Another great season of college hoops is about to tip off, but before the first jump ball is tossed, we want SportsNation to pick their early-season favorites.
At the start of each season, teams travel across the country to participate in different tournaments as a warm-up for the demanding season ahead. ESPN's early-season tournament schedule is loaded with top teams from major conferences. It's up to you, 'Nation: Of the five tournaments, which field is the toughest? p>
The national champion Tar Heels enter the season having lost four of their top players to the NBA, but will sophomore sensations Larry Drew, Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis be able to carry the Heels to another Final Four appearance? Is Kentucky's Patrick Patterson your pick for player of the year? Which freshman will most likely be named an All-American?
There are many questions to be answered as we look forward to the start of the 2009-10 college basketball season, and it all begins here!