Dallas Colleges: 2012-13 conference previews

ESPN.com's Sun Belt basketball preview

October, 29, 2012
10/29/12
1:23
PM CT

Before getting to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Sun Belt, read Dana O'Neil's profile of new Florida International coach Richard Pitino, Myron Medcalf's look at North Texas' nonconference schedule and Western Kentucky's place in ESPN.com's 50 in 50 series.

Blue Ribbon's in-depth previews of all 11 Sun Belt teams: Insider

Arkansas-Little Rock

Arkansas State

Florida Atlantic Insider Free

Florida International

Louisiana-Monroe

Louisiana-Lafayette

Middle Tennessee

North Texas

South Alabama

Troy

Western Kentucky



As for an added bonus, ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan picked the top 10 national rebounders heading into the season, and North Texas' Tony Mitchell made the list. His take:

7. Tony Mitchell, North Texas: The former Missouri signee is the kind of talent you don't often see in the Sun Belt, and his rebounding numbers back it up. He averaged 10.3 rebounds per game, and notched the fourth-highest defensive rebounding rate in the country (28.8 percent). He wasn't quite as effective on the offensive end -- he barely missed the 10 percent mark in offensive rebound rate, at 9.6 -- but that is also a byproduct of being the primary focus of the Mean Green offense. Mitchell has already proven his bona fides; the next step is a truly dominant season.

Conference USA basketball preview

October, 24, 2012
10/24/12
4:00
PM CT
Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for Conference USA, here is Eamonn Brennan's quick wind sprint through the league:


Blue Ribbon breakdowns of all 12 teams in C-USA:

East Carolina
Houston
Marshall
Memphis
Rice
SMU

Southern Miss
Tulane
Tulsa
UAB
UCF
UTEP Insider Free

More Conference USA content:

-- Andy Katz with five things he can't wait to see in Conference USA
-- John Gasaway answers five burning questions for the league Insider
-- Eamonn Brennan's Three Big Things on Memphis
-- Brennan on the improved shot of Memphis' Adonis Thomas and Myron Medcalf's five questions for Thomas
-- Brennan rates and analyzes the nonconference schedules of the C-USA
-- Katz on Marshall star DeAndre Kane and the unexpected tragedy he had to face in the offseason
-- Medcalf on how new Tulsa coach Danny Manning is counting on Bill Self's lessons
-- Paul Biancardi identifies the top freshmen and potential recruits in C-USA Insider
-- Katz and Greenberg's conversation with new SMU coach Larry Brown
-- ESPN.com's Summer Shootaround preview of C-USA
-- See where Memphis and Houston ranked in our "50 in 50" series, which attempted to identify the 50 most successful programs of the past half-century
-- For more coverage of Conference USA in the Nation blog, click here.

ESPN.com's Big 12 preview

October, 18, 2012
10/18/12
3:16
PM CT
Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Big 12, here is Eamonn Brennan's wind sprint through the league:



Blue Ribbon's in-depth previews of all 10 Big 12 teams: Insider

Baylor
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State Insider Free Texas
TCU
Texas Tech
West Virginia

More Big 12 content:

-- Jason King and Mitch Sherman cover it all at Big 12 Media Day
-- Myron Medcalf's "Five Things I Can't Wait To See" in the Big 12
-- Fran Fraschilla answers five burning questions for the conference Insider
-- Chad Ford on the Big 12's best NBA draft prospects Insider
-- Our ESPN.com staff meets at the Big 12 roundtable
-- Brennan's Three Big Things on Kansas and Baylor
-- Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg chat with Kansas coach Bill Self on the ESPNU podcast
-- King rates and analyzes the nonconference schedules of the Big 12
-- Reggie Rankin identifies the top freshmen and potential recruits in the Big 12 Insider
-- ESPN.com's Summer Shootaround preview of the Big 12
-- For more coverage of the Big 12 in the Nation blog, click here

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