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No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 16 Southern/Coastal Carolina
The Hoosiers are my top overall seed, bringing back Naismith Award candidate Cody Zeller and reputable sidekick Christian Watford. Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey, and Yogi Ferrell strengthen a battle-tested backcourt.
Derick Beltran will be a SWAC POY contender for Southern, pushing the Jaguars a hair over reigning conference champions Mississippi Valley State to snag the automatic berth.
Anthony Raffa of Coastal Carolina is one of the most prolific mid-major scorers, giving Coastal Carolina the Big South berth.
No. 8 Miami (FL) vs. No. 9 Stanford
Reggie Johnson weighs in at a near-300 pounds and will be a torturing force in the lane for the Canes. Point guard Shane Larkin possesses superstar potential.
The Cardinal are ready to emerge back into the national spotlight, led by returning team leading scorer Chasson Randle.
No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Colorado State
Even when it seems like Bo Ryan has zero star power on his roster, the Badgers will always plug themselves into the national conversation. Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren bolster a solid frontcourt.
Ex-Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy inherits an experienced pool of talent and should have the Rams squabbling towards the upper tier of a very underrated MWC.
No. 4 Memphis vs. No. 13 Detroit
Memphis' Adonis Thomas, a former top-10 recruit, was sidelined for close to the entirety of 2011-'12 due to injury. He returns to the Tigers, teaming with potential-laden forward Tarik Black.
Eli Holman is an enormous loss for my Horizon league champion Detroit, but Ray McCallum Sr. and Ray McCallum Jr. will present themselves as the next father-son powerhouse, following the McDermotts of Creighton.