The dust has barely settled in Indianapolis after a thrilling finish to the 2014 Elite Eight, but the basketball-crazy home of the NCAA is already gearing up for the 2015 Final Four.
Last weekend's combatants, Michigan and Kentucky, are certainly among the teams with legitimate hopes of being back at Lucas Oil Stadium a year from now, and they’ve got plenty of company.
One of the leading 2014 contenders who came up short was a Kansas squad built around a trio of elite freshmen. Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid are off to the NBA, but Wayne Selden Jr. remains to lend some experience to an incoming recruiting class that would love to erase the bad taste of this year’s third-round flop against Stanford.
Read on for more on the Jayhawks and the rest of the top candidates to make the Final Four next season, along with picks for all four of the teams who will be facing off in Indianapolis.