#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
Post-season: NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
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