Kansas vs. Duke, Big East supremacy and more stories that
Jeff Borzello, ESPN Staff WriterNov 2, 2023, 08:00 AM ET
- Basketball recruiting expert.
- Signed up with ESPN in 2014.
- Graduate of University of Delaware.The most significant concern going into the 2022-23 college basketball centered around North Carolina. Were the 2022 NCAA tournament Tar Heels an indication of things to come that season? The response was a conclusive no– and it ended up being the leading story for the majority of the year.On the eve of a brand-new campaign, there’s no single clear-cut season-defining question that will shape the 2024 championship game discussion. There are dozens of interesting title-related stories, however, from Duke and Kansas at the top of the rankings to Big East supremacy to Zach Edey to Florida Atlantic running it back to the Last Four.Right now, whatever is on paper, where it’s a lot easier to boil down a team’s possible fatal flaws to a couple of specific things. That will change over the next six months, obviously, however it’s still worth trying to resolve them now.So, here are the 10 biggest concerns that will identify that national championship discussion for the 2023-24 college basketball season.Jon Scheyer has the players to win everything. Can he piece everything together and win a title?In the very first year of the post-Mike Krzyzewski age, it took a while for Duke to put everything together. The Blue Devils suffered some unexpected losses
in ACC play: at Wake Forest, a 24-point defeat to NC State, at Virginia Tech. However they then went on a six-game winning streak to end the regular season and rolled through the ACC tournament, appearing like a potential Last Four sleeper. That came to an abrupt halt by means of their loss to Tennessee in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. And now, Scheyer has refilled and championship game expectations have actually been placed on his group.