Top 10 matchup nightmares for 2013-14 

October, 29, 2013
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SmithMark Konezny/USA TODAY SportsLouisville Cardinals guard Russ Smith is relentless at attacking the basket.
In putting together the preseason edition of my matchup nightmares -- the 10 most difficult players to defend in college basketball -- I took into consideration the new rules that will prohibit defenders from hand-checking and using arm bars to impede offensive players' progress and, in essence, eliminate the charge from the college game.

Skilled players who have great athletic ability and can attack the defense off the bounce will be nearly impossible to defend without fouling. The same can be said for big-bodied frontcourt players who can play both in the post and on the baseline.

One note: I'll wait until some games have been played to incorporate freshmen into these rankings.

Here are the 10 players opposing coaches and players will least want to defend this season.





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