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November 6, 2007
The Rivals.com 340 at 3:40: No. 1-No. 170
1. North Carolina
Tyler Hansbrough and the Tar Heels have it all: talent, depth, balance and – now - experience.
John Calipari has his best (college) team since 1995-1996 UMass, which went 35-2.
Freshman center Kevin Love adds the inside presence the Bruins have lacked.
Is this the season Bill Self finally gets to the Final Four? Once again, he has all the talent he needs.
Rick Pitino believes three of his players will make an early leap to the NBA.
Vols are the runaway favorite in the SEC. Have we ever been able to say that?
8. Michigan State
Spartans will rely on overwhelming depth. Tom Izzo may use 11-man rotation.
Prep phenom O.J. Mayo is one of three future first-round picks for Trojans.
If Roy Hibbert has big season, he could be No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA draft.
11. Kansas State
Michael Beasley, Rivals.com's No. 1 prospect, will spend only one year in college. You can bet he'll want to make it a special one.
Lute Olson's sudden leave of absence creates some doubts in Tucson.
13. Washington State
Can Cougars rekindle last season's magic? All five starters are back.
The guard-heavy Golden Eagles may have nation's top backcourt.
Blue Devils are deeper, but finding an adequate big man could be a problem.
16. Mississippi State
Star guard Jamont Gordon is the nation's most versatile player.
17. N.C. State
Wolfpack's shocking run to the 2007 ACC Tournament final was sign of things to come.
Future hinges on status of 7-footer Brook Lopez (indefinitely suspended).
Longhorns out to prove they were more than one-man team last season.
No way Huskies go two years in a row without NCAA Tournament bid.
Four starters are back, but clutch guard Aaron Brooks is the one who isn't.
Watch out for freshman center DeJuan Blair. He has looked great in preseason.
24. Southern Illinois
Salukis will reach seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Rising star Patrick Beverley will flourish under new coach John Pelphrey.
New coach Brad Stevens, 30, is second-youngest in Division I.
28. Ohio State
Buckeyes lose top four scorers, but welcome nation's No. 6 recruiting class.
29. Texas A&M
Four starters return, but Billy Gillispie and Acie Law IV will be missed.
Jon Brockman led Pac-10 in rebounding (9.6 rpg) last season.
With big man Josh Heytvelt back, Zags look dangerous again.
Golden Bears will be much better with a healthy Devon Hardin.
Jay Wright is stockpiling another deep crop of talented guards.
Blazers boast transfers from Indiana, Georgia and Mississippi State.
35. Notre Dame
Just like last season, expectations aren't high for Irish.
Nobody lost more. The two-time defending champs must replace top six scorers and three lottery picks.
Stephen Curry (122 3-pointers last season) and Wildcats face Duke, NC State, UNC and UCLA.
Star guard Sean Singletary gave Cavs a chance to get back to NCAA Tournament when he pulled out of draft.
Andrew Ogilvy, a 6-10 freshman from Australia, dominated at U-19 World Championships.
Transfer C.J. Anderson (from Manhattan) will be a dangerous scoring threat.
41. Southern Miss
Larry Eustachy won 20 games with young squad last season.
Without Ron Steele, Tide is an NCAA Tournament bubble team at best.
Bo Ryan faces one of his toughest jobs. Brian Butch is leading returning scorer at 8.8 ppg.
44. New Mexico State
Reggie Theus is in the NBA, but new coach Marvin Menzies inherits four starters from a 25-win squad.
Star center Aleks Maric gets help in form of an eight-man recruiting class.
47. George Mason
Well-seasoned Patriots bring back 92 percent of their scoring.
Sophomore guards Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes combined to average 8.7 assists a game last season.
49. West Virginia
Bob Huggins inherits four double-digit scorers. But will his style fit the personnel?
50. Oklahoma State
Cowboys lost two of Big 12's top players: Mario Boggan (19.0 ppg) and JamesOn Curry (17.3 ppg).
51. St. Joseph's
Hawks failed to reach postseason for first time in six years last season.
Point guard Eric Maynor earned spot on Pan American team this summer.
53. Georgia Tech
If Jackets can find a steady point guard, they could be the surprise of the ACC.
54. Western Kentucky
NBA scouts have their eye on wing Courtney Lee (17.3 ppg).
Coach Fran McCaffery has sparked quick turnaround at MAAC school.
56. Rhode Island
Rams are full of offensive weapons. Defense is the big question mark.
Boilermakers landed the nation's No. 7 recruiting class, complete with four top-100 prospects.
58. South Alabama
Ronnie Arrow, who coached at USA from 1987-1994, replaces John Pelphrey (now at Arkansas).
59. Saint Louis
Rick Majerus could have held out for a better job, but he took the opening at Saint Louis. Advantage, Billikens.
Fourth-year coach Jeff Lebo has his most experienced squad.
Dave Rose has been the Mountain West's Coach of the Year the past two seasons.
Take Tubby Smith out of the national spotlight, and he becomes a great coach.
Few teams have more experience. The starting lineup includes four seniors.
Dragons beat Syracuse, Villanova and Creighton on the road last season – and still didn't make NCAA Tournament.
Four starters return from a team that got off to a 17-0 start last season.
Vanderbilt transfer DeMarre Carroll will give Tigers boost on the inside.
Guard Sharaud Curry (leg injury) must get healthy soon. Friars have tough non-conference slate.
Zips won 26 games last season. With three double-digit scorers back, they'll be strong again.
69. George Washington
Colonials have won A-10 regular-season title or the A-10 Tournament in each of the past three years.
Freshman big man Blake Griffin (6-10, 240) adds size and plenty of power.
Four-star forward Chris Wright turned down many Big Ten programs to sign with Flyers.
72. Florida State
Al Thornton is in the NBA, but three guards who averaged double-figures in scoring return.
The trigger-happy Cougars attempted 30.6 3-pointers per game last season.
The Nick Fazekas era is over. Losing guard Ramon Sessions (also drafted in second round) also hurts.
75. Boston College
Underrated coach Al Skinner won't let Eagles fall too far down ACC standings.
Braves boast MVC's top backcourt and added four JC transfers.
77. Holy Cross
Crusaders are looking for fifth NCAA Tournament bid in past eight seasons.
78. Utah State
Aggies have played in the postseason eight years in a row.
Seven-foot Jamaican Jerome Jordan is the Golden Hurricane's "X"-factor.
80. Seton Hall
Sophomore point Eugene Harvey ranked in the top 10 in the Big East in scoring, assists and steals last season.
Guard Wink Adams is the only starter back from last season's Sweet 16 run.
Can a coach just a year removed from a Final Four trip be on the hot seat? If his name is John Brady, the answer is yes.
83. Ole Miss
With eight newcomers joining the roster, the Rebels are staring at a transitional year.
The Bluejays' streak of nine straight 20-win seasons is in jeopardy.
85. Missouri State
Bears sorely will miss outside shooting and leadership of Blake Ahearn.
86. South Carolina
Coach Dave Odom is relying on a bevy of transfers.
New coach John Beilein is nearly starting from scratch. The Wolverines lost 63.5 percent of their scoring.
Kyle Hines (20.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg) is one of the top players in mid-major ranks.
89. Appalachian State
Mountaineers set a school-record with 25 wins last season.
90. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Former Tulane coach Perry Clark will lean on 7-footer Chris Daniels.
91. Loyola (Md.)
The Greyhounds, led by guard Gerald Brown (22.2 ppg), are primed for breakthrough season.
92. Wisconsin-Green Bay
Last year's 7-9 mark in the Horizon League was uncharacteristic.
93. Arizona State
Five-star wing James Harden gives coach Herb Sendek someone to build his rebuilding program around.
The Bison are missing the core of their 2005 and 2006 NCAA Tournament teams.
95. College of Charleston
Former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins won 22 games in his first year with Cougars last season.
96. Texas Tech
Clutch shooter Jarrius Jackson is gone. Time for guard Martin Zeno to step up.
The NCAA granted a medical redshirt for big man Anthony King, which is great news for 'Canes.
A string of preseason suspensions cut short what looked like promising campaign in Athens.
99. Northern Iowa
Panthers spent August in Thailand, playing in World University Games.
Catamounts need young big men to develop quickly.
101. Iowa State
Cyclones still are rebuilding, but future looks bright with addition of five-star big man Craig Brackins.
102. Cal State Fullerton
Transfer Josh Akognon scored 10.3 ppg for Washington State two seasons ago.
103. Wake Forest
Demon Deacons face an emotional year after sudden death of coach Skip Prosser in July.
104. Cal Poly
A deep set of veteran guards gives Mustangs shot at the 20-win barrier.
105. UC Santa Barbara
Guard Alex Harris (21.1 ppg) is the best player in the Big West.
106. East Tennessee State
With a deeper bench, the Buccaneers should cruise to A-Sun title.
Either Penn or Princeton has won the Ivy League for the past 19 years. Well-balanced Cornell can stop that streak.
Big men Andrew Strait (6-8) and Jordan Hasquet (6-9) combined to average 28.0 ppg and 12.8 rpg last season.
109. Boston University
Terriers have shot to reach first NCAA Tournament since 2002.
110. Wright State
Losing Horizon League player of year DaShaun Wright will hurt.
111. Miami (Ohio)
Look for guard Michael Bramos to emerge as one of MAC's top players.
112. Austin Peay
Governors are heavy favorite to win the OVC.
How important was coach Gregg Marshall (now at Wichita State), who won seven Big South titles in nine years? We're about to find out.
Coach Scott Drew has raised talent level each year in Waco.
With nine newcomers, Bobcats are the dark horse in the MAC.
Finding offense could be problem with first-round pick Wilson Chandler (14.6 ppg) and Sammy Mejia (14.1 ppg) gone.
Quakers are bound to take step back after losing Ivy League POY Ibrahim Jaaber (15.4 ppg) and Mark Zoller (17.7 ppg).
118. Kent State
Golden Flashes will be relying on young backcourt.
119. Old Dominion
After losing top three scorers, just landing an NIT bid will be a tough goal to reach.
120. Saint Mary's
Veteran-laden Gaels look like second-best team in WCC, behind Gonzaga. Four starters return.
121. Illinois State
Osiris Eldridge was the MVC's 2006-07 Freshman of the Year.
122. Oral Roberts
The Eagles, who won at Kansas last season, are far less potent without Caleb Green (20.5 ppg) and Ken Tutt (16.2 ppg).
123. High Point
Arizona Reid (20.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg) is the best player in the Big South.
New coach Jeff Bzdelik can turn this struggling program around quickly.
125. Weber State
Wildcats must replace Big Sky MVP David Patten.
Talented guard George Hill gives the Jaguars a solid chance of winning the Summit League.
Sun Belt's 2006-07 coach of the year Orlando Early has every starter back.
Second-year coach Mick Cronin is upgrading the talent level.
Northeastern transfer Shawn James (6-10) led the nation in blocks in 2005-06.
130. Fresno State
Point guard Kevin Bell, a three-year starter, must stay healthy for Bulldogs to remain in WAC's upper echelon.
The 49ers lost six seniors and two transfers. No wonder Bobby Lutz considered taking the South Alabama job.
Guard Eric Flato (15.3 ppg) heads up an improving squad with plenty of experience.
133. Oregon State
Coach Jay John's job may be on the line at the worst possible time. The Pac-10 looks deeper than ever.
New coach Heath Schroyer was an assistant at Wyoming in 2001-02, the last time the Cowboys made the Big Dance.
The Fran Dunphy Era got off to a rough start. The Owls are coming off their first losing season since 1982-83.
136. Middle Tennessee State
The Blue Raiders landed one of the top recruiting classes among mid-majors.
137. Boise State
Broncos will have the top frontcourt in the WAC, but guard play looks shaky.
Minutemen lost A-10 Player of the Year Stephane Lasme, a second-round pick, and Rashaun Freeman.
Longtime assistant Bob Nash replaces Riley Wallace, who had been Hawaii's coach for the past 20 years.
140. Delaware State
Hornets – led by Roy Bright (15.5 ppg) – are shooting for their fourth consecutive MEAC regular-season title.
The 2008 Atlantic Sun Tournament will be played in Lipscomb's Allen Arena, where the Bison are 24-2 over past two years.
142. Wichita State
A middle-of-the-pack finish in MVC may be the best new coach Gregg Marshall can hope for.
Coach Ray Giacoletti was fired after an 11-19 season filled with ugly losses.
Going to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament looks like a bit of a reach.
145. Penn State
If Nittany Lions don't show improvement soon, coach Ed DeChellis could be on his way out.
146. Virginia Tech
Hokies only return five scholarship players and top recruit Augustus Gilchrist asked out of his letter of intent.
147. St. John's
Another season of hovering around .500 might not be enough for coach Norm Roberts to keep his job.
148. San Diego State
Expectations have been lowered for Aztecs, who will sorely miss guard Brandon Heath.
Without guards Loren Stokes and Carlos Rivera (combined for 33.9 ppg), coach Tom Pecora may rethink not taking the Seton Hall job a year ago.
Knights will play in a new 10,000-seat arena on campus, which is nearly twice the size of their old venue.
151. San Diego
New coach Bill Grier (a longtime Gonzaga assistant) has a good blend of talent and experience with which to work.
The cupboard is bare. New coach Todd Lickliter had more talent to work with at Butler.
The fast-improving Lions posted 16 wins last season, the most since 1992-93.
154. Sam Houston State
The Bearkats, led by big man Ryan Bright, will be a contender in the Southland again.
155. North Dakota State
After winning 20 games as an independent last season, the Bison make the move to the Summit League.
Mocs should get back to winning ways with the addition of three JC transfers.
157. Robert Morris
Colonials have plenty of proven scorers. If they find a steady point guard, they'll win the Northeast.
Golden Grizzlies (19-14) were one of four Summit League teams with a winning record last season.
Charron Fisher, arguably the MAAC's top player, lost most of his supporting cast.
Cardinals boast several veterans with starting experience.
Broncs must surround big man Jason Thompson (6-11, 250) with better guards.
162. Morgan State
Remember Todd Bozeman (the former Cal coach found guilty of NCAA violations)? He's entering his second year at Morgan State.
163. Eastern Kentucky
Picked to finish eighth in the OVC last season, the Colonels won the league tournament.
164. Coastal Carolina
Former Auburn and Clemson coach Cliff Ellis replaces Buzz Peterson.
165. Tennessee Tech
Anthony Fisher (17.2 ppg) and Amadi McKenzie (7.8 rpg) will keep Golden Eagles near top of OVC.
166. Jackson State
Scoring machine Trey Johnson is gone, but four starters will keep Tigers atop the SWAC.
Coach Jimmy Collins returns after sabbatical because of health problems.
168. Sacred Heart
The Pioneers (18-14, 12-6) are contenders in the NEC behind a bevy of guards and great perimeter shooting.
169. Northwestern State
Demons make road trips to Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
Coach Tony Barbee is making steady progress on recruiting trail, but team is too young to contend in C-USA just yet.