College Basketball: 50 Questions That Will Be Answered During Conference Play

Charlie ScaturroCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2011

College Basketball: 50 Questions That Will Be Answered During Conference Play

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    The beginning of the college basketball season can sometimes create more questions than it answers, thanks in part to some soft schedules and unexpected happenings.

    With that being said, there are more than a few teams from all over the country that have yet to be truly tested and a bunch of other teams that weren't expected to be nearly as good as they've been thus far.

    Then again, there are also those teams that were supposed to be great this season but have floundered in the early going and left many fans scratching their heads trying to figure out what's going on.

    Thankfully, conference play has just gotten underway, which pits many of the top teams in the nation against each other on a nightly basis and should put almost all of these questions to rest.

    But since conference play has just started and won't be over until early March in most cases, let's take a look at which questions will be answered over the next two months that will no doubt help clear things up for all of us college basketball fans around the country.

Can Kemba Walker Get Enough Support from His Teammates to Keep Their Run Going?

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    At the start of the season, the Connecticut Huskies were nowhere to be found on any Top 25 rankings and weren't seen as a threat to any of the top teams in the Big East.

    Fast forward about two months into the season and not only has Kemba Walker established himself as one of the elite players in the country, but on the heels of some impressive victories over Kentucky and Michigan State, Jim Calhoun's squad found itself ranked in the top five.

    But before everyone anoints this UConn team as one of the best in the country, the Huskies' 78-63 loss to Pittsburgh during their first game of Big East play and then a 73-70 loss to Notre Dame showed that they have their share of weaknesses.

    Perhaps the biggest weakness is that the rest of the Huskies roster outside of Kemba Walker needs to step up and be more productive if UConn is going to contend in the Big East.

    During their loss to Pittsburgh (granted, Pitt is an extremely tough team playing at home), players like Alex Oriakhi, Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb, who had previously given UConn some great secondary production to Walker, were nowhere to be found.

    There's no doubt about it, Kemba Walker's a great player, but without enough support from the rest of the guys on this team, they will have a tough time keeping their surprising early-season run going.

2. Will Kansas State Find Some Leadership?

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    Last year's success for Kansas State was supposed to be the precursor to another deep tournament run and even a national title in 2011. 

    Despite the fact that the Wildcats were losing one of their best players and leaders in Denis Clemente, there were plenty of reasons to believe that Kansas State was going to be one of the best teams in the nation without him.

    And while the Wildcats currently sit at 12-3 with a few nice wins over Gonzaga and Virginia Tech earlier in the season, it's become clear that leadership is a serious issue for Frank Martin's team. 

    Two guys who were supposed to take on a bigger role for K-State this season were Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen. But after both players were suspended for accepting impermissible benefits during a recent trip to a department store, it seems that Frank Martin may have to look elsewhere for leadership.

    Pullen has since returned to the lineup and Kelly will be coming back soon, but with an extremely tough Big 12 schedule looming, Kansas State may find itself in a lot of trouble if these guys (or others) don't step up to lead this talented squad.  

3. Is Cincinnati for Real?

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