2013 men's spring preview

Men's spring preview: Southland Conference

Despite the graduation of its three top players, Lamar still has high expectations in the Southland Conference this spring.

Men's spring preview: Southern Conference

Georgia Southern and Chattanooga will lock heads as they battle for the Southern Conference title this spring.

Men's spring preview: SEC

Each of the 14 teams that now comprise the SEC ended the fall ranked 45th or better, including five in the top 15 and nine in the top 30. Pretty impressive, to say the least.

Men's spring preview: West Coast Conference

Who would have thought five or six years ago that St. Mary’s would be a team of prominence not only within the West Coast Conference, but on the national scale as well? Yet, that’s exactly where the program is today.

Men's spring preview: Northeast Conference

Sacred Heart took a big step toward regaining conference bragging rights in the fall, finishing the first part of the season as the highest-ranked team in the Northeast Conference.

Men's spring preview: Ohio Valley Conference

Austin Peay's Anthony Bradley might have won the Ohio Valley individual title in 2012, but he has had a sour taste in his mouth ever since.

Men's spring preview: Mountain West

New Mexico will be the team to beat when the nine conference teams gather together to determine the 2013 conference champion the first week in May at the Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National Resort.

Men's spring preview: MAC

Corey Conners and the Kent State men want to win the MAC Championship, but have loftier goals in mind: A national championship.

Men's spring preview: Missouri Valley

After Wichita State's Shockers won the past five league championships, another title this spring would not be all that, well, shocking. No disrespect to teams such as Illinois State or Northern Iowa, but the Shockers own the Missouri Valley Conference.

Men's spring preview: MAAC

St. Peter’s notched three fall victories by winning the ECAC Championship, Monmouth quad-match and the St. Barnabas Health Invitational.

Men's spring preview: Ivy League

Princeton has won 19 Ivy League titles since 1975, but none since 2006. But if the fall was any indication, the Tigers could get No. 20 this spring.

Men's spring preview: Horizon League

For a dedicated team like Cleveland State, failing to win a tournament after entering as the favorite can carry a hefty after-effect. Especially when it’s the conference championship, and it’s followed by a long summer break over which to reflect.

Men's spring preview: Conference USA

Josh Gregory, who arrived in Dallas before the 2011-12 season after leading Augusta State to two consecutive national championships, guided the Mustangs to their third straight NCAA regional appearance last season.

Men's spring preview: Colonial Athletic Association

The lightly-recruited Payne McLeod has had a little bit of extra motivation since he arrived at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Men's spring preview: Big West

UC Davis has not won a regular-season title this year, but the Aggies are anything but worried about their chances of taking this year’s Big West Championship.

Men's spring preview: Big 10

Illinois head coach Mike Small has a saying: "Win tournaments in the fall, win championships in the spring." The Illini took care of the first half of that statement. Now they’re focused on the latter.

Men's spring preview: Big South

Coastal Carolina once won seven consecutive Big South Conference titles in a row, but Liberty has been king of the conference the past two seasons. The Chants are hoping to regain their crown behind senior Sebastian Soderberg.

Men's spring preview: Big East

Louisville might have one of its deepest squads in head coach Mark Crabtree’s 13 seasons as the Cardinals’ coach. Six players finished the fall with a scoring average in the 73s. Two more posted scoring averages in the 74s.

Men's spring preview: Big 12

Gone from last season's NCAA championship squad are Dylan Frittelli and Jordan Spieth. In came Brandon Stone, and now Texas coach John Fields is considering bringing Beau Hossler into the fold a bit earlier than he had anticipated.

Men's spring preview: Atlantic Sun

Sean Dale has experienced heartbreak the past two seasons, but this spring the senior will get one more shot at helping the Ospreys advance to match play, which has eluded North Florida in three trips to the NCAA Championship.