Ranking the nation's deepest teams
September, 16, 2013
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com
Icon SMI, USA TODAY SportsBill Self, right, has perhaps the deepest team in the land, led by Andrew Wiggins.It’s become more difficult over the last few years to stockpile talent. Players don't want to sit and wait; it’s all about immediately gratification. They understand -- after Butler’s back-to-back appearances in the national title game and seeing other mid-major players like Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry get drafted high and excel -- you can get the necessary exposure just about anywhere. For many college programs, depth isn’t guaranteed these days. It’s also not always a necessity, but it certainly can help. It makes it easier to sustain a key injury, and also allows coaches to push their players in practice. When the NCAA tournament rolls around, coaches commonly shorten their benches and go with seven or eight guys. These are the teams that can go deeper if need be, ranked in order from 1 to 12.