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NCAA Basketball: 8 teams who managed to survive 2024 transfer portal madness

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After 45 days have passed, the NCAA Basketball transfer portal has officially closed for all players looking to switch teams for the 2024-25 season. Nearly 2,000 players have entered, with nearly 100 deciding to return to their original teams. But there are plenty who will be going somewhere else.

Just about all teams have been affected, with just a few not losing a player to the transfer portal. There are many teams who have been impacted, some more negatively than others. However, there are a few who from a roster standpoint, has avoided the poaching/tampering/etc. that has happened to other teams, setting them up well for the next season.

Here are eight teams that can be declared a "winner" at least from a roster perspective.

Cincinnati Bearcats

The Bearcats had a good first season in the Big 12, winning over 20 games and making an NIT Tournament appearance. It was impressive, considering that they didn't have a player who scored over 13 ppg. So losing any of them would be an issue to try and remain competitive in the league.

In the offseason, they only lost two rotation pieces in forward Jamile Reynolds and big man Viktor Lakhin. With senior John Newman also gone, the Bearcats still returned three starters, who were the top scorers on the roster. 6'6 guards Daniel Skillings and Simas Lukosius are back, along with guard Day Day Thomas and standout freshman, Jizzle James.

Cincinnati could've easily lost multiple guards to bigger programs but its ability to keep them is impresive for Coach Wes Miller. He hasn't had a breakthrough season with the program yet but next season could be primed for one.