College Sports Madness Top 44 Previews 2022-23

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Once again, It's time for the College Sports Madness Previews. We mainly post the previews losely related to the Gopher's, Gopher's schedule and the Big Ten. College Sports Madness has generally been optimistic about Lindsay's team-I doubt they will make that mistake this season.

The preview kicks off with Miami of Miami. The Hurricane's are primarily noted for landing the Cavinder Twins.

44 Miami
43 Florida
42 Seton Hall
41 Alabama
40 Georgia Tech
39 Washington State
38 DePaul
37 Oregon State
36 Michigan
35 Duke
34 Mississippi
33 Kansas State
32 Gonzaga
31 South Florida
30 Arkansas
29 UCLA
28 Villanova
27 Kansas
26 Georgia
25 Princeton
24 Utah (Featuring Gianna Kneepkens)
23 Creighton (Lauren Jensen hit a dagger three to eliminate the Hawkeyes)
22 South Dakota State
21 Nebraska
20 Arizona (Maya Nnaji begins her college career)
19 Baylor
18 Oregon
17 Maryland
16 Ohio State

15 Oklahoma
14 LSU (Angel Reese and Kateri Poole stir up the bayou)
13 Indiana
12 North Carolina
11 Virginia Tech (Ashley Owusu elevates the Hokies)
10 Iowa State
9 Notre Dame
8 Iowa
7 North Carolina State
6 Louisville
5 UConn
4 Texas
3 Tennessee
2 Stanford
1 South Carolina
 
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The Pirates showcase the heavily recruited (including by Minnesota) Sidney Cooks. Cooks spent two years at Michigan State, two years at Mississippi State (she sat out one year because of (remember this) transfer rules) and she now enters her second year at Seton Hall. Last year she was a Big East first teamer averaging almost 16 points and 8 rebounds per game.
 





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#36 Is the first of the B1G teams: Michigan

Michigan Wolverines

Overall Rank: #36
Conference Rank: #6 Big Ten

Michigan Team Page

2021-22 Record:
25-7, 13-4
2021-22 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Kim Barnes Arico
Coach Record: 218-109 at Michigan, 488-315 overall

Key Departed Players:
Naz Hillmon, Forward, 21.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.1 apg
Danielle Rauch, Guard, 5.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 apg
Amy Dilk, Guard, 2.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.6 apg

Key Returning Players:
Leigha Brown, Senior, Guard, 14.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.4 apg
Emily Kiser, Senior, Forward, 9.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.8 apg
Maddie Nolan, Senior, Guard, 8.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg
Laila Phelia, Sophomore, Guard, 8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.8 apg
Cameron Williams, Junior, Forward, 2.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.1 apg

Key New Players:
Kate Clarke, Freshman, Guard
Alyssa Crockett, Freshman, Forward
Chyra Evans, Freshman, Forward
Greta Kampschroeder, Sophomore, Guard, Transfer from Oregon State

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 71.5 (51st in nation, 5th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 60.4 (100, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.9 (20, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 38.8 (117, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 4.6 (269, 13)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 30.6 (182, 12)
Free-Throw Percentage: 74.8 (63, 6)
Rebound Margin: 10.3 (6, 1)
Assists Per Game: 13.8 (120, 9)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.9 (197, 12)
 



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Michigan is interesting to me. They lost their star player but retained their depth.
 

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At #21 the Huskers. Yes, they list the out for the season Sam Haiby; but the Huskers also add Maddie Krull.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Overall Rank: #21
Conference Rank: #5 Big Ten

Nebraska Team Page

2021-22 Record:
22-7, 11-7
2021-22 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Amy Williams
Coach Record: 94-82 at Nebraska, 287-191 overall

Key Departed Players:
Ashley Scoggin, Guard, 8.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.5 apg
Bella Cravens, Forward, 5.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg
Mi’Cole Cayton, Guard, 2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.7 apg

Key Returning Players:
Jaz Shelley, Junior, Guard, 13.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.0 apg
Alexis Markowski, Sophomore, Center, 12.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.5 apg
Isabelle Bourne, Junior, Forward, 11.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 apg
Sam Haiby, Senior, Guard, 11.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.9 apg
Allison Weidner, Sophomore, Forward, 7.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.2 apg
Annika Stewart, Sophomore, Forward, 5.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 apg
Kendall Coley, Sophomore, Forward, 2.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.4 apg
Trinity Brady, Junior, Guard, DNP last season
Nailah Dillard, Sophomore, Guard, DNP last season

Key New Players:
Callin Hake, Freshman, Guard
Maddie Krull, Sophomore, Guard, Transfer from South Dakota
Maggie Mendelson, Freshman, Center

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 77.8 (10th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 64.3 (191, 5)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.5 (27, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 38.5 (102, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.5 (21, 1)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.7 (20, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.8 (136, 11)
Rebound Margin: 6.3 (35, 3)
Assists Per Game: 17.4 (12, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.0 (75, 5)
 

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At #17 Maryland; great players transfer out; good players transfer in.

Maryland Terrapins

Overall Rank: #17
Conference Rank: #4 Big Ten

Maryland Team Page

2021-22 Record:
23-9, 13-4
2021-22 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Brenda Frese
Coach Record: 229-39 at Maryland, 535-140 overall

Key Departed Players:
Angel Reese, Forward, 17.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.5 apg
Ashley Owusu, Guard, 14.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.7 apg
Chloe Bibby, Forward, 11.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 apg
Katie Benzan, Guard, 10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.8 apg
Mimi Collins, Forward, 7.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apg

Key Returning Players:
Diamond Miller, Senior, Guard, 13.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg
Shyanne Sellers, Sophomore, Guard, 7.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg
Faith Masonius, Senior, Forward, 6.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg

Key New Players:
Brinae Alexander, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Vanderbilt
Lavender Briggs, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Florida
Gia Cooke, Freshman, Guard
Allie Kubek, Junior, Forward, Transfer from Towson
Bri McDaniel, Freshman, Guard
Abby Meyers, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Princeton
Elisa Pinzan, Senior, Guard, Transfer from South Florida
Mila Reynolds, Freshman, Forward
Ava Sciolla, Freshman, Guard

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 78.8 (7th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.2 (254, 9)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.8 (38, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.4 (293, 10)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.7 (90, 6)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.8 (19, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 75.7 (37, 3)
Rebound Margin: 4.0 (79, 4)
Assists Per Game: 15.3 (38, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.6 (20, 1)
 

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Ohio State Buckeyes

Overall Rank: #16
Conference Rank: #3 Big Ten

Ohio State Team Page

2021-22 Record:
25-7, 14-4
2021-22 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Kevin McGuff
Coach Record: 193-91 at Ohio State, 447-190 overall

Key Departed Players:
Tanaya Beacham, Forward, 7.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.7 apg
Braxton Miller, Guard, 6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg
Kateri Poole, Guard, 4.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg

Key Returning Players:
Jacy Sheldon, Senior, Guard, 19.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.2 apg
Taylor Mikesell, Senior, Guard, 18.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
Rebeka Mikulasikova, Senior, Forward, 9.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.9 apg
Rikki Harris, Junior, Guard, 7.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg
Hevynne Bristow, Senior, Guard, 3.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.4 apg
Taylor Thierry, Sophomore, Guard, 2.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.9 apg
Madison Greene, Junior, Guard, DNP last season

Key New Players:
Kaia Henderson, Freshman, Guard
Cotie McMahon, Freshman, Forward
Mya Perry, Freshman, Guard
Emma Shumate, Sophomore, Guard, Transfer from West Virignia
Karla Vres, Senior, Forward, Transfer from American
Eboni Walker, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Syracuse

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 78.2 (8th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 65.6 (218, 6)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.6 (10, 2)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.3 (194, 7)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.2 (26, 3)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 37.6 (6, 2)
Free-Throw Percentage: 73.4 (96, 8)
Rebound Margin: -1.3 (220, 10)
Assists Per Game: 16.3 (18, 4)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.6 (58, 4)
 



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Sara Scalia gets her opportunity to win

Indiana Hoosiers

Overall Rank: #13
Conference Rank: #2 Big Ten

Indiana Team Page

2021-22 Record:
24-9, 11-5
2021-22 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Teri Moren
Coach Record: 172-89 at Indiana, 371-219 overall

Key Departed Players:
Aleksa Gulbe, Forward, 11.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 apg
Ali Patberg, Guard, 11.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.4 apg
Nicole Cardano-Hillary, Guard, 11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.1 apg

Key Returning Players:
Grace Berger, Senior, Guard, 16.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.7 apg
Mackenzie Holmes, Senior, Forward, 15.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.6 apg
Chloe Moore-McNeil, Junior, Guard, 5.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.0 apg
Kiandra Browne, Junior, Forward, 3.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.2 apg
Kaitlin Peterson, Sophomore, Guard, 1.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 0.2 apg

Key New Players:
Lexus Bargesser, Freshman, Guard
Yarden Garzon, Freshman, Guard
Alyssa Geary, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Providence
Lilly Meister, Freshman, Forward
Sydney Parrish, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Oregon
Henna Sandvik, Freshman, Guard
Sara Scalia, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Minnesota

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 71.3 (54th in nation, 6th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 61.8 (137, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.4 (16, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.1 (186, 6)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 4.8 (255, 12)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.0 (75, 7)
Free-Throw Percentage: 74.7 (64, 7)
Rebound Margin: 1.5 (127, 7)
Assists Per Game: 14.0 (106, 8)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.0 (34, 2)
 

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Iowa in the top ten which makes the College Sports Madness Big Ten prediction:

1 Iowa
2 Indiana
3 Ohio State
4 Maryland
5 Nebraska
6 Michigan

Iowa Hawkeyes

Overall Rank: #8
Conference Rank: #1 Big Ten

Iowa Team Page

2021-22 Record:
24-8, 14-4
2021-22 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Lisa Bluder
Coach Record: 463-233 at Iowa, 819-384 overall

Key Departed Players:
Tomi Taiwo, Guard, 4.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.9 apg

Key Returning Players:
Caitlin Clark, Junior, Guard, 27.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 8.0 apg
Monika Czinano, Senior, Center, 21.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 apg
McKenna Warnock, Senior, Forward, 11.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg
Kate Martin, Senior, Guard, 7.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg
Gabbie Marshall, Senior, Guard, 6.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.1 apg
Addison O’Grady, Sophomore, Center, 4.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.3 apg
Kylie Feuerbach, Junior, Guard, 3.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.0 apg
Sydney Affolter, Sophomore, Guard, 1.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.4 apg
Sharon Goodman, Sophomore, Center, DNP last season

Key New Players:
Molly Davis, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Central Michigan
Jada Gyamfi, Freshman, Forward
Taylor McCabe, Freshman, Guard
Hannah Stuelke, Freshman, Forward

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 84.2 (2nd in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 70.2 (306, 11)
Field-Goal Percentage: 50.2 (1, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 38.9 (127, 4)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.4 (52, 5)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.1 (31, 6)
Free-Throw Percentage: 84.6 (1, 1)
Rebound Margin: 3.0 (98, 6)
Assists Per Game: 19.6 (3, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.5 (104, 7)
 

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Surprise. Surprise. South Carolina's #1


South Carolina Gamecocks

Overall Rank: #1
Conference Rank: #1 SEC

South Carolina Team Page

2021-22 Record:
35-2, 15-1
2021-22 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Dawn Staley
Coach Record: 366-105 at South Carolina, 538-185 overall

Key Departed Players:
Destanni Henderson, Guard, 11.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.9 apg
LeLe Grissett, Guard, 3.2 rppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.6 apg
Destiny Littleton, Guard, 2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.2 apg
Saniya Rivers, Guard, 2.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.4 apg

Key Returning Players:
Aliyah Boston, Senior, Forward, 16.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
Zia Cookie, Senior, Guard, 10.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg
Laeticia Amihere, Senior, Forward, 6.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 apg
Victaria Saxton, Senior, Forward, 5.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apg
Kamilla Cardoso, Junior, Center, 5.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 apg
Brea Beal, Senior, Guard, 5.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 apg
Bree Hall, Sophomore, Guard, 2.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.0 apg

Key New Players:
Talaysia Cooper, Freshman, Guard
Kierra Fletcher, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Georgia Tech
Raven Johnson, Freshman, Guard
Ashlyun Watkins, Freshman, Forward

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 70.9 (58th in nation, 6th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 50.7 (3, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 42.6 (72, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 33.2 (2, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 4.8 (256, 9)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 30.6 (179, 10)
Free-Throw Percentage: 67.6 (262, 8)
Rebound Margin: 17.7 (1, 1)
Assists Per Game: 13.9 (112, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.4 (102, 6)
 




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