Top 10 College Basketball Teams 2011 5-1

Austin GradeContributor IApril 7, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils goes up for a shot against Andrew Smith #41 of the Butler Bulldogs during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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#5 Butler Bulldogs

Post-season: NCAA runner-up

Projected Starters:G Shelvin Mack(Jr) Ronald Nored(Jr) Shawn Vanzant(Sr)  F Gordon Hayward(Jr) Matt Howard(Sr)

Bench: Hahn, Marshall, Fromm, Kampen, Hopkins

Butler brings back a loaded team, and if Hayward stays, they will have enough firepower to get back to the final 4.

Projection: 28-33 wins, Elite 8


#4 Georgetown Hoyas

Post-season: NCAA First round

Projected Starters:G Chris Wright(Sr) Austin Freeman(Sr)   F Greg Monroe(Jr) Hollis Thompson(So) Julian Vaughn(Sr)

Bench: Benimon, Clark, Lubick, Starks, Abraham

The Hoyas will have the same team if Monroe stays and will be the preseason favorites to win the Big East with the emergence of Hollis Thompson.

Projection: 28-33 wins, Final 4


#3 Michigan ST Spartans

Post-season: NCAA Final 4

Projected Starters:G Kalin Lucas(Sr) Durrell Summers(Sr)   F Delvon Roe(Jr) Draymond Green(Jr) Derrick Nix(So)

Bench: Lucious, Allen, Payne, Appling, Byrd

Considering: Trey Zeigler

This team is stacked. It will come down to their frontcourt if they want to win the National Championship, because they have one of the most talented guardplay in the country.

Projection:30-35 wins, Final 4


#2 Purdue Boilermakers

Post-season: NCAA Sweet 16

Projected Starters:G Lewis Jackson(Jr) E'Twaun Moore(Sr) Kelsey Barlow(So)   F Robbie Hummel(Sr) JuJuan Johnson(Sr)

Bench: Bade, Johnson, Carroll, Byrd, Smith

The Boilermakers will hope to stay healthy next season with their Big 3, in Hummel, Moore, and Johnson.

Projection: 30-35 wins, Runner-up


#1 Duke Blue Devils


Projected Starters:G Kyrie Irving(Fr) Nolan Smith(Sr)   F Kyle Singler(Sr) Mason Plumlee(So) Miles Plumlee(Jr)

Bench: Curry, Dawkins, Hairston, Kelly, Felix

The defending champs will go back-to-back if Singler stays for his senior year.

Projection: 32-37 wins, National Champions