Ranking the top 15 Mid Majors Heading into the 2020 CBB Season By: Peter Snyder

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March 12, 2020. A day that shook the college basketball world to it’s core. A deadly virus, entitled COVID-19, made it’s way to America at an unstoppable rate, leaving the NCAA with no other option then to cancel their yearly, NCAA Tournament. It was a decision that hurt pockets, broke hearts, and shattered brackets. But through patience, trials and plenty of tribulations, here we are, ready to kick off the 2020-2021 college basketball season. This is going to be a season like we’ve never seen before and in many ways, it may even be unrecognizable. But college basketball will be played and at the end of the day, that is a beautiful thing.

Okay, enough with the sappy talk Peter. Let’s talk some hoops!

15. Siena

How Siena College men's basketball landed Jalen Pickett | The Daily Gazette

Conference: MAAC

2019-2020 Record: 20-10

Key Losses: Elijah Burns (F), Sammy Friday IV (F)

Key Returners: (2020 MAAC player of the year) Jr, Jalen Pickett (G), Sr, Manny Camper (F), Jr, Donald Carey (G)

Key Acquisitions: Aidan Carpenter (G), Harrison Curry (F), (Grad Transfer from Detroit Mercy)

14. Arkansas Little Rock

Little Rock has surged to the top of the Sun Belt under Darrell Walker -  Mid-Major Madness

Conference: Sun Belt

2019-2020 Record: 21-10

Key Losses: Jaizec Lottie (G), Kamani Johnson (F)

Key Returners: Jr, Markquis Nowell (G), SR, Ruot Monyyong (F), Sr, Ben Coupet Jr. (G)

Key Acquisitions: Marko Andric (G)

13. Furman

Nationally ranked Furman basketball prepares for another giant on road

Conference: SoCon

2019-2020 Record: 25-7

Key Losses: Jordan Lyons (G)

Key Returners: Jr, Noah Gurley (F), Sr, Clay Mounce (F), Sr, Alex Hunter (G)

Key Acquisitions: None

12. St. Bonaventure 

St. Bonaventure is ready for primetime with one of college basketball's  best backcourts - SBNation.com

Conference: Atlantic 10

2019-2020 Record: 19-12

Key Losses: Amadi Ikpeze (C)

Key Returners: Jr,  Kyle Lofton (G), Jr, Osun Osunniyi (C), Jr, Jaren English (G)

Key Acquisitions: Eddie Creal (G), Josh Bell (F)

11. Northern Iowa

UNI men's basketball takeaways: Rotation plans, schedule news and more |  The Gazette

Conference: Missouri Valley

2019-2020 Record: 25-6

Key Losses: Isaiah Brown (G), Spencer Haldeman (G)

Key Returners: (2020 Missouri Valley Player of the year) Jr, AJ Green (G), Sr, Trae Berhow (G), Jr, Austin Phyfe (F)

Key Acquisitions: Tytan Anderson (F), Bowen Born (G)

10. BYU

Here are the highlights from BYU basketball's newly unveiled nonconference  schedule - Deseret News

Conference: WCC

2019-2020 Record: 24-8

Key Losses: Yoeli Childs (F), TJ Haws (G), Jake Toolson (G)

Key Returners: Sr, Alex Barcello (G), Jr, Jesse Wade (G)

Key Acquisitions: Gideon George (F), Spencer Johnson (G), Matt Haarms (F/C) (Grad transfer from Purdue)

9. UNC Greensboro

UNCG Basketball (@UNCGBasketball) | Twitter

Conference: SoCon

2019-2020 Record: 23-9

Key Losses: Kyrin Galloway (F), James Dickey (F)

Key Returners: (2020 SoCon Player of the year) Sr, Isaiah Miller (G), Jr, Kaleb Hunter (G), Jr, Angelo Allegri (F), Wes Miller (HC)

Key Acquisitions: Hayden Koval (C)

8. Belmont

Belmont vs Temple College Basketball Lines, Odds and Props for First Four  NCAA Tournament Game | theduel

Conference: Ohio Valley

2019-2020 Record: 26-7

Key Losses: Adam Kunkel (G), Nick Hopkins (G),  Michael Benkert (G)

Key Returners: Jr, Nick Muszynski (C), Jr, Grayson Murphy (G)

Key Acquisitions: Evan Brauns (C), JaCobi Wood (G)

7. St. Louis

Men's Basketball - Saint Louis University

Conference: Atlantic 10

2019-2020 Record: 23-8

Key Losses: Tay Weaver (G)

Key Returners: Sr, Jordan Goodwin (G), So, Yuri Collins (G), Sr, Javonte Perkins (G), Sr, Hasahn French (F)

Key Acquisitions: None

6. Loyola Chicago

How Loyola Chicago's Sister Jean prays—on and off the court | America  Magazine

Conference: Missouri Valley

2019-2020 Record: 21-11

Key Losses: None

Key Returners: Sr, Cameron Krutwig (C), Sr, Keith Clemons (G), Sr, Tate Hall (G)

Key Acquisitions: Braden Norris (G), (Transfer from Oakland)

5. Dayton

Jalen Crutcher - Men's Basketball - University of Dayton Athletics

Conference: Atlantic 10

2019-2020 Record: 29-2

Key Losses: Obi Toppin (F), Trey Landers (G)

Key Returners: Sr, Jalen Crutcher (G), Sr Ibi Watson (G), Sr Rodney Chatman (G)

Key Acquisitions: None

4. East Tennessee State

East Tennessee State Buccaneers make early statement in close college  basketball game with the No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks and Udoka Azubuike -  Mid-Major Madness

Conference: SoCon

2019-2020 Record: 30-4

Key Losses: Steve Forbes (HC), Tray Boyd (G), Isaiah Tisdale (G), Bo Hodges (G),  Daivien Williamson (G)

Key Returners: Jr, Ladarius Brewer (G),

Key Acquisitions: Jalen Johnson (G) (Tennessee grad transfer,) David Sloan (G) (Kansas State transfer) Silas Adheke (C) (Northern Kentucky transfer), Ty Brewer (F)

3. San Diego State

Whicker: San Diego State basketball is 19-0 and not afraid of heights –  Orange County Register

Conference: Mountain West

2019-2020 Record: 30-2

Key Losses: Malachi Flynn (G), KJ Feagin (G), Yanni Wetzel (PF)

Key Returners: Jr, Nathan Mensah (F), Sr, Matt Mitchell (F), Sr,  Jordan Schakel (G)

Key Acquisitions: Che Evans (F)

2. Richmond

John O'Connor on Twitter: "Worth noting for tonight's Saint Joseph's-at- Richmond game: Blake Francis (left, Wagner transfer) needs 14 points for  1,000, and Nick Sherod needs 36. When they hit a grand, UR

Conference: Atlantic 10

2019-2020 Record: 24-7

Key Losses: None

Key Returners: Sr, Blake Francis (G), Sr, Nathan Cayo (F), Sr, Grant Golden, (F), Sr. Jacob Gilyard (G), Sr, Nick Sherod (G)

Key Acquisitions: Connor Crabtree (G) (Transfer from Tulane)

1. Gonzaga

Gonzaga Basketball: 2020-21 season preview for the Bulldogs

Conference: WCC

2019-2020 Record: 31-2

Key Losses: Killian Tillie (F), Admon Gilder (G), Ryan Woolridge (G),  Filip Petrusev (F) (2020 WCC player of the year)

Key Returners: Jr, Joel Ayayi (G), SO, Drew Timme (F), Sr, Corey Kispert (F)

Key Acquisitions: Jalen Suggs (G), Julian Strawther (F), Oumar Ballo (C), Aaron Cook (G), (Southern Illinois transfer,) Dominick Harris (SG)

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