Predictions and projections are as much a part of sports as the actual results. Using past performance and other factors, trying to figure out how a team or a player will fare in future contests has almost become second nature.
But sometimes hype and hyperbole can taint the predictive process, leading to expectations that are far too grandiose to be met.
That's what several of the top college basketball players in Division I will face during the 2014-15 season. What they did last year (or what they're capable of doing) gets embellished to the point that they're expected to produce some of the greatest performances in history.
Rarely does that ever happen, but those expectations keep on getting made.
We've identified eight players who face particularly unrealistic expectations for 2014-15. They should all have good years, but as it stands right now, anything short of record-setting efforts would be a disappointment.