Even before the Louisville Cardinals finished cutting down the nets last March, college basketball’s best were gearing up to dethrone Rick Pitino’s squad. For some, the offseason featured players coming (Michael Dixon Jr. to Memphis) or going (Marquette’s Vander Blue to the NBA) unexpectedly, while others were just worrying about how to stay on top without 2012-13’s stars.
No program felt that latter burden quite like the Indiana Hoosiers, who lost four starters—including Player of the Year finalist Victor Oladipo. The pressure will be on sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell to earn his leadership stripes as a very inexperienced roster takes over the spotlight in Bloomington.
Read on for more on Tom Crean’s rebuilding efforts and the rest of the most prominent windfalls or worries for the top-20 teams in our latest preseason rankings.