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How accurate is my projection of Michigan State, Kansas, Duke and Kentucky being the four best squads coming into the 2013-14 season?
The wait to ascertain it isn’t going to be long.
Tuesday night in Chicago, during as terrific a non-NCAA Tournament double-header as we will have seen in a long while, Michigan State plays Kentucky and Kansas takes on Duke.
Another year of Big Ten basketball is upon us, and the conference again has multiple contenders to hang Final Four and National Championship banners. With the National Runner-Up losing its backcourt nucleus yet retaining two potential lottery picks, Michigan is likely to be in the thick of it come March. Four total teams are in the AP Top 25, with three situated in the top 11 and two other teams receiving substantial votes. Individually, a trio of collegiate from the state of Michigan will have their eye on becoming a lottery pick.
The 2013-14 NBA season is upon us and now NBA teams finally have an opportunity to see just how smart their GM's and scouts are as we get our introduction to the rookie class. This year's class enters the league with more questions than any recently remembered as their was quite the scuttlebutt as to who would be the number one overall pick (the honor went to former running Rebel Anthony Bennett) and as to just how deep this year's draft actually was.
The SEC won't be nearly as relevant from a National perspective as it was a season ago. The two teams at the top are as good as any team in the country but after that, there's a long list of teams with more questions than answers. There are as many as 5 coaches that could be on the hot seat this season and with quite a few teams void of any NBA type talent, it could be a long season for many programs in the conference. On the bright side, the there is no shortage of NBA talent on rosters that look to finish at the top of conference as Kent
As the Big 12 enters year two sporting it’s new ten team format, the players at the top remain the same. Returning co-champion ,Kansas, as well as Oklahoma State, Baylor and Iowa State are back again vying for a spot at the top, while 2012 Big 12 co-champion K-State and Oklahoma hope to make some noise and get back to the big dance. The middle and bottom of the conference are filled with programs trying to change course, but the middle is fairly wide open and many teams have enough talent to knock off just about anyone on any given night.
This season is the American Athletic Conference’s debut, and the AAC is looking to take its place among the nation’s elite basketball conferences. Following the Big East’s split in March, the conference’s “football schools” (Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida, and UConn) combined with four Conference USA schools (Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, and Southern Methodist), and Temple to create the AAC.
Every year a number of prospects go from unheralded role players to full blown superstars. Last season, Indiana's dynamic shooting guard Victor Oladipo went from a virtual unknown to becoming the #2 pick in the 2013 draft.
Projecting breakout players for the upcoming college basketball season first and foremost requires setting a criteria. Our criteria includes being a legitimate NBA prospect, a returning player (non freshman or Juco transfer) and becoming a star on the national level. Here are our top breakout candidates for the 2013-14 season: