From a red-hot ending to a not-so-hot offseason, the past year in college basketball has been anything but boring.
A new start promises new drama, and things already are cooking as a new basketball calendar begins.
From fantastic freshmen (Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving) to super seniors (Kyle Singler, Jacob Pullen), from new faces renewing hope (Steve Lavin, Mike Rice) to old faces renewing expectations (Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo), from today until April 4, college basketball is back on the front burner.
So there's no better time to take the game's temperature, and see what's hot and what's not for 2010-11.
Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.