Catch Up With The Latest News From the World of College Basketball

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For many sports fans in the United States, college sports are actually more enjoyable, and better supported, than their professional counterparts. Yes, the NFL is a sport that has worldwide appeal, with hundreds of millions of people tuning in each week, but in terms of attendance, college football often has more fans packed into their stadiums. Maybe this is because the tickets are both easier to get and cheaper, and there are more college teams out there so fans don’t have to travel quite so far. However, it could also be because some people enjoy the purity of college sports more than the professional ones.

We see it in college basketball too. The Carrier Dome, where the Syracuse Orange play their home games, holds an impressive 34,616, which is far more than any of the NBA franchises. While they might not fill it out for each game, they potentially could fit nearly 14,000 more fans than the Chicago Bulls can get into the United Center, which is the biggest NBA arena. In fact, there are several other college basketball arenas that hold more than the United Center, such as the Rupp Arena in Kentucky where the Kentucky Wildcats play, as well as the Dean Smith Center, home of the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Not only do fans pack out these arenas, but they also spend a lot of time looking for college basketball odds on their favorite sports betting apps. Betting on college ball is a growing business and something that betting companies are hoping to push more and more in the next few years.

The 2021/22 NCAA basketball season is fast approaching, with the first set of games taking place on the 9th of November. Let’s preview some of these fixtures, whilst also taking a look back at last years’ standings, to see if we can work out which teams might be in for another successful season, and also which teams might have a struggle on their hands.


Can the Bears make it another successful year to remember? 

The NCAA Tournament Championship game last year was won by the Baylor Bears, who for the last 18 seasons have been coached by Scott Drew. The Bears have been regular participants in the NCAA Tournament before but had only made it to the final once before in their history, all the way back in 1948. They faced off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and finished the game as champions, winning 86-70.

Optimism will be incredibly high after their first-ever national championship, and the Bears fans will be hoping that they can repeat this new found success again this season. Their first fixture of the new campaign is against the Incarnate Word Cardinals on the 12th of November, before matchups against the Nicholls Colonels and the Central Arkansas Bears in the following week.

Will the Bulldogs be able to bounce back? 

Losing in a championship final is always difficult to take, especially if you’ve been the favourite before the first ball was thrown. The Gonzaga Bulldogs were undefeated going into the final against the Bears, so many fans both in the crowd and watching back home would have thought that Gonzaga would be lifting their first NCAA Tournament Championship. Their winning run put them top of the AP Top 25 rankings, only to suffer defeat in the last and most crucial game of the season.

A sign of a good team is their ability to bounce back from a difficult result. The players and coach Mark Few (who has been in charge for 23 seasons now) will have had time to reflect and will be hoping to go one better this year. They begin their season up against the Dixie State Trailblazers before their schedule sees them take on the Texas Longhorns and the Alcorn State Braves.

Can Mississippi Valley State drag themselves off the bottom of the pile? 

There are almost 400 teams who compete in the NCAA, and unfortunately each season one of them has to come last. In the 2020/21 campaign, it was the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. They are a side who has had some successes in the past, winning their Conference 6 times in the last 30 years. However, last season was one to forget.

The Delta Devils played 24 times, but could only manage 2 wins. That really is a record that the fans and coach Linsey Hunter will not want to repeat in this new campaign. They begin the season on the 10th of November against the St. John’s Red Storm, before taking on the California Baptist Lancers and the Ole Miss Rebels in their opening 3 fixtures. Let’s hope they can get a few wins on the board in the early part of the season so that the pressure to beat last year is off as soon as possible.

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