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College Basketball's Top 15 Early Season Games

Early looks at Kentucky Wildcats, Andrew Wiggins highlight first month
College Basketball's Top 15 Early Season Games

Let’s get this out of the way: College basketball’s opening day is a dud. It doesn’t have the pageantry of baseball or the pent-up anticipation for football. For the most part, the matchups are lackluster. Not even every team starts on the same day.

That said, college basketball may have the most interesting first two months. Showcase games on neutral courts. Non-conference games in opposing gyms. And preseason tournaments that give us unexpected matchups.

2013-14 College Basketball Preseason Top 25

College Basketball: 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats Preview

Freshmen join Cauley-Stein for national title bid
College Basketball: 2013-14 Kentucky Preview


This preview and more on Kentucky and the SEC are available in the Athlon Sports 2013-14 College Basketball Preseason Annual. The magazine is available online or on newsstands everywhere.

Louisville-Kentucky Basketball: Inside the Rivalry

Stories from those who crossed enemy lines
Louisville-Kentucky: Inside the Rivalry

As much as their fans don't want to admit it, the two basketball powers of the Commonwealth have more in common than the last two national championships. Probably too much for comfort.

When Louisville claimed the 2013 national championship, the Cardinals ensured that the trophy wouldn’t leave the state after Kentucky’s 2012 title. During the last four seasons — since John Calipari’s arrival at Kentucky — the two programs have combined for 233 wins and four Final Four appearances.

College Basketball: 2013-14 SEC Preview

Who can keep up with Kentucky in SEC?
Who can keep up with Kentucky in SEC?

As the SEC rules college football, the question remains: What happened to this league as a basketball conference?

The SEC produced at least five NCAA Tournament teams every season from 1997-2008, but the league matched that only once since then. The expanded SEC produced only three NCAA Tournament teams last season, and Ole Miss needed to win the league tournament to erase any doubt.

College basketball: The SEC's best freshmen, transfers and more for 2013-14

Kentucky isn't the only program adding big-time players
Kentucky isn't the only program adding big-time players

The new faces around the SEC illustrate a major problem that could develop in the league.

Kentucky brought in its historic haul of six top-10 prospects and five of the top-10 prospects in the 247Composite rankings. Florida was no slouch, adding two elite transfers and two five-star prospects of its own.

12 College Basketball Sophomores on the Spot for 2013-14

Michigan, Louisville and others need these role players to take the next step
Michigan, Louisville and others need these role players to take the next step

In mid-March, Mitch McGary and Montrezl Harrell were a pair of freshmen still working through their rookie seasons.

By April 8, they were key big men in the national championship game.

The fortunes for McGary and Harrell took abrupt turns once tournament season began, raising the bar for their sophomore years. In 2013-14, Michigan and Louisville will expect more of what McGary and Harrell delivered during the postseason. The breakout last year will need to become the norm starting in November.

Reviewing Athlon's Top 25 College Basketball Freshmen of 2012

The Class of 2012 offered top draft picks, wait-and-see prospects and busts
The Class of 2012 offered top draft picks, wait-and-see prospects and busts

Even by recruiting class standards, the top prospects of 2012 ran the gamut.

On one hand, the class produced the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft in UNLV’s Anthony Bennett (though fellow freshman Nerlens Noel of Kentucky seemed the more likely pick until draft day). On the other, it produced one bona fide bust in Alabama’s Devonta Pollard, who has already withdrawn from school amid legal issues.

College Basketball: The NBA Draft by the Numbers

Kansas and the ACC continue strong showings on draft day

Thursday’s NBA Draft was full of surprises from the start. The Cavaliers shocked everyone by taking UNLV’s Anthony Bennett with the first pick. The Bobcats followed by taking Cody Zeller fourth.

From the college perspective, the draft was no surprise: The bluebloods still rule the day.

Kentucky's Calipari Rules College Basketball's One-and-Done Era

A look inside the numbers of underclassmen heading to the NBA Draft
A look inside the numbers of underclassmen heading to the NBA Draft

One-and-done isn’t a one size fits all.

Colleges and coaches have had seven draft cycles to navigate the NBA’s rule that a player must be one year removed from high school to be eligible for the NBA Draft.

As the NBA sifts through the latest batch of college prospects, young and old (relatively speaking), we decided to look through how the college game has handled the so-called one-and-done phenomenon.

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