From around the internets, we bring you a few more interesting tidbits to grind in your teeth today:
~ Yahoo! Sports has started doing conference previews, ranking the conferences 1-31 and then previewing in reverse order. Up first are the #31 SWAC and #30 MEAC, with predictions of a SWAC free-for-all after Missippi Valley State's inelegibility over APR scores, and a potential repeat for Savannah State as they return their starting five.
~ Also of note, a nice little piece talking about the team that (many have forgotten) didn't actually win the MEAC last season, Norfolk State. It serves as a reminder of what a win like theirs (over Missouri in the tournament) can do for not just the basketball team's ability to recruit, but the entire university's ability to draw a new crop of students (and alumni and corporate donations) to the school. Which, of course, will make a season where they lose the top four scorers from last year's darlings a bit harder to watch.
~ The Summit League has decided they are sick and tired of acronyms (and I'm totally cool with it):
- The University of Nebraska-Omaha (formerly UNO) is now just "Omaha". They've also done some re-branding.
- The University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) is now just "Kansas City" (and is debating making that change permanent).
- Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is now just "Fort Wayne" (hallelujah).
- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is....well, still IUPUI for now, mostly because the city already has Indianapolis University. But I'd wager that will chage eventually.