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So is this 2012 or the late 1980s?

Fans from a quarter-century ago would certainly recognize this year's contenders

Originally Published: November 5, 2012
By Jason King | ESPN.com

When the college basketball season opens Friday, No. 1 Indiana will take the court in Bloomington wearing pinstripe pants.

In other parts of the country, schools such as Michigan, UNLV and North Carolina State have realistic hopes of a return to the Final Four. Rick Pitino, Larry Brown, Danny Manning and Johnny Dawkins should find their way into the headlines throughout the season, too.

No, this isn't the late 1980s.

But it sure feels like it.

With opening day inching ...

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