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2hJeff Goodman

Which are college basketball's most overrated teams?

Preseason buzz has picked up with practice beginning this week, but some teams are getting a little too much love too early.

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Where does Oklahoma go from here?

After a methodical five-year rise to college hoops relevance and beyond, Oklahoma is likely to level off -- but don't count the Sooners out.

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7dJeff 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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3dMyron Medcalf

Who are the top reserves in college basketball?

Oregon's Dylan Ennis, who will return from a foot injury, is among the key reserves who will make an impact for the nation's top teams.

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3dDick 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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11dDana 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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Who will lead Michigan State's talented freshmen? (1:18)
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14dJeff 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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22dJohn 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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Duke (like many schools) will hold its first official practice today. Freshman Harry Giles has been brought along slowly and that will continue to be the plan as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the first game of his senior season in high school at Oak Hill Academy. Giles still on track to play in the season-opener on Nov. 11. "I'm definitely confident," Giles said of playing in the opener.

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The NCAA has yet to clear NC State's Turkish center Omer Yurtseven. Speaking at media day, the 7-foot freshman said he hoped for the best because, "I don't think I have done something wrong." His club coach in Turkey, Zeljko Obradovic, reportedly said Yurtseven was paid by the club team the past three seasons.

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Five-star prospect Hamidou Diallo is eligible to skip college and go straight to the NBA, but told ESPN, "I'm sticking to going to college." Diallo said he graduated high school last June and is now doing a post-grad year -- the same rule Thon Maker used to enter the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Chris Mullin elevates Mitch Richmond to assistant coach. Just as long as it doesn't affect Greg St. Jean's activity during timeouts.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite coming off a torn ACL, NC State coach Mark Gottfried declared freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr., "the best in the country. Period." Gottfried added Smith has the potential to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

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Michigan expecting that every seat in its basketball arena will be filled tomorrow for Jordan uniform reveal with a performance from DJ Khaled

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Great call by Pitt and West Virginia to renew their basketball series (hello Kanas-Missouri, anyone there?). Four-year deal: at Pitt in 2017 and '19, at West Virginia in '18 and 20.

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Nice to see Pittsburgh and West Virginia renewing the Backyard Brawl. Last time the two programs played was in 2012. They will start a four-game series in Pittsburgh in 2017. Nice job by Bob Huggins and Kevin Stallings – and good for college hoops (which needs more quality non-conference games).

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Check out these outfits that Texas Tech coach Chris Beard and assistant Chris Ogden are wearing on a visit with Top 100 kid V.J. Bailey. The masked rider of Texas Tech. Classic.

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Five-star point guard Trae Young says he won't sign during the early period. "Just want to be able to watch these teams play and see how these teams play, as well as see who will be there when I get on campus."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star forward Brian Bowen (No. 13) is down to Creighton, UCLA, Arizona, NC State, Michigan State and Texas.