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College Basketball mid season review/second half preview

If you have not watched college hoops yet, here is a brief breakdown of what's happening.

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The college football season wrapped up about a week ago. The Pitt Panthers recently have cracked the national polls, so if you aren't a big basketball fan, and want to be, now is the time to start. I am giving you a look at the names, teams, and games you have to be aware of as college basketball takes center stage for the next three months.

These lists and names reflect the first half of the college basketball season. I'm no basketball guru, but I do like to keep tabs around the country and college basketball is a personal favorite of mine. Here are my thoughts on how everything is going.

First Team All America

Marcus Smart PG Oklahoma State

DeAndre Kane PG Iowa State

Doug McDermott F Creighton

Jabari Parker F Duke

Adreian Payne C Michigan State

National Awards

Player of the Year - Doug McDermott Creighton

Coach of the Year - Jay Wright Villanova

Biggest surprise team - Iowa

Biggest letdown team - Marquette

First Team All ACC

CJ Fair SF Syracuse

Marcus Paige G North Carolina

Lamar Patterson SF Pitt

Jabari Parker PF Duke

TJ Warren SF NC State

ACC Awards

ACC POY - TJ Warren NC State

Top Newcomer - Jabari Parker Duke

Coach of the Year - Jim Boeheim Syracuse

Biggest Surprise - Pitt

Biggest let down - North Carolina

Five Games to watch Nationally

Creighton vs. Villanova Monday January 20

Michigan State at Wisconsin Sunday February 9

Florida at Kentucky Saturday February 15

Louisville at Memphis Saturday March 1

Iowa State at Oklahoma State Saturday March 8

Five ACC games to watch

Pitt at Syracuse Saturday January 18

Duke at Pitt Monday January 27

Duke at Syracuse Saturday February 1

Notre Dame at Virginia Saturday February 22

North Carolina at Duke Saturday March 8

The Number 1 seeds on Selection Sunday - Arizona, Michigan State, Syracuse, Oklahoma State

The college basketball season is as unpredictable as they come, and very much can change now and March. These are my best guesses about everything, feel free to remind me who I missed and what I got wrong.

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