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College Basketball: Ranking the Big Ten's Coaches for 2013-14

Michigan State's Izzo headlines deep crop of coaches
Michigan State's Izzo headlines deep crop of coaches

The Big Ten once again has perhaps the deepest bench of coaches in the country.

It shouldn’t be surprising, then, then that teams like Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin had a hotly contested battle for the regular season title in the Big Ten last season. Each week in 2013-14 seemed to feature a different Big Ten team in the national spotlight.

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

Tim Frazier was an All-Big Ten performer before missing last season
Tim Frazier was an All-Big Ten performer before missing last season. He'll be one of the new faces in the Big Ten to make an impact in 2013-14.

A year after being the nation’s most competitive conference at the top, the Big Ten is counting on a handful of new faces to remain so in 2013-14.

Michigan State returns nearly intact, but most of the Big Ten wasn’t so lucky. Indiana is counting on freshmen and a transfer making his third Division I stop to replace NBA Draft lottery picks Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller. Michigan also will look to a pair of rookies to take spots vacated by the National Player of the Year and another first-round draft pick.

College Basketball's Best Coaches under 40

Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart are the best, but they're not alone.
<p> Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart are the best, but they're not alone.</p>

The top two coaches from last year’s list of college coaches under 40 remain our top two here.

That’s fitting because Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart show no signs of going anywhere.

College Basketball's Top 10 Arena Nicknames

What are the best nicknames in college basketball arenas today?
<p> College Basketball's Top 10 Arena Nicknames</p>

There are many reasons why fans gravitate to the college ranks over the professional ones. For those of us who love college sports, NCAA basketball is a vastly superior product over the NBA. Yes, the NBA features the best athletes in the world playing the game, but many point to a boring regular season, lack of overall defense and me-first holier than thou attitude that comes with million-dollar salaries.

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.

8 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Jan. 7-13

The week was not a good one for undefeated teams as Arizona, Duke, Michigan and Wyoming lost
<p> The final four undefeated teams -- Arizona, Duke, Michigan and Wyoming -- lost in a five-day span. Meanwhile, Indiana held off a late rally by Minnesota, and a Texas A&amp;M guard made history at Rupp Arena.</p>

With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport:

College Basketball Power Rankings and Bracket Update: Jan. 9

After a slow start, NC State hopes to prove it can challenge Duke atop the ACC
<p> After a slow start, NC State will look to show it can challenge Duke for ACC supremacy. Elsewhere, Minnesota and Colorado look to make statements.</p>

Non-conference schedules are all but wrapped up, meaning we’re starting to have a good idea of the college basketball teams playing for prime slots in the NCAA Tournament, those looking to avoid the NIT and those grasping for, well, anything.

College basketball's early season conference review: Big Ten

College basketball league play is nearing. Here is where the Big Ten stands so far.
<p> The Big Ten looks to be the deepest league in the country as Illinois and Minnesota have joined Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State as top contenders.</p>

Entering the season, Athlon ranked the Big Ten the nation’s top conference.

Despite a loss by its top team Saturday, the league has done nothing to change that notion. If anything, the league looks more formidable than we projected.