Anyone can be ranked number one at the beginning of the season. It’s easy. People like myself and others make predictions based on recruiting classes schools put together, how last season ended, who the returning upperclassmen are, and admittedly, who we just plain old like!
Thanks to the NBA lockout, this NCAA preseason has been unlike any other for over a decade. That’s because kids decided that instead of gambling on having a future in a league that may or may not have a season, the smart money was on returning to school. The return of the brightest stars in the college game coupled with the arrival of one of the deepest overall recruiting classes in recent memory has created a perfect storm for NCAA Basketball in 2011-12. (more…)