"In theory, it is the greatest recruiting haul of all time... (full preview)"
No. 2 Louisville
"Most teams that win the national championship start leaking players to the NBA before they schedule their victory parade — the way Kentucky did in 2012. Not so at Louisville." ... (full preview)
No. 3 Duke
"On paper, Duke has only one weakness — a lack of a true post presence." ... (full preview)
No. 4 Michigan State
"The Spartans are nicely outfitted to add to Izzo’s collection of banners in the Breslin Center rafters, which includes seven Big Ten titles and six Final Fours." ... (full preview)
No. 5 Kansas
“On May 14 — in the few shorts seconds it took him to scribble his name on a National Letter of Intent — Wiggins turned a fringe-top 25 team into a Big 12 and NCAA title contender.” ... (full preview)
No. 6 Arizona
“Miller and UA fans see this as Arizona’s best chance to get to the Final Four since 2001 — it was agonizingly close in 2003, 2005 and 2011.” ... (full preview)
No. 7 Florida
“The Gators’ frontcourt is stocked more than it has been in years. That’s a big reason why Florida is among a handful of contenders for the national championship.” ... (full preview)
No. 8 Oklahoma State
“In Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash, the Cowboys boast the top three returning scorers in the Big 12 and a trio of likely NBA Draft picks.” ... (full preview)
No. 9 Syracuse
“If Jim Boeheim finds answers in the backcourt, the Orange will challenge for the ACC crown in their first year in the league.” ... (full preview)
No. 10 North Carolina
“Roy Williams is used to juggling players in his up-tempo scheme, but he hasn’t seen a puzzle quite like this one before.” ... (full preview)
No. 11 Ohio State
“Rebounding, however, could be at a premium. The Buckeyes will need a collected effort on the backboards if they are to again compete for a Big Ten title.” ... (full preview)
No. 12 Michigan
“Michigan lost its two best players to the NBA, but it didn’t lose everything.” ... (full preview)
No. 13 Marquette
"If everything comes together as Buzz Williams hopes, a Big East title should be well within the Golden Eagles’ grasp." ... (full preview)
No. 14 New Mexico
“The man affectionately nicknamed “Noodles” for his wiry build as a player at Georgia Tech will try to cross off benchmarks left unchecked by his predecessor.” ... (full preview)
No. 15 Notre Dame
“Despite the loss of Cooley, a double-double machine, the Irish have size up front and a faster-paced backcourt, which takes them into their new conference prepared for a variety of styles.” ... (full preview)
No. 16 Creighton
“The Bluejays, after 55 largely successful years in the Missouri Valley Conference, are stepping up to play powers such as Georgetown, Marquette and Villanova.” ... (full preview)
No. 17 Tennessee
“With Kentucky projected to be a top-5 team, Tennessee should hang with Florida for next-best in the SEC. All the pieces are there.” ... (full preview)
No. 18 VCU
“This season, Smart adds a weapon he’s not had since coming to VCU four seasons ago — depth.” ... (full preview)
No. 19 UNLV
“Now, the question is: Can Dave Rice keep the momentum going in Year 3 despite a number of key losses?” ... (full preview)
No. 20 Memphis
“The quality of the veteran backcourt combined with the depth throughout the roster is why the Tigers should finish in the top three of the AAC.” ... (full preview)
No. 21 UConn
“With a lethal backcourt leading the charge, UConn should challenge for the American championship.” ... (full preview)
No. 22 Wisconsin
“Wisconsin’s roster includes six freshmen and two returning players who missed last season due to injuries.” ... (full preview)
No. 23 UCLA
“How can Steve Alford resuscitate his image and satiate the masses? Simple. Win.” ... (full preview)
No. 24 Baylor
“Kansas may be the clear-cut favorite to win its 10th straight conference title, but sleeping on the Bears would be a mistake.” ... (full preview)
No. 25 Wichita State
“With Creighton’s departure for the Big East, Wichita State is the MVC’s clear favorite.” ... (full preview)
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