There's no real downtime in the world of college basketball, not for the players and coaches and certainly not for those of us who cover the sport as media or follow as fans. The "offseason" isn't so much about relaxing and taking a break between the end of one grind and the start of the other as it is a time to start looking ahead to what's coming next.
It's also the time to make predictions—lots and lots of predictions.
There are plenty of way-too-early top-25 rankings—we're not immune: here's our projection of the best teams for the 2014-15 season—and lists touting the best freshmen, best upperclassmen and best overall players. Look around enough and you'll find predictions on which 68 teams will make the NCAA field...eight months from now.
This prediction, though, is more about hope than hype. With about 350 teams in Division I, it's easy for a program to get lost in the mix if it doesn't have a good season, and the reasons why things didn't go well are different for every school. But for some of the teams that struggled in 2013-14, it's not too far-fetched to think things will be a lot better next season as long as a few things go their way.
Here's our prediction for the 10 teams that will be the most improved programs in college basketball in 2014-15.