NO. 18 MOUNT NOTRE DAME
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
2018-19 record: 27-2
Final 2018-19 Super 25 ranking: 14
Head Coach: Scott Rogers
Last year’s leading scorer for Mount Notre Dame was a freshman. KK Bransford, with 15.7 points per contest, led the way for the 27-2 Cougars.
The five-star guard returns as a sophomore to form a fierce duo with four-star junior guard Laila Phelia, who averaged 8.9 points in 8.2 minutes last year. Can those two be enough to get over the loss of Gabbie Marshall, last year’s star now at Iowa?
The Cougars haven’t lost more than five games in a season since 2013-14, showing the system is strong beyond one single player, but it may be hard to replicate last year’s success without steps forward from some young stars.