Previewing the Top 5 Teams in College Basketball

Trevor LowryContributor IOctober 11, 2012

Previewing the Top 5 Teams in College Basketball

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    Just like every college basketball season, the 2012-13 college basketball season will feature some very good teams. The rankings may not be out yet, but let's take a look at the top five teams entering the season.

    For the purposes of this article, we will preview these five teams:

    5. Michigan

    4. Ohio State

    3. Kentucky 

    2. Louisville 

    1. Indiana

    Read on to see the preview for the top teams in college basketball.  

5. Michigan Wolverines

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    Luckily for Michigan, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. will both be returning.

    Both players could have easily been drafted in the past NBA draft, but they decided to stick around for another year. However, the Big Ten will be one of the best conferences in all of college basketball.

    Burke and Hardaway Jr. will do a lot of the scoring for Michigan this year. Burke averaged 14.8 points per game last season and Hardaway Jr. averaged 14.6 points per game.

    What will really help the Wolverines out this year is its two best recruits in Glenn Robinson and Mitch McGary. However, Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford will also be back on the team.

    Michigan must get better on defense if it plans on winning a title, but one thing is for sure and that is the fact that the Wolverines have one of the best backcourts in the game. 

4. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Ohio State lost Jared Sullinger and William Buford to the NBA draft, but the Buckeyes will still have one of the best teams in the nation.

    The Buckeyes will not be lacking in the defensive department, and will have one of the best defenders in the country back on the team in Aaron Craft.

    Craft will play a much bigger role than he did last season. He will also have to score the ball more because 8.8 points per game is just not enough.

    However, Ohio State will count on Deshaun Thomas scoring a lot of points. Last season Thomas put up 15.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. Since Sullinger is no longer on the team, expect both of those numbers to increase.  

    Thomas and Craft will play the two biggest roles on the Buckeyes in the upcoming season, but it will count on its stingy defense all season long. 

3. Kentucky Wildcats

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    Coming off of a national championship season, the Kentucky Wildcats will pretty much have to replace their entire team.

    However, Kentucky did have one of the best recruiting classes once again, which includes Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley. 

    Both Ryan Harrow and Kyle Wiltjer will likely play key roles for the Wildcats. 

    Although Kentucky will rely on a team effort, Noel will play a much similar role to Anthony Davis last season; taking up the defensive force in the post, who will block-shots at will. 

    Kentucky's team may look completely different this year, but it is talented enough to repeat as national champs. 

2. Louisville Cardinals

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    The Louisville Cardinals made it all the way to the Final Four last season. Not only will Peyton Siva be back, but also Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng, Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan. 

    As a result, Louisville will have one of the best defenses in the country once again. 

    Siva highlights this team, since he is one of the best field generals in the game. He is the key ingredient on offense, but like I said before, this is a defensive team. 

1. Indiana Hoosiers

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    The Indiana Hoosiers get the nod as the best team in the nation because they are returning all five of their starters from last year's team.

    Cody Zeller will be a preseason favorite to win the Naismith, but you can't forget about Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo or Will Sheehey.

    However, Indiana had a pretty good recruiting class, which will definitely make an impact on the Hoosier's already good bench.

    Indiana arguably has the most depth in all of college basketball, and it definitely helps to have one of the best players in the game on their team. 

     

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