Keep an eye on: Trent Lockett
The skinny: The Golden Eagles lost Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom from their strong 2011-12 squad, but bring back pretty good experience, especially in the backcourt, with starters Cadougan and Blue. Chris Otule, back from a knee injury, will help bolster the frontcourt. Lockett, a senior transfer from Arizona, could be an interesting addition.
Last season: 22-14, 12-6
Coach: Stan Heath
Top players: Anthony Collins, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, Victor Rudd
Keep an eye on: Javontae Hawkins
The skinny: The Bulls broke through in the Big East, finishing high enough to warrant an NCAA bid, the school's first in 20 years. They've lost Augustus Gilchrist from that team, but have five seniors back and Hawkins, a top 100 recruit. USF will be especially strong in the backcourt.
Last season: 20-14, 8-10
Coach: Kevin Ollie
Keep an eye on: Omar Calhoun
The skinny: The Huskies lost a lot of talent because of NBA defections and transfers, and coach Jim Calhoun has retired. They are ineligible for the postseason but will be playing to help Ollie, signed through this season, get a long-term grip on his dream job. It will be an interesting season for UConn, which will look for more from Enosch Wolf, Niels Giffey and DeAndre Daniels to supplement a strong backcourt, a season with little to lose and much to gain.
Last season: 13-19, 6-12
Coach: Steve Lavin
Top Players: D'Angelo Harrison, Sir'Dominic Porter, God'sgift Achiuwa
Keep an eye on: Chris Obekpa
The skinny: The Red Storm had one of their youngest teams ever, and a tumultuous season, with coach Steve Lavin missing most of it as he recovered from prostate cancer. Moe Harkless, a fabulous freshman, went to the NBA. Lavin is back, and some stability should follow. Obekpa, a local kid, was heavily recruited and figures to have front-court impact. Harrison (17.0) was the top freshman scorer in the league last season.