Life as an independent is a hard road, but none was harder than NJIT's winless campaign last season. New coach Jim Engles is hoping to get things turned around there, and he has experience taking over reeling programs.
Despite its heavy losses, Memphis will once again be the heavy favorite in Conference USA. But UAB, with talented guards like Robert Vaden and Paul Delaney III, will rely on its perimeter players to try to knock off the Tigers.
Drake's 2007-08 season under Keno Davis was one for the ages. But new coach Mark Phelps has his work cut out for him keeping the Bulldogs in the top half of the Valley. The ShootAround breaks down the Missouri Valley Conference.
Tubby Smith's departure from Kentucky to Minnesota may have been the unlikeliest coaching move this offseason. But his arrival has brought a rare optimism to the Golden Gophers' program, writes Jeff Shelman.