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2013-14 college basketball forecast

We asked the college basketball experts at ESPN.com to predict this season's Final Four, and a few patterns emerged. Teams with highly regarded freshmen, such as Kentucky, Kansas and Duke, are widely favored to dance all the way to Texas. But so is Oklahoma State, led by unanimous preseason first-team All-American Marcus Smart. And Michigan State, Arizona and Louisville are all seen as teams with enough talent to contend. Which expert do you think will get it right?

Which of these Final Four predictions do you think is the most likely?

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  • How confident are you that Kentucky will reach the Final Four?

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  • How confident are you that Michigan State will reach the Final Four?

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  • How confident are you that Louisville will make the Final Four?

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  • How confident are you that Duke will reach the Final Four?

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  • Which of these coaches is most likely to win Coach of the Year?

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  • Which of these players is most likely to win Player of the Year?

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Kansas finished atop the Big 12 regular season standings in each of the past nine seasons and has won six of the last 10 conference tournament titles. Are the Jayhawks primed for more dominance this season? Where will Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State finish?

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2013-14 Big 12 basketball teams

Baylor

Baylor

2012-13 overall: 23-14
2013 Big 12: 9-9

Iowa State

Iowa State

2012-13 overall: 23-12
2013 Big 12: 11-7

Kansas

Kansas

2012-13 overall: 31-6
2013 Big 12: 14-4

Kansas State

Kansas State

2012-13 overall: 27-8
2013 Big 12: 14-4

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

2012-13 overall: 20-12
2013 Big 12: 11-7

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

2012-13 overall: 24-9
2013 Big 12: 13-5

TCU

TCU

2012-13 overall: 11-21
2013 Big 12: 2-16

Texas

Texas

2012-13 overall: 16-18
2013 Big 12: 7-11

Texas Tech

Texas Tech

2012-13 overall: 11-20
2013 Big 12: 3-15

West Virginia

West Virginia

2012-13 overall: 13-19
2013 Big 12: 6-12

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He might be playing for the Detroit Pistons, but that doesn't mean Peyton Siva has forgotten about his old team. On Tuesday, Siva told ESPN.com that the Louisville Cardinals "really aren't missing anything" and will be "better" and "more talented" than the group that claimed the 2012-13 NCAA title. How do the Cardinals stack up against the presumed contenders in 2013-14? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

College hoops in 2013-14

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Andrew Wiggins of the Kansas Jayhawks, Doug McDermott of the Creighton Bluejays and Marcus Smart of the Oklahoma State CowboysGetty Images, AP PhotosAndrew Wiggins. Doug McDermott. Marcus Smart. All are indispensable. But which one matters most?

Here we are in the quiet of the college basketball summer. That means rosters are set. And that also means that we can look ahead to 2013-14 and decide which players are the most important to their teams' success in the coming year. Myron Medcalf counted down his top 10 this week. Now you can make your picks. Click on the boxes below to set your rankings!

Rank: Hoops' most indispensable players

Jahii Carson

Jahii Carson

G, Arizona State
2012-13: 18.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.1 apg

Cleanthony Early

Cleanthony Early

F, Wichita State
2012-13: 13.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Davante Gardner

Davante Gardner

F, Marquette
2012-13: 11.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Alex Kirk

Alex Kirk

C, New Mexico
2012-13: 12.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg

Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott

F, Creighton
2012-13: 23.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg

Mitch McGary

Mitch McGary

F, Michigan
2012-13: 7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg

LaQuinton Ross

LaQuinton Ross

F, Ohio State
2012-13: 8.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

G, Oklahoma State
2012-13: 15.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.2 apg

Russ Smith

Russ Smith

G, Louisville
2012-13: 18.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins

F, Kansas
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