It’s finally here. The college basketball season is back and ready to tip-off tonight as several teams take the court looking to begin their quest for March Madness. Here are some key storylines to watch throughout the season.
Will Andrew Wiggins live up to the hype?
The most hyped player since LeBron James will make his college debut with the Kansas Jayhawks this season. Wiggins, already declared the #1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft by some, was born and raised in Ontario and named 2013 National Player of the Year while playing for Huntington Prep in West Virginia. Kansas was somewhat of a surprise selection for Wiggins because many thought he would be the perfect fit for John Calipari’s one and done system in Kentucky. Nevertheless, it will be exciting to see what this kid will do on the court and how far he can carry Kansas.
Will Louisville defend their title?
The Louisville Cardinals are once again expected to be a title contender in 2013-2014. Despite losing star point guard Peyton Siva to the NBA, guard Russ Smith is expected to have a big season this year for Louisville. Add on the return of Chane Behanan from his suspension and Rick Pitino’s club has the star power and experience to make it back to the Final Four.
Doug McDermott: Player of the Year?
The senior has led the Bluejays to the NCAA tournament in each of the last two seasons. After turning down the NBA to return to school for his final season, big things are expected for the 6’8″ 225 pound forward. He was third in the nation in scoring last year, and many people see him as a player of the year candidate. However, you can be sure coach Greg McDermott will have his son focused on another run at the tournament rather than personal awards.
Andrew Wiggins may be getting a lot of attention, but Jabari Parker comes in as the #2 player in high school and former player of the year in 2012. Duke will certainly be fun to watch as Parker and coach Mike Krzyzewski look to bring Duke back to the Final Four.
After a disappointing finish which resulted in missing the NCAA tournament, the 2012 National champions are back and fully reloaded with what some people are calling the best freshman class of all time. Highlighted by star Julius Randle, Kentucky features six McDonalds All Americans in their lineup this year. The talent is certainly there, but it remains to be seen how the chemistry on this team will play out. It will certainly not be an unfamiliar situation to coach John Calipari, who took a team led by freshman all the way to a national championship just a year and a half ago.
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