Athlon Sports

2021 College Basketball

Athlon Sports Preseason Sports Magazine's provide in-depth analysis of the upcoming seasons and events. Each preview includes great feature stories, team previews, depth charts, predictions, schedules and more.

United States
Athlon Media Group
7 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

It’s long been the case, but it’s truer now than ever before: Head coaches are the true, enduring stars of college basketball. In today’s game, the ease of transferring and the lure of professional dollars render team rosters obsolete almost as soon as they’re printed, making an attachment to individual players a fleeting endeavor at best. The head coach, on the other hand, can be a beacon of stability for a program and is often the source of its identity. Which makes the recent announcements at two of the bluest of the blue-bloods so difficult to process and such a gut-punch to the sport. Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams have combined for a staggering 2,073 coaching victories, 21 Final Four appearances and eight national titles. In the process, they’ve set almost impossible…

14 min
10 things to watch

1. Coach K’s final season will dominate the sport It should never be surprising when a 74-year-old announces his intention to retire given that most people in the United States are retired well before they even reach 70. But, that said, Mike Krzyzewski letting the world know, back in early June, that this season would be his final season as Duke’s coach still qualified as somewhat shocking, if only because it’s hard for most to even remember a time when the man long ago nicknamed Coach K wasn’t standing on the sideline inside Cameron Indoor Stadium. He’s been there since 1980. But this season — Krzyzewski’s 42nd at Duke, and 47th as a Division I head coach — will indeed be his last. And his last season is coming immediately after a…

1 min
top 25

5. Michigan 6. Duke 7. Villanova 8. Baylor 9. Kentucky 10. Arkansas 11. Purdue 12. North Carolina 13. Oregon 14. Ohio State 15. Illinois 16. Houston 17. Florida State 18. Tennessee 19. Maryland 20. Alabama 21. Connecticut 22. USC 23. Virginia Tech 24. Michigan State 25. Auburn All-America Team…

1 min
projected field of 68

ACC (8) Duke (Elite Eight) North Carolina (Sweet 16) Florida State (Two & Out) Louisville (Two & Out) Virginia (Two & Out) Virginia Tech (Two & Out) Notre Dame (One & Done) Syracuse (One & Done) America East (1) Vermont (One & Done) American (2) Houston (Sweet 16) Memphis (One & Done) Atlantic 10 (2) St. Bonaventure (Two & Out) Richmond (One & Done) ASUN (1) Liberty (One & Done) Big 12 (6) Kansas (Final Four) Texas (Final Four) Baylor (Elite Eight) Texas Tech (Two & Out) West Virginia (Two & Out) Oklahoma State (One & Done) Big East (4) Villanova (Elite Eight) Xavier (Two & Out) Connecticut (Two & Out) St. John’s (First Four) Big Sky (1) Southern Utah (First Four) Big South (1) Winthrop (One & Done) Big Ten (7) Michigan (Elite Eight) Illinois (Sweet 16) Ohio State (Sweet 16) Purdue (Sweet 16) Maryland (Two & Out) Michigan State (Two & Out) Indiana (One & Done) Big West (1) UC Santa Barbara (One & Done) Colonial (1) Delaware (One & Done) Conference USA (1) UAB (One…

14 min
hoops madness

TOP 100 PLAYERS 1. DREW TIMME, F, GONZAGA Timme is the favorite to win the national Player of the Year award this year. He’s a 6'10" forward with a soft touch around the rim who averaged 19 points per game last year for the 31–1 Bulldogs. He’ll anchor the interior for a Gonzaga team again expected to compete for a national title. 2. PAOLO BANCHERO, F, DUKE Banchero is a special talent, a 6'10" forward who is a solid 240-plus pounds and can also create off the bounce. He hits 3s, can make shots on the low block and is always aware defensively of what’s happening around him. He’ll lead the way for Duke in Coach K’s final year. 3. JOHNNY JUZANG, G, UCLA Juzang emerged in the second half of last season as the Bruins’…

4 min
coaches on the hot seat

MARK GOTTFRIED, CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE Cal State Northridge has placed Gottfried and his staff on administrative leave as the school investigates allegations of rules violations. That’s usually the beginning of the end for a coach — especially one who is just 37–51 through three seasons at his school. So Gottfried will likely be the first man on this list to be removed, and it might even happen before the start of what would be his fourth season. CHRIS COLLINS, NORTHWESTERN Collins was riding high in 2017 after leading Northwestern to its first NCAA Tournament in history, but it’s been all bad for the Wildcats since that magical season. They finished 10th, 14th, 13th and 12th, respectively, in the Big Ten in the subsequent four seasons while never sniffing the NCAA Tournament. So Collins…