The 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis beginning of the NCAA basketball season tournament will be filled with talent and upcoming teams in 2013. The Kansas Jayhawks, the Villanova Wildcats, the Tennessee Volunteers, the USC Trojans, the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the Xavier Musketeers and the UTEP Miners are the teams in the field. The team that immediately jumps to mind that should be the favorite to win the tournament is Kansas, but it will be Tennessee who brings home an early season trophy.
The Volunteers are returning all starters from the previous season. Their starting line-up will include the SEC’s double-double leader, Jarnell Stokes, and one of the best scorers in the country, Jordan McRae. Tennessee is one of the most talented and experienced teams in the SEC. Coach Cuonzo Martin preaches defense over offense, but the Volunteers are good on offense as well. Martin also has his first extremely talented recruiting class incoming this offseason. The Volunteers are going to be much better than anyone realizes.
Iowa and Villanova will also put up a little bit of competition, but expect all the talk to be around Bill Self and Kansas and former Florida Gulf Coast Coach, Andy Enfield, now at USC. Don’t be surprised if Kansas does not win this tournament, because all of the teams in this tournament are good enough for a potential upset. It may seem like the start of college basketball season is forever away, but you can expect the Volunteers to win in a surprising way to start the 2013-2014 season.