One of the great things about the offseason in any sport is that every team can find reasons to hope. In the case of the teams near the top of the college basketball heap, those hopes can even extend to earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Some teams, like Kentucky, come in loaded with talent and Final Four experience, while others, like Xavier, are used to being on the outside looking in. With the right breaks, though, any of them could find themselves facing a 16th seed in their opening game.
Herein, one version of the preseason Top 25 (courtesy of Yahoo!) and a look at why each of these squads could find themselves at the top of the brackets come March.