If you are reading this hot off the press, the Bucks open their 2012-13 regular season three months from tonight. They start on the road, for the 28th consecutive season. The Bradley Center buzzes one night later.

National Basketball Association teams have been working gold mines in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Lexington, Ky., with rewarding payoffs for more than a half-century.

Only one college basketball program – UCLA – has produced more NBA players than the University of North Carolina and the University of Kentucky.

Together, the Tar Heels and Wildcats have turned out 23 NBA All-Stars.