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ESPN’s 2020 College Basketball Class Rankings at the COVID-19 induced hiatus (Kentucky continues to dominate)

Here are ESPN’s 2020 College Basketball Class Rankings during a second recruiting dead period due to the coronavirus pandemic:

1.Kentucky
6.BJ Boston (#1SF) Chatsworth,CA (Sierra Canyon)
8.Terrence Clark (#3SF) Wolfebro,NH (Brewster)
25.Devin Askew (#7PG) Santa Ana,CA (Mater Dei)
30.Isaiah Jackson (#5PF) Pontiac,MI (Waterford Mott)

2.Duke
15.Jalen Johnson (#4SF) Glendale,WI (Nicolet)
18.Jeremy Roach (#4PG) Leesburg,VA (Paul VI)
23.DJ Steward (#6SG) Chicago,IL (Whitney Young)
24.Jaemyn Brakefield (#4PF) Jackson,MS (Huntington Prep)

3.North Carolina
11.Day’Ron Sharpe (#2C) Winterville,NC (Montverde)
14.Walker Kessler (#4C) Fairburn,GA (Woodward)
17.Caleb Love (#3PG) Saint Louis,MO (Christian Brothers)
39.RJ Davis (#8PG) White Plains,NY (Archbishop Stepinac)

4.Michigan
13.Isaiah Todd (#3PF) Richmond,VA (Word of God Christian)
36.Hunter Dickinson (#7C) Hyattsville,MD (DeMatha)
71.Zeb Jackson (#14SG) Toledo,OH (Montverde)
76.Terrance Williams (#14PF) Washington,DC (Gonzaga College)

5.Tennessee
16.Jaden Springer (#3SG) Charlotte,NC (IMG)
26.Keon Johnson (#5SF) Bell Buckle,TN (The Webb)
73.Corey Walker (#12PF) Jacksonville,FL (Hargrave Military)
NR.Malachi Wideman (#29SG) Sarasota,FL (Riverview)

6.Arkansas
38.Moses Moodey (#10SG) Little Rock,AR (Montverde)
82.KK Robinson (#20PG) Little Rock,AR (Oak Hill)
83.Davonte Davis (#18SG) Jacksoville,AR (Jacksonville)
88.Jaylin Williams (#13C) Fort Smith,AR (Northside)

7.Gonzaga
5.Jalen Suggs (#2PG) Minneapolis,MN (Minneheha)
54.Dominick Harris (#11SG) Murrieta,CA (Rancho Christian)
59.Julian Strawther (#17SF) Henderson,NV (Liberty)

8.Oklahoma State
3.Cade Cunnigham (#1PG) Arlington,TX (Montverde)
52.Rondel Walker (#11PG) Oklahoma City,OK (Putnam City West)
NR.Montreal Pena (#41PF) Arlington,TX (James Martin)

9.NC State
44.Josh Hall (#11SF) Hickory,NC (Moravian Prep)
62.Cam Hayes (#14PG) Greensboro,NC (Greensboro Day)
NR.Shakeel Moore (#24PG) Greensboro,NC (Moravian Prep)
NR.Ebenezer Dowuna (#22C) Newman,GA (Heritage)

10.Texas Tech
21.Nimari Burnett (#4SG) Chicago,IL (Prolific Prep)
31.Micah Peavy (#6SF) Houston,TX (Duncanville)
NR.Chibuzo Agbo (#32PF) San Diego,CA (Saint Augustine)

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Looking at each conference’s teams who have a shot at the top seed line

Here are the teams with a chance at a one seed by conference entering the weekend of February 28-March 1. Just a note that not all conferences have a chance to get a one seed so they won’t all be listed.All bracketology references will be referring to Joe Lunardi’s latest ESPN Bracketology on February 28,2020.

Atlantic-10
Looking at the top of the Atlantic-10 Standings
1.Dayton 27-2 (16-0)
2.Rhode Island 20-7 (12-3)

Dayton
Led by potential player of the year Obi Toppin, the Flyers have to win out to even have a chance on the one line. With even a single loss, Dayton not be on the one line but likely as a three seed. Dayton is seeded on the two line currently.

ACC
Looking at the top of the ACC Standings
1.Florida State 24-4 (14-3)
2.Louisville 23-6 (14-4)
3.Duke 23-5 (13-4)

Florida State
The number six ranked team in the AP Polls last Monday, strengthened their case for a top seed with a comeback win over number eleven ranked Louisville who Joe Lunardi had as a three seed entering the week. With a loss by current four overall seed San Diego State, Florida State can make a move onto the top line depending on what happens with the lone two seed ahead of them in Maryland.

Duke
Duke has had a rough February discluding their dominant win over Virginia Tech and a game that they shouldn’t have won at the buzzer against North Carolina. Duke has lost to Wake Forest and NC State, two teams that are on or around the NCAA Tournament bubble. Duke needs to heat up because if they want to play in New York and the east region, they need to start winning some games.

Louisville
With a loss to Florida State on Monday, Louisville is putting themselves in a bad position. But like the other two contending ACC squads, a strong finish to the regular season and an ACC Tournament Championship.

Big 12
Looking at the top of the Big 12 Standings
1.Baylor 25-2 (14-1)
1.Kansas 25-3 (14-1)
3.Texas Tech 18-10 (9-6)

Kansas
The top overall seed according to ESPN, Kansas has to hope that Baylor loses so that they can easily land the top seed in the Big 12 Tournament. But the only thing that matters is the likely match up between them and the bears in the conference tournament championship. That game will likely determine the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Baylor
After the loss to Kansas, ESPN has dropped Baylor from the top overall seed line to the number two overall seed line. But the only thing that matters is the likely match up between them and the jayhawks in the conference tournament championship. That game will likely determine the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Big East
Looking at the top of the Big Ten Standings
1.Seton Hall 20-7 (12-3)
2.Creighton 22-6 (11-4)
2.Villanova 22-6 (11-4)

Seton Hall
Seton Hall is the lone team in the Big East with a mostly clear path to get to the top line. They have to hope many teams falter on the top two lines and they have to win out and then win the Big East Tournament title.

Creighton and Villanova
Both teams have to pray that red hot Seton Hall loses to get the top seed in the Big East. Both teams don’t have great shots on the one seed line, though.

Big Ten
Looking at the top of the Big Ten Standings
1.Maryland 23-5 (13-4)
2.Illinois 19-9 (11-6)
2.Wisconsin 18-10 (11-6)
2.Penn State 21-7 (11-6)
2.Michigan State 19-9 (11-6)

Maryland
With a win over Michigan State tonight, Maryland clinches no less than a share of the Big Ten title, their first since 2002. But with a Big Ten Tournament Title, they have a real shot of getting to the one line.

Mountain West
Looking at the top of the Mountain West Standings
1.San Diego State 27-1 (16-1)
2.Utah State 23-7 (12-5)
2.Nevada 19-10 (12-5)

San Diego State
Despite their first loss of the season a week ago, they remained a one seed. One loss, though, a major conference team could steal it from them.

SEC
Looking at the top of the SEC Standings
1.Kentucky 23-5 (13-2)
2.Auburn 24-4 (11-4)
3.LSU 19-9 (10-5)

Kentucky
With a win over Auburn today, Kentucky clinches an SEC regular season title. A loss at home versus the tigers today, will totally take them out of the picture to be on one of those top two seed lines.

Auburn
With a win over Kentucky and an SEC Tournament championship, this team has a shot at a two seed.

WCC
Looking at the top of the WCC Standings
1.Gonzaga 28-2 (14-1)
2.BYU 23-7 (12-3)

Gonzaga
Despite the loss to BYU last Saturday, Gonzaga controls their destiny in getting a top seed.

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2020 SF Jalen Suggs commits to Gonzaga

ESPN’s number six ranked senior Jalen Suggs committed to Gonzaga on Saturday night. Suggs is the highest ranked commit in Gonzaga’s history. Suggs said, “I think Mark Few (Gonzaga’s coach) is the best coach in the country.” Suggs chose the zags over Florida, Florida State, Iowa State, and Minnesota. Suggs is also considering a season overseas instead of a college basketball career but is still fully committed to be in Spokane at Gonzaga next fall.

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cbhsports 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis Preview

When:November 27-29
Location:Nassau, Bahamas

Bracket
Michigan
Iowa State

North Carolina
Alabama

Gonzaga
Southern Miss

Seton Hall
Oregon

Synopsis:Four teams that could be top three seeds in the NCAA Tournament-North Carolina, Gonzaga, Seton Hall, and Oregon are here for this tournament. This should be the best tournament we see.

Predicted Championship:Gonzaga vs. North Carolina

Predicted Champion:Gonzaga

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cbhsports 2019 Maui Invitational Preview

When:November 25-27
Location:Maui,Hawaii

Bracket
Dayton
Georgia

Michigan State
Virginia Tech

Kansas
Chaminade

UCLA
BYU

Synopsis:This tournament is going to be filled with stars including Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston, and Kansas’s Devon Dotson. Michigan State and Kansas should have the upper hand in this tournament, but watch out for Georgia, UCLA, and Virginia Tech.

Predicted Championship:Kansas vs. Michigan State

Predicted Champion:Michigan State

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Ranking the ten most Power 5-ready schools right now

So, when the next rounds of college football realignment start (most likely in 2023 and 2024 when most conference TV deals are up) each of the power five conferences will be ready to expand into super conferences with sixteen to eighteen members. Here are the ten most power five ready schools when it comes to football, basketball, baseball, location, and academics.

1.Notre Dame
Current Conference:FBS Independents
Potential Fits:ACC, Big Ten

Notre Dame is currently a member of the ACC in all sports except football (they play five ACC members each football season) and will probably never lose their independent status. The Fighting Irish backed out of becoming a member of the Big Ten with Penn State in the early 1990s and haven’t been in contact with the conference since. Notre Dame has a great football programs and can ovbiously compete in any Power 5 Conference.

2.Houston
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC, Big 12, Pac-12

I understand your questioning if they would fit into the ACC but if the ACC ever wanted to expand out west, I’m sure Houston would be willing as they have conference foes from the AAC all over the east coast. Houston’s two biggest programs, football and basketball are always in the top twenty-five or fifty in the country and what a great city to have in your conference if you’re the Pac-12. The Big 12 probably wouldn’t add Houston, as they already have too many Texas markets, but I could see Larry Scott putting an offer out for Houston if he wants to move the conference east ward.

3.Boise State
Current Conference:Mountain West
Potential Fits:Pac-12

Boise State would be number one on this list, but because of their Idaho location, it is a hard place to get to and I don’t think many major programs like going to Idaho. Even though Boise’s basketball program can be improved, they have had a great football program since the turn of the century with multiple major bowl game wins and have sent players into the NFL. If the Pac-12 wants to expand, I expect Boise to be Larry Scott’s first choice.

4.Central Florida
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC, Big 12, SEC

Because of being located in Orlando many conferences will eye Central Florida. UCF’s football program has gone 25-2 in the past two seasons and their other sports programs including basketball, have made tournament runs recently. UCF has shown it will be able to compete in a power five conference due to the Florida recruiting hot bed and their great Orlando location.

5.South Florida
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC, Big 12, SEC

USF would be another quality team to accompany rival UCF with a move to the ACC or Big 12. The Bulls have a Power Five-caliber football coach in Charlie Strong, who once had a three-year stint as the head coach of Texas. Just like their Floridian counterparts, USF would make a great choice for the ACC or any other conference in the region to add.

6.San Diego State
Current Conference:Mountain West
Potential Fits:Pac-12

San Diego State is right in the area where the Pac-12 doesn’t have a California member. San Diego State has been able to recruit the talented state of California and have turned that into major success on the field and on the court. Recently, San Diego State has dominated the Mountain West’s West division with back to back division championships in 2015 and 2016. The Aztecs have had success in basketball, most notably in 2011, with now Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard where they made a run into the sweet sixteen. This is all the Pac-12 needs to hear for San Diego State to join the conference.

7.Memphis
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:Big 12, SEC

Like their ACC counterparts, Memphis would fit well with any conference in the south. Memphis’s basketball should be back on the rise with former tiger Penny Hardaway as head coach and landing two five star recruits in the 2019 recruiting cycle. For football, along with Houston, the tigers have dominated the AAC’s west division during this decade. While Memphis won’t join the SEC (due to the SEC already having Nashville and Knoxville markets), they would give the Big 12 a pipeline to go in and steal some of the talent that would be going to the SEC if the pipeline wasn’t made with the tigers.

8.Navy
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC

I know Navy won’t be the first school considered by the ACC, but because of their rich football history and because it is a military school, the ACC should take a glance at Navy.

9.BYU
Current Conference:FBS Independents, WCC
Potential Fits:Big 12, Pac-12

The only reason BYU isn’t higher on this list is because they follow their rule of not participating in athletics on Sunday. BYU is a perfect fit with both the Big 12 and Pac-12 regionally. BYU has been off and on good with their football and basketball programs but bring a brand that is known to the power five conference they are going to.

10.Northern Illinois
Current Conference:MAC
Potential Fits:Big 12, Big Ten

Northern Illinois has had some sustained success in football during the 2010s and would give the Big 12 an outlet to the northern midwest for recruiting. The Huskies will bring a competent team in every sport they compete in, making them a top choice for the Big 12 to expand and not disbandand.

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Zion headlines College Basketball Awards night,sweeping every POY award for the ’18-’19 season

Duke Freshman Forward Zion Williamson has sweeeped the college basketball player of the year awards, winning the AP, Naismith, and winning the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award last night.Williamson also won the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s best Power Forward.

Other awards given out were to Duke Freshman Guard RJ Barrett who won the Jerry West Award for the best shooting guard, Murray State Sophomore Guard Ja Morant won the Bob Cousy Award for the best point guard, Gonzaga Junior Forward Rui Hachimura won the Julius Erving Award for the nation’s top small forward, and Wisconsin Senior Center Ethan Happ won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for the nation’s top center.