2013-14 College Basketball Top Teams...

by Prez Ro, Matteson, IL
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Another exciting college basketball season is underway! This should be an incredible season because there are a number of legitimate contenders. You will see some great matchups early in the year, including Michigan State-Kentucky and Kansas-Duke in Chicago early - November 12. That's four of my top five teams squaring off in one night!

John Calipari has reloaded big time. He has the top recruiting class in America by far, and this group should be special. Think about it -- the Harrison twins (Aaron and Andrew), Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, James Young, Marcus Lee -- WOW! Then add in veterans like Jarrod Polson, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein to help the youngsters learn the ropes, and Big Blue Nation will be smiling.

Having Adreian Payne up front, plus a healthy Gary Harris, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, is enough to believe the Spartans are legit contenders to cut down the nets in April. The Big Ten favorites will be cohesive and deep. Tom Izzo is a master motivator at tournament time and his team should make a deep run in 2014.


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Russ Smith's decision to return to school gives Rick Pitino an even better chance of going back-to-back. Chane Behanan will be even tougher on the glass. Luke Hancock is more confident after being named Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four. I can't wait to watch Louisville and Kentucky go at it in late December, and don't forget about Chicago's very-own Wayne Blackshear.

Mike Krzyzewski will have a more athletic team that will run, baby, run! Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood are newcomers to watch. Expect more from Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon. The return of Andre Dawkins will provide long-range shooting help.

The Jayhawks moved up because of one name -- Andrew Wiggins.

Billy Donovan's team is loaded, and it received another boost when Rutgers transfer Eli Carter was granted immediate eligibility. Look for big things up front from Patric Young.

Sean Miller has the best in the West, and the addition of Aaron Gordon, the star of stars at the McDonald's All-American game, is a major positive. Nick Johnson will be a big factor for the Wildcats.

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are gone, but Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III are back. Remember the names of diaper dandies Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr.. They will be crucial for John Beilein.

C.J. Fair will become the next dominant scorer for the Orange. Jim Boeheim lost some talent like Michael Carter-Williams, but he will reload in his first season in the ACC.

Marcus Smart is back, and teaming up with Le'Bryan Nash has fans excited in Stillwater.


Ohio State has won three of the last four Big Ten regular-season titles along with three of the last four postseason tournament championships. Thad Matta has an experienced club ready to roll.

Notables.... North Carolina Tar Heels, Marquette Golden Eagles, Syracuse Orange, Memphis Tigers, Wisconsin Badgers, Iowa Hawkeyes, VCU Rams, Wichita State Shockers, Baylor Bears
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