10 teams have been highlighted, but there are still 15 more squads to look at! As a new college Basketball season dawns, we take a look at the rest of the top 25 and see where your favorite team stacks up.

11. Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Bulldogs of Gonzaga have come far since the end of the Adam Morrison era. They are led by guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Jordan Mathews. They also got an unexpected gift over the off-season with the return of Przemek Karnowski, their 300-pound triple threat behemoth who missed most of last season with a back injury. Karnowski has returned to settle some unfinished business and he won't be alone as he's now joined by an international contingent led by French freshman forward Killian Tillie and Japanese forward Rui Hachimura.

If the international duo can live up to expectations and if Karnowski can stage a comeback performance, expect the Zags to make the Sweet Sixteen (Elite Eight, if they're lucky).

12. Xavier Musketeers

It's normally commonplace for sophomores like Xavier's Edmond Sumner to lift their games. Over the off-season, he's done just that. He's elevated his awareness to astronomical levels. He'll have talent to look for on either wing this season in the forms of junior guards Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura. Expect that trio to combine with senior transfer student Rashid Gaston - a standout at Norfolk State in 2014-15. Head coach Chris Mack says that his trio of guards is more than capable of taking the Musketeers to the next level.

But that next level isn't the national title - not yet.

13. Syracuse Orange

Things are looking up for Syracuse. Paschal Chukwu provides a great option at the 1, as his 7'8" wingspan will allow Jim Boeheim's crew to take more chances and trap more on either side. And when opponents attempt to penetrate the zone, Chukwu can force contact to alter shots or send shots into the stratosphere.

The Orange's leading scorer will likely be Andrew White III, a graduate transfer student who split time between Big 12 schools Kansas and Nebraska. He'll have a slot atop Syracuse's zone defense alongside sophomore guard Frank Howard and freshman guard-forward Tyus Battle. Battle, a consensus top 50 recruit, is a gifted finisher who could become an instant scorer off the bench, much like Dion Waiters.

Battle, White and Howard could be the trio to lead the Orange back to the Final Four....if they can get by Duke, that is.

14. Louisville Cardinals

Louisville already has their team leaders in veteran head coach Rick Pitino and junior guard Quetin Snider. He and Sudanese sophomore forward Deng Adel will continue to wow the crowds at KFC Yum! Center this season. Combine Adel and Snider with sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell and the Cardinals have the firepower they need to make their way to Glendale. Expect a Final Four run for Pitino's crew.

15. UCLA Bruins

Steve Alford is entering his 4th season as head coach of UCLA's college basketball program. His Bruins are led by senior guards Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford with Thomas Welsh in the middle.

Welsh is coming off a season where shot 56% on jumpers inside 17 feet, according to Sports Illustrated. That makes him a go-to option for pick-and-pops in UCLA's motion offense. If Welsh can adjust to a faster pace and block more shots, UCLA could be in for an Elite Eight run come March.

Best of the rest....

  • 16. Indiana Hoosiers
  • 17. Miami (FL) Hurricanes
  • 18. Ohio State Buckeyes
  • 19. Michigan State Spartans
  • 20. Texas Longhorns
  • 21. Creighton Blue Jays
  • 22. Cincinnati Bearcats
  • 23. Iowa State Cyclones
  • 24. Florida Gators
  • 25. West Virginia Mountaineers

Tournament Predictions in Part 4!

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