Top 15 Teams for 2010-11
- Michigan State – Returners are good as are newcomers. Lucas has been Izzo’s best leader since Mateen Cleaves.
- Duke – Smith and Singler return with a cast of role players and Curry and Irving have arrived.
- Kansas State – Not very deep but talented and experienced. Frank Martin’s teams will ALWAYS play hard.
- Pittsburgh – Gibbs and Wanamaker combine to make one of the most talented backcourts in the NCAA.
- Kansas – New star faces will emerge this season with the loss of Collins and Aldrich but the talent is there.
- Missouri – The sleeper team of the year. The Tigers are athletic with great depth. There may not be a star but this is a team that will win.
- Villanova – Reynolds is gone but Fisher will look to lead this experienced team.
- Illinois – Snubbed from NCAA’s last season, Weber’s club should have a chip on their shoulder.
- Syracuse – If a scorer steps up on the perimeter then this team could be dangerous.
- Purdue – Hummel’s gone but Johnson and Moore will lead a team full of Midwest area talent.
- Marquette – Perimeter oriented team that always brings toughness. Jimmy Butler is key.
- North Carolina – Barnes and Bullock are good and Zeller is back from injury. Everyone else returns with experience after a bad year last season.
- Ohio State – Still missing a true point guard but have both good experience and talented newcomers.
- Kentucky – Newcomers are good but not as talented as Calapari’s first class.
- Florida – Return a core of talented perimeters and athletic posts.
*Pac Ten team not considered