Here are 10 other teams that I considered for the rankings (in alphabetical order):
[b]BYU[/b]- With Jimmer Fredette back, BYU has a potent perimeter attack. However, the loss of Jonathan Tavernari and Michael Lloyd, their depth took a hit. Their frontcourt could also use a boost in production.
[b]Detroit[/b]- The Titans return their top three scorers and add dynamic point guard Ray McCallum. If everything clicks, they have a chance to win the Horizon League.
[b]Georgia[/b]- Georgia had a number of big wins last year and are led by the dynamic duo of Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie.
[b]Northwestern[/b]- The Cats return four starters from their best team ever and should have Kevin Coble back from injury.
[b]Notre Dame[/b]- Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough give them a strong offensive duo, though there are question marks about their supporting cast. The recovery of Scott Martin will be a key to their season.
[b]Seton Hall[/b]- The return of Jeremy Hazell, Jeff Robinson and Herb Pope gives them a chance to get on the right side of the bubble this year.
[b]Temple[/b]- Lavoy Allen and Juan Fernandez return, but they will have to replace the production of Ryan Brooks.
[b]UNLV[/b]- Tre'von Willis and Chace Stanback return, but the Rebels could use better production up front. Can Kansas transfer Quintrell Thomas fill that hole?
[b]Wisconsin[/b]- The Badgers lose Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon, but Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor give them a chance to stay in the conference title race. Wisconsin seems to find a new key player every season, which is what they will need to do.
[b]Xavier[/b]- The Musketeers bring back most of their rotation players, but the loss of Jordan Crawford is huge.