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College Basketball Midseason Report: All-Americans and Championship Picks

In Part Two of our midseason report we look at individual superlatives and pick every conference
<p> We're halfway to the start of the Final Four and the Player of the Year race is as cloudy as the race for the top spot. Trey Burke, Phil Pressey, Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, Doug McDermott and more are all in consideration.</p>

One of the critiques of the 2012-13 college basketball season has been a lack of eye-popping players vying for player of the year awards. Think of Player of the Year performances and competitions in recent years by Anthony Davis, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, Tyler Hansbrough and Michael Beasley.

Adding to the confusion, the top prospect for the NBA Draft is unsettled, too.

College Basketball Bracket Update and Power Rankings: Jan. 16

Louisville looks to retain top spot nationally against shorthanded Syracuse
<p> Syracuse's road trip to Louisville is the week's most important game, but Mountain West contenders will be in the spotlight along with Maryland and Creighton.</p>

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the whispers: Bracketology, bubble watch, resumes, seeding, RPI.

The college basketball season is halfway through January and the conference races are starting to be determined. Though most conferences have only made a dent into league play, we have a pretty good idea of which leagues are going to have a ton of bids (Big Ten) and which are not (SEC).

2012-13 College Basketball Preview and Predictions

Previews and Picks from the Athlon staff
<p> 2012-13 College Basketball Preview and Predictions</p>

The college basketball season starts today, so it's time for picks. Not just for the Final Four and top players and coaches, but also who we think who will thrive, flop and surprise.

Here are the picks from the Athlon editorial staff:

Top College Basketball Storylines for November and beyond

Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky will be tested early
<p> Top College Basketball Storylines for November and beyond</p>

Football is still in the heart of its season. The NBA is just getting started. And the election was only yesterday.

In other words, it may be easy for college basketball to fly under the radar for the start of its season this weekend.

If it’s tough to pull away from football or other responsibilities in November, we’d like to help steer you the key games, teams, players and trends to watch as the college basketball season gets started Friday.

2012-13 College Basketball: 1 on 1 with Creighton's Doug McDermott

<p> 2012-13 College Basketball Preview: 1 on 1 with Creighton's Doug McDermott</p>

Greg McDermott wasn’t certain that his son, Doug, could handle it in the Big 12 back when he was handing out scholarships as the head coach at Iowa State. However, after jumping to Creighton and the Missouri Valley, the elder McDermott decided to take his kid — and it’s paid off. Doug McDermott quickly turned into a star, a 6-8 skilled forward who can score from just about everywhere on the court and is a legitimate candidate for National Player of the Year honors this season.

College Basketball's Most Underrated: The All-Overlooked Team

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson has one of the nation's most overlooked players
<p> College Basketball's Most Underrated: The All-Overlooked Team</p>

With roughly 340 teams in Division I basketball, some players are bound to fall through the cracks.

We’d like to do our part to rectify that by highlighting some of the key players you may have missed last season. A handful of reasons led to these players going overlooked and underrated nationally: Chief among them is an absence from the NCAA Tournament. Some made all-conference teams. Some had impressive statistics, but for whatever reason, only hardcore fans knew their names.