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Oft is made of the woes of a second season for young NBA stars. While still finding their legs, the ground becomes shakier under nubile feet as coaches and defenses adjust to what made some of these youths successful during their introductory seasons. As coaches and defenses figure out players tendencies and dislikes, past rookies are often met with less success during their second seasons.
College basketball is under way for the 2013-2014 season. The Big East will be very interesting as the season progresses mainly due to the new structure and dynamics of the league. The league retains some of its traditional powers such as Georgetown and Villanova, and due to restructuring has added Butler, Creighton, and Xavier to the fray.
With merely five days of hoops action under our belts, the 2014 big board is just beginning to take shape. Last night’s doubleheader at the United Center was a rare treat for scouts, assembling a perfect storm of talent. The Champions Classic provided stern early season tests for all four squads, and a valuable base-level framework for talent evaluators to build from.
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.