Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and Providence's Kris Dunn are probably first and second, in some order, in the National Player of the Year race. They'll play against each other Sunday night in the title game of the Wooden Legacy.
North Carolina's Hall of Fame coach, Roy Williams, scheduled a game at Northern Iowa so that senior Marcus Paige could play a game near his hometown of Marion, Iowa. But a preseason injury means Paige won't be healthy enough to play -- though he might be recognized in some creative way.
From Friday's openers to when the last strand of the net is cut down in Houston, site of this season's the Final Four, Gary Parrish has 68 things that has him excited about the upcoming college basketball season.