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10 Teams With the Best Chance To Win the National Title

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Teams With the Best Chance To Win National Championship

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There are at least 20 teams that will have the talent to win a national championship in the 2013-14 college basketball season. That is basically the case every season. Still, let’s take a look at 10 teams with the best chance to win the national title in the upcoming season.

If Kentucky meets expectations it could go undefeated this year. That is how much talent the Wildcats have, but I am sure they will experience some growing pains over the course of the season.

Teams like Arizona, Syracuse and Ohio State could easily be on this list, but that will not be the case.

I am sure there will be many teams that will surprise us this season and there will probably be a couple of sleepers who find themselves in the top 10. That is great and I really hope that will be the case, but the purpose of this article is to identify teams that will have the best chance to win a title.

There will be plenty of powerhouse teams on this list, but that should be expected.

Teams like Baylor and Tennessee could win a title, but both are not expected to and definitely do not have a better chance to do so than the teams featured in this article. However, I am expecting big things from both.

Well, the season is just a few days away--about time--so get ready for it by seeing 10 teams with the best chance to win a title in the 2013-14 college hoops season.

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Kentucky Wildcats

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Julius Randle highlights a very talented recruiting class. In fact, some people are saying that Kentucky will be bringing in the most talented recruiting class of all time. Expectations are as high as ever for the Wildcats as a result.

Unlike last year’s team, who didn’t even make the NCAA tournament, this one will have two very talented players coming back. Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress could start for any team in the country.

However, both will have to split up the minutes with a stacked Kentucky team.

To get a better understanding of how talented Kentucky’s 2013 class is, look no further. The team has five players ranked in the top 10 of the 2013 class (according to ESPN). I have to keep reading that last sentence over and over again just to make sure it is true. If everyone on the Wildcats meets expectations, they will have no problem winning a title this year.

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Duke Blue Devils

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The Duke Blue Devils will be losing their top three scorers from last year’s team. However, players like Rasheed Sulaimon and Quinn Cook will be back. Both averaged 11+ points per game last season.

Sulaimon could explode this season with Seth Curry no longer on the team.

It helps that Rodney Hood will be able to take the court as well. He previously played for Mississippi State and could be the best player on the team. With that in mind, Jabari Parker is the No. 2 recruit in the 2013 class, according to ESPN.

The Blue Devils will look much different this year, but that will not stop them from being one of the best.

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Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Marcus Smart will be back, which means the Oklahoma State Cowboys will compete for a title. Smart is easily one of the best players in college hoops, not just one of the most talented.

It helps that two other players who averaged 14 or more points per game will be back.

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Florida Gators

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Kasey Hill and Chris Walker could start for the Florida Gators right away. Hill is ranked No. 10 in the 2013 class and Walker is ranked No. 12, according to ESPN. However, Walker will be ineligible to start the season, but could join the team in December.

Florida could be a top five team when it is at full strength. Unfortunately that will not be the case to start the season. The Gators will have to deal with suspensions and injuries right off of the bat. Still, everyone will eventually be back.

Plus, Patric Young will be playing in his senior year and it could be his best one yet--assuming he finally reaches his potential.

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Louisville Cardinals

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The Louisville Cardinals won the title last year and they will be returning some talent. Russ Smith coming back is pretty big since he did score 18.7 points per game last season.

The only huge worry is the suspension of Chane Behanan. Behanan averaged 9.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game last season.

There is a lot of buzz about Montrezl Harrell. He averaged 5.7 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game last season, but only played 16.2 minutes per game. Harrell is set to get a lot more playing time, though, and he should play a big role.

Regardless, Smith is arguably the best player in the country and he will make sure that the Cardinals compete for a championship.

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Michigan State Spartans

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Michigan State is ranked No. 2 in both polls, but it could steal the No. 1 ranking right away. The Spartans will play Kentucky--the No. 1 team--on Nov. 12. The Wildcats are very young, so playing them early on could be very good news for Michigan State.

Basically everyone returns from a team that made the dance as a No. 3 seed. Gary Harris could go off in his sophomore season as well. He scored 12.9 points per game last year.

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Memphis Tigers

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Memphis won 31 games last season and it will be just as good in the upcoming one--probably better.

The Tigers could easily have the best backcourt in the nation and it helps that much more that Missouri transfer Michael Dixon joined. Dixon averaged 13.5 points per game and 3.3 assists per game in the 2011-12 season.

The Tigers will be in the national spotlight all season long thanks to a tough out-of-conference schedule. Playing in the AAC also helps.

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North Carolina Tar Heels

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North Carolina disappointed last season, but this team will be gaining a couple of highly rated recruits.

Plus, P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo will be back. Who knows when Hairston will be able to take the court, but I would imagine it would be sometime this season.

Point guard Marcus Paige has the talent to breakout this season, but he needs some help in the backourt while Hairston and Leslie McDonald are out. Paige averaged 8.2 points per game and 4.6 assists per game last season.

North Carolina may have some issues to begin the season, but this will be a top 10 team when it is at full strength.

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Kansas Jayhawks

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Andrew Wiggins. That is really all I would have to say and most people who follow college hoops would understand.

Wiggins is the most talked about player since LeBron James, who is having a pretty decent career in the NBA.

Wiggins will not be alone. Incoming freshman Wayne Selden could have just as big of an impact. However, no one can forget about Perry Ellis. He only averaged 13.6 minutes per game last season, but he also put up 5.8 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game.

I am sure Wiggins will still be the most important player on the Jayhawks and their season will more than likely rely on how good he is.

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Michigan Wolverines

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Michigan loses the National Player of the Year, but it will still have the talent to compete for a Big Ten title, which usually means a team will have the talent to compete for a national title.

Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas will be the new leaders of this team, but they will not be alone.

Incoming freshman Derrick Walton will have the biggest shoes to fill. He will more than likely take over at point guard, which is the position Burke played. However, Spike Albrecht showed his worth in last year’s national championship game by scoring 17 points. Other players could step up as well.