The path to college basketball success often begins with a potent offense.
With every possession so important - particularly at tournament time - teams that can generate points in hurry will often fare best. Several of the top teams in Division I boast formidable units that should present plenty of problems for opposing defenses.
Here are three teams that should reward bettors with consistent "over" action this season:
Connecticut Huskies (2012-13 O/U: 11-12-0)
The Huskies are one of the few top teams to return most of their roster core from last season - and what a core it is. Senior Shabazz Napier (17.1 points per game) leads a sensational guard rotation that includes fellow returnees Ryan Boatright (15.4 ppg) and Omar Calhoun (11.1 ppg). DeAndre Daniels (12.1) anchors the frontcourt, and all four players should see plenty of shots. As a perimeter-reliant unit, they'll run cold at times - but expect points in bunches most nights.
Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-14-2)
Any team boasting a lottery-bound guard in Marcus Smart can be counted upon to generate plenty of points. Smart (15.4 ppg) spearheads an impressive four-man offensive attack that includes swingman Le'Bryan Nash (14 ppg) and guards Markel Brown (15.3 ppg) and Phil Forte (10.2 ppg). The departure of big man Philip Jurick represents a major hit to the Cowboys' frontcourt defense, which only increases the chance that their games will be shootouts.
VCU Rams (13-15-0)
VCU had one of the top offenses in the nation a year ago, and this season's edition should be just as potent. Junior guard Traveon Graham (15.1 ppg) returns to lead a starting five that will include dominant forward Juvonte Reddic (14.6 ppg) and versatile guard Rob Brandenburg (10.4 ppg). Making up for the loss of Darius Theus and Troy Daniels may prove daunting, but head coach Chaka Smart runs one of the best up-tempo attacks in the NCAA and should adjust.