So is it 2012 or the late 1980s? College basketball fans from a quarter-century ago would certainly recognize this year's preseason top 20, which is littered with programs that loved the second half of the '80s and should love this season as well.
The college basketball season is over, but don't tell that to those following the recruitments of the nation's top two players, Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad. The stakes are high, and the drama is building in advance of Wednesday's announcements.
In the past, being in the starting lineup was considered a status symbol among players. But more and more these days, substituting is becoming chic as top players from some of the nation's best programs make their mark off the bench.