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2013 College Basketball Preview
  • November 14, 2013 : 00:11
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GUARDS

MARCUS SMART
Oklahoma State, sophomore, 6'4", 220 pounds
• Smart returned to school despite the likelihood of his having gone in the top five of the NBA draft. He possesses the best combo of leadership and talent in the nation.

RUSS SMITH
Louisville, senior, 6'1", 165 pounds
• Smith was the main reason the Cardinals won the national championship last season. The sometimes out-of-control guard averaged 18.7 points per game, helping the team finish on a 16-game winning streak.

AARON CRAFT
Ohio State, senior, 6'2", 190 pounds
• Craft is widely regarded as the best perimeter defender in college basketball. As a three-year starter, he has led the Buckeyes to a Sweet 16 (2011), an Elite Eight (2013) and the Final Four (2012).

GARY HARRIS
Michigan State, sophomore, 6'4", 205 pounds
• Despite nagging injuries, Harris was terrific as a freshman, averaging 12.9 points while leading the Spartans to the Sweet 16.

FORWARDS

ANDREW WIGGINS
Kansas, freshman, 6'8", 200 pounds
• Barring a major surprise, Wiggins will be the top pick of the 2014 NBA draft. His overwhelming presence could lift Kansas coach Bill Self to his second national title in seven seasons.

DOUG MCDERMOTT
Creighton, senior, 6'8", 225 pounds
• McDermott has gone from a mid-major recruit to one of the best players in the country. He averaged 23.2 points per game last season while shooting 49 percent from three-point range.

JABARI PARKER
Duke, freshman, 6'8", 235 pounds
• As a high school star last year, Parker made the cover of Sports Illustrated. He’s the latest great prospect out of Chicago, specifically the same high school where Bulls star Derrick Rose once played.

JULIUS RANDLE
Kentucky, freshman, 6'9", 250 pounds
• The tough, skilled McDonald’s All American is projected to go immediately after Wiggins in the 2014 NBA draft—if he performs as a freshman this season.

CENTERS

MITCH MCGARY
Michigan, sophomore, 6'10", 255 pounds
• McGary started slowly last season but developed into one of the main reasons for the Wolverines’ run to the national title game. He averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds in the NCAA tournament.

WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN
Kentucky, sophomore, 7', 244 pounds
• Cauley-Stein could have been a lottery pick after one season if he had entered the NBA draft, despite averaging just 8.3 points per game. He’s one of three centers on the Wildcats’ roster likely to play at the next level someday.

COACH

RICK PITINO
Louisville
• The only coach ever to lead three different programs to the Final Four, Pitino will be fascinating to watch this season. Can the defending-champion Cardinals repeat?

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1 comments

  • Robert
    Robert
    i love the march madness so much now if the coed girls can expand on what the march madness is doing it would help there brand instead of same old same old
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