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College basketball: Ranking the Big 12's coaches for 2013-14

Bill Self an easy No. 1 in interesting cast of coaches
Bill Self an easy No. 1 in interesting cast of coaches

The Big 12 coach rankings start with Bill Self.

That’s the easy part.

After that, ranking the Big 12 coaches is a chore. Three of the league’s most accomplished career coaches — Bob Huggins, Rick Barnes and Tubby Smith have more than 1,700 wins among them — are coming off of lackluster seasons. Smith was let go from his last job, and Barnes will be under pressure to turn things around at Texas in a hurry.

College basketball: The Big 12's top freshmen, transfers and more for 2013-14

The Big 12 adds more than just freshman Andrew Wiggins and Memphis transfer Tarik Black
The Big 12 adds more than just freshman Andrew Wiggins and Memphis transfer Tarik Black

With one school claiming the top three returning scorers in the Big 12, the rest of the league will depend on newcomers to challenge Oklahoma State’s veteran roster.

Nowhere is that more clear than at Kansas where the Jayhawks’ outlook changed in an instant when super-freshman Andrew Wiggins signed to play for Bill Self. He’s not the only big-time newcomer going to Lawrence, but he might be the most important new face for any team in the country.

Revised College Basketball Early Top 25 for 2013-14

NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season
<p> NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season</p>

The NBA’s early entry draft deadline has come and gone, creating enough movement to make us re-evaluate our early rankings for 2013-14.

Chief among them, we re-visited Oklahoma State after the Cowboys returned point guard Marcus Smart. Originally, we did not rank Oklahoma State under the assumption Smart, projected to be a top-three pick, would leave for the draft. His return makes Oklahoma State the early Big 12 favorite.

College Basketball Winners and Losers for the Draft Early Entry Deadline

The NCAA's draft deadline has passed, but the NBA deadline still has teams in limbo
<p> The NCAA's draft deadline has passed, but the NBA deadline still has teams in limbo</p>

The NCAA’s early entry draft deadline, moved up to April 16, functioned more like a suggestion rather than any sort of rule this season.

College Basketball's 10 Best Dunkers of 2013

Who were the best dunkers of the 2012-13 college hoops seasons?
<p> College Basketball's 10 Best Dunkers of 2013</p>

Part of what makes basketball such a fan-friendly sport is the high-flying, eye-popping feats of athleticism witnessed regularly on the hardcourt. And the dunk is the single most exciting, electric and jaw-dropping play in the sport. And as March Madness 2013 wraps up its first weekend, we thought we would provide the fans with our choices for the best dunkers in college hoops today.

College basketball freshman of the year: Bennett, McLemore, Smart enter the debate

With Nerlens Noel hurt, freshmen from Kansas, Oklahoma State and UNLV step to the forefront
<p> College basketball freshman of the year: Bennett, McLemore, Smart enter the debate</p>

Like just about everything else this college basketball season, the National Freshman of the Year race is a bit of a mess.

A week ago, Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel could have been considered a frontrunner, not only for the top freshman, but also the National Defensive Player of the Year. His season-ending injury likely takes him out of the running.

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