This site has posited that the league can be divided into two factions: those that care more about basketball and those that care more about football.
Roughly speaking, the football east division is the basketball side and the west is the football side.
Obviously, the F_Us are a little confounding but we never declared that theory fool-proof.
Tonight, we begin again.
WKU, much like last year, is expected to dominate proceedings thanks to its talented roster. This season, Charles Bassey returns and his game should have a little more polish to it. That polish will go along with a nigh-unstoppable physical frame that can dominate any game inside.
Elsewhere, it is a game of transfers and development. As in college basketball the nation over, there are a lot of moving parts in any season. The Roadrunners of UTSA are one of the few teams that we have seen grow — Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace look to continue their run-and-gun style for a third year.
The caveat there is always the spectre of injury and well, chance. Last year’s Marshall team was supposed to continue the good times from their NCAA appearance but were really and truly missing the Penava-sized role that provided defensive solidarity.
ODU will look different but will still rely on grinding their way to results.
North Texas started hot but fizzled late as injury and a lack of depth hindered them. UTEP should be good with basically a new team, and there is talent in UAB — Bryant!
It is really easy to get caught up in keeping up with the rest of the nation and obsessions about Quadrant Wins that the fun of college basketball — and even basketball itself — is obscured.
If you love the game, a CUSA ticket is not a bad way to spend your money. The talent in this league is high, even if the best teams will not make too much noise – according to prognosticators.
Let us basketball.