Shannon Ryan's Preseason Top 25

November 11, 2009

Shannon Ryan's Preseason Top 25
1. Kansas: Every top player from last season's Sweet 16 returns for coach Bill Self.

2. Michigan State: Three starters are back from last season's national runner-up team.

3. Texas: With this much depth, the Longhorns can expect to be in the Final Four.

4. Kentucky: Coach John Calipari is playing with the big boys now in the Bluegrass State.

5: North Carolina: Huge losses? So what? North Carolina just reloads.

6. West Virginia: West Virginia can go far with nearly unguardable forwards Da'Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks.

7: Villanova: A post player would help, but Jay Wright can coach a team of guards deep into the tourney.

8. Purdue: How's this for a success recipe? All five starters return and Robbie Hummel is healthy.

9. California: Guard Jerome Randle leads a group of seniors who should win the Pac-10.

10. Tennessee: Almost everyone is back from Bruce Pearl's Sweet 16 team.

11. Duke: Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer are in charge.

12. Butler: With all five starters back, don't be surprised to see the Bulldogs in the Sweet 16.

13. Connecticut: Lost plenty, but look for a big season from guard Kemba Walker and forward Stanley Robinson.

14. Michigan: The Wolverines are loaded with shooters.

15. Washington: The arrival of guard Abdul Gaddy will help make up for some key losses.

16. Oklahoma: Sophomore guard Willie Warren can keep the Sooners in the Big 12 hunt.

17. Georgetown: With Greg Monroe in the post and a solid backcourt, the Hoyas will regroup.

18. Ohio State: Guard Evan Turner may not play point, but the sophomore can help at nearly any position.

19. Georgia Tech: With all of this talent, no way the Yellow Jackets finish with just two ACC wins.

20. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have every starter back but need to lock down on defense.

21. Louisville: Cards probably aren't Final Four-bound again, but their skilled backcourt can carry them.

22. Clemson: The Tigers look for a third straight tourney trip. Forward Trevor Booker makes that possible.

23. Illinois: If the Illini can add offense to its defense, expect another 24-win season.

24. Dayton: Junior Chris Wright can take the Flyers to back-to-back tourneys.

25. Notre Dame: Forward Luke Harangody has all the skills to take the Irish back to the tourney.

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