Now that practice has started, it's time to have a general thread related to the sport. For Xavier fans, this is a season we've been waiting for all our lives. The concept of the "Catholic Conference" was floated a number of times, but I did not think it would ever actually happen. But not that it's a reality (plus Butler), I have to think it's one of the few positive outcomes of the conference realignment blitz over the last few years. Granted, if you ask the Georgetown fans who were separated from Syracuse, Louisville, UConn, Notre Dame and the like, they may not be quite as excited about this as I am.

So what to expect in '13-'14? Is it more Bluegrass domination (another championship for Kentucky or Louisville)? Or can Tobacco Road get back on track? Or is it someone else's turn? Any teams or players you are particularly excited to see play?

I can't wait for the season to start in about 6 weeks.