2008 Preview: Biggest College Basketball Story of 2008?

    
January 3rd, 2008

Following a run of Year in Review articles, its time to look ahead to what will almost certainly be a magical 2008.

 

Today's Question: What will be the big college basketball story in 2008?  

 

Jeff Borzello – The Freshmen

The biggest story of 2008 is going to be the freshmen and their impact on the NCAA Tournament. Look at some of the top teams in the country: Memphis (Derrick Rose), UCLA (Kevin Love), Indiana (Eric Gordon) and the list goes on and on. Nearly every championship contender has a key freshmen contributor.

 

Jason BrubakerThe Freshmen

The biggest story to follow this season will again be the impact  of freshmen. Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Kyle Singler, and Eric Gordon are all playing huge roles on teams expected to make deep tourney runs - how will they hold up? On top of that, players like O.J. Mayo and Michael Beasley will fill plenty of highlight reels in their only year on campus.

 

Jeff Fox – Undefeated Season?

Will Memphis enter the NCAA tournament undefeated? - with only 2 (currently) ranked teams left on their schedule, the Tigers have a chance to head into the NCAA tournament undefeated.

 

Raphielle Johnson  – The Freshmen

Just how good this season’s freshman class is and can be. Michael Beasley has been a man among boys so far, but he’s just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Jon Teitel – The Appalachian State Effect

I hate predictions, but if I had to guess, it would be the continuation of the "Appalachian State effect".  Just as the Mountaineers upset Michigan in football, the trend of small schools beating traditional powers (Gardner-Webb over Kentucky, American over Maryland, etc.) seems to be alive and well in college basketball as well.

 

Jason Tomassini The Mid-Majors

With the exception of the Atlantic 10 and maybe Conference USA, it looks like every non-BCS conference is down this year, with preseason darlings like Davidson, Southern Illinois and Gonzaga struggling. And after the recent years of progress, it will be important for the mid-majors to succeed in March, or when if they can’t, at least recover quickly. Butler, I’m looking at you.

 

Joel WelserThe Freshmen

The biggest story of 2008 will be the plethora of impact freshmen and the new landscape of college basketball that is emerging. Sure this class does not have a Durant or Oden (yet), but the large amount of young talent has already made an impact on college basketball and will do so well into March.

 

2007 Review articles: What was your favorite moment from 2007? : What was the biggest story of 2007?

2008 Preview articles: What will be the best regular-season game in 2008?