Bleacher Report College Basketball Season Preview Digest

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer INovember 2, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 27:  Cole Aldrich #45 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks against the Michigan State Spartans during the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report writers have put together an extensive preview of the upcoming college basketball season. Below are the links to every preview written for the 2009-2010 season.


  • For general previews, including Paul Seaver's Arena Pulse and National Top 10 Lists including the country's top sleepers, teams on the rise, and All-Americans, CLICK HERE.
  • For Bleacher Report's Top 25 CLICK HERE.
  • For ACC, Big East, and Big 10 Previews CLICK HERE .
  • For Big 12, Pac-10, and SEC Previews CLICK HERE.
  • For everyone else, CLICK HERE.


Paul Seaver’s Arena Pulse Series

#1 Cameron Indoor Stadium

#2 Phog Allen Fieldhouse

#3 Dean Smith Center

#4 Rupp Arena

#5 Breslin Center

#6 The Carrier Dome

#7 Gallagher-Iba Arena

#8 Assembly Hall (Indiana)

#9 Kohl Center

#10 Freedom Hall

#11 Assembly Hall (Illinois)

#12 Frank Erwin Center

#13 Pauley Pavilion

#14 O'Connell Center

#15 Peterson Events Center

#16 McArthur Court

#17 Comcast Center

#18 Memorial Gymnasium

#19 Gampel Pavilion

#20 Thompson-Boling Arena

#21 Mackey Arena

#22 Hinkle Fieldhouse

#23 The Pit

#24 Joel Coliseum

#25 The Palestra

Preseason All-Americans by Jameson Fleming

Minnesota, Cincinnati Headlines Five Teams on the Rise by Jameson Fleming

Recruits and Newcomers to Help Get Coaches off Hot Seat  by Jameson Fleming

Big Ten has Best Wings in the Country by Jameson Fleming

Luke Harangody, Cole Aldrich Top List of Best Big Men in the Country by Jameson Fleming

Austin Freeman and Elliot Williams Top List of Players Most Likely to Break Out This Season by Jameson Fleming

10 Dark Horses That Can Make Some Noise Come March by Jameson Fleming

Predicting Which Top 15 Teams are Most Likely to Disappoint by Jameson Fleming

The Nation's Best Three-Headed Monsters by Jameson Fleming

Virginia Military Institute Highlights the 10 Most High-Strung Teams in America by Jameson Fleming

Top Non-Conference Battles by Jameson Fleming

Top 15 Mid-Major Recruiting Classes by Ari Kramer

The 10 Teams Relying Most on Freshmen and Newcomers  by Jameson Fleming

Top 25 Recruits and What Their Impact Will Be by Jameson Fleming

Bleacher Report's Preseason Top 25

#1 Kansas: The March to Indianapolis

#2 Texas: Depth Not an Issue in the Lone Star State

#3 Michigan State: Returning to the Title Game Not Enough

#4 Villanova: Wildcats Ready to Pounce in 2009-2010

#5 Kentucky: Freshmen Need to Shine in Blue Grass State

#6 Duke to Return to National Spotlight

#7 North Carolina: Tar Heels Don't Rebuild, They Reload

#8 West Virginia is the New Beast of the East

#9 Purdue: Can Robbie Hummel's Back Carry the Weight of Purdue's Expectations?

#10 Tennessee Has the Talent to Top Kentucky in the SEC

#11 Washington has a Choke Hold on the Pac-10

#12 California Poised for Golden Season

#13 Connecticut: Rebuilding or Reloading?

#14 Minnesota to Finally Contend in Big 10

#15 Mississippi State to Lead SEC West

#16 Michigan to Compete in Loaded Big 10

#17 Ohio State: Evan Turner to Lead Sweet 16 Quality Team

#18 Georgia Tech: Is Paul Hewitt on the Hot Seat?

#19 Georgetown Should be Dancing in 2010

#20 Syracuse Not to be Overlooked After Losses

#21 Butler Battles the Big Boys in 2009-2010

#22 Siena Saints Poised to Reach Big Dance for Third Straight Year

#23 Maryland to Reach Tournament Behind Greivis Vasquez

#24 Oklahoma Legit Contenders, But Youth Must Succeed

#25 Illinois: Backcourt Key to Success



2009-2010 Blue Devils Season Preview by Tyler Lambert

Duke Schedule Breakdown by Brad Frank

Duke Doesn’t Have to Wait Until Next Year by Mike Kline

Duke Basketball, Facebook, and the Domino Effect One Has on the Other by Justin McTeer

Two Views on Duke’s Pressing Questions by Tyler Lambert

Florida State:

2009-2010 Seminoles Preview by Rob Dauster


2009-2010 Terrapins Preview by Rob Dauster

North Carolina:

2009-2010 Tar Heels Preview by Josh Concon

Can North Carolina's Larry Drew Lead Young Tar Heels to ACC's Apex? by Jacob Motley

North Carolina State:

2009-2010 Wolfpack Preview by Allen Lopp


2009-2010 Cavaliers Season Preview: Will Bennett Ball Bring Hope?  by Ben Gibson


Big East


2009-2010 Bearcats Season Preview by Rob Dauster


2009-2010 Huskies Season Preview: Rebuilding or Reloading? By George Peterson


Blue Demons Season Preview: Addition by Subtraction or Division by Zero? By Calvin Boaz


2009-2010 Hoyas Season Preview: Georgetown Should be Dancing in March by Tryvon Paige


2009-2010 Season Preview: Getting the Focus Back on the Court by George Peterson

Notre Dame:

Coach Brey and Luke Harangody Seek Redemption by Dan Scofield


Providence’s Keno Davis Planting Seeds of Future Friars Success Now by George Peterson


Rutgers Climbing the Big East Hill by Calvin Boaz


Road to the Final Four: #20 Syracuse Not to Be Overlooked Despite Losses by Jameson Fleming


The Wildcats are Ready to Pounce in 2009-2010 by Nick Rall

West Virginia:

Mountaineers Season Preview: WVU New Beast of the Big East by Tryvon Paige


Big 10

Parity Reigns in the Big 10 by Joe Slowik


2009-2010 Wolverines Season Preview: Raised Expectations for Michigan by Charles Clinton

Michigan State:

Any Michigan State Spartans Epic Begins with Big Non-Conference Battles by Tyler Rummel

Kalin Lucas Readies National Runner Up for Next March Marathon by Tyler Rummel

Michigan State’s Secret Weapon: The Depth Chart by Tyler Rummel


2009-2010 Golden Gophers Season Preview by Rob Dauster


2009-2010 Wildcats Season Preview by Joe Slowik


Robbie Hummel To Carry the Load for Purdue by Scott Henry


2009-2010 Badgers Season Preview by Carl Stine

Pac 10


It's Miller Time in 2010 by Calvin Boaz


2009-2010 Ducks Season Preview by Caleb M.

Tajuan Porter is Back and Better Than Ever by Caleb M.


Big 12


Tigers Not Bothered by Unflattering Expectations by Ryan Faller

Expectations Low Again for Missouri by Luke Thompson


2009-2010 Longhorns Season Preview by Dino Niccandros



SEC Conference Wide Preview by Kurt Wirth


Coach Grant Could Get Alabama to the NIT in First Year by Kurt Wirth


Jeff Lebo Makes His Last Stand by Kurt Wirth


Razorbacks' Postseason Chances are Slim by Kurt Wirth


Gators to Get Back on Track and into the NCAA Tournament by Kurt Wirth

2009-2010 Gators Season Preview by Rob Dauster


Bulldogs Not Getting out of the East's Basement by Kurt Wirth


Kentucky Might Not be the SEC's Best by Kurt Wirth

C-A-T-S: A Kentucky Basketball Preview by Adam Cain

Louisiana State:

LSU: Welcome to the Cellar by Kurt Wirth


Ole Miss to Settle in Behind Mississippi State by Kurt Wirth

2009-2010 Rebels Season Preview by Rob Dauster

Mississippi State:

Mississippi State is the Best the West has to Offer by Kurt Wirth

2009-2010 Bulldogs Season Preview: These Dogs Have Bite by Calvin Boaz

South Carolina:

Gamecocks Could be Left Behind in SEC East by Kurt Wirth

2009-2010 Gamecocks Season Preview by Lee W.


Tennessee: Volunteers Ready to Challenge for Title by Kurt Wirth


Vanderbilt: The Forgotten Team in the SEC East  by Kurt Wirth

2009-2010 Commodores Season Preview by Rob Dauster

America East

Boston U tops America East in 2009-2010 by Paul Seaver

Atlantic 10:

Dayton is Class of Atlantic 10, but Richmond and Charlotte Could Surprise by Jameson Fleming

Colonial Athletic Association:

CAA Conference Preview by Paul Seaver

Old Dominion: Monarchs Looking to Regain Crown by Calvin Boaz

VCU Prepares for Life After Eric Maynor by Ben Gibson


Conference USA


Blazers 2009-2010 Season Preview by Leroy Watson

East Carolina:

Pirates 2009-2010 Season Preview by Leroy Watson


Thundering Herd 2009-2010 Season Preview by Leroy Watson


2009-2010 Tigers Preview by Rob Dauster


Owls 2009-2010 Season Preview by Leroy Watson

Southern Methodist:

Mustangs 2009-2010 Season Preview by Leroy Watson

Southern Mississippi:

Golden Eagles 2009-2010 Season Preview by Leroy Watson


Horizon League


Road to the Final Four: #22 Butler Battles the Big Boys in 2009-2010 by Jameson Fleming


Ivy League


Road to the Final Four: Cornell Read to Lap Ivy League Field by Jameson Fleming



Mid-American Conference Preview: Mid-Major League Returning to Relevance by Charles Clinton



MAAC 2009-2010 Season Preview: Siena to Three Peat? By Ari Kramer

Around the MAAC: Preseason All-MAAC Teams by Ari Kramer

Around the MAAC: All-Freshman Teams by Ari Kramer


Siena Hoops Preview: Saints Poised to Reach Big Dance for Third Straight Year by Ari Kramer

2009-2010 Saints Preview by Rob Dauster


2009-2010 Purple Eagles Ready to Challenge Siena for MAAC Title by Ari Kramer


Rico Pickett to Have Enormous Impact on Manhattan Basketball by Ari Kramer


Mountain West Conference

Mountain West Conference Preview: Montezuma’s Revenge by Chris Golightly

Mountain West Conference Preview: BYU, UNLV, and SDSU Top Three by Tyler Stimson


2009-2010 Cougars Season Preview by Tyler Stimson


2009-2010 Runnin’ Rebels Preview by Chris Golightly

Northeast Conference Preview by Paul Seaver


West Coast Conference


Gonzaga Under the Radar Entering 2009-2010 Season by Samuel Silverman

2009-2010 Gonzaga Season Preview by Rob Dauster