Predictions, previews and extensions

College team news:

Sports Illustrated predicts a big drop for South Carolina. But they don’t even cover the sport, so who cares what they think.

Ohio State is aiming for the Final Four in their own backyard.

Stanford preview: the newcomers.

Notre Dame could play up to a dozen ranked opponents this year.

NC State aims for an NCAA Tournament return amid roster turnover.

A changed Arizona State looks to a new season.

Who will start for Syracuse?

Amid a grueling schedule, Louisville will focus on guard play for success.

Towson has created a Hoops ‘N Heels Club.

College Insider preseason mid-major poll: Quinnipiac, Gonzaga, Drake, Green Bay and South Dakota State.

College player news:

Ashley Jones is developing into West Virginia’s future point guard.

UConn’s freshmen are ready to make their debuts.

Iowa State reserve guard Sofija Zivaljevic to transfer in search of more playing time.

Detroit Mercy basketball is a family affair for the Ristovski sisters.

Numerous Australians are playing in the college ranks this season.

College coach news:

Rutgers and C. Vivian Stringer have agreed to a four-year contract extension.

UConn’s exhibition opener will show coach Geno Auriemma plenty.

Ball State coach Brady Sallee has signed a contract extension through 2022.

WNBA news:

Sue Bird, Lindsay Whalen and Cynthia Cooper will join Kevin Garnett on his “Area 21” show.