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Tournament preview: NC State under pressure in Puerto Rico

Oklahoma State, Tennessee looking to prove mettle
<p> Tournament preview: NC State under pressure in Puerto Rico</p>

The early season tournament season is under way, first with the NIT Tip-Off and now the Puerto Rico Classic, beginning Thursday.

The even in San Juan will be a proving ground for the major teams involved. For NC State, it’s a chance to prove the Wolfpack belong in the national elite. For Oklahoma State, Tennessee and UMass, it’s a chance to prove they’re ready to contend for the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s our preview of the action down in Puerto Rico

Previewing Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Michigan State in the Tip-Off Marathon

Previewing every game in the 24-hour event
<p> Previewing Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Michigan State in the Tip-Off Marathon</p>

The opening of the college basketball season garnered a little more buzz this season, even if some of the key games didn’t go as planned.

Even if the aircraft carrier games -- two of which were canceled and one was postponed -- didn’t go off without a hitch, the effort was in the right place. Teams like Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State and Connecticut were in early action in key games, a trend that will continue with ESPN’s tipoff marathon beginning Tuesday morning at midnight.

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.

College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85

Jeff Bzdelik has had a rough time at Wake, Colorado
<p> College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85</p>

Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.

The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.

10 College Basketball Players Returning from Injury

Jio Fontan's return will play critical role for USC
<p> 10 College Basketball Players Returning from Injury</p>

A season can be changed by an injury. In the same way, 10 teams are hoping a key player returning from injury will change their fortunes for 2012-13.

Among those players returning from injury include a forward with All-American potential at Minnesota, a key veteran at rebuilding North Carolina, and explosive guard at USC and former starters at three SEC schools.

10 College Basketball Coaches on the Hot Seat in 2012-13

Herb Sendek is under pressure to turn things around at Arizona State
<p> 2012-13 College Basketball Preview: 10 Coaches on the Hot Seat</p>

After a year in which the Pac-12 regular season champion failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, none of the programs in the league made a coaching change.

That’s partly a testament to some of the new coaches in the league or the built up credibility for some of the others. But it was a mild surprise after the entire league struggled en masse for another season.

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