It seems only a few months ago Kentucky was marching through March Madness to the men’s title. But March and April had turned into November (Nov. 9 exactly) and the return of college hoops.
Indiana is the No. 1 team in the land. But as they say, the polls haven’t closed yet. I would not count out Kentucky. The Cats may have restocked their shelf, but the quality is top-of-the-line stuff. Remember, it’s all about the journey and the college basketball season is a long one.
Speaking of Kentucky, it opens up against Maryland in one of the few interesting matchups of Day 1. I will keep close watch on Baylor-Lehigh. Lehigh shocked Duke in the NCAA tournament last season. This Patriot League team is nicknamed the Mountain Hawks? What exactly is a Mountain Hawk? One Midwest matchup (where I live) is Ohio State-Marquette. And those Jackrabbits from South Dakota State receive a little national TV love against Alabama. My South Dakota friend turned Michigan resident should enjoy that one.
As always, there will become plenty of storylines as the season progresses. What surprises do you think will happen on Day 1? What team or teams are you following this season?