Heat Check CBB 2020-21 College Basketball Season Preview

At long last, the 2020-21 college basketball season is nearly upon us.

The offseason has been a challenging one for a lot of people. First off, we hope — wherever you are reading this — that you are safe and healthy. We can’t wait to get this show on the road, and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride.

Welcome to our season preview portal! We have everything nicely organized below for your reading pleasure.

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Jump to a conference:
NOTE: Conference previews will begin Oct. 26 and conclude Nov. 6.
A10Big SouthMACSEC
ACCBig TenMEACSoCon
America EastBig WestMissouri ValleySouthland
AACCAAMountain WestSummit
Atlantic SunConference USANECSun Belt
Big 12HorizonOVCSWAC
Big EastIvyPac-12WAC
Big SkyMAACPatriotWCC
NATIONAL TOPICS:

All-American predictions
All-Breakout Team
Five best value bets to win 2021 title
Worst-to-first teams

March Madness droughts in jeopardy
Winners, losers of NBA Draft deadline
Breakout sophomore predictions

AAC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

East Carolina: Most returning minutes for ’20-21
Memphis: Moussa Cisse’s impact
Memphis: Will win a conference title
Tulane: Ranking worst-to-first likelihoods

ACC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Duke: Reloading project poised for title contention
Georgia Tech: Will surprise the ACC

Big 12

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Kansas: David McCormack primed to become national star
Texas: What needs to go right for Shaka Smart
Texas: Most returning minutes for ’20-21
Texas: Shaka Smart will return for ’21-22

Big East

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Seton Hall: Sandro Mamukelashvili will become All-American

Big Ten

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Rutgers: Will surprise in the Big Ten

Pac-12

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Arizona State: Will take Pac-12 title

SEC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Missouri: Most returning minutes for ’20-21
Tennessee: A budding powerhouse positioned to strike
Five SEC teams will reach Sweet 16

A10

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Richmond: Most returning minutes for ’20-21
Richmond: Will finish 4th or worse in A10
Saint Louis: Most returning minutes for ’20-21

America East

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

UMBC: Will return to NCAA Tournament

Atlantic Sun

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Stetson: Rob Perry will win player of the year

Big Sky

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Eastern Washington: Will finish Big Sky play undefeated
Montana State: Jubrile Belo’s development shows limitless ceiling

Big South

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

UNC Asheville: Most returning minutes for ’20-21
USC Upstate: Most returning minutes for ’20-21
Winthrop: Will have league’s best offense and defense

Big West

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Cal St. Northridge: Will struggle without Lamine Diane

CAA

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Charleston: Will earn league’s automatic bid

Conference USA

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Charlotte: Will have a breakout season
Marshall: Most returning minutes for ’20-21

Horizon

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Detroit: Meet Antoine Davis — college basketball’s unknown superstar
Detroit: Antoine Davis will lead nation in scoring

Ivy

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Harvard: Will win Ivy League title once again

MAAC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Iona: Will reach NCAA Tournament in Pitino’s first year

MAC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Bowling Green: Will end NCAA Tournament drought

MEAC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Howard: Kenny Blakeney eyeing big turnaround after key additions
North Carolina Central: Will take MEAC title

Missouri Valley

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Loyola Chicago: Most returning minutes for ’20-21
Loyola Chicago: Will dominate in MVC play

Mountain West

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Boise State: Will be in Top 25 most of the season

NEC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Merrimack: Will repeat as conference champions

OVC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Austin Peay: Poised to be 2020-21 Cinderella
Austin Peay: Will get at least one NCAA Tournament win

Patriot

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Colgate: Jordan Burns will have record-breaking season

SoCon

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

SoCon will post two NCAA Tournament bids

Southland

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Stephen F. Austin: Will have undefeated Southland record

Summit

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

South Dakota State: Will have league’s best player again

Sun Belt

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Coastal Carolina: Ebrima Dibba will be league’s best player
Little Rock: Most returning minutes for ’20-21

SWAC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Prairie View: Panthers look to keep crown amid roster rebuild
Three SWAC teams will tie for conference title

WAC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

New Mexico State: Will go undefeated in WAC play

WCC

Power Rankings
Biggest Questions
Star Players
Awards Predictions

Gonzaga: Will lose only one game all season
Loyola Marymount: Rebuilt staff paying dividends
Portland: Ranking worst-to-first likelihoods