A look at the 31 conferences for the 2007-08 college basketball season (x-regular season champion, y-tournament champion):
06-07 CHAMPIONS: x-Vermont; y-Albany.
PRESEASON POLL: poll to be released Nov. 6.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: team to be announced Nov. 6.
NIT-Boston University.
06-07 CHAMPIONS: x-Xavier, George Washington; y-George Washington.
POSTSEASON TEAMS: NCAA: George Washington; Xavier. NIT: Massachusetts.
PRESEASON POLL: Xavier; Rhode Island; Saint Joseph's; Fordham; Saint Louis; Dayton; George Washington; Massachusetts; Temple; Charlotte; Duquesne; Richmond; La Salle; St. Bonaventure.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Will Daniels, Rhode Island; Bryant Dunston, Fordham; Drew Lavender, Xavier; Ahmad Nivins, Saint Joseph's; Brian Roberts, Dayton.
THREE THINGS: One of the league's two new coaches is a very familiar face with Rick Majerus returning from three seasons as a television analyst to take over at Saint Louis, where Brad Soderberg was fired after a 20-win season. The other new coach is Mark Schmidt taking over at St. Bonaventure. ... Duquesne gets a huge boost in the middle with 6-10 transfer Shawn James, who set an NCAA record when he led the nation in blocked shots (6.5) at Northeastern two season ago, now eligible. He was one of the five players shot in the on-campus incident in September 2006. ... Xavier kept coach Sean Miller with a longterm extension and the Musketeers welcome back senior guards Stanley Burrell and Drew Lavender from the team that took Ohio State to overtime in the NCAA tournament.
NCAA-Xavier; Saint Joseph's.
NIT-Fordham; Rhode Island.
06-07 CHAMPIONS: x-North Carolina, Virginia; y-North Carolina.
POSTSEASON TEAMS: NCAA: Boston College; Duke; Georgia Tech; Maryland; North Carolina; Virginia; Virginia Tech. NIT: Clemson; Florida State; North Carolina State.
PRESEASON POLL: North Carolina; Duke; North Carolina State; Clemson; Virginia; Maryland; Georgia Tech; Boston College; Florida State; Virginia Tech; Wake Forest; Miami.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina; Sean Singletary, Virginia; Tyrese Rice, Boston College; Brandon Costner, North Carolina State; Ty Lawson, North Carolina.
THREE THINGS: Wake Forest, as well as the conference, will take a while to get over the unexpected death of Skip Prosser in the offseason. He was succeeded by longtime assistant Dino Gaudio. ... North Carolina lost two of its top five scorers and two of its top three rebounders from last season but the Tar Heels, buoyed by the return of forward Tyler Hansbrough, were an unanimous pick in the preseason poll. ... Clemson has raised its victory total by six, three and six over the last three seasons but the Tigers haven't been to the NCAA tournament since 1998.
NCAA-North Carolina; Duke; North Carolina State; Virginia; Clemson; Maryland.
NIT-Georgia Tech; Virginia Tech; Boston College.
06-07 CHAMPIONS: x-East Tennessee State; y-Belmont.
POSTSEASON TEAMS: NCAA: Belmont. NIT: East Tennessee State.
PRESEASON POLL: East Tennessee State; Belmont; Mercer; Lipscomb; Jacksonville; Campbell; Kennesaw State; Gardner-Webb; Stetson; North Florida; Florida Gulf Coast; South Carolina-Upstate.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Courtney Pigram, East Tennessee State; Eddie Ard, Lipscomb; James Florence, Mercer; Justin Hare, Belmont; Jonathan Rodriguez, Campbell.
THREE THINGS: Few conferences can boast as many top returning players as the Atlantic Sun, with the eight leading scorers from last season back as well as eight of the top nine rebounders. ... The league has two new members in Florida Gulf Coast and South Carolina-Upstate but like current members Kennesaw State and North Florida they won't be eligible for the conference tournament as transitional Division I programs. ... East Tennessee State lost the tournament championship on its home court last season but the Buccaneers have conference player of the year Courtney Pigram back as well as juco transfer Kevin Tiggs, who is expected to be an impact player.
NCAA-East Tennessee State.
BIG 12
06-07 CHAMPIONS: x-y-Kansas.
M; Texas Tech. NIT: Kansas State; Oklahoma State.
M; Kansas State; Missouri and Oklahoma (tie); Oklahoma State; Texas Tech; Baylor; Nebraska; Iowa State; Colorado.
M near the top, and Jeff Bzdelik, who hopes to turn around Colorado. ... Missouri returns four starters and welcomes Vanderbilt transfer DeMarre Carroll, coach Mike Anderson's nephew.
M; Texas; Missouri.
NIT- Kansas State; Oklahoma.
06-07 CHAMPIONS: x-y-Georgetown.
POSTSEASON TEAMS: NCAA: Georgetown; Louisville; Marquette; Notre Dame; Pittsburgh; Villanova. NIT: DePaul; Providence; Syracuse; West Virginia.
PRESEASON POLL: Georgetown and Louisville (tie); Marquette; Pittsburgh; Syracuse; Connecticut; Villanova; Providence; Notre Dame; West Virginia; DePaul; Cincinnati; Seton Hall; St. John's; Rutgers; South Florida.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Roy Hibbert, Georgetown; Scottie Reynolds, Villanova; Jeff Adrien, Connecticut; Jonathan Wallace, Georgetown; David Padgett, Louisville; Terrence Williams, Louisville; Dominic James, Marquette; Jerel McNeal, Marquette; Geoff McDermott, Providence; Kentrell Gransberry, South Florida; Eric Devendorf, Syracuse.
THREE THINGS: If you're a fan of Big East games you're in luck, each team will play 18 conference games this season, up two from the past and in a league this stocked, it means two more tough games. ... Bob Huggins takes over at West Virginia, his alma mater, and the defending NIT champions return five of their top six scorers. Stan Heath, who was fired at Arkansas, takes over at South Florida and will coach the league's best-kept secret, Kentrell Gransberry, the nation's leading returning rebounder (11.4). ... Seton Hall, after 22 seasons of playing home games at the Meadowlands, moves into the $370 million Prudential Center in Newark.
NCAA-Georgetown; Louisville; Marquette; Notre Dame; Villanova; Pittsburgh; Connecticut; Syracuse.
NIT-DePaul; Providence; West Virginia.

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