With its small rosters and quick departures, college basketball features the biggest offseason changes of any sport—for both good and bad. For every Kentucky squad that rides a new crop of freshmen to go from the NIT to the national title game, there’s an Indiana team that sees its top players disappear and goes from national prominence to afterthought status just as fast.
One program set for such a fall is the Syracuse Orange, which was the No. 1 team in the polls for so much of last season. C.J. Fair’s graduation alone is a serious blow to the ‘Cuse offense, and he’s far from the only key player departing from a 28-6 roster.
Herein is a closer look at the challenges ahead for Jim Boeheim, along with nine more successful teams facing calamitous drop-offs in the college hoops season to come.