5 on 5 NCAA Basketball Preview
With the NCAA Men’s College Basketball season quickly approaching, OvertimeSportsTalk has provided you with the basics entering the season. Enjoy!
5 Top Teams to Watch
1-North Carolina: Led by one of the nation’s best in forward Harrison Barnes, Roy William’s Tarheels enter the season with a suffocating D and a wide array of scorers, which propels them to the top of the rankings.
2-Kentucky: Although the Wildcats are without Brandon Knight and are surrounded by many great SEC teams, Terrance Jones is now accompanied by many young players aimed to hoist a championship trophy.
3-Syracuse: Coach Jim Beoheim’s signature 2-3 zone is repaired from last year and his squad is aged and ready to make a run late in March.
4-Ohio St.: With one of the nation’s top players in Jared Sullinger returning, slimmed down, and in great shape, look for him to lead his Buckeye squad deep into the brackets this year.
5-Conneticut: The Huskies have arguably the biggest hole to fill in with the departure of Kemba Wlaker to the NBA, but coach Jim Calhoun has faith in his frontcourt to lead the team this season.
5 Coaching Changes to Pick up on
1-Arkansas: Mike Anderson, from Missouri, replaces John Pelphrey after 4 years of mediocrity.
2-Georgia Tech: The Yellowjackets are replacing Paul Hewitt, who now coaches George Mason, with Dayton Flyer’s coach Brian Gregory.
3-Maryland: Long-time head coach and Maryland icon Gary Williams stepped down and handed the reins to Texas A&M’s Mark Turgeon.
4-Miami(FL): The ‘Canes have hired Goerge Mason coach Jim Larranaga to replace Frank Haith, who now coaches the Missouri Tigers.
5-Tennessee: Possibly the most notable off-season coaching change: the comical but somewhat corrupt Volunteer rabble-rouser, Bruce Pearl replaced by Missouri State’s Cuonzo Martin.
5 New Uniforms to Awe over (click on underlined word for photo)
1-Baylor: Along with the improved play on the court, the Bears hope to excite fans with a much cleaner look.
3-Georgia Tech: To pay their respects to the 1990 Final Four team, the Yellowjackets will be dawning retro-styled uniforms this year.
4-Providence: Providence is decked out in a way simpler but better looking uniform this year, with a badge embroidered remembering the school’s past coach and athletic director, Dave Gavvit.
5-Purdue: The Boilermaker’s new jersey stars a sleek wordmark on the chest in the shape of the team’s train logo.
5 Unwelcoming Venues to Scream About
1-Dukes: Duke’s Cameron Indoor seats over 9,000 people and is home to the Cameron Crazies: arguably the rowdiest and notorious basketball fans in the nation.
2-Syracuse: The Carrier Dome, which also serves as the university’s football stadium, packs up to 35,000 ‘Cuse fans in creating a very intimidating and energetic sea of orange.
3-Villanova: Simply known as ‘The Pavilion’ to the Nova Nation, this alternate location has proved that the size doesn’t matter, these 6,500 screaming wildcats pride themselves in providing a hostile home court advantage.
4-Kansas: Some say the place is magic, but at first glance one would think that the Allen Fieldhouse deserves no place on this list, so I’ll let current coach Bill Self’s recorded at home speak for itself…129-7!
5-Wiconsin: The Badger’s Kohl Center seats one of the craziest student sections in all the land, which makes it almost impossible for opponents to win at the Kohl.
5 Sleepers to Keep an Eye On
1-Oregon: With two transfers in Tony Woods and Olu Ashaolu expected to dominate the paint, the Ducks hope to knock off some giants as they creep into the Big Dance.
2-Indiana: I won’t go as far as to say that the Hoosiers are back to their glory-days, but I am confident that Coach Tom Crean and soon-to-be-sensation Maurice Creek will really drop some jaws this season!
3-Arkansas: The Razorbacks consist of as much potential and raw talent as any of the nation’s top squads and look to use the handful of stellar freshmen to stir some commotion in the SEC picture.
4-Virgina: The Cavaliers are finally healthy and ready to fight for the #3 spot in the ACC behind North Carolina and Duke while potentially upsetting some top teams along the way.
5-Illinois: I look for the Illinois to surprise many this year since senior Demetri McCamey is fully developed and healthy enough to take the reins of this team and turn some heads while doing so.
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