College Basketball: Top 15 Dream Matchups

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College Basketball: Top 15 Dream Matchups
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One of the things that makes college basketball great is that there are so many different teams from so many different conferences playing all around the country.

Unfortunately, because there's so much diversity at the collegiate level, some of the most unique players and teams may never cross paths during the course of a given season.

There's no doubt that conference play always yields some incredible individual and team matchups that keep college basketball fans on the edges of their seats. However, because conference play takes up a large portion of each team's schedule, there are definite limitations as to what other intriguing matchups may take place.

When you're watching that small forward from the West Coast carve up the opposition and that hard-nosed defender from the Midwest shut down everyone in sight, it's only natural to think about what would happen if an unstoppable force met an immovable object.

And while the schedules might not sync up to provide us with the answers to these questions, it's always fun to think about what some of the dream matchups in college basketball would be.

I'm not talking about the obvious ones like Kansas vs. Ohio State—of course that would be a good matchup, and we would all love to see it take place—but let's dig deeper and get a little more creative with some of the most extraordinary players or teams who have dominated specific aspects of the collegiate game this season.

When coming up with the players or teams and the dream matchups we would love to see, I took into account the characteristics of each player and team which make them dominant at the collegiate level.

Then, I attempted to pair them up with players or teams who were similarly dominant, or especially adept at shutting down a particular type of player (e.g. a great scorer against a great defender).

Additionally, I didn't include any matchups that already have or will take place, because they're not dream matchups...they're reality.

Many of these players or teams may not meet one another on the court, but, hey—we can dream.

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