To help you with planning ahead of the 2019-20 college basketball season that tips off Nov. 5, some of our plans are below. Please contact Dave Zelio (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. This advisory will be updated and is subject to change. All times Eastern.
UPDATES: Adds men’s preseason poll story, BKC--SEC-TEFLON COACHES (both sent).
DIGITAL NEWS EXPERIENCE
All content in this advisory will be available through the College Basketball Digital News Experience, an all-digital presentation focused entirely on AP's college basketball coverage and anchored around the marquee Top 25 poll. The site, which is responsive to all devices, is available for free and pays a revenue share to participating sites. The DNE allows for local customization of the site logo, navigation bar, highlighted teams and other features, including embeddable widgets around the poll and Latest News. Some examples: http://collegebasketball.ap.org/tampabay and http://collegebasketball.ap.org/newsday . Contact Barry Bedlan at email@example.com for more information.
TOP 25/PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
BKC--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL
Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball preseason poll for the first time in its history. No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 Kansas received the other first-place votes. Duke, Louisville, Florida, Maryland, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Villanova round out the top 10. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, photos Oct. 21.
The preseason AP All-America men's college basketball team is announced. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos at noon Tuesday, Oct. 22.
BKW--T25-WOMEN'S BKB POLL
The preseason AP Top 25 women's college basketball poll is announced. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos at noon Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The preseason AP All-America women's college basketball team is announced. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos at noon Thursday, Oct. 31.
The business model that has been at the core of college sports for decades _ players don’t get paid _ is under threat thanks to a looming California law that could upend the entire structure of the NCAA. It will serve as background noise for the 2019-20 college basketball season that begins with one of the most storied programs in the sport, Kansas, in jeopardy of major sanctions after being accused by the NCAA of letting too much illicit money seep down to its recruits. And other schools could be facing punishment, too. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by noon Oct. 28.
College basketball programs get plenty of hype for landing top recruiting classes, from the media, fans and boosters. Landing some of the top-rated high school players is certainly a boon, but in reality it rarely leads to a national title. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon Oct. 27.
The NCAA revamped the recruiting calendar in hopes of keeping some of the shady elements out of college basketball, creating camps and high school tournaments for coaches to evaluate players. A few tweaks will likely still be made, but the overall response to the changes has been positive. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. Oct. 30. With BKC--RECRUITING-FADED VEGAS, 650 words, photos moving Oct. 30.
BKC--WHY PLAY BALL
The options for basketball players leaving high school include a growing number of choices that do not include a stop in college. With the NBA draft age limit still in place, some recruits have opted to play professionally overseas or focused solely on training for the draft. It is not clear whether any of the choices are a better way to prepare for the NBA than heading to school. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon Nov. 3.
Each Power Five and other select men’s teams will get a preview of approximately 650 words in a ‘things to know’ format, with photos:
_ ACC and Big Ten men’s team previews will be sent Oct. 23.
_ SEC and Pac-12 men’s team previews will be sent Oct. 24.
_ Big 12 and other select men’s team previews will be sent Oct. 25.
_ Each Power Five conference will also get a women’s team preview focusing on the top teams and story lines. These will be sent Oct. 28, along with select women’s team previews.
LINCOLN, Neb. _ New Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg tells The Associated Press the Cornhuskers have everything they need to rid themselves of their albatross _ being the only Power Five team to have never won a game in the NCAA Tournament. Hoiberg, the former NBA coach and grandson of 1950s-era Nebraska coach Jerry Bush, says the opportunity to build tradition at Nebraska drew him back to the college game. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m. Nov. 1.
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and LSU's Will Wade are hoping to build on big seasons while dealing with a major potential challenge for their respective men's basketball programs off the court. Both programs were at the center of a federal corruption investigation into college basketball. Both Pearl and Wade are still coaching and trying to keep the winning ways going on the basketball court. By John Zenor. SENT: 790 words, photos Oct. 16.
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