|The 'Canes look to tackle the NCAA tournament field.|
|No moment is too big for Porter, Jr.|
Freshman guard Marcus Smart is on the rise on NBA draft boards and has Travis Ford's folks poised to make a run at the Big 12 Title. Markel Brown's team leading 15.9 ppg and 38.9-percent 3-point shooting prove that he's more than just an elite dunker.
Tom Izzo has yet another brawlic frontcourt in the likes of Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne, and Derrick Nix. Keith Appling and Gary Harris, Jr. form a backcourt that can run circles around you once they get hot.
Mark Few has never had a squad ranked this high, but the talent and depth of the roster remains. Eight guys average over 15 minutes per game. Kevin Pangos (44.8% 3-pt) can knock down the 3 with the best of 'em.
|Kansas needs Tharpe to contribute key minutes.|
When the 3's aren't falling, the Gators are rather mediocre. They went 5-3 in February when it looked like they would dominate the conference in a down SEC year. Still, this is a dangerous team when Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario, and Scottie Wilbekin are hitting from the perimeter. Patric Young is a grown man in the paint.
The lack of depth at guard means the Cardinals have to rely heavily on Russ Smith and Peyton Siva to varying degrees of success. Smith leads the team in scoring at 18.4 ppg but is only shooting 40.2-percent from the field and 31.8-percent from 3-point. Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan will have to be huge in games where the guards get in foul trouble.
This was a shaky team even before Nerlens Noel went down with the season ending ACL injury. Considering that, the rebuild-and-reload Wildcats of recent years look like they are in danger of missing the NCAA tournament altogether. What's more troubling for John Calipari is that this losing probably won't affect the decision of players such as Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, and Willie Cauley-Stein from putting their names into the 2013 NBA draft. Which means Cal will have to start with basically a new starting five yet again in 2013-14.
|Oladipo is like Tony Allen with better ball skills.|
Jared Berggren - Wisconsin
Markel Starks - G'Town
Gary Harris, Jr. - Michigan State
Jeran Grant - Notre Dame
D.J. Richardson - Illinois
Tim Hardaway, Jr. - Michigan
Victor Oladipo - Indiana
Shane Larkin - Miami (FL)
Marcus Smart - Oklahoma St.
Pierre Jackson - Baylor
Victor Rudd, Jr. - South Florida
Markel Brown - Oklahoma St.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera - G'Town
Richard Howell - N.C. State
Zeke Marshall - Akron
D.J. Cooper - Ohio
Kelly Olynyk - Gonzaga