THE BASKETBALL SEASON is upon us. This week teams across the nation are kicking off the college basketball season. Who knows what the year will bring? We can always guess. Forthwith is a compilation of things to watch for in year of hoops to come:

- Utah State rookie coach Kohn Smith, a former Bobby Knight assistant, will throw a chair, slap a security guard and beat up a telephone. To no avail. USU won't win the NCAA championship.- BYU's Mike Smith will score 30 points a game.

- BYU will score 35 a game.

- BYU Coach Ladell Andersen will finally stop calling Jeff Chatman a first-round draft choice.

- Ladell will explain he was talking about the European draft.

- Utah Coach Lynn Archibald will beat BYU twice. BYU fans will wonder why they couldn't get Archibald to coach in Provo.

- Utah will fail to win the WAC. Utah fans will wonder why they couldn't have Ladell Andersen coaching in Salt Lake.

- Utah's Jimmy Madison will suddenly surprise everyone and have a great season. He'll ask why nobody woke him up sooner.

- Utah's Walter Watts, all 6-8, 300 pounds of him, will find part-time work as a retaining wall in the Huntsman Center.

- First-year Weber State Coach Denny Huston will be seen driving a white Mercedes in December.

- Huston will be seen driving a Volkswagen in January.

- Huston will be seen driving a Yugo in February.

- Huston will be seen driving a bike in March.

- The Aggies will start beating BYU again.

- Ladell will throw a chair, slap a security guard, beat up a telephone. Still, the Cougars won't be able to beat the Aggies.

- BYU's fans will then throw chairs, slap security guards and beat up telephones.

- Kohn Smith will have a Season on the Brink. The low-key coach will become so upset, he will snap his fingers and loosen his necktie.

- The WAC will continue to beat up on itself. When the NCAA's come around, everyone else will beat up on the WAC.

- Wyoming Coach Benny Dees, who had his house egged last year, will have it bricked this year.

- Hawaii Coach Riley Wallace will consider, again, swapping his old Seminole J.C. team straight across for the Rainbows.

- The Seminole players will object, saying they want to play for a major program.

- San Diego State Coach Jim Brandenburg's temperament will continue to get sunnier. Amazing what the sea air does for you.

- BYU assistant Roger Reid will take a long look at things and ask if he could be offered that UCLA assistant's job one more time.

- UCLA Coach Jim Harrick will ask for his old job back at Pepperdine.

- New Mexico will ask for Gary Colson back.

- American basketball in general will ask (the USSR) for its old job back.

- BYU will not be the best all-white basketball team in the world. In losing an exhibition game to a Yugoslavian club team last week, BYU wasn't even the best all-white team in the Marriott Center.

- San Antonio Spurs Coach Larry Brown will go through emotional upheaval and finally accept the UCLA job he turned down last spring, then jump to the Minnesota Timberwolves, then turn it down for his old job at Kansas, and then, at the press conference, start babbling, "One potato, two potato . . ."

- Colorado State will win its first WAC championship. The WAC will fail to recognize debating as a varsity sport.

- Weber's "Moochie" Cobb will edge Utah's "Boo" Singletary for Memorable Nickname of the Year. But Watkins Singletary will shade Paxton Cobb in voting for Memorable Real Name of the Year.

- Fans will pack the aisles at the Marriott Center. Not for the Cougars. For Barry Manilow.

- CSU Coach Boyd Grant will go to comedy school, as N.C. State's Jim Valvano once did.

- The American Olympic team will admit having already gone.