Ranking the Best Individual Battles Ahead in 2013-14 NCAA Basketball Season

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Ranking the Best Individual Battles Ahead in 2013-14 NCAA Basketball Season
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Friday’s duel between Duke’s Jabari Parker and Arizona’s Aaron Gordon lived up to its billing, and NCAA basketball fans have plenty more like it in store. The 2013-14 season has sensational one-on-one matchups yet to come at every position, featuring a pantheon of the top talents in the country.

One player who’s left no doubt that he belongs in that category is Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart. There aren’t many point guards equipped to match Smart shot-for-shot, but Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane will get two chances to prove he can equal the performance of the Wooden Award favorite.

Herein, a closer look at the meetings between the Cowboys’ and Cyclones’ stars, along with 19 more great individual showdowns on the 2013-14 schedule.

For ranking purposes, home-and-home battles were given preference simply because fans will get two games worth of highlights (and players will get a chance to adjust after the first contest). Other factors include how closely matched the two players will be and how big a game they'll be part of.

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