Who Has the Best Starting 5 in College Basketball in 2015-16?

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Who Has the Best Starting 5 in College Basketball in 2015-16?
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North Carolina hasn't been particularly healthy this season, but the full-strength Tar Heels starting five (if we ever get to see it again) will be the best in the nation.

For the purposes of this list, benches do not exist. We'll occasionally mention noteworthy bench players, just because some of these sixth and seventh men deserve to be mentioned. However, we're only interested in starting fives.

Teams like Arizona and West Virginia that rely heavily upon their depth didn't score well, while (arguably) inferior teams that ride their starters hard were able to sneak into the top 10.

One thing to note: Minor injuries were disregarded, but significant injuries have to be taken into consideration. For example, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks have missed the past few games, but they should be back shortly. They are both considered starters for this list. But Duke's Amile Jefferson and Connecticut's Amida Brimah aren't expected back for at least a few more weeks and were thus not included as starters for their respective teams.

Ranking our 10 best starting lineups basically boiled down to a search for weaknesses. Do any individual players have major question marks? Or does the unit as a whole have major troubles against certain types of offenses or defenses?

In a nutshell, these are the 10 teams that should be most dangerous in March if they can avoid the dreaded injury and foul bugs.

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