5. McNeese State Cowboys
The Cowboys made national news when they hired Will Wade, the former head coach at LSU. He was able to add a bunch of transfers from the portal, with some coming from the high-major ranks. So far, the most successful newcomer has been Shahada Wells, who led the team with 19.1 ppg heading into Wednesday night.
Antavion Collum is the other newcomer on the team in double-figures, while DJ Richards and Javohn Garcia have also given them an impact. Yet there's still two more guys that haven't played yet that could now be eligible. Mike Saunders has a career 5.4 ppg scoring average at Cincinnati and Utah, including 10 total starts.
CJ Felder spent two years each at Florida and Boston College, starting 46 games total and having a career average of 5.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg. His best year was his sophomore campaign at BC, producing 9.7 ppg and 5.9 rpg at around 28 mpg. He gives McNeese State needed frontcourt size and could put up big numbers in the Southland.
With Coach Wade back and potentially more players coming, the Cowboys are even bigger favorites in the Southland. If they run the table, road wins over UAB and VCU could help them make a sneaky at-large case if they have over 30 wins by Selection Sunday. This news could give them the depth needed to make it happen.