The Crimson Tide are coming off their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012, where they defeated 2018 Charleston Classic participant Virginia Tech. The Tide return most of the their roster and figure to be a factor in an improving SEC.
Appalachian State finished the 2017-18 season with their most wins (15) since the 2012-13 season. The Mountaineers only lose two seniors while returning 4 of their 5 starters.
The Cardinals finished 4th in the MAC in 2017-18 after posting a big non-conference win vs. Notre Dame. Coach James Whitford has won at least 19 games in each of the past three seasons.
Davidson won the Atlantic 10 Tournament title and advanced to its 4th NCAA Tournament in the past 7 years. The Wildcats will return three of their top 4 leading scorers from last year's squad.
Northeastern tied with Charleston for the CAA regular season title before falling to the Cougars in the conference tournament championship game. The Huskies will return all five starters from last year's team.
Purdue posted a 30-7 record in 2017-18 and advanced to its second straight Sweet 16. The Boilermakers have participated in the NCAA Tournament each of the last four years.
Virginia Tech went 22-11 in 2017-18, posting big wins against North Carolina, Virginia, and Duke. Buzz Williams has led the Hokies to three straight 20 win seasons and two straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in 36 years.
Head Coach Gregg Marshall has led the Shockers to six straight NCAA Tournaments, including a Final Four in 2013. The 2017-18 squad posted a 25-8 overall record and finished 2nd in its first season in the American Athletic Conference.
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