50 things to ponder as college basketball season begins

The Australian Olympian who caught the attention of NBA stars now has his sights on Gonzaga. A touch of royalty has arrived in the ACC and it has nothing to do with North Carolina or Duke. And poor Rick Majerus seems like he’s on the brink of tears.
We are about to embark on the most wonderful time of the year, and it has nothing to do with shopping malls or standing in line to see Santa. With college hoops season upon us, here are 50 things to nibble on:

1. North Carolina returns its top six scorers and opens the season as the No.1 team in every poll. The Heels won’t have senior swingman Marcus Ginyard (stress fracture in foot) until December, but power forward Tyler Hansbrough (shin injury) could be back for Saturday’s opener against visiting Penn.