2. Kansas. The Jayhawks reached the Final Four in a season they weren’t even supposed to win the Big 12 title. Even with Devonte’ Graham gone, there’s plenty coming back especially if Malik Newman remains in Lawrence and more five-star help on the way.
9. Tennessee. The Vols were one of the nation’s biggest surprises in 2017-18 and have nearly everyone back, including SEC player of the year Grant Williams.
10. Nevada. The Wolf Pack took a big step in coach Eric Musselman’s third season. Another such step could follow, with twins Caleb and Cody Martin back and more transfers on the way.
12. Louisville. Former Xavier coach Chris Mack inherits a lot of talent and he’s been hitting the recruiting trail hard. Expect a bounce back from the Cardinals.
13. Oregon. The Ducks could be looking at a return to the NCAA Tournament with a top-five recruiting class, headed by big man Bol Bol — son of ex-NBA star Manute Bol — joining Payton Pritchard and Troy Brown.
14. Michigan. The national runner-up may lose Moe Wagner and Charles Matthews to the NBA draft. If those two return, No. 14 could be a bit low.
15. Kansas State. The Wildcats are expected to retain everyone from a team that reached the Elite Eight.
16. Virginia Tech. Losing Justin Bibbs is not easy, but Buzz Williams has the kind of roster that could make some ACC noise.
17. West Virginia. Jevon Carter’s graduation may be the biggest blow any team takes heading into next season. But the Mountaineers always play tough and Bob Huggins always wrings out the best in everyone.
18. LSU. Will Wade signed the sort of recruiting class that can be an immediate course changer.
19. Maryland. Some key losses, but also some key returnees to team with a strong recruiting class to potentially keep the Terps in the Big Ten race.
20. Mississippi State. The Bulldogs won 25 games last season and have talent across the board for 2018-19.
21. Florida. The Gators lose a lot, particularly point guard Chris Chiozza, but Mike White has a super recruiting class coming in and Jalen Hudson coming back.
22. UCLA. Another stellar recruiting class by Steve Alford may help offset the loss of do-everything guard Aaron Holiday.