Champ Week, underrated teams and mascots are in the spotlight.
College basketball wasn't an option. Paul Hewitt had his buyout and was content to sit this season out. Then George Mason called. And that was that.
Back when the grass was always considered greener on the other side, successful mid-major coaches used to jump at every opportunity available. As this offseason has proven, that's no longer a foregone conclusion.
Get up to speed on the all the players, games and storylines in the East Region.
Coaching in the Ivy League is a challenge to begin with. Throw in the suddenly high expectations at Cornell and Bill Courtney has his work cut out for him. Don't expect that to get him down.
The last two seasons have been wildly successful as the Colonial tries to establish itself as one of the best mid-major conferences in the country. But can they match the precedent?