Welcome, It's that time...(hope that doesn't offend anyone) First games are November 10th (i believe) and things really get going.. Tuesday, November 18th: Midnight: UMass at Memphis (ESPN) 2 am: Fresno St. at St. Mary's (ESPN) 4 am: Idaho St. at Hawaii (ESPN) 6 am: College Hoops Tip-Off Special (ESPN) 10 am: Penn at Drexel (ESPN) Noon: Liberty at UNC-Asheville (ESPN) 2 pm: Iowa at Kansas (women) (ESPN) 4 pm: Centenary at Baylor (ESPN) 6 pm: Richmond at Syracuse (ESPN) 7 pm: NIT Regional Final-Purdue (ESPNU) 7:30 pm: NIT Regional Final-Boston College (ESPN2) 8 pm: College GameDay-Chapel Hill (ESPN) 9 pm: Kentucky at North Carolina (ESPN) 9 pm: Florida Gulf Coast at Kansas (ESPNU) 9:30 pm: NIT Regional Final-Oklahoma (ESPN2) 11:30 pm: NIT Regional Final-Arizona (ESPN2) ESPN Full Court should become available any day...only $100 KEY DATES Oct. 17: Midnight Madness Nov. 10: 2008-09 season begins Nov. 18: Kentucky at North Carolina Dec. 2: Duke at Purdue Dec. 3: North Carolina vs. Michigan State Dec. 4: UCLA at Texas Dec. 4: Southern Cal at Oklahoma Dec. 6: Wisconsin at Marquette Dec. 20: Texas at Michigan State Dec. 23: Kansas at Arizona Jan. 4: Kentucky at Louisville Jan. 7: Davidson at Duke Jan 17: Georgetown at Duke Jan. 24: Memphis at Tennessee Feb. 7: Notre Dame at UCLA March 15: Selection Sunday April 6: National championship [img]http://images.sportsline.com/images/cbss/ui2/buttons/share.gif[/img] [img]http://images.sportsline.com/images/buttons/yahoo-myweb_off.gif[/img] [font=Arial, Helvetica]Coaching changes for the 2008-09 season.[/font] School Out Years Record In Alcorn State Samuel West 5 44-103 Larry Smith Arkansas-Pine Bluff Van Holt 6 50-124 George Ivory Arkansas State Dickey Nutt 13 189-187 John Brady Brown Craig Robinson 2 30-28 Jesse Agel Bucknell Pat Flannery 14 234-178 Dave Paulsen California Ben Braun 12 219-154 Mike Montgomery Centenary Rob Flaska 3 24-65 Greg Gary Detroit Perry Watson 15 258-185 Ray McCallum Drake Keno Davis 1 28-5 Mark Phelps Florida Atlantic Rex Walters 2 31-33 Mike Jarvis Grambling Larry Wright 9 88-160 Rick Duckett Idaho George Pfeiffer 2 12-48 Don Verlin Indiana Kelvin Sampson 2 41-14 Tom Crean Jacksonville State Mike LaPlante 8 95-137 James Green James Madison Dean Keener 4 31-83 Matt Brady Kent State Jim Christian 6 138-58 Geno Ford Loyola Marymount Rodney Tention 3 30-61 Bill Bayno LSU John Brady 10 192-139 Trent Johnson Marist Matt Brady 4 73-50 Chuck Martin Marquette Tom Crean 9 190-96 Buzz Williams Maryland-Eastern Shore Meredith Smith 1 4-28 Frankie Allen Massachusetts Travis Ford 3 62-35 Derek Kellogg Mercer Mark Slonaker 11 128-190 Bob Hoffman Missouri State Barry Hinson 9 169-117 Cuonzo Martin Mississippi Valley State James Green 3 44-51 Sean Woods New Jersey Tech Jim Casciano 7 66-119 Jim Engles Ohio Tim O'Shea 7 120-95 John Groce Oklahoma State Sean Sutton 2 39-29 Travis Ford Oregon State Jay John 6 26-68 Craig Robinson Pepperdine Vance Walberg 2 14-35 Tom Asbury Providence Tim Welsh 10 160-143 Keno Davis Rice Willis Wilson 16 219-246 Ben Braun Sacramento State Jerome Jenkins 8 80-147 Brian Katz San Francisco Jessie Evans 4 45-57 Rex Walters South Carolina Dave Odom 7 128-104 Darrin Horn St. Francis (Pa.) Bobby Jones 9 85-167 Don Friday Stanford Trent Johnson 4 80-48 Johnny Dawkins TCU Neil Dougherty 6 75-108 Jim Christian Texas Southern Robert Moreland 1 7-25 Tony Harvey Texas Tech Bob Knight 7 138-82 Pat Knight Toledo Stan Joplin 12 203-155 Gene Cross Western Illinois Derek Thomas 5 40-104 Jim Molinari Western Kentucky Darrin Horn 5 111-48 Ken McDonald Today's rivals preview...#7.. Head coach: Rick Pitino. Last season: 27-9 overall, 14-4 in the Big East. Postseason: Earned at-large bid to NCAA tournament. Lost 83-73 to North Carolina in regional final. Breakdown: Probable starters | Backcourt | Frontcourt | Offense | Defense | Outlook Backcourt Coach Rick Pitino has four guards who at one time or another intheir collegiate careers have been full-time starters. What coach in America wouldn't take his chances with that scenario? [size=-2]Louisville forward Earl Clark looks like a possible future lottery pick.[/size] PROBABLE STARTING FIVE G Jerry Smith, 6-1/Jr. 10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg G Andre McGee, 5-10/Sr. 6.5 ppg F Terrence Williams, 6-6/Sr. 11.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.5 apg F Earl Clark, 6-9/Jr. 11.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg F Samardo Samuels, 6-8/Fr. Rivals.com five-star prospect TOP RESERVES G Edgar Sosa, 6-1/Jr. 7.6 ppg G Reginald Delk, 6-4/Jr. 9.5 ppg in 2006-07 at Mississippi State F Terrence Jennings, 6-10/Fr. Rivals.com five-star prospect G Preston Knowles, 6-1/So. 2.5 ppg Last year's Cardinals starters, Jerry Smith andAndre McGee, return. McGee's emergence forced 2006-07starter Edgar Sosa to the bench. Coming in to lend a hand andplenty of depth, if not vie for a starting role this year, is Mississippi State transfer Reginald Delk. Delk started in 59 of his 65 games with the Bulldogs. Sosa and Smith have averaged double-figure scoring in a season, Sosa in 2006-07 and Smith last year. Delk averaged 9.5 as a sophomore at Mississippi State.So there is scoring punch, too. And all four have shot at least 37 percent from 3-point range in a season, so they can dial it up from the perimeter at anytime. Smith had a team-high 68 3-pointers last season, McGee was second with 52, and Sosa was fourth with 47. The odd thing, though, is not one of the four is particularly adept at distributing the ball. Not one averaged 2.0 assists per game. But they all takereasonably good care of the ball. McGee led the team in assist-to-turnover ratio. Sosa worked his way deep into Pitino's doghouse and had a hard time getting out. The head man expects a "big change" in the young guard.Pitino said some players take longer to mature and that Sosa, a Big East All-Rookie selection two years ago, "is finally understanding what team is allabout and is maturing into the type of basketball player I want him to become." Frontcourt Center David Padgett (11.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 apg) finished up his career, and Juan Palacios (6.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Derrick Caracter (8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg) aregone, too. For most teams that loss of production would be a major blow, but most teams don't recruit as well or have as much talent returning as theCardinals. Earl Clark blossomed into a major scorer and rebounder as asophomore last season. He posted 10 double-doubles, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he nearly doubled that total this season. He was a dominant force inthe Cardinals' run to the Elite Eight, averaging 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots while shooting 62.2 percent from the floor during the NCAAtournament. As much as last year could be called a breakout year for Clark, bigger and better things are in store. The other returning starter up front is Terrence Williams,the Cardinals' assist leader (4.5 per game) last season and another main scoring option. He's a 6-foot-6 all-court player who compensates for spottyperimeter shooting with his ability to put the ball on the floor, score around the rim, rebound and set up his teammates. Williams had two triple-doubles lastseason, just the third and fourth in Louisville history. With Padgett gone, the leadership role falls squarely on him. The fifth starter probably will be five-star freshman SamardoSamuels, a 6-8, 240-pound power forward who will emerge quickly as a favorite because of his work ethic and diligence on the boards. He was ranked the No.9 overall prospect in the class by Rivals.com, and No. 2 at his position. He is a force down low, where he can score with a variety of post moves and rebound.Samuels already has NBA strength. He also passes well out of the post, one of Padgett's best attributes. Samuels will vie for Big East rookie of the yearhonors. The top man off the bench up front should be another five-star power forward, Terrence Jennings. The 6-10 Jennings was the No. 18 overall prospect, andNo. 5 at the position. He's not as polished as Samuels, but he runs the floor very well for a player his size and can finish around the basket. He also isa big-time shot-blocker. Offense Pitino has a variety of offensive options. The chief creator is Williams, who can drive and kick or score in the lane. Clark can face up from 15-18 feet orscore on the block. No doubt Pitino also will try to get the ball inside to Samuels on occasion. The Cardinals are less concerned about making the NCAA tournament and more concerned about getting at least one step beyond where they finished last year, the Elite Eight. The talent is there for this to be a Final Four team. Clark, Williams and Samuels could be among the best frontlines in the country by season's end. Delk is a big-time perimeter threat, an area that was a bit of a question mark last season. The defense was spectacular at times last season, and it doesn't figure to drop off. If you look at Louisville's losses last season, they typically came when the Cardinals had trouble stopping guards, against whom Smith and McGee almost always are at a size disadvantage. If Pitino can solve that problem the Cardinals easily could find themselves in Detroit in early April. Defense The Cardinals ranked second in the Big East and 22nd nationally in scoring defense (61.5 ppg). Their full-court pressure and half-court trapping not onlywear out opponents but also force them to go late in the shot clock. The result is hurried shots, bad looks or turnovers. When opponents are able to set up,Louisville plays an attacking man-to-man and gets into the passing lanes. Shoes to Fill Padgett. Pitino ran a good bit of the offense through Padgett because of his decision-making and leadership. Those are tough qualities toreplace. Must Step Up Clark. He has NBA first-round talent. He considered leaving Louisville after last season, but he's back to ensure lottery-pickstatus. Impact Newcomer Samuels. You don't find many high school players as ready to bang with the big bodies in the Big East as Samuels. He will give as muchas he gets. ... Kentucky kicks things off tonight, and Illinois I believe has an outdoor Midnight Madness tomorrow.