2011-12 Record: 29-8, 11-5 MAC
Ohio became a national sensation last year, advancing to the Sweet 16 and nearly upsetting No. 1 seed North Carolina, and the Bobcats should only get better. They return their top nine scorers from last season, or, in other words, everyone who played a legitimate role in last year's NCAA Tournament run.
The Bobcats will be able to go with the same starting lineup as last year if they want: D.J. Cooper, Walter Offutt, Nick Kellogg, Ivo Baltic and Jon Smith.
Cooper, who is the best point guard in the MAC, was the team's star with 14.7 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Last year, he posted a triple-double against Portland with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had five steals in that game.
Offutt and Kellogg both played off-ball guard. Offutt was No. 2 in scoring with 12.4 points per game. He shot 45 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from deep. Kellogg averaged nine points per game and led Ohio in three-point shooting, making 85 treys at a 42.7 percent clip.
In the frontcourt, the Bobcats started Ivo Baltic and Jon Smith. Baltic averaged 8.7 points and five rebounds and Smith posted 3.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
Off the bench, they used Reggie Keely, who averaged nine points and four rebounds, and T.J. Hall, who had 3.8 points in 12 minutes per game.
This is a group of players that knows how to win, but the big question surrounds the new coach. John Groce, who led Ohio to three NCAA Tournament wins in his four years, is now at Illinois, and in his place is former Texas Christian coach Jim Christian. Christian was very successful at Kent State, but his TCU teams struggled over the last four years.