Top College Basketball Teams 2013-14

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Our Top Teams…

November 2013

Another exciting college basketball season is underway! This should be an incredible season because there are a number of legitimate contenders. You will see some great matchups early in the year, including Michigan State-Kentucky and Kansas-Duke in Chicago early – November 12. That’s four of my top five teams squaring off in one night!

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1. Kentucky
John Calipari has reloaded big time. He has the top recruiting class in America by far, and this group should be special. Think about it — the Harrison twins (Aaron and Andrew), Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, James Young, Marcus Lee —  WOW! Then add in veterans like Jarrod Polson, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein to help the youngsters learn the ropes, and Big Blue Nation will be smiling.

2. MichiganState
Having Adreian Payne up front, plus a healthy Gary Harris, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, is enough to believe the Spartans are legit contenders to cut down the nets in April. The Big Ten favorites will be cohesive and deep. Tom Izzo is a master motivator at tournament time and his team should make a deep run in 2014.

3. Louisville
Russ Smith’s decision to return to school gives Rick Pitino an even better chance of going back-to-back. Chane Behanan will be even tougher on the glass. Luke Hancock is more confident after being named Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four. I can’t wait to watch Louisville and Kentucky go at it in late December, and don’t forget about Chicago’s very-own Wayne Blackshear.

4. Duke
Mike Krzyzewski will have a more athletic team that will run, baby, run! Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood are newcomers to watch. Expect more from Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon. The return of Andre Dawkins will provide long-range shooting help.

5. Kansas
The Jayhawks moved up because of one name — Andrew Wiggins. There will be excitement for Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk with the diaper dandy leading the way at the Phog. I expect Perry Ellis to develop into a valuable performer.

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2013 USBWA Awards

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2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 14 outstanding players as finalists for its 2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy presented by Aflac and eight standout freshmen as finalists for the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award.In addition, 20 outstanding female players have been nominated for the 2013 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Midseason Watch List. The awards is to be presented to the women’s national player of the year by its namesake at the USBWA women’s awards press conference on April 7 in the interview room of the New Orleans Arena, 3:30 p.m. local time prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinals, which is a change from the morning breakfast in past seasons.Members of the association’s board of directors chose the finalists and the entire 900-member USBWA will vote on the awards as well as the annual All-America and All-District teams.The recipients are to be announced on Friday, April 5 in Atlanta at a 9:15 a.m. ET press conference and then formally presented at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on Mon., April 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men’s Final Four.Following are the finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy:

Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy

2013 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS

Pos., Player, School, Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown

F Anthony Bennett, UNLV, 6-8, 240, Fr., Brampton, Ont.

G Trey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, 190, So., Columbus, Ohio

G Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, 6-6, 185, So., Hamilton, Mass.

F Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-8, 225, Jr., Ames, Iowa

G Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, 195, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.

G Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6-5, 214, Jr., Upper Marlboro, Md.

F Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7-0, 238, Jr., Kamloops, B.C.

F Mason Plumlee, Duke, 6-10, 235, Sr., Warsaw, Ind.

F Otto Porter, Georgetown, 6-8, 205, So., Sikeston, Mo.

G Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 225, Fr., Flower Mount, Texas

G Russ Smith, Louisville, 6-0, 165, Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y.

F Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6-7, 215, Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind.

C Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7-0, 235, Sr., San Diego, Calif.

F Cody Zeller, Indiana, 7-0, 240, So., Washington, Ind.

Following the list of finalists for the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award:

2013 INTEGRIS WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD FINALISTS

Wayman Tisdale Award

Pos., No., Player, School, Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown

F Anthony Bennett, UNLV, 6-8, 240, Fr., Brampton, Ont.

G Jahii Carson, Arizona State, 5-10, 175, Fr., Mesa, Ariz.

G Gary Harris, Michigan State, 6-4, 205, Fr., Fishers, Ind.

G Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, 195, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.

G/F, Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 6-6, 225, Fr., Las Vegas, Nev.

F Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.

G Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 225, Fr., Flower Mound, Texas

G Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke, 6-4, 185, Fr., Houston, Texas

2013 ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE MIDSEASON WATCH LIST

Ann Meyers Drysdale Award

G Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, 6-4, Sr., Milton, Ont.

G Alex Bentley, Penn State, 5-7, Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.

C Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M, 6-4, Jr., Houston, Texas

F Gennifer Brandon, California, 6-2, Jr., Sylmar, Calif.

G/F Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, 6-5, Sr., Wilmington, Del.

G Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, 5-9, Sr., South Bend, Ind.

C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, 6-5, Jr., Port Jervis, N.Y.

G Kelly Faris, Connecticut, 5-11, Sr., Plainfield, Ind.

G Angel Goodrich, Kansas, 5-4, Sr., Tahlequah, Okla.

G Chelsea Gray, Duke, 5-11, Jr., Manteca, Calif.

C Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, Sr., Houston, Texas

F Tianna Hawkins, Maryland, 6-3, Sr., Clinton, Md.

G Maggie Lucas, Penn State, 5-10, Jr., Narberth, Pa.

G A’dia Matthies, Kentucky, 5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky.

F Kaleena Moaqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, 6-0, So., Anaheim Hills, Calif.

F Chiney Oguwmike, Stanford, 6-3, Jr., Cypress, Texas

G/F Niveen Rasheed, Princeton, 6-0, Jr., Danville, Calif.

G Odyssey Sims, Baylor, 5-8, Jr., Irving, Texas

F Alyssa Thomas, Maryland, 6-2, Jr., Harrisburg, Pa.

C Elizabeth Williams, Duke, 6-3, So., Virginia Beach, Va.

Tickets and sponsorship information for the Men’s is Devon Energy College Basketball Awards are available at collegebasketballawards.com or by contacting Scott Hill (405-749-1515, scott.hill@access-sports.net). The April 15 banquet will also honor Michigan State coach Tom Izzo as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.

Awards for NCAA Women’s finalist will be presented April 7 in the interview room of the New Orleans Arena, 3:30 p.m. local time prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinals, which is a change from the morning breakfast in past seasons. In addition, the coach of the year award will be presented as will the Pat Summitt Most Courgeaous Award. New Marquette women’s assistant coach Tyler Summitt, the son of the former Hall of Fame Tennessee coach, will be one of the presenters of the award given to his mother a year ago for her courageous battle against early onset dementia.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation’s oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU’s Chris Jackson was the recipient. Last season, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis became the second winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award. Other notable previous winners of the national freshman of the year award include Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

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