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12hDana O'Neil

Which college hoops rivalry will be the season's most important?

North Carolina-Duke and Kentucky-Louisville are among the best rivalries in sports. But which one will mean the most to shaping the 2016-17 season?

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3dJeff Goodman

Who will be this season's best mid-majors?

You know it's coming: A team outside the power group will rise and make some serious noise. It's never too early to look at the possibilities.

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Jalen & Jacoby: Michigan to honor Fab Five anniversary (2:17)
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4dDick Vitale

This year's ACC could be deepest yet

Duke is at the top. North Carolina, Virginia, Louisville and Syracuse will be close behind. The ACC is always king in college basketball, but this year's league could be deeper than ever.

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7dDana O'Neil

Which non-freshmen could steal the hoops show?

Freshmen offer promise for the future but rarely bring home college hoops' top honors. So which non-freshmen are likely to be among the country's best?

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10dJeff Goodman

Who's the favorite to win the Wooden Award?

The race for the Wooden Award appears wide open this season, with Duke's Grayson Allen and Villanova's Josh Hart among the contenders.

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19dJohn Gasaway

Good luck scoring on these strong defenses

Which teams will have the stingiest defenses this season? Some programs, like Kansas, will always excel on defense while others have the personnel to dramatically improve on last season's output.

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Updated ESPN 60 for the Class of 2018

No one was able to unseat Marvin Bagley III or Romeo Langord from the top two spots in the Class of 2018, but there was some shuffling in the top 10.

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 100 forward Justin Smith just announced his commitment to Indiana.

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Cole, who averaged 10 ppg led the Bobby Hurley-coached Friars to a 32-0 record & the number 4 ranking in the country.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Four-star center Brandon Huffman just committed to North Carolina, his AAU program announced.

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Will be interesting to see if GW's Patrick Nero goes with Hajj Turner, who has been Mike Lonergan's right-hand man for years.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Second time at Kentucky in recent weeks. Talked to coaches and players. I've watched the guys play. The 2014-15 UK squad was unique. Not sure we'll see that level of talent in the near future. But the 2016-17 team shares that same confidence and fearlessness. And it's a powerful assembly.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Bam Adebayo, the 6-10, 255-pound freshman star at Kentucky, told ESPN.com today that he likes a lot of music. But his favorite artist might surprise you. "Katy Perry." Favorite song? "Last Friday Night." Says her music makes him feel good.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

What should fans expect to see once Kentucky five-star big man Bam Adebayo steps onto the court for the first time?

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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Other key visitors this weekend: Lindell Wigginton and Isaiah Stokes (Iowa State), Rayshaun Hammonds (Memphis), Kimani Lawrence (Arizona State), Ira Lee (California), Xavier Tillman (Marquette), Nojel Eastern (Michigan State), Deng Gak (Miami), Wabissa Bede (Virginia Tech), Darryl Morsell (Villanova), Evan Battey (Purdue).

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Why Kentucky? Here's the photo spread of every former UK player in the NBA right now, which is in the school's basketball office. Doesn't include the players drafted this summer. This helps.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star freshman Malik Monk is laid back off the court, but he surprises people with his fire on the court. "I'm a dog." He says the UK roster is full of "dogs" this season who are "willing to do anything to win." The talent here is immense. But the confidence and attitude on this roster are critical, too.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

How would Kentucky freshman Malik Monk describe his game? "I'm a scorer." The rest? He said he'd rather show you once the season starts.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 100 forward Justin Smith tells ESPN he is down to Indiana and Villanova. Took official visits to both campuses.