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2013-2014 Season Previews

  1. The Chase for 180: A quest to find college basketball’s best shooter

    Nov 11, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

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    Who is the best shooter in the country? It’s a tough question to answer, isn’t it? Does being a “shooter” simply mean merely being a high-level marksman from beyond the arc? Can a player who thrives in the mid-range but rarely ventures out into three-point land be eligible? How heavily should we be valuing stats like…

  2. Jeronne Maymon is ready to get back to the grind at Tennessee

    Nov 8, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    This will be an interesting season for Jeronne Maymon. NCAA rule changes have made defense something of a dirty word this year, and the Tennessee big man happens to play for Cuonzo Martin. That presents a bit of a dilemma. “It’s definitely very hard to please him on defense,” Maymon told NBCSports via phone. “He…

  3. Kentucky needs super glue to avoid another letdown

    Nov 8, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    He doesn’t stand on tables and make speeches. He’s no lock to make a start or even see much in the way of minutes on an uber-talented roster, but Jarrod Polson will be a crucial part of Kentucky’s projected success this season. How does a former walk-on matter so much to a team full of…

  4. Rodney Hood’s development as a redshirt spurred by every other team’s best player?

    Nov 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Rodney Hood did not want to sit out last season. No athlete ever wants to put their playing career on hold, but the frustration was two-fold for Hood. The former five-star recruit left Mississippi State after one forgettable season playing for Rick Stansbury, alongside the likes of Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost. Hood was good-but-not-great…

  5. 2013-14 SEC Preview: Can anyone catch Kentucky?

    Nov 8, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of our previews…

  6. NCAA tournament projections: Louisville tops NBCSports.com’s 2013-14 preseason edition

    Nov 8, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    The Road to the Final Four is about to begin, and a host of familiar names sit atop our preseason bracket projection. Reigning NCAA champion Louisville opens as the top overall seed in the Midwest Region, which again goes through nearby Indianapolis. The Cardinals are followed by Michigan State (East), Kentucky (South), and Kansas (West)…

  7. 2013-2014 ACC Preview: Notre Dame, Syracuse invade Tobacco Road, but watch for Virginia

    Nov 7, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…

  8. What does Spike Albrecht, Michigan’s almost-hero, do for an encore this season?

    Nov 6, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

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    For one hour last March, Spike Albrecht was a sensation. He wasn’t just the biggest story in sports, he was the only story in sports that mattered. The tiny freshman point guard put together arguably the most memorable half of basketball you’ll ever see, coming out of nowhere to score 17 first half points in…

  9. 2013-2014 Big Ten Preview: The power resides in Michigan

    Nov 6, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Memphis v Michigan State

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…

  10. Can Tubby Smith save Texas Tech?

    Nov 5, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    I couldn’t get anyone to say anything interesting about Tubby Smith. I thought this might hinder my efforts to write a feature about his first season at Texas Tech, until I realized something important.. Tubby Smith isn’t in the business of being interesting. That’s part of what made him an ill fit at Kentucky, where…

  11. Andrew Wiggins won’t be The One at Kansas this season

    Nov 5, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. In The Matrix, Neo might have been The One, but he needed Morpheus, Trinity and Tank to show him the way and watch his back while he learned Kung Fu. Andrew Wiggins will have…

  12. Doug McDermott returned to school to take on the challenge of a new league

    Nov 5, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Creighton Bluejays Doug McDermott drives on the Cincinnati Bearcats Justin Jackson during the second half of their second round NCAA tournament game in Philadelphia

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Doug McDermott is living college basketball’s version of the American Dream. He’s spent his life in places like Cedar Falls, Ames and Omaha. He’s either undersized or not quite athletic enough, depending on what…

  13. 2013-14 Big 12 Preview: Wiggin’ out? Smart money’s on KU and OSU for a battle royale

    Nov 5, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart will battle for Big 12 (and possibly national) POY honors this season. (AP)

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of our previews…

  14. Markel Starks is out to prove people wrong for overlooking him, Georgetown this year

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. — McDonough Memorial Gymnasium is a relic, a 2,500 seat “arena” that was built on Georgetown’s campus back in the early 1950s. Complete with bleacher seating and a row of doors 20…

  15. 2013-2014 Big East Preview: Marquette’s favored, but the Big East could send seven to tourney

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Creighton Bluejays Doug McDermott drives on the Cincinnati Bearcats Justin Jackson during the second half of their second round NCAA tournament game in Philadelphia

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…

  16. NBCSports.com’s Top 100 Players: The Countdown

    Nov 4, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The college basketball season officially kicks off on Friday, and at this point, we’ve given you just about all the season preview content that you can handle. We’ve counted down our Top 25 teams, we’ve released our Preseason All-Americans, we’ve ranked players at each position and we’re five leagues away from releasing previews for every…

  17. 2013-14 Season Preview: The nation’s most important players

    Nov 1, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of our preview lists, click here. For a schedule of our previews…

  18. Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson looks to go out in style

    Nov 1, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jahii Carson

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek said on multiple occasions that his team would play faster. And many snickered, pointing out that the team’s…

  19. Stanford enters season with high hopes of ending their NCAA tournament drought

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Powell, Johnny Dawkins

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. “Next year, there’s no reason why we can’t get to where we want to be and have the opportunity to make a run in this thing. Coach is in his sixth year.…

  20. 2013-2014 Pac-12 Conference Preview: League’s on the way back after rough three-year stretch

    Nov 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Arizona v Ohio State

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…

  21. 2013-2014 Season Preview: No. 1 Michigan State Spartans

    Nov 1, 2013, 9:18 AM EDT

    Tom Izzo

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. The rest of our Top 25 Countdown can be found here. For a schedule of our…

  22. Who will wear the glass slipper? 11 potential ‘Cinderellas’ in 2013-2014

    Oct 31, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    R.J. Hunter (Georgia State athletics)

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of our preview lists, click here. For a schedule of our previews for the…

  23. Montrezl Harrell transitions into a leader at Louisville

    Oct 31, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Montrezl Harrell

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. It’s been a whirlwind year-and-a-half for Louisville sophomore Montrezl Harrell, and Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino has noticed plenty of changes in his 6-foot-8 forward since he stepped on Louisville’s campus last…

  24. Joe Jackson hopes to add to his legend at Memphis during senior season

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Joe Jackson, Chane Behanan, Russ Smith

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. Basketball means just a little bit more in the city of Memphis. Tiger basketball faithful pack the FedEx Forum with 18,000-plus fans a night whether its Memphis Madness or a rivalry game…

  25. American Athletic Conference 2013-14 Preview: Louisville comes back strong

    Oct 31, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To see the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here. For a schedule of…