Bucknell has won seven of the last eight outright (no ties) Patriot League regular-season titles and cashed in NCAA Tournament bids in four of those seasons, including 2017 and 2018.
The Charlotte 49ers are in their first season under head coach Ron Sanchez, who was the associate head coach at the University of Virginia before becoming the 11th head coach in Charlotte 49ers history this past March. The 49ers return three starters and eight letterwinner.
In the midst of the most successful decade in program history, Colorado returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s 17-15 squad. The Buffaloes have advanced to postseason play seven times in eight seasons under head coach Tad Boyle, including four NCAA Tournament appearances. Colorado is led by guard McKinley Wright IV, a 2018 All-Pac-12 Freshman Team member. Wright led the Buffaloes at 14.2 points and 5.5 assists per game as a true freshman and earned honorable mention to both the main All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive teams. Sophomore forward Tyler Bey is Colorado’s leading returning rebounder at 5.1 per game and topped the Buffaloes in field goal shooting as a freshman at 50.3 percent.
The Rainbow Warriors look to resume their winning ways in 2018-19 under fourth-year head coach Eran Ganot. After the 2017-18 season, UH had the program’s fifth winning record in the last six years. With three starters and the conference’s top sixth man returning—as well as the addition of a towering recruiting class—Hawai'i is poised to continue that trend.
Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing is just the sixth head coach in the history of the program to record at least 100 victories at the helm of the Sycamores as he owns 133. Guard, Tyreke Key, became the 11th Sycamore to be named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team for his efforts last season. This marked the third time in the last four years that a Sycamore has earned this particular honor.
Rhode Island entered a new era for the 2018-19 season when David Cox was promoted and named the 20th head coach in program history last April. The Rams play a high-octane game on both ends of the floor. The program has long employed an intense defense that applies constant ball pressure, and Cox stated when he was hired that he intended to ramp up the style even more in effort to generate at least 10 additional possessions per game.
In the two seasons since Jamie Dixon has returned to Fort Worth as the TCU head coach, the Horned Frogs have made a postseason tournament in consecutive seasons, won nearly twice as many Big 12 Conference games than the previous four seasons combined and seen record attendance numbers inside Schollmaier Arena. TCU returns five players who made a significant amount of starts last season.
Head Coach Marvin Menzies enters his third season at the helm of the UNLV men’s basketball program in 2018-19. The Runnin' Rebels return seven players plus two transfer redshirts from their 20-win season in 2017-18.
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