Pizza and basketball are globally synonymous with Chicago. Go anywhere in the world, tell people you're from Chicago and they're likely to reference "deep dish" and "Michael Jordan."
On the collegiate level, however, consuming the local teams in recent years has left one feeling hollow. Maybe this season will change, as RedEye preheats the oven and projects who might get cooking come March.
Outlook: The Cougars play a fast-tempo, fun-to-watch brand of basketball. Coach Tracy Dildy is refreshingly candid, especially when juxtaposed against most college basketball coaches who are consistently...