2012-13 College Basketball Preview – The FnB College Hoops 100

Holy cow! College hoops season starts this Friday! I can’t believe it is already here. For those of you who have started following me this fall because of my fantasy football work, I hope you like the college hoop as well. If not, please don’t abandon me – simply “read selectively.”

If anyone read my college hoops content last year, I plan to bring it all back and more. More stats, more opinions, more evaluations of teams, and more predictions come February. Perhaps my best call last year was having Kansas in my top three teams on January 28 – well before they began dominating the Big 12 and making a run to the National Championship game.

Without further ado, I’m going to give you 100 notable items about the 2012-13 college basketball season. I’ve broken them out into ten categories. Yes, I’m aware that this has been done beforebut not for college hoops (as far as I know). Plus, it gives me a way to avoid writing long paragraphs, which will hopefully delay you clicking the X in the top-right corner. Let’s get going, shall we?

“Dougie Swish” – I could get used to it, I guess

Top Ten Players You Know

  1. Cody Zeller – C, Indiana (Sophomore)
  2. Doug McDermott – SF, Creighton (Junior)
  3. Mike Moser – F, UNLV (Junior)
  4. DeShaun Thomas – SF, Ohio State (Junior)
  5. James Michael McAdoo – PF, North Carolina (Sophomore)
  6. Michael Snaer – SG – Florida State (Senior)
  7. Trey Burke – PG, Michigan (Sophomore)
  8. Phil Pressey – PG, Missouri (Junior)
  9. Isaiah Canaan – G – Murray State (Senior)
  10. Aaron Craft – PG, Ohio State (Junior)

This year’s best NBA lottery pick you’ve never heard of

Top Ten Players You Will Know Soon

  1. Tony Mitchell – SF, North Texas (Sophomore)
  2. C.J. McCollum – PG, Lehigh (Senior)
  3. Tim Frazier – PG, Penn State (Senior)
  4. Nate Wolters – PG, South Dakota State (Senior)
  5. Ray McCallum – SG, Detroit (Junior)
  6. Adonis Thomas – SF, Memphis (Sophomore)
  7. Rotnei Clark – G, Butler (Senior)
  8. DeAndre Kane – SG, Marshall (Junior)
  9. D.J. Cooper – PG, Ohio (Senior)
  10. Keith Clanton – PF, UCF (Senior)

Top Ten Freshmen

  1. Shabazz Muhammad – SF, UCLA
  2. Nerlens Noel – C, Kentucky
  3. Marcus Smart – SG, Oklahoma State
  4. Kyle Anderson – PG, UCLA
  5. Alex Poythress – F – Kentucky
  6. Archie Goodwin – SG, Kentucky
  7. Steven Adams – C, Pittsburgh
  8. Isaiah Austin – C, Baylor
  9. Anthony Bennett – PF, UNLV
  10. Gary Harris – SG, Michigan State

Top Ten College Hoops Resources (and twitter handles when applicable)

  1. Ken Pomeroy’s Ratings, Team Pages, Player Pages, etc. (subscription required – but it’s the best $19.99 you can spend) – @KenPomeroy
  2. CBS Eye on College Basketball Blog – @EyeOnCBB (and don’t forget the Podcast as well)
  3. @JayBilas – ’nuff said
  4. The Bracket Matrix(not yet updated for 2013) – @bracketproject
  5. Basketball Prospectus (subscription required) – @bballprospectus
  6. Bracketology (CBS – Jerry Palm – @jppalmCBS / ESPN - Joe Lunardi - @ESPNLunardi)
  7. ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog@eamonnbrennan
  8. Luke Winn – SI.com – @lukewinn
  9. Rush the Court@rushthecourt
  10. Andy Glocker – SI.com – @AndyGlockner

Top Ten Non-Conference Games (plus five more that may happen)

  1. Kentucky at Louisville – December 29
  2. Kansas at Ohio State – December 22
  3. Duke vs Kentucky – Atlanta, November 13
  4. Missouri at UCLA – December 28 (let’s hope Muhammad is back for the Bruins)
  5. North Carolina at Indiana – November 27
  6. NC State at Michigan – November 27
  7. UCLA vs Georgetown – Legends Classic, November 19
  8. Florida at Arizona – December 15
  9. Indiana vs Butler – Indianapolis, December 15
  10. UNLV at North Carolina – December 29 (run, gun, and fun)

The “five more that may happen” are italicized below. They represent games in the various early-season tournaments. They aren’t yet scheduled but have a more-than-decent chance of happening. Comments are below the list as well.

  1. Indiana vs UCLA – Legends Classic, November 20 (Indiana/Georgetown wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize here either)
  2. Missouri vs Louisville – Battle 4 Atlantis, November 23
  3. Duke vs Memphis – Battle 4 Atlantis, November 23
  4. North Carolina vs Texas – Maui Invitational, November 21
  5. NC State vs Oklahoma State / NC State vs Tennessee – Puerto Rico Tip-Off, November 18

The Legends Classic starts with “Regional Rounds” at campus sites, but regardless of the results, the top four teams have already been set for the “Championship Rounds.” Therefore, Indiana-UCLA has a high probability of happening.

Both “Battle 4 Atlantis games listed above are potential second-round matchups, giving them a very good chance to happen.

North Carolina vs Texas would be the Championship Game in Maui. The Heels are the better team, and Texas has the easier draw at first glance. It could happen.

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off battles would be Championship Games and would showcase some super-talented but non-traditional BCS Conference powers. You’ll see more about these teams below.

The Zags have Final Four potential, kids.

Mid-Major Power Rankings

  1. Gonzaga
  2. UNLV
  3. Memphis
  4. San Diego State
  5. Creighton
  6. VCU
  7. Murray State
  8. Butler
  9. Saint Joseph’s
  10. North Texas

Best Non-Traditional Big Conference Teams
The teams I have excluded because they are “traditional powers” are below. I concede that this method is far from scientific, but if I remember having seen a team play while in Vegas for March Madness more than three times in my six straight years of going, they’re not allowed to be considered. (yes, I fully realize the irony of the “if I remember” part of that sentence considering what typically takes place in Vegas).

Lorenzo Brown and NC State look to build on a surprising NCAA Tourney run

ACC – Duke, Florida State, North Carolina
Big 12 – Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, West Virginia
Big East – Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse
Big Ten – Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA
SEC – Florida, Kentucky, Missouri

  1. NC State
  2. Oklahoma State
  3. Tennessee
  4. Minnesota
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Alabama
  7. Iowa
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Purdue
  10. Rutgers

Top Ten Storylines

  1. Conference Power Rankings: Tier 1 – Big Ten, Big East
  2. Midwest Triangle of Superiority (Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky)
  3. Conference Power Rankings: Tier 2 – Big 12, ACC, SEC
  4. Mizzou in the SEC
  5. NC State’s Turnaround
  6. Conference Power Rankings: Tier 3 – Mountain West, Pac-12, Atlantic 10
  7. Chemistry in Vegas?
  8. UCLA Impact Freshmen Eligibility
  9. New-Look A-10
  10. Hot Seat Coaches: Tubby Smith (Minnesota), Kevin O’Neill (USC), Ben Howland (UCLA), Travis Ford (Oklahoma State), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford)

Top Ten Transfers

  1. Alex Oriakhi – PF, Connecticut to Missouri
  2. Mark Lyons – G, Xavier to Arizona
  3. Dezmine Wells – SF, Xavier to Maryland (not a true transfer, but now eligible)
  4. Rotnei Clark – G, Arkansas to Butler
  5. Korie Luscious – G, Michigan State to Iowa State
  6. Aaric Murray – C, LaSalle to West Virginia
  7. Keion Bell – SG, Pepperdine to Missouri
  8. Khem Birch – PF, Pittsburgh to UNLV
  9. Larry Drew II – PG, North Carolina to UCLA
  10. Juwan Staten – G, Dayton to West Virginia

That’s right – I’m not picking Kentucky to win the SEC regular season

NCAA Tournament Teams from the Ten Best Conferences (listed in the order I believe they finish the regular season)

  1. Big Ten – Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota
  2. Big East – Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Cincinnati, Marquette, South Florida
  3. Big 12 – Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia, Baylor
  4. ACC – North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Miami (FL), Florida State
  5. SEC – Missouri, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama
  6. Mountain West – UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico
  7. Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Colorado
  8. Atlantic 10 – VCU, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, St. Louis, Butler
  9. Missouri Valley – Creighton, Wichita State
  10. West Coast – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, BYU
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