One-stop shop for 2013-14 NCAA season
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
With the 2013-14 college basketball season tipping off in mere days, USA TODAY Sports has you covered with a one-stop-shop for analysis, feature stories, behind-the-scenes coverage, and team/conference breakdowns.
First off, you’ll want to know what the top games are. Find the five best early-season matchups of the upcoming season here. If you’re interested in the TV schedule for opening weekend, here’s a look at the game slate.
Next, you’ll want to take a look at the preseason USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll here. For a full breakdown of the top 25 teams, see our analysis page here. For a look at eight teams on the cusp of cracking the rankings and five teams with potential to unseat Kentucky, we have you covered. And to see how the Coaches Poll differed from The Associated Press Poll (in which media members vote), here’s a comparison chart.
Now, allow us to introduce you to our renowned staff who will be covering the ins and outs this season.
— Nicole Auerbach: @NicoleAuerbach
— Eric Prisbell: @EricPrisbell
— Scott Gleeson: @ScottMGleeson
— Dan Wolken: @DanWolken
— Daniel Uthman: @DanUthman
— Eddie Timanus: @EddieTimanus
Countdown: For months, Gleeson has been counting down USA TODAY Sports’ projected NCAA tournament field 68-1. If you’re look for in-depth analysis on teams poised to wear their dancing shoes in March, his countdown is the place to be.
The season ahead: We’ve profiled some of the biggest story lines for the upcoming season.
— Duke: For new-look Blue Devils, it’s full speed ahead (Eric Prisbell)
— Oklahoma State: Marcus Smart eyes Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins (Eric Prisbell)
— Georgetown: Markel Starks is poised to be ‘even better’ as a senior (Nicole Auerbach)
— UCLA, USC: New leaders Steve Alford, Andy Enfield enliven L.A. rivalry (Nicole Auerbach)
— Arizona:Sean Miller, Wildcats manage high expectations (Paola Boivin)
— Kansas: Wiggins focuses on hoops over hype as spotlight begins to shine (Nicole Auerbach)
— Louisville: Rick Pitino won’t relent in chase of another title (Tim Sullivan)