Syracuse has had several teams capable of winning national championships since they won it all in 2003 with Carmelo Anthony.
Two years ago, the Orange, led by Wes Johnson, looked like a top contender before they were shocked by Butler in the Sweet 16. This year, however, their chances are even better.
Instead of relying on just one player to take care of business, as they did with Johnson, Syracuse can legitimately lean on seven or eight players, all of whom can take over the game.
Not to sell Kris Joseph, their best player, short, but the Orange also have a dynamic backcourt of Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche, both of whom can score at will when they get hot. In the frontcourt behind Joseph are several talented players who can only improve from last season.
Fab Melo is the biggest name in that group—despite last year's struggles, Melo has the capability to be a top-tier center in the Big East.
C.J Fair and Dion Waiters have tons of talent and will be given even more minutes this year in which to harness it. James Southerland and Baye Moussa Keita know their roles on the team as a shooter and defensive stopper, respectively.
We haven't even gotten to Cuse's two outstanding recruits, Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams, who each have the capability to be Syracuse's next big star. This goes especially for Christmas, one of the nation's top big men, who will look to have an immediate impact.
Some may call me a homer for putting Syracuse at No. 1, but they are ranked fifth in the preseason poll, and if Jim Boeheim can work his magic, the Orange will be cutting down the nets at the end of the season.
Postseason Prediction: NCAA Tournament National Champions