College Basketball: Preseason Bracketology and National Title Predictions

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College Basketball: Preseason Bracketology and National Title Predictions
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Cody Zeller

Since we last published a 2013 bracketology prediction in early June, a lot has changed throughout the college basketball landscape.

Dismissals of Butler's Chrishawn Hopkins, Xavier's Dez Wells, Murray State's Zay Jackson and LIU Brooklyn's Julian Boyd have all negatively affected their former teams.

Transfers such as Oklahoma State's Cezar Guerrero and Vermont's Four McGlynn have also weakened their former squads.

Absences due to health issues such as Michigan State's Kenny Kaminski, and even Saint Louis' coach Rick Majerus have--well, you get the point.

On the flip side, some teams have gained some ground from happenings during the offseason.

UNLV got a late commitment from Savon Goodman, while Norvel Pelle pledged to Iona and might be eligible this season.

Geron Johnson received an unexpected eligibility to play at Memphis this season.

Okay, you get the point. While no games have been played, a lot has happened that has altered the outlook of many teams. 

But, that isn't the only reason teams have been shifted around. To put it simply, there are numerous teams that I like or dislike more than I did a few months ago.

In addition to the updated bracketology, an early look at the Final Four and National Title contenders is included on the concluding slide.

Here is the preseason version of our predictions for college basketball's most exhilarating three weekends of the year.

Note: For the purposes of this article, I'm going with an "innocent until proven guilty" mindset. Players facing eligibility issues, notably Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson of UCLA, were considered eligible until otherwise ruling.

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