Mid-majors 2020-21 predictions — Gonzaga transcends labels, can win title

During the countdown to the 2020-21 varsity basketball season on the 25th. As the conference continues into November, an ESPN.com panel of experts will make their predictions. After seeing the American Athletic Conference, we will continue to destroy the best conferences in basketball, including the Heavyweight Varsity Basketball League (WCC).

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Player of the year

Medal winner calf: Isaiah Miller, UNC Greensboro
Borzello: Cory Kispert, Gonzaga
Gasaway: Marreon Jackson, Toledo
Lunardi: Dayton Prison’s pencil printer.

Newcomer of the year

Medal winner calf: Jalen Sugar, Gonzaga
Borzello: Jalen Sugar, Gonzaga
Gasaway: Jalen Sugar, Gonzaga
Lunardi: Jelen Suggs, Gonzaga.

Round Table for Writers in 2020-21.

The set size for the 2021 NCAA tournament will be questioned until the day in March when (hopefully) the brackets will be opened. If you were a bookmaker, how many of the nine leagues referred to in this document do you think you would be represented on the field? Name a very good team from these leagues that the world might not see because of the small playing field

Fault! The file name is not specified. Will we see Azar Swain and a talented Yale group at the NCAA tournament in March? John Byrum/Icon Sportswire

Myron Medcalfe, College Basketball Editor: NCAA senior vice president Dan Gavitt told ESPN that the selection committee is willing to offer unprecedented flexibility to any league as they approach the NCAA tournament. And I believe him.

The evolving reality of the COVID 19 pandemic and the problems we have already encountered suggest that the sport may face challenges that may prevent some teams from reaching at least 13 matches. And it’s hard to imagine a world where every team in every league plays the same number of matches. Since the notion of justice has been eliminated by circumstances, I think the NCAA will strive to ensure that every league is represented. For most conferences, the NCAA tournament offers a significant financial opportunity. When Loyola Chicago hosted the Last Four in 2018, the Missouri Valley Conference raised $8.5 million. I don’t see the schools passing that on, especially if the NCAA offers opportunities for creative qualification.

Jeff Borzello, basketball school insider: I think that eight out of nine conferences here have a very good chance of being represented in the 68 region. The only exception may be the Ivy League. It has already been said at the conference that there will be no competitions in 2020, and if we assume that in schools that have distance learning in autumn, students will only return to campus in the second semester, then a reasonable start to the season would be around February. What would happen if these schools extended their distance learning to the spring semester? Ivy schools aren’t the kind of school where you can bring sportsmen home when everyone else is going home. Within the league we hope of course that she finds something and has a season, but it is fair to say that she is now in the air.

If the worst-case scenario comes out, the world may not see a very good Yale team that would probably have participated in last season’s NCAA tournament. Paul Atkinson – the best player in the conference – and given that he has already announced that he wants to graduate in the spring and change profession, the world will see him soon enough. Yale might not be so lucky.

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John Gasaway, college basketball writer: Since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, the NCAA has relied on the entire Division I team to represent them in their rounds. Until then, the issue of the rejection of automatic applications had been discussed at the weakest conferences. But the idea never came true, and here we are. The intention is that each championship in which each team plays the required minimum number of matches can automatically be requested in 2021. I’m gonna wax the bull and tell him the nine leagues are in brackets here. But if I’m wrong and the pandemic breaks out again (which is hardly a fictional scenario), I’ll regret that the north of Iowa doesn’t get the chance to crack some staples. A.J. Green and the Panthers will score some points this season.

Joe Lunardi, ESPN brackettologist: The only way to exclude an automatic qualifying conference from the field is to make your own choice (e.g. the Ivy League scenario mentioned by Jeff). For dollars and policies, only one representation of all members of Division I is required. I think the middle and lower leagues can get tournament shares instead of participating in the worst case, but if it’s really that bad, we probably won’t have a conference championship. As for the individual teams – again not the Gonzaga division – the St. Louis and Richmond of the Atlantic 10 and the West Coast Conference in March are the noisiest.

The national consensus seems to be that Gonzaga is one of three programmes – Bajlor and Villanova are the other – which we think is a cost-effective and safe choice for the Final Four here in the preseason. Give us a reason why the Zags could eliminate the networks in Indianapolis in April, and tell us one thing that concerns you most in your bid for the national title.

Fault! The file name is not specified. Joel Ayai returns as one of the underestimated big players of the country. Jacob Snow/United States Monday Sports

Boroncello: Simply put, Gonzaga can win it all because he has players. Corey Kispert is an All-American caliber player in the preseason, Joel Ayaiah is a bona fide striker and Drew Timme has to make a big step forward. And Jelen Suggs is probably the best guard in college basketball, not Cade Cunningham. Suggs is an elite selection of players who can take the Bulldogs to the next level. We may be worried that we are investing a lot of money to get players to raise their scores, simply because coach Mark F few always sees players raising their scores. What if some of last season’s young actors don’t take the expected step?

Degassing: The Bulldogs can win the national title because few have created the equivalent of a perpetual motion machine in the attack. Every season Gonzaga is undoubtedly one of the best two-point teams in the country. Timme, Kispert and Ayai ensure that the band will be expanded in 2021. But what worries me most is that the defense took a step back last season. The Bulldogs blocked fewer shots and made fewer color differences when Brandon Clarke was gone.

Lunardi: Gonzaga has created the perfect model for the national championship competition. The Bulldogs plan their journey to excellent annual seed production and hope to peak in March with the best possible games. The formula worked in 2017, as the Zags were the best team in the country before losing the heart of North Carolina in the NCAA final. Now that Gonzaga has taken first place in two of the last three tournaments – and another on the way – it’s only a matter of time before he returns to win the last game of the season. Injuries, failures and opponents in the heat are always a risk, but the Bulldogs do their best to maximize their chances.

Medal winner calf: Gonzaga can reach the finals of the last four because she has one of the top five coaches in the country and another impressive fleet of elite players. It happened again last season, when it seemed that few people could win their first national title, and then came the pandemic. Fears of 2020-21? How soon will Suggs deal with all this after the low season of the pandemic. I think we underestimated the impact this wild chapter can have on new recruits across the country. Most years, even with five stars, there is an important learning curve. The situation can be complicated by unknown and cancelled games. Suggs is a phenomenal player who may not have a fair chance to grow and mature with his new team due to circumstances beyond his control that may affect the team’s chances of escape.

Jeff Borzello recently sent a text to his ESPN editor with the text: I would say that Austin P is probably the best mid-season major and his name is not Gonzaga. We are not on the HVAC list (29th last season at KenPom) because we were in the top half of the 2019-20 KenPom conference list. But Borzello, please defend your claim. Dear colleagues Borzello, please tell us why you agree or disagree with Borzello-Bullia about governors and tell us who you think is the most important candidate for the Gonzaga throne in the middle of a major.

Fault! The file name is not specified. Terry Taylor and Austin Pey have a chance to make a lot of national noise in 2020-21. Ben Quinn/USA Sports

Borzello: Out of context! I didn’t include Atlantic 10 in my considerations, so Richmond and St. John’s weren’t included. Louis is being taken from me. Both should be better than Austin Pay, but I think the APSU has a real chance of becoming the best team in the championship with a bet this season. Last season, the governors closed one of the first games in the Ohio Valley with a 10-0 conference victory, beating both Belmont and Murray State. They have two of the best players in the conference, Terry Taylor and Jordine Adams, and are attracting new players. Belmont and Murray will always be good, but if there is one team that leads the championship for the first time since 2009 and that can break the hegemony of Belmont Murray, it could be Austin P.

Gasaway: Looks like a complete basketball rehab was a failure for Jeff. Hey, I got it. I’ve been doing most of the roundtables on Marreon Jackson and A.J. Greene myself. But back to Jeff’s bold statement: Gonzaga is a national power in the middle of a big conference. I don’t think the best Major Intermediate Period is called Gonzaga, but the best Major Intermediate Period, and this season the title goes to Richmond. Even with Nick Sherrod, who lost this season due to a knee injury, the Spiders have enough experience in the return race to race for the Atlantic 10 title. Who knows, some or all high school students may come back next season, thanks to the NCAA, which grants an extra year’s subsidy. If Coach Chris Mooney ever reaches 40 (or even 30!) percent normality in an offensive rebound, look out.

Medcalf: Well, I think the Borzellos think Isaiah Miller and Kennedy Greensboro aren’t playing this season. But I like Taylor and Adams from Austin P, who scored 43% of his three points in the championship game. They’re certainly a good team. But the team lost 36.3% of the bow in the league game, although two thirds of the team lost less than 35% on average. Will the shootings in the competition improve and complicate the lives of government troops? We’ll see about that. However, I believe that a healthy Charles Bessie can do great things with a fascinating team from western Kentucky. The saddest part of it all? Less confidence that, thanks to KOVID-19, these promising programmes will get a chance to be exhibited at universities without lectures.

Lunardi: The APSU will always have the best atmosphere for students: The fly (Williams) is open, let’s go P! But governors are not the best in the middle of the big period 2020-21. Even with the exception of Gonzaga, Atlantic 10 and Mountain West – none of which are average according to most definitions – I would place the following teams in front of Austin P: Loyola Chicago, North Iowa, West Kentucky, UN Greensboro and South Dakota. Of course it didn’t end well when an ESPN analyst gave Austin Pia a discount last time, so I’m quite willing to turn it upside down in March.

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Jeff Borzello spoke with the coaches at intermediate level about their expectations for this group in 2020-21.

The state of San Diego will once again be the team that wins Mountain West. I don’t think they’ll be in the top five, but they’ll be in the top 25. Of course it hurts to lose a player like [Malachi] Flynn, but Matt Mitchell will be one of the top three players in the league and the national surname will be announced in March. It’s her and Boise State 1-2, followed by UNLV almost in third place.

BYU, Sainte Marie and San Francisco should be between 40 and 80 [on a national level]. BYU is optimistic about her team. They love moving to Utah, to Harvard. Barcello needs to take a step forward. My money’s still on [Coach St. John’s]. Randy Bennett. USF must be hard. It’s hard to find three guards better than [Jamari] Buya, [Khalil] Shabaz, and [Damari] Milsted at this level. Pepperdin has two elite players in [Colby] Ross and [Cameron] Edwards. Vrankic is a monster for Santa Clara, Eli Scott is one of the most talented players in the league. The pacifist is tough and grainy, but he lost to the player and the opponent of all competitions at Yalil Tripp. I loved Tripp. He was tough.

I think KNUG has a little more to offer [than Fuhrman]. They’re strong. They make the controls one-dimensional. They’re manual, physical and athletic. They put too much physical and athletic strain on most teams in the competition. This zepers is dead by a thousand blows. If you exceed the limit of the remaining 22 seconds [on the fire clock], you can use your….. cannot start your. You need the boys to break them. I think the loss of Jordan Lyons will hurt Fuhrman. He was kind of his only shooter. Fourman was not the same in the [SoCon] tournament. They put you in difficult situations because of Princeton, they are opportunists in transition, but they are so heavy with 3 feathers. Can they do that three nights in a row?

Sleep has good basketball programs that invest in men’s baskets. Equipment, bus wages, charter flights. It’s a hoop competition. They are also programmes with traditions. Almost half of the competition has won at least one match in the NCAA tournament. We have coaches who understand the work they do, play in style and recruit accordingly.

Fault! The file name is not specified. Jacob Guilliard is one of the Richmond players who has to make up for the absence of Nick Sherrod, who is injured. Rich Grassle/Icon Sports Wire

Losing Nick Sherod hurts Richmond. He’s a very smart player who’s a sniper, and in the attack on Princeton, he’s really helping them. Cayo’s not the shooter, so it’s good to have another shooter down. But they have young people on the couch who are very talented players. Their common talent wouldn’t hurt them, but as far as shooting is concerned, I think it hurts. But I think they can be very good. … It all starts with Jacob Guillard. He has an incredibly high IQ, a dynamic goalie who is capable of anything. And then there’s Grant Golden, he could be the best big guy in the league.

St. John’s Louis is incredibly cruel. Hazan French is a very dynamic front row player who can do a lot. They’re bringing everyone back. I don’t know if they expected Perkins to be as good as he was, but he was a stud. He needs to get better with the French and [Jordan] Goodwin, some kind of their leaders who have suffered a lot. The French and Goodwin were there two years ago when they escaped [from the NCAA tournament]. You must be very good.

When it comes to talent, Rhode Island is 100% competitive. There is no doubt that his talent is as high as that of any other player in the league. It depends on how these guys get together. Will they be able to bring all these personalities together if they don’t have summer school and a full off-season?

A.J. Green has a great height for his position in this [Missouri Valley] competition. He sees his shot and goes over the leaders. He’s got a high jump. He’s surrounded by top players after the game and snipers. He’s strong. Bounce shots, just like the reception. They’re okay and he’s got a lot of freedom. This could have an impact on the level of McDermott in this competition. It’s a walking bucket or an intern. He’s responsible for so many points, it’s crazy.

The TAC has the best collection of point guards in the country. I prefer Christian Jackson, Marreon Jackson and Jason Preston to any varsity basketball game. The competition is now, from top to bottom, on one level. Akron, Ohio and Bowling Green, vote [to win the competition]. Toledo will be fine, so they’ll be able to sneak in because their division is so weak. Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio, Kent State and Buffalo are all in the same league.

Champions Forecast 2020-21.

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