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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 On the other, it produced one bona fide bust in Alabama’s Devonta Pollard, who has already withdrawn from school amid legal issues.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: Pac-12

Who's gone and who's back in the Pac-12 for 2013-14
<p> Who's gone and who's back in the Pac-12 for 2013-14</p>

After several seasons in the wilderness, the Pac-12 finally started to regain some respect last season.

Five league teams reached the NCAA Tournament, the most since 2009. Three teams were ranked in the final Associated Press top 25 before the Tournament. And two teams reached the Sweet 16 with Arizona losing to Ohio State and Oregon losing to eventual national champion Louisville.

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.

Picking 12 Winners in the 2013 NCAA Tournament

The Week of Pitino, the rising stock of McGary and more highlighted this year's March Madness
<p> The Week of Pitino, the rising stock of McGary and more highlighted this year's March Madness</p>

Only one true winner will be happy at the end of the NCAA Tournament, so the cliche goes.

That much may be true. All but one locker room at the end of the tournament will have its share of sad faces and tears.

15 Best Teams That Never Won the NCAA Tournament

These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament.
<p> 15 Best Teams That Never Won the NCAA Tournament, including the 1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 1975 Indiana Hoosiers, 1983 Houston Cougars, 1985 Georgetown Hoyas, 1984 North Carolina Tar Heels, 1993 Michigan Wolverines, 1997 Kansas Jayhawks, 1973 NC State Wolfpack, 1974 UCLA Bruins, 1954 Kentucky Wildcats, 1999 Duke Blue Devils, 1962 Ohio State Buckeyes, 1957 Kansas Jayhawks, 1963 Cincinnati Bearcats and 1979 Indiana State Sycamores.</p>

The best team doesn’t always win the NCAA Tournament. Many of greatest rosters ever assembled failed to cut down the nets in the one-and-done, single-elimination Madness of March. These are the 15 best teams that never won the NCAA Tournament.

UCLA fired Howland: Who are possible coaching replacements?

After UCLA fired Ben Howland, which coaches around the country are possible candidates?
<p> After UCLA fired Ben Howland, which coaches around the country are possible candidates?</p>
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UCLA is in the market for a new coach after the legendary program fired Ben Howland on March 25.

Finding the right fit won’t be easy, and the job isn’t for the timid.

10 Biggest Disappointments in NCAA Tournament

The worst letdowns from the opening weekend of March Madness.
<p> 10 Biggest Disappointments in NCAA Tournament, including the overreaction to the Aaron Craft charge call, over-hyped mid-major powers exiting early, Shabazz Muhammad's false age, Ben McLemore's disappearing act, Marshall Henderson's meltdown and Andy Enfield's wife.</p>

There was plenty of action on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed Cinderella to make the Sweet 16 of the Big Dance. Wichita State “shocked” No. 1 seed Gonzaga to become just the fifth No. 9 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 since 1985. Buzzer-beaters and pep bands, coeds and coaches, commercials and cheerleaders — all the usual March Madness was in full effect. But there were also a few letdowns in the Rounds of 64 and 32.

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