My ESPN colleagues have done a nice job of putting together teams that should be superlative in areas such as offense, defense, rebounding and passing heading into the upcoming college basketball season. All had strong selections for each of the characteristics, but they’re not the only correct answers.
What other programs are set to thrive in 2014-15? Let’s break it all down.
Offense: Gonzaga Bulldogs
Mark Few’s club had its lowest offensive efficiency rating this past season since Kenpom.com starting tracking such numbers back in 2002. The Zags finished 51st in the country in OER after 12 seasons, with an average rating of 19th. But things are about to get back to normal in Spokane.
Few’s backcourt of four-year starters, Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos, returns. Even better news is that the two are finally healthy. Pangos suffered through season-long ankle and turf toe issues last season, while Bell Jr. missed nearly a month with a broken right hand. Combined, these two have made 40 percent of their 3-point shots in nearly 1,000 attempts during their careers.