Predicting Who'll Have the Edge in the Best NCAA Basketball Rivalries in 2014-15

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Predicting Who'll Have the Edge in the Best NCAA Basketball Rivalries in 2014-15
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Rivalries are the lifeblood of college basketball, and these are the predictions for who will win the 2014-15 season's battles between teams who have hated each other for decades.

As if those predictions aren't enough to spark a series of debates, we're also ranking these 10 rivalries based on a combination of both past and present significance.

To the surprise of precisely nobody, Duke vs. North Carolina is both No. 1 on the list and the most difficult to forecast. Kentucky vs. Louisville isn't far behind.

There were a lot of good rivalries that missed the cut, but three were close enough to warrant an explanation for why they were omitted.

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma StateA.K.A. the Bedlam Serieshas been a great rivalry for more than a century. However, the real rivalry is on the football field, and Oklahoma State figures to be such a mess this season that neither game should even be close.

Florida vs. Kentucky has been a great battle over the past 10-plus years and should deliver quality games again this season, but this one isn't so much a heated rivalry as it is a pair of teams who just happen to always be near the top of their conference. Also, we're already covering Kentucky in another rivalry.

Missouri vs. Kansas used to be an epic rivalry and Missouri vs. Illinois is a solid one as well. However, there's now a push for Missouri vs. Arkansas as a great rivalry, too. When a team can't even decide who its primary rival is, there's no way it can be one of the 10 best battles in the country.

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