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College basketball predictions: Experts like Syracuse to win Big East

Examining a few expert picks for the upcoming college basketball season.

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The 2012-13 college basketball season officially begins Friday as Midnight Madness takes over arenas throughout the country. With games set to begin in about a month, many experts are starting to make their picks for conference champions, Final Four participants and their national title winner.

As for the Syracuse Orange, many feel they have a good chance to win what will be a very difficult Big East conference. According to CBS Sports' analysts, Doug Gottlieb and Matt Norlander believe SU will win the conference title at the end of the season. Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish and Jeff Borzello picked the Louisville Cardinals to finish at the top.

None of the experts picked Syracuse to reach the Final Four. Four of the five experts picked Louisville to reach the Final Four, and Jeff Goodman believes the Cardinals will cut down the nets in April.

No players from Syracuse were picked for either the All-American team or the All-Freshman teams.