LaRue Cook previews the Baylor Bears' 2011-12 season as part of ESPN Insider's Summer Buzz series. Behind a rising star (Perry Jones) and a pair of stud recruits (Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello), the Bears look poised for a big year.
The Summer Buzz series makes its way to Tennessee to preview a Vols team in the early stages of what promises to be an arduous year of rebuilding in a revitalized SEC. Plus, analysis from Jay Bilas, Doug Gottlieb, Fran Fraschilla and Joe Lunardi.
The Texas A&M offense is built from the inside out. But if they square off against an above average post defense and have to rely on guard play, the Aggies will be in serious trouble come tourney time.
Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals have been taken out of their game as of late and, coupled with some key injuries, are now facing No. 7 Notre Dame at what could not be a less than opportune time.
Minnesota has hit the skids after a strong start to the season and looks like an easy victim for Purdue's suffocating defense. To get back in the win column, the Gophers will have to beat the Boilers on the boards.
LaRue Cook looks at the Georgetown- Memphis game. This should be a walk for the Hoyas -- unless Memphis can control the tempo early. If the Tigers can't, it could end up a lot like their loss to Kansas in early December.
LaRue Cook examines why Kansas should defeat Memphis tonight at Madison Square Garden -- but, at the same time, why the NBA departure of Cole Aldrich could leave them susceptible in various other showdowns this year.
It's a rough run for the Gonzaga Bulldogs before WCC play begins -- there are six potential losses looming -- and with a subpar Elias Harris for some of this stretch, their ultimate seeding in March could be majorly compromised.
Can the A-10 get four NCAA tournament bids in 2010-11? It's certainly possible, but it will depend on guys like Tu Holloway, Chris Wright and Ryan Brooks. LaRue Cook looks at five key questions for the conference in 2010-11.
The Summer Buzz series heads to Florida, where the SEC East's Gators now have a veteran presence but a few lingering concerns in terms of bench depth. Doug Gottlieb and Joe Lunardi add analysis of what's to come.