Big Ten will get 2 in

Dom Amore

Hartford Courant

This seems like a good year to play it safe. It just feels like Indiana is back, doesn't it?

Tom Crean has had time to build and he has built. He has a big man, Cody Zeller, around whom a team can be built.

The Big East isn't what it used to be, but Louisville is, and it has that rare commodity in the one-and-done age — experience, especially in guard Peyton Siva.

I was tempted to veer from the mainstream on Kentucky — how can the Wildcats do it again with a whole new team? The same way they did last year with a whole new team. John Calipari has the knack for it.

Ohio State? Michigan? I'll stray a little from the straight and narrow and take the Wolverines and Trey Burke.

UCLA set for return visit

Baxter Holmes

Los Angeles Times

Anthony Davis' unibrow stole headlines during Kentucky's run to the Final Four last season. And this time around, when the Wildcats make a return trip, the buzz will once again focus on the appearance of another Kentucky prized freshman center.

That would be potential future NBA lottery pick Nerlens Noel, who rocks an old-school hi-top fade hairdo.

Aside from Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville will also be among the last four on the Big Dance floor in Atlanta.

And which team will round out the group? UCLA. With blue-chip recruit Shabazz Muhammad eligible after a lengthy NCAA investigation, the Bruins' new up-tempo offense will flourish, speeding them back to the Final Four.

Creighton underdog pick

Iliana Limón Romero

Orlando Sentinel