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Pitino no fan of social media
Rick Pitino doesn't think much of athletes and other sports figures being on social media -- he said that every hour on Twitter and Facebook and the like ''poisons their minds.'' Strong words, and backed up by policy: Pitino has banned his players from tweeting, although by their own admission they use forms of social media at least four hours per day. We couldn't imagine our lives without it -- we'd tell you how many social media-related tabs we have open right now, but it's honestly embarrassing. More than three, let's put it that way.
The Woden Award Midseason Top 25 list is out. Creighton's Doug McDermott and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart are among the favorites to win the award. Other top contenders include Duke's Jabari Parker and Arizona's Nick Johnson. Kansas' Joel Embiid was the biggest name left off the list. Below we've listed 15 of the favorites, and now it's time for SportsNation to rank 'em!
Wooden Award finalists
Arizona Wildcats, Creighton Bluejays, Connecticut Huskies, Duke Blue Devils, Florida Gators, Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, Michigan State Spartans, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Syracuse Orange, Wichita State Shockers, Doug McDermott, Marcus Smart, Nick Johnson, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins
2013-14 college basketball forecast
We asked the college basketball experts at ESPN.com to predict this season's Final Four, and a few patterns emerged. Teams with highly regarded freshmen, such as Kentucky, Kansas and Duke, are widely favored to dance all the way to Texas. But so is Oklahoma State, led by unanimous preseason first-team All-American Marcus Smart. And Michigan State, Arizona and Louisville are all seen as teams with enough talent to contend. Which expert do you think will get it right?
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Given the nature of Kevin Ware's injury earlier this year, it's a surprise to see him playing so soon after. Ware's compound fracture of his right leg in March brought on comparisons to Joe Theismann and visibly upset other players on the court. His recovery seems more or less complete, however, as he scored six points in Louisville's exhibition game against Pikeville on Wednesday. Ware's return is good news all around, not the least for Cardinals fans, who are hoping for another championship this season.
Ware was an important cog in Louisville's machine before his injury, and a successful comeback would only strengthen the Cardinals.
Ware and the rest of the Cardinals won't face an easy road to a repeat championship, especially with a revamped Kentucky team on their schedule.
Louisville is the overwhelming favorite to win the American Athletic Conference in its first and only season in the league. Memphis, last year's Conference USA champions, is projected to finish third behind Connecticut. How will the inaugural AAC season play out?
2013-14 American Athletic basketball teams
2012-13 overall: 22-12
2013 Big East: 9-9
2012-13 overall: 20-10
2013 Big East: 10-8
2012-13 overall: 20-13
2013 C-USA: 7-9
2012-13 overall: 35-5
2013 Big East: 14-4
2012-13 overall: 31-5
2013 C-USA: 16-0
2012-13 overall: 15-16
2013 Big East: 5-13
2012-13 overall: 12-19
2013 Big East: 3-15
2012-13 overall: 15-17
2013 C-USA: 5-11
2012-13 overall: 24-10
2013 A-10: 11-5
2012-13 overall: 20-11
2013 C-USA: 9-7
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