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The 2012-13 college basketball tip-off is upon us as the action gets underway on Friday. There’s a long way to go before the madness of March, but here are the five most important and influential players to watch this season:
1. Christian Watford — Indiana Hoosiers
The 6-foot-9 wing forward is not a typical wing forward because his size is more consistent with a power forward. However, Watford is a player who has great range with his perimeter jump shot. He beats defenses not by pounding them, but by shooting against them. Watford plays a face-up game instead of employing a back-to-the-basket game.
Watford is the player to watch on Indiana, the preseason No. 1 team in the United States, because most of the attention will flow to super sophomore Cody Zeller in the paint. Watford needs to flourish on the wing so that Zeller won’t be double-teamed as much. Indiana needs to have strong second and third scorers to help Zeller manage the team’s offensive workload. If Watford comes and goe...
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Nerlens Noel, the top recruit, who plays his ball at Kentucky had all eyes on him Friday night in his game against Maryland, and it wasn’t just because expectations are so high. Check out Nerlens’ amazing high-top fade with a UK logo in the back for good measure.
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Indiana senior Christian Watford, sophomore Cody Zeller, associate head coach Tim Buckley and coach Tom Crean met with the media Thursday to preview Friday’s season opener at Assembly Hall with Bryant.
Watch and listen to all three press conferences in the embedded media players below:
Kentucky freshmen Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress have been named to the SEC coaches' preseason all-conference team.
Cody Zeller and Christian Watford gladly welcomed Bryant into the world of big-time college basketball Friday night.
It was ugly.
The 7-foot center and 6-9 forward combined for 33 points and 25 rebounds, overwhelming an undersized foe and leading No.1 Indiana to a 97-54 season-opening victory.
''One of the things is they had a huge size advantage and they have the best...
Cody Zeller had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Christian Watford had a career-high 15 boards, leading No. 1 Indiana to a 97-54 rout of Bryant in the season opener.
The Hoosiers (1-0) have won 15 consecutive openers and 28 straight home openers.
Bryant (0-1) was led by Alex Francis with 15 points and Frankie Dobbs with 12 in its first game as a full-time Division I member - and...
Five Indiana players — Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and Remy Abell — met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 97-54 dismantling of Bryant on Friday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to the press conferences in the embedded media players below:
No. 1 Indiana enters Friday’s opener against Bryant with a thin frontcourt as a result of an injury to Derek Elston and suspensions to Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin. But those setbacks haven’t put a damper on the team’s excitement to tip off the season.
After earning preseason accolades, gracing magazine covers and having countless pieces written by the national media...
NEW YORK -- Kentucky boasts one of the most star-studded lineups in college basketball every season, and this one will be no different. But in Friday's season opener against Maryland, it wasn't super-freshmen Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress or Willie Cauley-Stein who stole the show.
Instead, it was junior Jarrod Polson, an unheralded former walk-on, who came...
Thoughts on a 97-54 win against the Bulldogs:
I. Indiana’s lack of frontcourt depth was not an issue in this one. Bryant didn’t have much size. And the size the Bulldogs did have was dominated by Cody Zeller. Both Andrew Scocca and Vlad Kondratyev fouled out, as neither had much of a chance once Zeller got the ball on the block and went to work. When Zeller went to the bench...