The biggest questions in men's college basketball entering the 2022-23 season

Do the Kansas Jayhawks have it in them to repeat last season's championship run -- even with key players from that squad gone? Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The big question for Kansas entering the 2021-22 season was consistent point guard play. Bill Self went out and landed transfer Remy Martin, an All-Pac-12 guard at Arizona State who was accustomed to being the focal point of the offense. If Martin wasn't ready to be more facilitator than scorer, Kansas cutting down the nets seemed far-fetched.

Martin started the season well, then battled injuries and was in and out of the lineup for most of conference play. But he played arguably his best basketball when it mattered, averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 47.6% from 3 in the NCAA tournament. He was the Jayhawks' best player in wins over Creighton and Providence. Could Kansas have won the title without Martin excelling late in the season? Doubtful.

There are hundreds of variables that will ultimately factor into which team wins the 2023 national championship six months from now, but in the preseason, it's all on paper and easier to boil down a team's fatal flaws to one or two items.

That's what we're here to address: The nine biggest questions that will determine the national championship discussion for the 2022-23 college basketball season.

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1. Was 2022 NCAA tournament North Carolina the real North Carolina?

North Carolina enters the season as ESPN's Preseason No. 1 team, with the expectation that it will carry over some of the momentum that propelled it to the national title game before losing to Kansas. There's obviously some risk here, given this is the same team that lost to Pittsburgh at home and recorded five losses of 17 points or more during the 2021-22 season. But Carolina was also 17-4 over its final 21 games of the season, including two wins over Duke, two wins over Virginia Tech and victories over Baylor and UCLA.