: Ole Miss 55, Arkansas 42

Auburn (10/16)
Similar to Ole Miss, Arkansas should be hungry to host Auburn who got away with a call late in their win over Arkansas in 2020. Auburn’s new head coach Bryan Harsin should bring in a fun offense for the Tigers but Arkansas should have a good chance to win this game. Projected Score: Arkansas 21, Auburn 13

UAPB (Little Rock) (10/23)
Arkansas’ first game versus an instate team in awhile is going to be played in the state’s capital. Hogs get tested early but get a win before returning home to face Mississippi State. Projected Score: Arkansas 45, UAPB 13

Mississippi State (11/6)
Mississippi State upset LSU in week 1 last season before running into Arkansas in week 2. The hogs got their first SEC win in 17 chances with a W in Starkville. Projected Score: Arkansas 24, Mississippi State 21

at.LSU (11/13)

at.Alabama (11/20)
Alabama will not be stopped in this game. Projected Score: Alabama 42, Arkansas 27

Missouri (11/26)

Missouri made a comeback to beat Arkansas to continue a long winning streak in the series. But, I see KJ Jefferson and the wide receiving core of the hogs winning another high-scoring battle. Projected Score: Arkansas 45, Missouri 42

Incoming 2021 Recruits (per 247sports)
163.Ketron Jackson, WR, Royse City,TX Royse City
185.AJ Green, RB, Tulsa,OK Union
285.Raheim Sanders, ATH, Rockledge,FL Rockledge
398.Terry Wells, OT, Wynne,AR Wynne
493.Javion Hunt, RB, Oklahoma City,OK Carl Albert
494.Cameron Ball, OT, Atlanta,GA Tri-Cities
12.Jalen Williams, DT, Jones College Ellisville,MS
526.Keuan Parker, CB, Booker T. Washington Tulsa,OK
721.Lucas Coley, QB, San Antonio,TX Cornerstone Christian
NA.Landon Rogers, QB, Little Rock,AR Parkview Magnet

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Recapping Arkansas men’s basketball’s historic 2020-2021 season

What a season it was for the Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball team in 2020-2021. From going 10-0 in November and December to dropping four out of five in January, to going on a 12 game conference winning streak after that, head coach Eric Musselman has turned things around in Fayetteville ahead of schedule.

Statistics Leaders
Points: Guard/Forward Moses Moody, Freshman (16.8 PPG)
The freshman Moses Moody averaged close to 17.5 a game during most of the season before having a tough postseason. Moody, still, put up double digit points in every NCAA Tournament game. Moody, a likely lottery pick, will still likely enter the 2021 NBA Draft despite recent struggles from the field.

Assists: Guard Jalen Tate, Senior (3.8 APG)
The grad transfer from Northern Kentucky was an intricate part in the hogs’ run to the second weekend of the tournament including the pass that set up what turned out to be Davonte Davis’ game-winning shot over Oral Roberts. Tate should also be gone pursuing his professional aspirations.

Field Goal %, Rebounds: Justin Smith, Senior (57.1%, 7.3 RPG)
The grad transfer from Indiana vastly improved his play in Fayetteville under Eric Musselman. He might have been the most important player on the team because of his versatility on both sides of the ball. He made key shots and grabbed key rebounds all season long before many expect him to begin a professional career.

Steals: JD Notae, Junior (1.4 SPG)
The guard who had to sit out the 2019-2020 season, was better known for his great three-point shot than creating turnovers for the hogs in 2020-2021. But, Notae made some great plays, setting up opportunities for Arkansas to come back from multiple double-digit deficits in postseason play. Notae will likely return to Fayetteville next season.

Blocks: Connor Vanover, Sophomore (1.8 BPG)
Although he was rarely used in the last part of the season, Vanover was a key piece inside making the hogs 9-0 through November and December. Adding muscle onto Vanover in the offseason is going to improve Vanover’s play and likely get him more minutes when next season comes around.

Other Players (Everyone else who played):

Guard Desi Sills, Junior
Desi, similar to Connor Vanover, played a huge role earlier in the season for the hogs. But Freshman Devo Davis and Junior JD Notae proved to be better pieces for Coach Musselman during conference play and in the SEC/Big 12 challenge. Desi announced last week he would be leaving the program via the transfer portal.

Guard Davonte “Devo” Davis, Freshman
Davonte did not get many minutes at the beginning of the season because at the time he was such a raw athlete that could not shoot the ball well. But, in Arkansas’ 12-game SEC winning streak and in the postseason Devo Davis was the most important player for Arkansas. Countless forced turnovers and timely shots made by Devo kept Arkansas in so many games. When Arkansas went down double-digits in every NCAA Tournament game, he made play after play to get them back in the game (even in the Baylor game that they lost).

Forward Jaylin Williams, Freshman
Similar to Devo, Jaylin Williams sat on the bench most of the time in November and December. But, like Devo, he kept his head down and kept working. Williams was a key part in why Arkansas beat Alabama on February 24 to keep them from winning an inevitable SEC regular season title which the Tide would win the following Saturday. Williams made it into the starting lineup in the Round of 32 after being sidelined due to COVID protocols in late February. In the Round of 32, Williams had ten rebounds that won the hogs the game over Texas Tech.

Ethan Henderson, Junior
Of the multiple players from the Natural State (Moses, Davonte, KK, Jaylin, and Desi), Henderson is one of two juniors (Desi) and one of two players left from Mike Anderson (Desi). Henderson played a big role in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinal when starting forward Justin Smith got hurt. Henderson preceded to get Missouri big man Jeremiah Tilmon in foul trouble and get Arkansas in the SEC Tournament Semifinals.

Khalen “KK” Robinson, Freshman
KK Robinson’s foot injury cut his season short. Robinson played in the first 11 games of the season before his lingering foot problem cut his season short. Robinson then preceded to have foot surgery. Robinson got his boot off but is still having to wear it every so often. The freshman will return to Fayetteville next season.

Final Record: 25-7 (13-4) SEC


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2021-2022 cbhsports College Football Preview:Alabama

Hello everyone. The college basketball season wraps up tonight with the national championship in Indianapolis. So, welcome to my first “2021-2022 cbhsports College Football Preview”. Again, we will be doing SEC previews every Monday and Wednesday from here on out (until I finish them the week of May 17) and a non conference school on Fridays (I will do 16 non conference teams that y’all have voted on). After the SEC previews finish up, I will just be posting non conference previews on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through the week of June 7. Anyway, let’s get into the 2021-2022 Alabama preview.

Projected Starting Lineup

**=Returning Starter

Offense
QB: Bryce Young, Sophomore
RB: Brian Robinson Jr., Senior
WR1:*John Metchie III, Junior*
WR2: Javon Baker, Sophomore
WR3: Slade Bolden, RS Junior
TE: *Jahleel Billingsley, Junior*
LT: *Evan Neal, Junior*
LG: Tommy Brown, RS Junior
C: Chris Owens, RS Senior
RG: *Emil Ekiyor Jr., RS Junior*
RT: Kendall Randolph, RS Senior

Defense
DE: *Justin Eboigbe, Junior*
DT: *DJ Dale, Junior,*
DT: *Tim Smith, Sophomore*
DE: Byron Young, Junior
OLB: *Christopher Allen, RS Senior*
OLB: Christian Harris, Junior
OLB: Will Anderson Jr., Sophomore
MLB: Jaylen Moody, Senior
CB: Jalyn Armour-Davis, RS Junior
CB: Josh Jobe, Senior
SS: Jordan Battle, Junior
FS: Daniel Wright, RS Senior

Special Teams
K: *Will Reichard, Junior*
P: *Charlie Scott, Senior*
KR: Brian Robinson Jr., Senior
PR: *Slade Bolden, RS Junior*

Returning Production:
John Metchie III is the lone returning starting receiver for new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. The offensive line returns Evan Neal and Emil Ekiyor who lead one of the best offensive lines in the country. The defense returns most of the front seven but yet again Alabama’s talented defensive backfield has to be replaced. During the front half of the 2010’s and into 2017 Alabama clearly replaced their cornerbacks and safeties well every year. But the defense has looked “worse” despite it finishing as one of the best in the country. Still, it has not been up to Nick Saban’s standard in the last two seasons.

New Starters:
There is a new starting backfield for Saban, with former five-star QB Bryce Young and veteran RB Brian Robinson are both expected to be main contributors for the Crimson Tide offense. Tight End Jahleel Billingsley and Wide Receivers Javon Baker and Slade Bolden will try to replace the production of Heisman winner DeVonta Smith and fellow wideout Jaylen Waddle.

Schedule Preview:

vs.Miami (Atlanta) (9/4)
Alabama did not get its Texas kickoff game versus USC a year ago, but gets Miami instead in Atlanta. This will be a good test but the tide roll here. Projected Score: Alabama 49, Miami 24

Mercer (9/11)
I don’t expect any of the starters to play beyond the first half, let alone the first quarter. Alabama big in this one. Projected Score: Alabama 52, Mercer 10

at.Florida (9/18)
In a rematch of the 2020 SEC Championship game, I expect the same result, just a bigger margin. New Florida starting QB Emory Jones will still be getting used to things as the starter in Gainesville and Alabama’s young defense should have a pretty easy time against a young Florida offense. Projected Score: Alabama 38, Florida 21

Southern Miss (9/25)
I expect this game to be more of a contest than the Tide’s game against Mercer, but the result should be similar. Projected Score: Alabama 42, Southern Miss 24

Ole Miss (10/2)
Ole Miss and Alabama played in a shootout in Oxford in 2020. Expect much of the same in 2021 with the final score potentially being closer than just 15 points. But, I expect Alabama to go pretty hard in this game just because of the small margin of victory a year ago. Projected Score: Alabama 56, Ole Miss 42

at.Texas A&M (10/9)
Texas A&M will be Alabama’s biggest test in the SEC West in 2021. LSU could return to form, Auburn could get some mojo with Bryan Harsin as their new head coach, but Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies seem like the best bet after their win in the Orange Bowl on January 2. Anyway, Haynes King should replace Kellen Mond at QB for A&M but it can’t just be King stepping up for Fisher’s team if they want to beat the reigning national champions. Projected Score: Alabama 45, Texas A&M 35

at.Mississippi State (10/16)
Mississippi State showed signs of improvement under Mike Leach at the beginning and the end of their 2020 campaign. But not enough improvement to tell me their going to beat the Crimson Tide. Projected Score: Alabama 38, Mississippi State 13

Tennessee (10/23)
Alabama gets two rivalries in a span of three weeks, beginning with Tennessee. Former Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt was replaced by former Central Florida head coach Josh Heupel. If Heupel can get his offense going, Alabama may be on upset alert. Projected Score: Alabama 35, Tennessee 17

LSU (11/6)
LSU beat Alabama in 2019 en route to their national championship in January of 2020, but fell off and had a mediocre season in 2020. Ed Orgeron’s bunch should be excited to play this one, and another potential upset comes to Tuscaloosa. Projected Score: Alabama 45, LSU 20

New Mexico State (11/13)
Alabama should roll here. Projected Score: Alabama 49, New Mexico State 7

Arkansas (11/20)
Sam Pittman’s team showed a lot of improvement in 2020. But similar to Mississippi State, not enough for me to see them beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa. So, the Tide roll on here. Projected Score: Alabama 42, Arkansas 27

at.Auburn (11/27)
Bryan Harsin and Gus Malzahn are two completely different coaches. Malzahn, despite being fired in January by Auburn, knew how to beat Alabama. And he did on multiple occasions. But, until we see if Harsin can beat the Tide, we’ll have to see if he can actually do it. Projected Score: Alabama 27, Auburn 14

Projected Score: 12-0 (8-0) SEC

Incoming 2021 Recruits (per 247sports)
2.Evan Neal, OT, Bradenton,FL IMG Academy
5.Tommy Brockermeyer, OT, Fort Worth,TX All Saints Episcopal
8.Dallas Turner, DE, Fort Lauderdale,FL Saint Thomas Aquinas
17.Ga’Quincy McKinstry, CB, Pinson,AL Pinson Valley
23.Damon Payne, DT, Belleville,MI Belleville
26.Jacorey Brooks, WR, Bradenton,FL IMG Academy
33.Camar Wheaton, RB, Garland,TX Lakeview Centennial
44.Agiye Hall, WR, Valrico,FL Bloomingdale
46.JoJo Earle, WR, Aledo,TX Aledo
50.Terrion Arnold, S, Tallahassee,FL John Paul II Catholic
51.Deontae Lawson, ILB, Mobile,AL Mobile Christian School
57.Terrence Ferguson, OG, Fort Valley,GA Peach County
58.Keanu Koht, DE, Vero Beach,FL Vero Beach
74.Christian Leary, WR, Orlando,FL Edgewater
81.Jalen Milroe, QB-DUAL, Katy,TX Tompkins
91.Monkell Goodwine, DE, Upper Marlboro, MD Rock Creek Christian Academy  135.Kadarius Calloway, ATH, Philadelphia,MS Philadelphia
166.Kendrick Blackshire, ILB, Duncanville,TX Duncanville
175.Kaine Williams, S, Marrero, LA John Ehret
189.James Brockermeyer, OC, Fort Worth,TX All Saints Episcopal
236.Ian Jackson, OLB, Prattville,AL Prattville

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cbhsports 2021 men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament National Championship Preview

National Championship

1.Baylor vs. 1.Gonzaga
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)
April 5, 9:20 PM ET, CBS

Happy Easter everyone! Baylor and Gonzaga will square off for the 2021 NCAA College Basketball National Championship Game on Monday. Gonzaga and Baylor are clearly the best two teams in the country and for most of the season were on a collision course to meet on the last Monday of the season. Baylor’s rough patch at the end of the season after their COVID pause and Gonzaga’s competitive game versus UCLA shows that clearly these two teams are human and could go on cold spells offensively and defensively. Jalen Suggs’ (14.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.6 APG) game-winner sent the Bulldogs to just its second title game ever. Also for the Zags, is sharpshooting forward Corey Kispert (18.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG) and talented big man Drew Timme (19.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG) make up most of their scoring. Guards Joel Ayayi and Andrew Nembhard, who transferred from Florida, are key players for the Bulldogs that if they get going, can help the Zags finish the Bears on Monday night. Baylor’s perimeter is led by All-Americans Jared Butler (16.6 PPG, 4.7 APG), Davion Mitchell (14.0 PPG, 5.5 APG), and sharpshooting MaCio Teague (15.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG) are phenomenal on the perimeter. As you can see the perimeter is honestly a toss-up with the talent on the perimeter for both teams. But, Gonzaga clearly has the advantage inside as Drew Timme has been one of, if not the best tournament of any player, taking on talented defensive big man Mark Vital for the Bears. Projected Score: Baylor 80, Gonzaga 77

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cbhsports 2021 men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament Final Four Preview

Final Four

2.Houston vs. 1.Baylor
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)
April 3, 5:14 PM ET, CBS

Houston and Baylor are both talented defensive teams that can really shoot it. All American Jared Butler, hot shooting MaCio Teague, and Davion Mitchell (who may be the most talented guard of them all) make up Baylor’s talented perimeter. Kelvin Sampson, Houston’s head coach has now brought two teams to the Final Four, Oklahoma and Houston. Matching up with them will be led by former Kansas transfer Quentin Grimes. The tough hard nosed group can beat Baylor if they get going shooting the ball. Projected Score: Baylor 77, Houston 72

11.UCLA vs. 1.Gonzaga
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)
April 3, 8:34 PM ET, CBS

UCLA used Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang (15.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG) to become the second team ever to go from the First Four to the Final Four (the other than VCU). Gonzaga has been the best team all season, winning every game by double digits during the tournament. Led by lead guard Jalen Suggs, fellow guard Joel Ayayi, sharp shooting Corey Kispert, and big man Drew Timme, Gonzaga should easily win this game. But the upstart Bruins will not fail to show why the Pac-12 had three teams in the Elite 8. Projected Score: 1.Gonzag 87, 11.UCLA 74

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Roy Williams announces his retirement

Happy Easter weekend everyone! A busy day of college basketball was headlined by major coaching changes and national player of the year award announcements continuing.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Athletic Department announced Roy Williams’ retirement on Thursday. The hall of fame coach with 900+ wins retires after taking two programs (Kansas and North Carolina) to Final Fours as well as three national championships in Chapel Hill (2005, 2009, 2017). Williams spent time at Kansas (1989-2003) and North Carolina (2003-2021) going an overall 903-264 which is a .774 winning percentage.

The Texas Longhorns announced alum and Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard as their new head coach on Thursday. Because he was headed for another Big 12 school, Beard’s buyout dropped to just $4 million dollars. Despite the fact that Texas Tech was prepared to give him a life-long contract, “he was ready for a new challenge” according to an ESPN article.

Iowa big man Luka Garza was named the AP men’s college basketball player of the year, a year after finishing second to Dayton’s Obi Toppin. Garza averaged over 24 points per game and almost 9 rebounds per game. Illinois point guard Ayo Dosunmo, likely number one pick and Oklahoma State point guard Cade Cunningham, and Jared Butler finished behind Garza in voting. Juward Howard was named AP men’s college basketball coach of the year on Thursday, receiving 35 of 63 votes from the voters. Gonzaga’s Mark Few was second with 16 votes, and Baylor’s Scott Drew and Alabama’s Nate Oats each received five.

Yet another big announcement was made for the future of college basketball. The 2022 Maui Invitational field was announced on Thursday. Arkansas is the lone team to make it to the second weekend of the 2021 NCAA Tournament field that will be playing in Maui in 2022. The rest of the field includes Arizona, Cincinnati, Creighton, and Louisville, Ohio State, San Diego State, and Texas Tech.

Oklahoma State Freshman Guard Cade Cunningham announced his intentions to enter the NBA Draft on Thursday, as many others have today and in the past. Here is every other player that has announced his intentions to enter the 2021 NBA Draft.

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cbhsports 2021 men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament Elite 8 Preview

West Region
1.Gonzaga over 6.USC
USC’s Evan Mobley and Isaiah Mobley are two big men that can counter Gonzaga’s Drew Timme. I can also see USC’s athletic wings being able to handle Jalen Suggs, Andrew Nembhard, and Corey Kispert for awhile. But at the end of the day, Gonzaga is the best team in the country and will find a way to win. Projected Score: Gonzaga 85, USC 76

East Region
1.Michigan over 11.UCLA
UCLA has become yet another team to go from the First Four to the Elite 8, one step away from the first weekend of April and the Final Four. Michigan has surprised a few people, being without leading scorer Isaiah Livers since the middle of March. The fans and media have to remember, this team won the regular season championship in the toughest conference during the regular season. Projected Score: Michigan 80, UCLA 74

South Region
1.Baylor over 3.Arkansas
Arkansas has gone down by 14, 10, and 12 in their three respective games. The Razorbacks cannot play the same way they on Saturday night in their win over Oral Roberts. Moses Moody, the 2021 SEC Player of the Year, has not had his best game of the tournament yet. If he gets going for the hogs, they have a chance to win this game. Baylor had to come back in their Sweet 16 game as well. One of the best three point shooting teams in the country did not shoot as well they could. Baylor star Jared Butler made just a single three, but, I can see Butler and the Bears shooting a lot better on Monday. Projected Score: Baylor 82, Arkansas 74

Midwest Region
2.Houston over 12.Oregon State
Oregon State won the Pac-12 tournament and three games in the tournament they were not favored in just to make it here. Former Kansas transfer Quentin Grimes has been excellent for Houston, leading the Cougars to their first Elite 8 appearance since the “Phi Slama Jama” era with wing Clyde Drexler and big man Akeem Olajuwon. I see Oregon State’s run coming to an end on Monday night. Projected Score: Houston 72, Oregon State 66

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Texas’ Shaka Smart close to Marquette deal

After another season that ended earlier than expected in Austin, Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart is expected to be Marquette’s next head coach. Smart, a Wisconsin native, has been the head coach at Texas for six seasons. He has led the Longhorns to three NCAA Tournament appearances but is yet to get a win. Smart has been on the hot seat for two years and if not for the pandemic he would’ve been fired most likely. Before taking over in Austin, Smart led VCU to five NCAA Tournament appearances including a Final Four run in 2011. The Longhorns are expected to pursue Texas alum Chris Beard, who has had a lot of success as Texas Tech’s head coach, among others.

Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger announced his retirement on Thursday following a 45-year career. Kruger, 68, has been in charge of the Sooners for the past decade, leading them to seven NCAA tournaments and a Final Four appearance in 2016. The Sooners finished 16-11 overall this season, going 9-8 in the tough Big 12 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Gonzaga. Before to taking over at Oklahoma, Kruger led UNLV to four NCAA tournament appearances in seven seasons, most notably a Sweet 16 run in 2007.

The 2021 Wooden Award Finalists were announced on Friday. Baylor guard Jared Butler, Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmo, Iowa forward Luka Garza, and Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert were among the finalists for the award for college basketball’s player of the year. Butler and Kispert are the only players on teams who are still in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The others’ teams were all knocked out last weekend in the second round.

2021 Point Guard Hunter Sallis gave Mark Few and Gonzaga the biggest commitment in their program’s history according to 247sports. Sallis, the no. 6 ranked player in the class, committed to the Zags on his 18th birthday. The top combo guard in the class chose Gonzaga over Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, and home state Nebraska.

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cbhsports 2021 men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

West Region

1.Gonzaga over 5.Creighton

Gonzaga has been too good.

6.USC over 7.Oregon

This will be a phenomenal game between two teams that have had impressive runs in the NCAA Tournament. I see Evan Mobley having another phenomenal game (and USC finding away to defend Oregon star Chris Duarte) to make the Elite 8.

East Region

1.Michigan over 4.Florida State

I don’t know why anyone is doubting Michigan. They have now won two games without leading scorer Isaiah Livers during their tournament run. Florida State struggles to score at times and Michigan will take advantage of that.

2.Alabama over 11.UCLA

UCLA and the rest of the Pac-12 is red hot but it is too bad they have to run into Alabama. The Tide made a record 15 threes in their round of 32 win over Maryland. The Tide should win by at least ten.

South Region

1.Baylor over 5.Villanova

Villanova has had one of if not the easiest road to the Sweet 16. Baylor will beat the Wildcats by 15.

3.Arkansas over 15.Oral Roberts

Arkansas beat Oral Roberts by 11 back in December. Oral Roberts became the second 15 seed to ever make the Sweet 16 following FGCU in 2013. Max Abmas, the leading scorer in the NCAA, and Kevin Obanor are the dynamic duo for Oral Roberts and have not been contained defensively in either the Round of 64 by Ohio State or Round of 32 by Florida. If anyone ends Oral Roberts run, its going to be Arkansas’ length and good defense led by guard Jalen Tate, Davonte “Devo” Davis, Moses Moody, Jaylin Williams and Justin Smith.

Midwest Region

8.Loyola Chicago over 12.Oregon State

Loyola-Chicago upset Illinois led by a huge double-double from Cameron Krutwig. Oregon State upset both five seed Tennessee and four seed Oklahoma State (with potential number one pick Cade Cunningham) in the Round of 32. I see Loyola and Oregon State going back and forth early but Loyola breaking away at the end of the first half for a win.

2.Houston over 11.Syracuse

Quentin Grimes versus Buddy Boeheim is going to be fun. Houston wins and makes the Elite 8 for the first time since the Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler days.

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Missouri’s Xavier Pinson enters portal

Despite the 2021 NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments still going on, many of the teams’ seasons are already over. So, there is already a lot of news to get into to begin the 2021 off-season.

On Tuesday, Missouri second leading scorer Xavier Pinson (13.6 PPG, 2.9 APG) announced his intentions to transfer from Missouri via Instagram. Pinson has a single year of eligibility but could also consider the NBA Draft waters, similar to what he did last year before returning to Columbia.

George Mason announced the hiring of Tennessee assistant Kim England as its next head coach. English played his college basketball at Missouri, leading the Tigers to two Big 12 tournament titles from 2008-2012. Ben Johnson as hired to replace Richard Pitino at Minnesota.

Archie Miller was fired after four seasons by Indiana. He finished with a 67-58 overall record and a 33-44 record in Big Ten play.

Pittsburgh Forward Justin Champagnie, Florida Guard Tre Mann, and North Carolina big man Day’Ron Sharpe have all announced they will test draft waters. Justin can return as he has not signed with an agent and Mann and Sharpe will sign with agents, meaning they can not return.

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cbhsports 2021 men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament Second Round (Round of 32) Preview

Here are my 2021 Round of 32 predictions.

West Region

1.Gonzaga over 8.Oklahoma

13.Ohio over 5.Creighton

3.Kansas over 6.USC

2.Iowa over 7.Oregon

East Region

8.LSU over 1.Michigan

4.Florida State over 5.Colorado

11.UCLA over 14.Abilene Christian

2.Alabama over 10.Maryland

South Region

1.Baylor over 9.Wisconsin

13.North Texas over 5.Villanova

6.Texas Tech over 3.Arkansas

15.Oral Roberts over 7.Florida

Midwest Region

1.Illinois over 8.Loyola-Chicago

4.Oklahoma State over 12.Oregon State

3.West Virginia over 11.Syracuse

2.Houston over 10.Rutgers

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Arkansas’ road to the Final Four (plus cbhsports 2021 NCAA men’s College Basketball Tournament First Round (Round of 64) Preview)

The path to the Final Four will not be easy for the Arkansas Razorbacks, in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2018. Back in 2017 and 2018, Arkansas made the “Big Dance” as an eight and seven seed respectively and vastly underperformed. Arkansas beat nine seed Seton Hall to open up in 2017 before losing a controversial Round of 32 game in Greenville, South Carolina to top seed North Carolina, who went on to win 2017 National Championship. Arkansas was upended about a year later when it lost in the Round of 64 to 10 seed Butler in 2018. A team with All-SEC guards Daryl Macon, Jaylen Barford, and big man Daniel Gafford (now in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls) should have won more games in the postseason, let’s be honest. But when former Nevada head coach Eric Musselman took the same job in Fayetteville in April of 2019, it all changed. In his first recruiting cycle he dominated the state of Arkansas, keeping all but one of the top five prospects in the state according to 247sports by landing four-star recruits Moses Moody (Guard, Forward), KK Robinson (Guard), Davonte (or more commonly known as Devo) Davis (Guard), and Jaylin Williams (big man). Then he added transfers Justin Smith (big man, Indiana), Jalen Tate (Guard/Forward, Northern Kentucky), Vance Jackson (big man, New Mexico State), and JD Notae (Guard, Jacksonville). All of this to say that Musselman led the hogs to a 22-6 (13-4) record in the SEC that included a 12-game winning streak, the longest in school history. Landing a three seed on Selection Sunday capped off one of the greatest regular seasons since the Nolan Richardson teams of the 1990s. But, a potential second round match up with underseeded Texas Tech, could mean an early exit for the kids from Fayetteville. But first, they have to deal with the Colgate Raiders, the champions of the Patriot League (And Tech has to battle with Utah State). So here is Arkansas’ road to the Final Four in 2021 if it played the best opponent every round.

Round of 64

14.Colgate (3/19)

Colgate comes in at number nine in the final NET Rankings, five spots ahead of Arkansas. Both can score in bunches, but Arkansas is clearly the better defensive team with elite defenders Devo Davis and Jalen Tate on the perimeter. Plus, Arkansas gets a little energy back with big man Jaylin Williams returning to the lineup on Friday.

6.Texas Tech (3/21)
This might be Arkansas’ toughest match up. Chris Beard’s team plays phenomenal defense but has a tough time getting going on offense. If they do get going, they have a phenomenal offense.

2.Ohio State (3/27)

Ohio State has been phenomenal this season. They overachieved but they are still a two seed, so if Arkansas makes it there, they will have to be focused. Guard Duane Washington and Forward EJ Liddell are the yen and yang for the Buckeyes. Arkansas and Ohio State both aren’t very big. Arkansas needs to take advantage of Ohio State’s small size. The Buckeyes are very good but Arkansas could definitely win this match up.

2021 NCAA men’s College Basketball Tournament First Round Preview

First Four

16.Texas Southern over 16.Mount St. Mary’s

11.Drake over 11.Wichita State

16.Appalachian State over 16.Norfolk State

11.Michigan State over 11.UCLA

West Region

1.Gonzaga over 16.Appalachian State

8.Oklahoma over 9.Missouri

12.UCSB over 5.Creighton

4.Virginia over 13.Ohio

6.USC over 11.Drake

3.Kansas over 14.Drake

7.Oregon over 10.VCU

2.Iowa over 15.Grand Canyon

East Region

1.Michigan over 16.Texas Southern

8.LSU over 9.St. Bonaventure

5.Colorado over 12.Georgetown

4.Florida State over 13.UNC-Greensboro

11.Michigan State over 6.BYU

3.Texas over 14.Abilene Christian

7.Connecticut over 10.Maryland

2.Alabama over 15.Iona

South Region

1.Baylor over 16.Hartford

8.North Carolina over 9.Wisconsin

12.Winthrop over 5.Villanova

4.Purdue over 13.North Texas

6.Texas Tech over 11.Utah State

3.Arkansas over 14.Colgate

7.Florida over 10.Virginia Tech

2.Ohio State over 15.Oral Roberts

Midwest Region

1.Illinois over 16.Drexel

8.Loyola-Chicago over 9.Georgia Tech

5.Tennessee over 12.Oregon State

4.Oklahoma State over 13.Liberty

6.San Diego State over 11.Syracuse

3.West Virginia over 14.Morehead State

10.Rutgers over 7.Clemson

2.Houston over 15.Cleveland State

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Big week for Diamond Hogs, Muss Bus

Oklahoma, a dangerous offensive team despite their 8-7 record through 15 games, comes to Baum-Walker Stadium to face the consensus number one ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, who are sitting at 12-1 after their first loss on Sunday in Ruston, Louisiana to Louisiana Tech. Still, the Diamond Hogs have won every series they have played going into their first midweek series and this weekend, their first conference series at home versus rival Alabama.

The Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball team ended their regular season and conference tournament play on a tear, goin 12-2 in their last 14 games, despite their loss on Saturday to LSU at the SEC Tournament Semifinals in Nashville. The “Muss Bus” is clearly rolling with the school’s highest seed since 2015 (Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls led Arkansas to a five seed), landing a three seed in the south region. Of course, the entire tournament will be played in Indiana, with the majority of games being played in Indianapolis. Arkansas opens against 14 seed Colgate at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. It will begin at 11:45 AM CT time on truTV. It will face the winner of the six seed Texas Tech and eleven seed Utah State if it were to beat the “fighting toothpaste”.

The Arkansas Razorbacks women’s basketball team was upset by Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals. But, the hogs were still given a four seed in the Alamo Region, in the women’s tournament which will all be held in the Lone Star State. They will open against 13 seed Wright State. If the lady hogs win, they will play the winner of five seed Missouri State and 12 seed UC-Davis.

According to the Razorback football instagram and other official school sources, the team will have its first spring scrimmage on Saturday March 20. It will be open to fans. Arkansas will play its official spring game on Saturday April 17.

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2021 cbhsports men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament Preview (my picks)

West Region Preview, Predictions

South Region Preview, Predictions

Midwest Region Preview, Predictions

East Region Preview, Predictions

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2020-2021 cbhsports College Basketball Conference Tournament Preview (3/8/20-3/14/20)

Things will look slightly different in this college basketball preview post. No different from usual, I will show the AP top ten entering the week. Then, I will preview each of the power 6 conference tournaments (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, note also that mid major conference tournaments happened this past week). The preview will include a link to each of the conference tournament brackets, a link to my video preview of each that includes my predictions on my YouTube channel, and a few thoughts I have for each conference tournament.

Note: I will update the AP top ten in this post when a new one comes out tomorrow.

Note: I will add the hyperlink of every video preview when they come out in the next few days.

AP Top 10 entering week:

1.Gonzaga 24-0 Next: vs.Saint Mary’s (3/8-WCC Semifinal)

2.Baylor 21-1 Next: vs.TBD (3/11-Big 12 Quarterfinal)

3.Illinois 20-6 Next: vs.TBD (3/12-Big Ten Quarterfinal)

4.Michigan 19-3 Next: vs.TBD (3/12-Big Ten Quarterfinal)

5.Iowa 20-7 Next: vs.TBD (3/12-Big Ten Quarterfinal)

6.Alabama 21-6 Next: vs.TBD (3/12-SEC Quarterfinal)

7.Houston 21-3 Next: vs.TBD (3/12-AAC Quarterfinal)

8.Arkansas 21-5 Next: vs.TBD (3/12-SEC Quarterfinal)

9.Ohio State 18-8 Next: vs.TBD (3/11-Big Ten Second Round)

10.West Virginia 18-8 Next: vs.TBD (3/11-Big 12 Quarterfinal)

ACC

Bracket

Video Preview

Thoughts: The ACC is in uncommon ground. This will be the first year in awhile without a team from the conference as a one seed in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State, despite multiple losses the last few weeks, should be the favorite.

Big 12

Bracket

Video Preview

Thoughts: Behind the Big Ten, the Big 12 is the second best conference in the country. Regular season champion Baylor, West Virginia, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma are all teams that can make it to the second and third weekends of the NCAA Tournament and beyond. The key to winning in Kansas City this week is using defense to create opportunities offensively. Most of the Big 12 offenses are fantastic but its going to be up to terrific defensive backcourts like Baylor’s Jared Butler and MaCio Teague to win games. Baylor should be the favorite but watch out for any of the other teams I listed above.

Big East

Bracket

Video Preview

Thoughts: Both Villanova (losing veteran PG Collin Gillespie for the season) and Creighton (suspending head coach Greg McDermott) have their issues at the moment. But three seed Connecticut has been playing great lately, winning four of their last five games. They should be the favorite this week at Madison Square Garden without a doubt.

Big Ten

Bracket

Video Preview

Thoughts: The Big Ten is the best conference in the country without a doubt. Regular season champion Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio State are all in the AP top ten and have chances to lock up number one seeds. Purdue is ahead of Ohio State in the Big Ten standings and are at number 23 in the polls. Michigan State, like many blue bloods this season, need a few wins to clinch an NCAA Tournament berth. But, Michigan should be seen as the favorite in Indianapolis this week.

Pac-12

Bracket

Video Preview

Thoughts:

Oregon has been terrific as of late with wins over second place USC and third place UCLA. USC swept the season series with UCLA yesterday with a buzzer-beater. Arizona State, a team that was in many pre-season polls has fallen to ninth in the conference. They will need to win in Las Vegas to reach the big dance. USC, though, should be considered the favorites with projected lottery pick Evan Mobley and his brother Isaiah Mobley as focal points for the Trojans.

SEC

Bracket

Video Preview

Thoughts: Arkansas comes in winners of their last 11 SEC games. Top seed Alabama lost to Arkansas on February 24 but have won every game since. Three seed LSU should not be counted out because of lethal shooting freshman Cam Thomas. Florida, Tennessee, and Missouri are other NCAA tournament locks that have a chance to win the SEC Tournament Championship next Sunday. Auburn will not participate in the SEC Tournament due to self imposed violations. For me, there is no clear favorite after Arkansas, clearly the hottest team in the league, struggled against Texas A&M, who was playing just their second game since they came off of their COVID-19 pause.