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November 7, 2012

A guide to the 2012- 2013 college basketball season

College basketball came down to the blue bloods last season, with Kentucky adding to its Hoops Rushmore resume in a Final Four that included Kansas, Louisville and Ohio State.

The mid-majors figure to play a major role this season.

While Indiana is the preseason No. 1 for the first time in 33 years and big names like Duke, North Carolina and Arizona are loaded with talent, it's the little guys who could make the most noise this season.

Just look at the preseason All-America team. It features Creighton's Doug McDermott, Lehigh's C.J. McCollum and Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, players who could be stars anywhere.

The Top 25 also is littered with mid-majors, including Creighton, UNLV, San Diego State and always-there Gonzaga.

With so many good teams and players from smaller conferences, yeah, it should be a fun season.

Here's a few other things to look for.

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Indiana: The long climb from the embarrassment of an NCAA phone-call scandal appears to finally be over. The Hoosiers have 7-foot center Cody Zeller and the kind of team that could make a title run.

Kentucky: The Calipari Method: Sign future NBA players, win, lose them to the NBA, repeat.

Louisville: Rick Pitino flexed his coaching muscles with one of the best jobs of his career last season and may not be done with most of the players from that team back.

Ohio State: Jared Sullinger and William Buford are gone. Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft are not. Thad Matta rarely leaves the cupboard bare.

Michigan: Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. make up a backcourt that could help the Charlotte Bobcats win more games. They certainly will in Ann Arbor.

Creighton. Can't tout the mid-majors and not include one team to watch. Coach's son Doug McDermott is an unstoppable force and the Bluejays have plenty of returning players to help him out.

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