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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.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: ACC

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

Even before adding the 2013 national champion, the ACC could reclaim its spot as the nation’s premier basketball conference.

In 2013-14, the ACC adds another bona fide basketball powerhouse in Syracuse, plus consistent Big East programs Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to expand to 15 teams. And that’s before Louisville takes the spot of Big Ten-bound Maryland in 2014.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: Big East

Who's gone and who's back in the Big East for 2013-14
<p> Who's gone and who's back in the American Athletic Conference for 2013-14</p>

The Big East will be a new league with an old name. One of the big storylines for the 2013-14 season will be the new Big East, an amalgam of the so-called Catholic 7, two Atlantic 10 teams and one Missouri Valley powerhouse.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: SEC

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

In 2013-14, Kentucky will try to pull off a rare college basketball feat by going from national champion to NIT, then back to national champion. As our league-by-league snapshots continue into the SEC, we take a look at the teams who might make things difficult for the Wildcats next season.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: Big Ten

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

The college basketball calendar is getting moved up with Midnight Madness shifting from mid-October into September. The look ahead to the 2013-14 season has also been moved up as Athlon starts to take stock for the upcoming year in college basketball.

Top 25 College Basketball Recruiting Classes since 2000

Will Kentucky and Kansas add their 2013 hauls to the mix?
<p> Will Kentucky and Kansas add their 2013 hauls to the mix of top recruiting classes since 2000?</p>

Even though Kentucky lost out on Andrew Wiggins on Tuesday, the Wildcats may still have a signing class for the ages.

The Wildcats bring in six McDonald’s All-Americans for 2013-14, and Wiggins, the consensus top prospect, would have added to an embarrassment of riches. Instead, Wiggins heads to Kansas where he headlines the No. 2 class -- a recruiting haul that could be No. 1 in most years.

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.

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.

NCAA Tournament 2013: March Madness Bracket Cheat Sheets

Need help? Athlon editors give their Sweet 16 picks and beyond
<p> NCAA Tournament 2013: March Madness Bracket Cheat Sheets</p>
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March Madness is now upon us. It's that time of year when everyone—even the guy in the cubicle next to you who still plays Dungeons & Dragons—starts caring about college basketball. Most of the excitement comes from NCAA Tournament bracket games, where anyone can fill out a March Madness bracket in hopes winning cash, prizes and bragging rights among friends and co-workers.

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