The basketball season is quickly approaching which bring us to one of the best seasons of the year. This year will be looking a little different as it has the past few years. Conference realignments have again been in action where now many teams will be playing against new teams then they are used to. Brad Stevens a beloved college coach from Butler has moved on to the next level and will not be seen at the college level this year. This makes room for Shaka Smart to be one of, if not the, leading rising coaches of the game. Teams are working hard to prepare for the season all with one goal on their mind, a national championship. Powerhouse teams are again favorites for the season, but as we all know as the season progresses some favorites will fall and some programs will rise as the teams fight their way into March where in 162 days the madness of madness will begin.