Can't wait to see the freshmen, the return of the big shots and more

This week, the 2007-08 college basketball season officially gets under way. We've made predictions and projections, and we have our beliefs and our questions. Every belief is confirmed or refuted and every question answered on the court. But the anticipation of the new season is sweet, and here is what I am looking forward to as the first games tip off:

• How will the big shots bounce back? Last season, traditional powers such as Duke, Arizona, UConn and Syracuse were not as good as we expected. After UConn's hot start knocking down tomato cans, its youth and inexperience surfaced, and the Huskies limped through the Big East without the ability to score efficiently. Even though Duke won 22 games, the Blue Devils finished last in the ACC in scoring and leaked oil into the NCAA Tournament before losing to VCU. Duke did not win a single postseason game. Arizona made the NCAA field but was pummeled in the regular season at home by a short-handed North Carolina, couldn't guard a bank with a machine gun and got bounced early from the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse had experience but little fire in its collective belly and was relegated to the NIT by the selection committee.