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2012-13 College Basketball Preview and Predictions

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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:

PICKS

Mitch Light

Braden Gall

David Fox

Nathan Rush

Mark Ross

Patrick Snow

National Champ

Indiana

Louisville

Ohio State

Indiana

Indiana

Louisville

Final Four

Kansas

Duke

Arizona

Kentucky

Arizona

Indiana

 

Kentucky

Indiana

Indiana

Memphis

Kansas

Kansas

 

Louisville

San Diego State

Kansas

UCLA

Louisville

Syracuse

Surprise team

Colorado

Tennessee

Tennessee

Oklahoma State

Pittsburgh

West Virginia

Flop team

Michigan

Michigan

Syracuse

Duke

Syracuse

Duke

Player of the Year

Cody Zeller, Indiana

Mike Moser, UNLV

Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

Cody Zeller, Indiana

Cody Zeller, Indiana

Cody Zeller, Indiana

Top Freshman

Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA

Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

Top Transfer

Rotnei Clarke, Butler

Alex Oriakhi, Missouri

Dez Wells, Maryland

Alex Oriakhi, Missouri

Ryan Harrow, Kentucky

Aaric Murray, West Virginia

Coach of the Year

Sean Miller, Arizona

Tom Crean, Indiana

Jim Larranaga, Miami

John Calipari, Kentucky

Tom Crean, Indiana

John Beilein, Michigan

Breakout Player

James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina

Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

Adonis Thomas, Memphis

James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina

Ben McLemore, Kansas

Most interesting conference

Atlantic 10

Big Ten

ACC

SEC

Atlantic 10

Big 12

Mid-major darling

Drexel

South Dakota State

Davidson

Lehigh

Drexel

LIU-Brooklyn

Next major coach to retire

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

Bob Huggins, West Virginia

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

Larry Brown, SMU

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

Roy Williams, North Carolina

New coach to thrive

Larry Eustachy, Colorado State

John Cooper, Miami (Ohio)

Jim Christian, Ohio

Larry Brown, SMU

Larry Eustachy, Colorado State

Larry Eustachy, Colorado State

Indiana, Louisville or Kentucky

Indiana

Louisville

Indiana

Indiana

Indiana

Louisville

Arizona or UCLA

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

UCLA

Arizona

Arizona

Michigan or Ohio State

Michigan

Ohio State

Ohio State

Michigan

Michigan

Michigan

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1. Indiana

1. Big Ten 

2. Louisville

2. Big East

3. Kentucky

3. ACC

4. Kansas

4. Big 12

5. Syracuse

5. SEC

6. Michigan

6. Pac-12

7. Arizona

7. Mountain West

8. Ohio State

8. Atlantic 10

9. Duke

9. West Coast

10. Michigan State

10. Missouri Valley

11. NC State

11. Conference USA

12. UCLA

12. Colonial

13. UNLV

13. Sun Belt

14. North Carolina

14. MAC

15. San Diego State

15. Horizon

16. Missouri

 

17. Baylor

 

18. Memphis

 

19. Notre Dame

 

20. Florida