Also considered: Memphis, LSU, Baylor, Syracuse, Utah, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Colorado
25. San Diego State: The Aztecs lost their leading scorer (Xavier Thames) and rebounder (Josh Davis). But they’ll compete for the Mountain West title thanks to the return of Winston Shepard, Dwayne Polee II and JJ O'Brien.
24. Michigan State: Losing Adreian Payne, Gary Harris and Keith Appling is a major blow for the Spartans. But Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson are battle-tested veterans, and Tom Izzo is one of the nation’s top coaches.
23. Connecticut: The defending national champions will continue to be a factor thanks to the return of guard Ryan Boatright and the addition of North Carolina State transfer Rodney Purvis, even with one-man show Shabazz Napier in the NBA.
22. VCU: The Rams return leading scorer Treveon Graham and defensive standout Briante Weber. Shaka Smart’s teams will always be a threat because of their unorthodox style of play.
21. Harvard: Tommy Amaker is building the Gonzaga of the Ivy League. He's recruiting talent on a major-conference level, and this team returns its three leading scorers in Wesley Saunders, Siyani Chambers and Steve Moundou-Missi.