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68 reasons to be excited for the 2022-23 college basketball season

The 2022-23 college basketball season is lower than per week away, and there’s no scarcity of reasons to be excited. The sport is in a really wholesome place with big-name stars — and large males — eschewing the execs to return to college. March Madness delivered momentum to carry into the yr, with Saint Peter’s stunning the world, North Carolina and Duke assembly in an epic Final Four encounter, and blue blood Kansas successful all of it.

Momentum is there for the sport to construct upon, and with the addition of NIL, nice college gamers are staying round the sport as an alternative of going professional, which may convey extra questions than solutions for sure prospects.

There’s a lot to look ahead to this yr. We boiled it down to a becoming complete of 68 reasons! 

Top college basketball storylines forward of 2022-23 season

Mark Titus and Tate Frazier are joined by Andy Katz to discuss thrilling storylines in college hoops.

In no specific order, right here we go. 

1. There’s an actual race for who ought to be No. 1.

There’s not a transparent favourite in college basketball, and there are most likely a double-digit variety of groups that might win the nationwide championship. North Carolina appears to be like deserving of the No. 1 spot heading into the season with all it returns, however there are circumstances to be made for Gonzaga, Houston, Kentucky, Baylor and others. We’re going to see a number of colleges maintain the No. 1 rating at totally different factors this season. 

2. Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe is again.

College basketball has its National Player of the Year again for the first time since Tyler Hansbrough ran it again for North Carolina in 2008. That’s a good looking factor for any hoops fan, as the 6-foot-9 Tshiebwe returns to Lexington for his senior yr. Last season, he averaged 17.4 factors and 15.1 rebounds per sport. How can he enhance on that? Having identifiable stars for the frequent fan to acknowledge solely enhances the product, and also you mix Tshiebwe’s character and sport with the Kentucky model? The Wildcats will be a must-watch squad.

3. The Jon Scheyer Era arrives in Durham. 

Duke has a brand new chief for the first time since 1980. It’s going to be so totally different to not see Mike Krzyzewski on the sideline. How will Scheyer deal with certainly one of the hardest substitute jobs in sports activities historical past? All eyes will be on the Duke 2010 nationwide champion.

4. Indiana is the favourite in the Big Ten preseason ballot. Are the Hoosiers again? 

Trayce Jackson-Davis is yet one more elite large man who’s working it again for his senior season, and Mike Woodson enters his second yr main his alma mater with a objective of elevating banners at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have the items to make the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016, however will it really occur? Indiana basketball being related is sweet for college hoops. 

5. (*68*) is again in Spokane. 

The finest mustache in sports activities resides in college basketball, and the two-time All-American has one objective for his senior season: Give Mark Few and the Zags their first nationwide championship. Timme posted 18.4 factors, 6.8 boards and a couple of.8 assists per sport final season on 59% from the ground. What’s in retailer for him in Year 4?

6. The SEC is full of elite freshmen. 

According to 247 Sports, the Southeastern Conference has 13 of the prime 39 freshmen in the 2022 recruiting class rankings. Arkansas welcomes certainly one of the finest courses in the nation with Nick Smith, Anthony Black and Jordan Walsh headlining the group. Kentucky has Cason Wallace and Chris Livingston to add to an skilled core again in Lexington. Brandon Miller — bear in mind his title — goes to be a must-see participant at Alabama, and Auburn has a top-15 class as effectively. It’s going to be an excellent yr of SEC hoops, and the rookies will be enjoyable to monitor.

7. What will Villanova appear like with out Jay Wright? 

It was the bombshell information of the college hoops offseason when the Hall of Famer introduced in April that he was carried out teaching. We’ll nonetheless see him on TV this season as a broadcaster, however what is going to his Villanova program be with out him patrolling the sideline? It’s an enormous query for new coach Kyle Neptune to reply. The Wildcats have gone to three of the final six Final Fours. They’ve received not less than the Big East common season or event title in every of the final 9 seasons. Can Neptune overcome some key accidents and maintain the Cats on the nationwide pedestal?

8. Houston has an opportunity to reduce the nets down in … Houston. 

The Cougars may be the finest workforce in the nation. All-American Marcus Sasser is again for his senior season and will common 20 factors per sport. Jamal Shead, Tramon Mark and Reggie Chaney additionally return, not to point out that Kelvin Sampson welcomes five-star freshman Jarace Walker to the fold. Houston has by no means received a basketball nationwide title. How becoming would it not be if the Cougars did it in Houston, with alum Jim Nantz on the name for his final Final Four?

9. Jalen Wilson leads reigning nationwide champion Kansas, which can have a unique look. 

The redshirt junior stretch ahead goes to cost Bill Self’s Jayhawks, however will Kansas be ready to discover sturdy play in the put up? Five-star freshman Gradey Dick highlights the nation’s fourth-ranked recruiting class, together with fellow McDonald’s All-Americans MJ Rice and Ernest Udeh Jr. The first-year Jayhawks will be counted on to contribute, and it’ll be attention-grabbing to see what life will be like with out Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack, Christian Braun & Co.

10. Hunter Dickinson is again in Ann Arbor. Can Michigan make a deep March run? 

After testing the NBA Draft waters, the 7-foot-1 tower is working it again for his junior season. Like the earlier large males we’ve listed, he’s one other man who will be fascinating to watch, as a result of Dickinson has already dominated at this stage. Last yr, he went for 18.6 factors and eight.6 boards per sport. The different enjoyable aspect to Dickinson? His character is completely unfiltered. He’s a terrific quote and has fairly the following. The large query for the Wolverines: Will the Tenth-best recruiting class in the nation ship round him?

11. Jaime Jaquez is again and the UCLA Bruins are the class of the Pac-12.

The All-American wing has been a dream for coach Mick Cronin, who’s put the Bruins again on the nationwide map. Jaquez’s return for his senior season is big for this program. He and level guard Tyger Campbell will cost the Bruins, who additionally welcome five-star freshmen Amari Bailey and Adem Bona. Life is sweet in Westwood. 

12. The Creighton Bluejays are stacked. 

Greg McDermott has certainly one of the deepest rosters in the nation and made a large switch splash with Baylor Scheierman. Remember the title Trey Alexander, as a result of the guard may have an enormous sophomore yr. Creighton has certainly one of the finest fan bases in America and is picked at the prime of the Big East for the first time in program historical past. The Jays have by no means been to the Final Four. That may change in Omaha this season.

13. Armando Bacot and Pete Nance working collectively may be enjoyable at Chapel Hill.

Bacot returning for his senior season — after he averaged 16.3 factors and 13.1 boards per sport — is making a buzz at North Carolina. With Caleb Love, RJ Davis and Leaky Black additionally again, the solely debate was whether or not the Heels would be preseason No. 1 or 2. Enter Northwestern switch Pete Nance, and the Tar Heels are deserving of No. 1. The fifth-year senior tallied 14.6 factors and 6.5 boards per sport, taking pictures 50% from the subject final yr in a Big Ten Conference full of measurement. Hubert Davis has all the momentum he wants. 

14. Baylor’s backcourt goes to be ridiculously sturdy. 

Adam Flagler and LJ Cryer are again. Five-star recruit Keyonte George goes to be certainly one of the finest freshmen in America. Scott Drew can have great guard play once more, and a second nationwide title run in three years is on the desk in Waco.

15. The workforce that didn’t attain the NCAA Tournament final season, however may make a DEEP run? Virginia

Virtually everyone seems to be again for the Cavaliers, who snapped a streak of seven consecutive journeys to the NCAA Tournament final season. Jayden Gardner leads a high-level returning core, and I wouldn’t put it previous the Hoos to win the ACC title this yr. On their finest day, they’re a top-10 workforce. 

16. New-look Illinois can win the Big Ten title. 

Life after Kofi Cockburn is right here, however this might nonetheless be Brad Underwood’s finest workforce at Illinois. The Illini have way more versatility. Terrence Shannon Jr. and Matthew Mayer had been terrific switch provides. Skyy Clark and Ty Rodgers headline the seventh-best recruiting class in the nation as effectively. In Champagne, excessive expectations stay in place. Will they dwell up to them in March?

17. Watch out for the Tennessee Volunteers

Sure, it was an exhibition, however the Vols despatched a message with a 99-80 blowout win over Gonzaga on Friday evening. The large takeaway: 5 scored in double-figures for Rick Barnes’ workforce. We know Tennessee goes to defend, but when Zakai Zeigler is setting issues up for others and pictures are falling, the soccer workforce received’t be the solely squad in Knoxville with title hopes.

18. The Year of the Aztecs

San Diego State goes to be a ton of FUN, and that’s why we ranked them No. 15 in our preseason countdown. Last yr, Brian Dutcher’s squad was ranked second in KenPom adjusted defensive effectivity. Matt Bradley is a star on the wing. If the Aztecs develop sufficient consistency on the offensive finish, they’ll be very harmful in March.

19. Miller Time at Xavier: Part II.

Sean Miller returns to the sideline and does so at a earlier residence, Xavier. The Musketeers had been to 16 of 18 NCAA Tournaments earlier than 2018, however haven’t appeared since. Miller took the final yr to step other than the sport with an NCAA investigation hovering over him, however the Cintas Center is a correct match for his return to the sport. He’s received 73% of the video games he’s coached. Xavier is a rising beast in the Big East. 

20. Michigan State may be slept on.

And Tom Izzo wouldn’t have it another approach. The Spartans didn’t seem in the preseason AP Top 25, and had been chosen fourth in the media preseason convention ballot. If this workforce goes to shock individuals, A.J. Hoggard has to be a frontrunner. Michigan State should play small ball this season. That’s definitely a twist on Izzo’s methods. 

21. TCU may have its finest season in program historical past.

Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Mike Miles is certainly one of the finest guards in the nation, and the Horned Frogs have all 5 starters again. If they will knock down sufficient perimeter pictures, no person will need to face them come March. This is a top-15 roster that may defend in addition to anyone. The program hasn’t made it to the Sweet 16 since 1968. An extended drought may finish in Fort Worth.

22. How will Marcus Carr and Tyrese Hunter work collectively at Texas?

Chris Beard made arguably the greatest splash of the offseason in the switch portal by including Hunter. The reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year averaged 11.0 factors, 4.9 assists and three.5 boards per sport final season at Iowa State. How he works with Carr, an amazing expertise who’s making an attempt to be extra in a rhythm this season, may decide Texas’ ceiling in Beard’s second season. 

23. Speaking of backcourts, Kerr Kriisa and Texas switch Courtney Ramey hyperlink up at Arizona.

That duo goes to be actually intriguing to watch in Tucson this season. Kriisa is kind of the explosive expertise, but additionally turnover-prone. Ramey will look to coexist with the junior. Can Tommy Lloyd maintain the Cats in the prime 20 and as the challenger to UCLA for the Pac-12 title?

24. The Atlantic 10 is in for a robust season.

Dayton welcomes again the majority of its core and is a preseason AP Top 25 workforce. Saint Louis does the identical and has a chance to make some important noise in March. VCU, George Mason and Davidson can all contend, whereas new convention member Loyola Chicago may be a top-four workforce in the league. Frank Martin takes over at UMass whereas Archie Miller returns to the sideline main Rhode Island. There’s some actual juice on this league.

25. Zach Edey prices the Boilermakers.

He’s the largest tower in college basketball at 7-foot-4, 295 kilos. Edey returns for his junior season and can be the centerpiece for Matt Painter. Averaging almost 15 and eight per sport as a sophomore, Edey is the fixed for Purdue. The query for the Boilers? Guard play. We’ll see what the post-Jaden Ivey period has in retailer. 

26. Thad Matta is again on the sideline after 5 years away from the sport.

Wild, proper? Matta holds a file of 439-154 in his profession and takes over at Butler, the place he received his head teaching begin in 2000. It’s a splash rent by Barry Collier, and Matta’s pedigree speaks for itself. What can we actually anticipate from him after 5 years away due to well being reasons? Just seeing Matta again in college basketball is a feel-good story. If he finds success, don’t underestimate Hinkle Magic. 

27. Ohio State is stacked, however can the Buckeyes work by means of some rising pains? 

Chris Holtmann had an enormous roster overhaul in the offseason, dropping seven of his prime eight scorers in Columbus. But, the Buckeyes have the nation’s eighth-ranked recruiting class in the nation. What will four-star prospects Roddy Gayle Jr., Bruce Thornton, Felix Okpara and Brice Sensabaugh convey to the program?

28. Can Texas Tech maintain it rolling? 

The Red Raiders could not be receiving sufficient preseason hype, however Mark Adams has one other NCAA Tournament workforce this season. A giant key: the standing of high-impact switch Fardaws Aimaq. He’s working his approach again from a foot damage however ought to be again for Big 12 play at the newest, in accordance to Adams. He and Kevin Obanor may be fairly the harmful frontcourt.

29. The Todd Golden Era suggestions off at Florida

Golden is certainly one of college basketball’s fastest-rising teaching stars and the Gators may be an SEC darkish horse. Bringing in Kyle Lofton from St. Bonaventure to run this workforce? Huge transfer. 

30. Florida State may be the shock workforce.

The Seminoles may be unranked in the preseason ballot, however they received’t keep that approach. Leonard Hamilton is to college basketball what your favourite native restaurant is to the group. Leading scorers Caleb Mills and Matthew Cleveland are again, and bear in mind the title Baba Miller, a 6-foot-11 freshman. 

31. Adama Sanogo prices UConn.

UConn has the Big East Preseason Player of the Year in Sanogo and a possible rising star guard in Jordan Hawkins. Dan Hurley has depth. Will it translate to leads to March? That’s the subsequent step for the fifth-year head coach in Storrs. 

32. Dana Altman and Oregon will be again on observe.

Will Richardson leads a robust core for the Ducks, who missed the NCAA Tournament final season after making it in seven of the earlier eight years. Five-star, seven-foot freshman Kel’el Ware will be attention-grabbing to watch. He’s anticipated to begin. Oregon ought to dance once more this March.

33. Wyoming may make main noise in the Mountain West.

The Cowboys ought to be in the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive yr. While San Diego State is the Mountain West frontrunner, Wyoming has two of the 5 members of the all-league preseason workforce in Hunter Maldonado and Graham Ike

34. Phil Knight’s eighty fifth birthday goes to be one large college hoops bonanza.

From Nov. 24-27, it’s taking place in Portland, Oregon for Nike founder Phil Knight’s birthday. There will not be one, however two tournaments taking place beginning on Thanksgiving.

The Phil Knight Invitational Field: Alabama, Iowa State, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon, Portland, UConn and Villanova.

The Phil Knight Legacy Field: Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Oregon State, Portland State, Purdue, West Virginia and Xavier.

Yes, we may get a Duke/Gonzaga championship sport in the legacy occasion, and North Carolina/Villanova may occur in the PKI occasion. What a ridiculous event. 

35. From one Murray to one other.

Iowa will play by means of Keegan Murray’s twin brother Kris this season, and the 6-foot-8 ahead appears to be like greater than prepared to take over for the Hawkeyes. Fran McCaffery welcomes again a stable core round him, and Iowa may be the darkish horse in the Big Ten this yr. 

36. Coming off a magical season, Providence appears to be like to maintain rolling.

The Friars have a star lead guard in Jared Bynum, who was key in the program’s run to their first Big East regular-season title ever, plus a run to the Sweet 16. Ed Croswell will begin in the paint and Ed Cooley will attempt to construct round that duo with transfers. Remember this title: Bryce Hopkins. The Kentucky switch may be enormous. 

37. Alabama has the nation’s fifth-best recruiting class.

Nate Oats welcomes a pair of five-star abilities to Tuscaloosa in Brandon Miller and Jaden Bradley. Miller is receiving plenty of buzz as a dynamic 6-foot-8 wing who can influence the sport in quite a lot of methods. The Crimson Tide will be an intriguing watch this season and may dance come March.

38. Jordan “Jelly” Walker and UAB are going to be enjoyable.

The reigning Conference USA champions have Walker, the preseason participant of the yr in the league, to lead them once more. During convention play, “Jelly” led the league with 21.6 factors and 5.3 assists per sport. The 5-foot-11 Long Island, N.Y. native is a strolling bucket. 

39. Eligible for the NCAA Tournament, Mike Boynton and Oklahoma State are a Big 12 darkish horse.

The Pokes weren’t eligible to make the event final yr due to NCAA sanctions, serving as correct motivation heading into the 2022-23 marketing campaign. Moussa Cisse is an elite rim protector. If Avery Anderson and Bryce Thompson provide sufficient offense, the Cowboys may dance. 

40. Penny Hardaway welcomes Kendric Davis to the fold, and Memphis ought to be stable.

Hardaway made certainly one of the splashes of the offseason with the SMU switch, who averaged 19.4 factors and 4.4 assists per sport final season. What the items round Davis do is a query to reply, however bringing in a man who is aware of the American Athletic Conference effectively and might rating with any guards in college basketball provides the Tigers NCAA Tournament potential. 

41. Get previous, keep previous. That’s what Notre Dame has carried out. 

Mike Brey has 5 grad college students in his rotation and welcomes five-star combo guard JJ Starling, who has an opportunity to be certainly one of the finest freshmen in college basketball. The Irish look underrated heading into the season. 

42. The Posh Alexander/Andre Curbelo experiment at St. John’s will be all types of attention-grabbing.

Mike Anderson advised me that the NCAA Tournament is the given expectation stage for the Red Storm this yr. How will the Illinois switch, Curbelo, mesh with a junior All-Big East First Team preseason choice in Alexander? The different key for the Johnnies? Perimeter taking pictures. DePaul switch David Jones could be the workforce’s finest participant. This is a pivotal yr for Anderson, who has but to attain the event in Queens.

43. What’s life like at Wisconsin post-Johnny Davis

The Badgers are the solely workforce in the Big Ten with a number of all-conference preseason honorees. Chucky Hepburn and Tyler Wahl will lead the approach for Greg Gard’s group, and simply what Hepburn does in Year 2 may find yourself figuring out what occurs in Madison. 

44. The Kevin Willard period arrives at Maryland

The new chief of the Terrapins may have a workforce getting slept on slightly an excessive amount of. It’s laborious to inform what Maryland will be in Willard’s first season, however figuring into the center of the pack in the Big Ten would be a constructive step. Charlotte switch Jahmir Young and Georgetown switch Donald Carey will lead the backcourt. 

45. Virginia Tech may be an ACC darkish horse.

Mike Young has a gifted 6-foot-7 ahead in Justyn Mutts, a fifth-year senior who averaged 10.1 factors, 7.4 boards and three.4 assists final season. The Hokies can even want manufacturing from reigning ACC Tournament MVP Hunter Cattoor.

46. Mouhamed Gueye goes to be actually enjoyable to watch at Washington State

Yes, the Cougars have a 6-foot-11 sophomore from Senegal who’s value your time. Named to the All-Pac 12 Freshman Team final season, Gueye returns after testing the NBA Draft waters. He tied Klay Thompson’s freshman file at Washington State with 33 begins, and his pure athleticism and wingspan take a look at. 

47. Ole Miss may be the sleeper workforce in the SEC behind a particular backcourt.

If the Rebels can keep wholesome, Kermit Davis’ squad may break by means of this season. Point guard Daeshun Ruffin is a speedy playmaker, whereas junior Matt Murrell is poised for a giant junior yr after tallying almost 16 factors per sport in SEC play final season. 

48. Keep an eye fixed on Jalen Pickett in Happy Valley.

Micah Shrewsbury enters Year 2 with a dynamic star guard in Pickett to lead Penn State. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 14.3 factors, 4.7 assists and 4.6 boards per sport final season and can be the level guard for the Nittany Lions once more. If Penn State will get sufficient frontcourt play, their grind-it-out model may assist them be a sleeper in the Big Ten.

49. Watch out for Drake

The Bulldogs received an NCAA Tournament sport two years in the past, and with 5 of their prime seven gamers again, Darian DeVries has a workforce that may win the Missouri Valley and be a darkish horse in the dance. 

50. Shaheen Holloway returns residence to Seton Hall.

The reigning star of March Madness and a Pirate alum, Holloway’s homecoming to South Orange couldn’t have labored out any higher. Can Holloway carry the momentum from Saint Peter’s all-time Elite Eight run and elevate the Pirates from simply being an NCAA Tournament workforce to making event runs?

51. Rick Pitino enters yr three at Iona as clear MAAC frontrunner. 

At 37-14 by means of two seasons in New Rochelle, Pitino has saved the Gaels as the powerhouse in the MAAC. Look for 6-foot-9 Nelly Junior Joseph to cost Iona to the prime of the convention once more this season. 

52. Remember this title: Darius McGhee.

He’s the star for the Liberty Flames, and the reigning nationwide scoring champion (24.6 factors per sport) final season. Per the ASUN, he’s the solely participant in the final 30 years of college basketball to rating 800 factors, seize 145 rebounds, file 115 assists and make 140 3-pointers in a single season after doing so in 2021-22. Ritchie McKay’s squad is the clear frontrunner in the ASUN. 

53. Can Jim Larranaga and Miami observe up the Elite Eight run and stay a consider the ACC? 

The Hurricanes will play small, and whereas they lose three starters, Isaiah Wong is again in the fold to lead the approach. How Kansas State switch Nijel Pack meshes with him will be intriguing to watch. 

54. Keyontae Johnson is again in college basketball and Jerome Tang takes over at Kansas State.

This is the comeback story in college basketball this yr. Johnson has not performed since collapsing on the court docket in a sport in December 2020 with Florida. How will Johnson be in his return season? He’s an incredible participant, and, Tang could have a workforce that finally ends up flying underneath the radar in the Big 12.

55. This is a must-win yr for Jerod Haase and Stanford.

It’s Year 7 for Haase, who has but to attain the NCAA Tournament. With a participant as proficient as Harrison Ingram again, the Cardinal have to make the dance or a change is probably going. 

56. Max Abmas is again for Oral Roberts

The Golden Eagles senior guard was a part of an unimaginable Sweet 16 run two years in the past, and he can lead Oral Roberts to a Summit League title and again to the dance this season. It’s cool to see a two-time All-American choice and 2021 scoring champion keep at a spot like Oral Roberts and never stage up in his profession. 

57. Kam Jones may be an All-Big East First Team darkish horse candidate.

As Shaka Smart enters his second season at Marquette, he has certainly one of the higher guards in the nation that not sufficient persons are discussing. Jones is poised for a significant sophomore leap.

58. A Mean Green Fighting Machine.

Look for North Texas to be a possible workforce that crashes the celebration in March. Grant McCasland has led the Mean Green to 20-plus wins in 4 of the final 5 years. Watch out for star guard Tylor Perry.

59. The NCAA Tournament is heading to Las Vegas for the first time.

Vegas is often one large celebration. Vegas throughout March Madness? Oh my. 


That’s all that wants to be mentioned. The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight hit T-Mobile Arena in the West Regional this March.

60. Could Temple be an element this season? 

Aaron McKie’s workforce was certainly one of the youngest in the nation final season, and a roster coping with accidents. If the Owls can keep wholesome, notably star guard Khalif Battle (21.4 factors per sport final yr), the Owls may be Houston’s greatest problem in the American.

61. Wes Miller enters his second season at Cincinnati wanting to construct. 

Bringing in Landers Nolley II from Memphis and Rob Phinisee from Indiana was stable from Miller, and 6-foot-11 Viktor Lakhin appears to be like like an X-factor. After beginning 16-7 a yr in the past, the Bearcats completed the season dropping eight of 10. Can they rating the ball sufficient to keep away from being predictable on offense? 

62. Will Georgetown get off the mat and bounce again? 

After a winless season in the Big East, the Hoyas had a large roster overhaul and workers adjustments in the offseason. LSU switch Brandon Murray and Maryland switch Qudus Wahab — in his second stint with the Hoyas — will be key. It’s a giant yr for Patrick Ewing to get this program again on observe. 

63. Will Auburn’s backcourt enhance? 

The Tigers are a top-15 caliber workforce, however at instances they beat themselves final yr by getting sloppy with the basketball. Can Wendell Green, K.D. Johnson and Zep Jasper all take a step ahead?

64. Look out for the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky!

Rick Stansbury has a workforce that might make the NCAA Tournament this season. The Hilltoppers are enjoyable, with 7-foot-5 Jamarion Sharp blocking something in his sight and dynamic level guard Dayvion McKnight to lead. Per WKU, the 6-foot-1 junior was the solely participant in the nation to common not less than 16.2 factors, 5.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.9 steals per sport final yr. 

65. Rutgers has by no means been to the NCAA Tournament in three straight seasons. That can change in 2023.

Steve Pikiell has carried out certainly one of the finest constructing jobs in college basketball, and large man Cliff Omoruyi is certainly one of the finest bigs in the nation not getting talked about sufficient nationally. Look for Caleb McConnell and Paul Mulcahy to lead the backcourt. RU has sufficient to get again to the dance once more. 

66. A mid-major workforce to monitor: The Towson Tigers!

Pat Skerry has 4 starters again for the frontrunner workforce in the Colonial Athletic Association. Towson has not danced since 1991, however Cam Holden is again to lead the approach, and sharpshooters Nicolas Timberlake and Jason Gibson are each key items. Will the Tigers make historical past? This workforce may be an upset decide come tourney time. 

67. The Kenny Payne period begins. Will Louisville present indicators of life? 

An exhibition loss to Division II Lenoir-Rhyne on Sunday definitely isn’t encouraging, however Louisville is at all times a model value monitoring. They give me Nebraska soccer vibes in some methods. Can Payne begin to proper the ship? On paper, it appears to be like prefer it may be a difficult season. We shall see. 

68. There are so many unimaginable non-conference matchups to watch. 

Duke vs. Kansas. Gonzaga vs. Baylor. North Carolina vs. Indiana. 

And that’s solely the starting. Here’s a list of some of the best games to watch. Here’s to a terrific season!

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John Fanta is a nationwide college basketball broadcaster and author for FOX Sports. He covers the sport in quite a lot of capacities, from calling video games on FS1 to serving as lead host on the BIG EAST Digital Network to offering commentary on The Field of 68 Media Network. Follow him on Twitter @John_Fanta.

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