Sometime in November, ESPN usually has Dick Vitale on SportsCenter to yell for about two minutes about how excited he is for this college basketball season.
This year you might want to lower the volume when Vitale comes on. Not that he ever fakes it, but the storylines are so good for this upcoming year that there's no reason to manufacture excitement.
We will be treated to a defending national champion with an actual chance to repeat, Kentucky's historic recruiting class, Andrew Wiggins at Kansas, Jabari Parker at Duke, a new Big East, Tom Izzo's most talented team since 2000 and a top-five NBA draft pick (Marcus Smart) actually returning to school to play his sophomore season.
The best part is that the best teams are not shying away from playing one another. The schedules are not yet completed, but there are already better games in November and December than any year in recent memory.
These 10 games, most of which in the nonconference, will be reason to pay attention to college basketball all season.