Men's Basketball Preview 2009-10
"Watching practice at Kansas the day before a game, sitting in the Phog when it's quiet, looking around at all the banners and the empty bleachers and pondering the greats of the game that have walked that floor as I wait for the current Jayhawks to lace 'em up "
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2009-10 SEASON PREVIEW
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- O'Neil: One now zero as Bradley aims to prove himself
- He's No. 1 in the ESPNU 100, but that's ancient history to Avery Bradley. That's why the highly touted freshman picked zero for his Texas jersey. It offers a fresh start. A chance to prove it.
- Katz: Is this the year for Northwestern?
- Every year since 1939, the NCAA has held a tournament at the end of the season. Not once has Northwestern been invited. Could this finally be the season that concludes with a dance?
- Schlabach: Florida hopes additions, experience pay off in 2009-10
- Florida was on top of the world in 2006 and 2007 when it won consecutive national championships. Rebuilding certainly hasn't been easy for the Gators, but there's reason for optimism this season.
- O'Neil: Indiana's fresh faces offer hope
- Last season, Indiana finished 16th in the country in attendance despite a record of 6-25. Now it's up to a heralded class of newcomers to give those people something to cheer for -- and they seem up to the task.
- O'Neil: All aboard the Calipari bandwagon
- John Calipari hasn't won any games yet with Kentucky. He hasn't made any tournaments or broken any records. But for Wildcat Nation right now, none of that matters.
- Katz: Williams cementing his own legacy
- As the reloaded national champs gear up for practice on a quest to defend their title, the coach of the Tar Heels still just wants to make Dean Smith proud. Roy Williams wouldn't have it any other way.
- Power Rankings
- The Final Four is five months away, but it's never too early to start ranking the contenders.
- Unpredictably Boring
- Sure, No. 1 Kansas is ultra-talented. But there's more to KU than meets the eye.
- Tournament Talk
- It's almost time. Check out the tourney fields lined up for all the early-season events.
- UNC's Paige has ankle surgery for bone spurs
- Huskers' Miles optimistic despite loss of players
- Bama transfer Tarrant commits to Memphis
- 7-footer Poeltl returns for Utah, holds off on NBA
- LSU brings in Sampson (No. 39) to top-10 class
- Foster selects Creighton for 'great comeback'
- Bucknell announces Davis' return as new coach
- Purdue C Hammons will return for final season
- UConn lands instantly eligible transfer Miller
- Fighting Illini add Charlotte transfer Thorne
- ISU's Hoiberg undergoes open-heart surgery
- 7-footer Zimmerman stays home, picks UNLV
- K-State freshman Harris dismissed from program
- Jawhawks to play Canada in exhibition tuneup
BLUE RIBBON PREVIEWS
CHATS: PREVIEW WEEK
Play Podcast Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg remember the life and impact of Dean Smith and chat with NCAA Tournament Selection Committee Chair Scott Barnes and Illinois coach John Groce.
Play Podcast Andy Katz & Seth Greenberg chat with Georgetown coach John Thompson III about the Hoyas' toughness and with Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson about the Panthers' bounce-back year.
Play Podcast Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg break down Mike Krzyzewski's 1,000th career victory and chat with Indiana's Tom Crean and Tulsa's Frank Haith about their respective seasons.
Play Podcast Wisconsin C Frank Kaminsky talks about losing in the NCAA tournament last season, living in Madison, how he weighed his draft options before returning, Wisconsin's success this season and more.
Play Podcast Former NBA PG Chris Herren shares his thoughts on playing under Jerry Tarkanian at Fresno State, the character that Tarkanian possessed and the impact the coach made in his life.
Play Podcast Gonzaga coach Mark Few talks about the difference in this year's team compared to those of the past, the difficulty of winning the NCAA Tournament, Kevin Pangos' shooting ability and more.