Shannon Ryan's preseason Top 25

Shannon Ryan's preseason Top 25(Last season's record, postseason result in parenthesis)

1. Duke (35-5, NCAA champion): Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith can equal second championship.

2. Michigan State (28-9, Final Four): Healthy PG Kalin Lucas leads class that boldly predicts title.

3. Kansas State (29-8, Elite Eight): With Jacob Pullen back, coach Frank Martin should cheer up.

4. Pittsburgh (25-9, NCAA 2nd round): Can't name

a Panther? You'll know the starting five by March.

5. Ohio State (29-8, Sweet 16): Jared Sullinger: Just another terrific freshman in Columbus.

6. Villanova (25-8, 2nd round): Jay Wright has special backcourt with Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes.

7. Kansas (33-3, 2nd round): Marcus Morris, Jayhawks among elite, especially if Josh Selby is eligible.

8. North Carolina (20-17, NIT): Tar Heels seek redemption. Top recruit Harrison Barnes can help.

9. Florida (21-13, 1st round): Chandler Parsons is ready for breakout season.

10. Syracuse (30-5, Sweet 16): Freshman 7-footer Fab Melo has a sweet game to go with a cool name.

11. Kentucky (35-3, Elite Eight): Only Congress has more turnover. If Enes Kanter is eligible, watch out.

12. Gonzaga (27-7, 2nd round): Zags look to international big men Elias Harris, Kelly Olynyk, Robert Sacre.

13. Missouri (23-11, 2nd round): This might be year for coach Mike Anderson with return of G Kim English.

14. Illinois (21-15, NIT): Can Illini live up to high expectations after crumbling last season?

15. Memphis (24-10, NIT): Don't focus on coach's boyish looks; focus on Tigers' impressive young talent.

16. Baylor (28-8, Elite Eight): LaceDarius Dunn will be prolific scorer if he returns from legal troubles.

17. Butler (33-5, runner-up): Gordon Hayward left early, but three starters have Final Four experience.

18. Georgetown (23-11, 1st round): Backcourt of Chris Wright, Austin Freeman may be Big East's best.

19. Washington (26-10, Sweet 16): Quincy Pondexter is gone, but Huskies still strong at guard.

20. Temple (29-6, 1st round): Owls hope to challenge Villanova as Philly's current premiere team.

21. Purdue (29-6, Sweet 16): Robbie Hummel's injury dropped the Boilermakers out of top four.

22. San Diego State (25-9, 1st round): Kawhi Leonard, Malcolm Thomas make up top front court.

23. Minnesota (21-14, 1st round): Al Nolen, Trevor Mbakwe will help return Gophers to NCAAs.

24. Brigham Young (30-6, 2nd round): Jimmer "Lights Out" Fredette (22 ppg) is among the best.

25. Wisconsin (24-9, 2nd round): Expect big things from forward Jon Leuer (21.5 ppg in tournament).

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