25 men’s college basketball teams with the highest attendance in 2019-20

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The four men’s basketball programs with the highest attendance averages in the country held their positions from the 2018-19 season to 2019-20, with Syracuse, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee ranking No. 1 through No. 4, respectively. However, there was a new school at No. 5 and two other programs that moved into the top 10.

Here are the NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs with the highest average attendance during the 2019-20 season.

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1. Syracuse

2019-20 Attendance: 21,704 per game | 390,666 total
2018-19 Attendance: 21,992 per game | 417,852 total
2018-19 Rank: No. 1

Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, which is home to the Orange’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and football team, was once again atop the men’s basketball attendance rankings...

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NCAA’s Dan Gavitt breaks down host sites announced for 2023-26 March Madness

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NCAA tournament host sites for 2023-26 were revealed Wednesday. NCAA SVP Dan Gavitt talked with Andy Katz about the newly-announced sites, including West Coast cities Seattle, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee selected Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis to host the 2023-2026 Final Fours. The announcement wrapped up a year-long process that included site visits to each of seven finalist cities and in-person presentations during the committee’s annual summer meeting, which took place last week in Boston.

The other finalists were Detroit, Los Angeles and North Texas.

RELATED: Future sites for NCAA DI championships | Championship history

The Final Four will return to Houston for a fourth time in 2023...

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How the pandemic gave Adam Amin a glimpse into the future of broadcasting

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A Q&A with Adam Amin on broadcasting in a pandemic, calling games in VR, and where the industry is headed.

Adam Amin had just arrived at dinner with the rest of the crew that would be broadcasting the American Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament in Fort Worth, Texas when he saw the news that would soon change the world as we know it. Rudy Gobert had tested positive for coronavirus, the fans attending the Jazz-Thunder game were sent home, and one of the busiest months on the sports calendar was about to be postponed or canceled all together.

Amin has been has busy as ever since the pandemic started. He left ESPN to take a job with FOX, landed the play-by-play gig with his hometown Chicago Bulls, called playoff baseball, NFL football, and NBA games in the bubble in VR...

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36 candidates for the 2020-21 men’s basketball All-American teams

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Here is my first Power 36 look at the 2020-21 season. The NBA draft is likely going to extend deep into the summer, possibly the fall. So rosters may not be set until school starts, hopefully with the fall semester.

What’s to like about these teams?

1) Gonzaga: Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev, Drew Timme, Joel Ayayi and newcomer Jalen Suggs, assuming he doesn’t turn to the NBA, should keep the Zags rolling. This team will be just as deep as it was this past season.

[Editor’s note: This story was first published on April 8, 2020, before Petrusev signed with a Serbian pro team.]

2) Baylor: Jared Butler can lead the Bears to another possible No. 1 seed. The Bears will once again be a stingy defensive team, too.

3) Villanova: Collin Gillespie, Jermaine Samuels and a newcomer crew th...

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College basketball teams with the best chance to pick up where they left off in 2020

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ANDY WITTRY | NCAA.COM | OCTOBER 7, 2020

College basketball teams with the best chance to pick up where they left off in 2020

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There will always be some never-answered what-ifs about the 2020 college basketball season, particularly for men’s basketball programs who were on a pace to reach their best NCAA tournament seed in program history and potentially embark upon a deep tournament run. As we prepare for the 2020-21 season, perhaps we can get a head start on projecting which teams will perform the best when the first games tip off Nov. 25.

To achieve this goal, I evaluated every team ranked in March Madness correspondent Andy Katz’s preseason Power 36 rankings and analyz...

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The case for Anthony Davis as NBA Finals MVP over LeBron James

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Anthony Davis probably won’t be named NBA Finals MVP if the Los Angeles Lakers can finish off the Miami Heat for their first championship since 2010. LeBron James is the player who enters Game 5 leading the Lakers in points, rebounds, and assists during the series. He’s also the player whose legacy has been at the forefront of every discussion during these Finals. From both a narrative and on-court perspective, James certainly fits the bill for Finals MVP.

It goes without saying that the Lakers would not be in position to win the NBA Finals without the contributions of both James and Davis. Their individual skill sets are impossible to replicate...

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10 Player of the Year contenders for the 2020-2021 college basketball season

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We’re 50 days out from the start of the DI men’s college basketball season and Andy Katz is here with his top 10 National Player of the Year candidates on the latest edition of the March Madness 365 podcast.

Katz also discussed some of his Final Four contenders for the 2021 NCAA tournament with Fox Sports’ Mark Titus, talked with Texas Tech coach Chris Beard about the outlook the Red Raiders have and joined Chad “March Chadness” Aycock to talk about sleeper teams for this season.

Here are Andy Katz’s top-10 Player of the Year candidates for the 2020-2021 college basketball season:

10. Sam Hauser — Virginia (Senior, Forward)

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Katz is predicting a pretty big year for Virginia’s new forward...

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What channel is Lakers vs. Heat on tonight? Time, TV schedule for Game 4 of 2020 NBA Finals

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With the Lakers holding a 2-1 lead over the Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals, Tuesday’s Game 4 feels like it will mark a turning point.

Of the 259 NBA playoff series in which a team has held a 3-1 lead, the team with the advantage has emerged victorious 246 times. Underdogs like the 2016 Cavaliers and 2020 Nuggets stick out in recent history because they overcame the odds, but the fact is 3-1 usually means it’s time to start packing bags.

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If Miami wants to avoid that deficit, it will need another outstanding performance from Jimmy Butler, who went off for 40 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a Game 3 win...

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Andy Katz makes his first 2021 NCAA bracket prediction for March Madness

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Sept. 30, 2020

Andy Katz makes his first 2021 NCAA bracket prediction for March Madness

Sept. 30, 2020

Andy Katz has his first 2021 NCAA tournament bracket projection for March Madness. Katz has Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois and Villanova as his No. 1 seeds.

ANDY KATZ MAKES HIS FIRST 2021 NCAA BRACKET FOR MARCH MADNESS

 

College hoops is almost back and it’s time for our first look ahead to what the 2021 NCAA tournament field might look like. The season begins Nov. 25 and NCAA.com basketball expert Andy Katz has released his first projected bracket for 2021 March Madness.

Here are his top 10 seeds, or first ten in, which be breaks down on this week’s March Madness 365 podcast:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Baylor
  3. Villanova
  4. Illinois
  5. Iowa
  6. Wis...
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The start of Western Illinois’ NCAA tournament run in Year 23, continued

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Welcome back to our simulated dynasty with the Western Illinois Leathernecks in College Hoops 2K8. You can find a full explanation of this project + spoiler-free links to previous seasons here. Check out the introduction to this series from early April for full context. As a reminder, we simulate every game in this series and only control the recruiting and coaching strategies.

We pick up with the Leathernecks in the first round of the 2030 NCAA tournament. But first, here’s a recap of everything that happened this season.

  • Last season ended in a heartbreaker for Western Illinois: we lost in the national championship game in the final seconds, and then saw our three best juniors leave early for the NBA draft. We would begin the new season with only one returning starter.
  • We struggled in ...
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