College The night before college basketball starts, and the news is flowing By Sue Favor - November 5, 2018 College team news: Defending champs Notre Dame are ready for a new season and a new puzzle. Four returning starters could lead Oregon to the Final Four. Five keys to Missouri’s season. Boise State was the best in the Mountain West last year, and this season they could be even better. George Washington is struggling with lack of point guard depth, but they are maintaining defensive intensity while redefining the offense. South Dakota strives to build on last year’s success. Indiana looks to build on their WNIT momentum. Florida State season preview. USC is motivated by last year’s NCAA Tournament snub. Defense and rebounding are the focus for height-challenged BYU. TCU looks to build on last year’s strong postseason run. Miami: what you need to know. The Hurricanes have several players returning from injury. Iowa State is making the arc an ally. Grambling is carrying high expectations. Virginia Tech has high hopes for the season. Washington State season outlook. Pitt is lead by an experienced core. Utah tries to continue their climb in coach Lynne Roberts’ fourth season. Finding the ceiling and floor for Vanderbilt. Rider is looking for great guard depth. Preview for teams in the Maryland area. College player news: Kentucky natives make up Louisville’s all-star freshman class. One goal remains as Sophie Cunningham begins her final season at Missouri. A lot is being asked of Alexa Middleton this year at Iowa State. Pitt’s Danielle Garven is a constant amidst change. Chassidy Omogrosso has grown into a leader for Duquesne. Clemson grad transfer Victoria Cardaci will help Seton Hall. Emily Engstler’s battle with uncertainty made her one of the biggest recruits in Syracuse history. Chattanooga’s Lakelyn Bouldstill is still adapting to the death of her dad. Digna Strautmane’s indecisiveness keeps her from being the player the Orange think she could be. UConn’s Megan Walker looks to take on a starting role. The young Rams are growing up at VCU. College coach news: How Atlantic-10 coaches size up the game of basketball. Georgetown coach James Howard has clear eyes and a full bench for his second year. First-year coach Kamie Ethridge is determined to turn things around for Washington State. First-year head coach Alex Simmons, who won two natty’s with Tennessee, looks to improve Gardner-Webb. Syracuse assistant coach Adeniyi Amadou’s connections make him the best international recruiter in the country. Edniesha Curry is making her mark as the only female assistant coach in DI men’s basketball. Polls: WomensHoopsWorld’s preseason top 25. ESPNW’s preseason top 25. WNBA player news: A’ja Wilson statue plans continue to develop at South Carolina. Recruiting news: Top 10 point guard Zia Cooke has committed to South Carolina.