NCAA Basketball: 20 Reasons We Can’t Wait for the 2011-12 Season
College basketball is just around the corner, believe it or not, as November will be here before we know it. This season, just like every other season, will be exciting as usual.
If you need some help getting pumped up for the season, I have compiled a list of the top 20 reasons we are excited about college hoops this season.
Wide Open Field
Who knows what will happen this season? That is what makes college basketball so exciting.
We sort of have an idea who is going to be at the top, but in reality, we don't know.
This season is going to be more open than in years past, and come March, anything can happen.
Of course we want to root for the underdogs again, but who will they be? No one knows.
I would say that a lot of people would guess Butler, but without Mack or Howard, who knows what could happen there.
Really, no one knows who they will be, but rest assured, there will be one or two.
One great thing about college athletics is the fact we don't have to worry about lock-outs.
The One and Done Wasn't Popular Last Season
This is one thing I am very excited for and could make this year amazing. The top freshman in the nation, including Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes, decided to stay another year.
This is going to make for a great season of college basketball.
This season's recruiting classes are great again, and it should be very interesting to watch these young talented players develop.
A few teams to watch to see these young players are Kentucky and St. John's, who have two of the best classes in the nation this year.
Can UConn Repeat?
Can UConn repeat as national champions? They have a good class coming in but are losing the life of their team in Walker.
This could be an interesting year to see what happens.
It's the Best Time of the Year
What better than a week full of college basketball?
That's what's unique about the game—you can easily watch three games a night during the week and then watch all day on Saturday.
During the college basketball season, there is always drama—but it's good drama.
Unlike professional sports, players are well disciplined and don't open their mouths that often.
It's a nice change of pace to see the drama played out on the court not Twitter.
Every time I turn on ESPN, all I hear is LeBron this, LeBron that.
Well, that's the beauty of college basketball: LeBron has nothing to do with it.
After watching the NBA since April, it's time for all of us to get back to watching real defense. This is one of the major reasons I'm excited for the season.
The Best Conference Is Wide Open
After last season, the title for best conference could be anyone.
The Big East is obviously the favorite, but in all reality, it could be the Big Ten, the ACC or the Big 12 this season.
It's going to be great to watch which conference outshines the others.
This could be a big story this season. With a lot of teams swapping conferences this year, it could be interesting to see how it all plays out.
These new match-ups could create some interesting rivalries as well.
Indiana Is Rebuilding
This could be a very interesting storyline especially, for the fans in the Midwest. With the incoming recruits coming in for IU it could be really exciting to watch this storyline play out.
Tom Crean seems to have something going in Indiana, but if can translate it to the court is a whole other question entirely.
See How the NCAA Violations Play out
The NCAA has been investigating numerous programs as of late, and it will be interesting to see how it turns out for these organizations.
Tennessee and UConn are the two programs to really watch this season on this front.
Purdue's Hummel Makes Return
After two ACL injuries, it will be interesting to see how Purdue's Robbie Hummel plays this season.
Hummel hasn't played since February of 2010 and it will be fun to see how one of the best players in the nation turns out after his surgeries.
Who Will Be This Season's Surprise?
There is always one team that really sneaks up on people, and it's always an interesting guess to see who it will be.
There is really no point in trying to predict this because it could be anyone. Be honest, you had never heard of VCU before.
Who WIll Retire from Coaching?
Will this be Calhoun's last year? Will it be someone else hanging it up from coaching? Who knows, but it will be a great storyline to watch.
Can Coach K Win Again?
Of course Duke is going to have a great team, but will they win another title? Krzyzewski is already close to being one of the best coaches of all time, and it will be interesting to see if he can win another title to further solidify himself with his mentor, Bobby Knight.
Can Izzo Bounce Back?
Tom Izzo and Michigan State had a very disappointing year last season. Get excited to watch Izzo try to bounce back and have a great season.
With Green coming back who knows what can happen: it should be fun to watch though.
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