Shannon Ryan's NCAA men's basketball preseason rankings and comments:
1. Duke (35-5, NCAA champion): Kyle Singler plus Nolan Smith can equal a second championship.
2. Michigan State (28-9, Final Four): Healthy PG Kalin Lucas leads class that boldly predicts a title.
3. Kansas State (29-8, Elite Eight): With Jacob Pullen back, Coach Frank Martin should cheer up.
4. Pittsburgh (25-9, NCAA second 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, second round): Jay Wright has a special backcourt with Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes.
7. Kansas (33-3, second round): Marcus Morris, Jayhawks among elite, especially if Josh Selby is eligible.
8. North Carolina (20-17, NIT): Tar Heels need to redeem themselves. Top recruit Harrison Barnes can revive them.
9. Florida (21-13, first round): Chandler Parsons is ready for break-out 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): You will find more turnover only in Congress. If Enes Kanter becomes eligible, watch out.
12. Gonzaga (27-7, second round): The Bulldogs can count on international big men Elias Harris, Kelly Olynyk and Robert Sacre.
13. Missouri (23-11, second round): This might be year for Coach Mike Anderson with the return of guard Kim English.
14. Illinois (21-15, NIT): Can Illini live up to high expectations after crumbling last season?
15. Memphis (24-10, NIT): Everyone get those jokes about Josh Pastner's boyish looks out of the system? Good. Focus on the Tigers' impressive young talent.
16. Baylor (28-8, Elite Eight): LaceDarius Dunn will be a 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, first round): Backcourt of Chris Wright and Austin Freeman may be Big East Conference's best.
19. Washington (26-10, Sweet 16): Quincy Pondexter is gone, but Huskies still strong at guard.
20. Temple (29-6, first round): Owls hope to challenge Villanova as Philadelphia's current premier team.
21. Purdue (29-6, Sweet 16): Robbie Hummel's injury dropped the Boilermakers out of top four.
22. San Diego State (25-9, first round): Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas make up a top front court.
23. Minnesota (21-14, first round): Al Nolen and Trevor Mbakwe will help return Gophers to NCAA tournament.
24. Brigham Young (30-6, second round): Jimmer "Lights Out" Fredette (22 ppg) is among the best.
25. Wisconsin (24-9, second round): Expect big things from forward Jon Leuer (21.5 ppg in tournament).