NCAA Men's Basketball: Early Top 25 Predictions for 2012

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NCAA Men's Basketball: Early Top 25 Predictions for 2012
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Moments after the crowning of a new champion, it is time to look ahead to the 2011-2012 season.

Really?

Amid speculation of an NBA lockout, players declaring for the draft, players saying they aren't declaring for the draft and coaches changing jobs, to try and figure out what is going to happen next season (especially after the one we just witnessed) would be an exercise in futility, right?

Right. So let's do it anyway.

This is the early, early version for the top 25 of 2011-12, one that will take a much different shape over the course of the next three-to-four weeks.

The spring signing period may bring some hidden gems to some schools, while underclassmen have until April 24th to state their intentions regarding the NBA draft.

Some schools could potentially be hit hard by early defections. At this point in time, there is really no way of knowing who is staying and who is going, except for those who have already enlisted the services of an agent.

With that in mind, here is a look at some of next year's Top 25 contenders.

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