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November 7, 2012

A guide to the 2012- 2013 college basketball season

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Florida at Arizona, Dec. 15. They played a memorable overtime game at Florida last season, won by the Gators. This one will feature some of the best groups of big men in the country on the floor at the same time.

Kansas at Ohio State, Dec. 22. Rematch of last year's Final Four game won by Kansas will feature plenty of new players for the Jayhawks and a couple of familiar ones for the Buckeyes.

Kentucky at Louisville, Dec. 29. Another rematch of last year's Final Four with two teams who don't like each other will be a nice late Christmas present.

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NEWCOMERS

Nerlens Noel, Kentucky. The bluest of coach John Calipari's blue chippers this season, the 6-foot-10 forward has an elevated game and the hair to match it.

Jahii Carson, Arizona State. Sun Devils fans have been waiting a year for Carson to be eligible and the sophomore point guard isn't likely to disappoint with that wicked crossover and super hops.

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA. Bruins coach Ben Howland landed a stellar recruiting class this season, led by the left-handed Muhammad. The key is getting him on the court; the NCAA is still investigating whether he received improper benefits from boosters of an AAU team.

Grant Jerrett, Arizona. Arizona coach Sean Miller says Jerrett is as far along as any incoming big man he's seen — and he's seen a few good ones.

Steven Adams, Pittsburgh. The former rugby player from New Zealand should fit right in with the Big East bangers.

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NEW COACHES

Kevin Ollie, Connecticut. Replacing a three-time national champion (Jim Calhoun) won't be easy. Doing it as a first-time coach on a one-year contract will add a degree or two of difficulty.

Larry Brown, Southern Methodist. Of all the options for the 71-year-old Hall of Famer to end up, few saw this one coming.

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