11. North Carolina: The Tar Heels won the ACC with 32 wins last season, but lost four NBA Draft first-rounders. It won’t be easy to replace Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller and Kendall Marshall.
12. Arizona: Being snubbed by the NCAA Tournament last season is motivation enough. Transfer Mark Lyons from Xavier will team with Solomon Hill for what should be a good season.
13. UCLA: Get a good look at freshman phenoms Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson, because they are likely gone after one season. The Bruins’ freshman class joins point guard Larry Drew II, the third player to transfer from North Carolina in two years. Travis and David Ware also are former Tar Heels.
14. Michigan State: Tom Izzo has most of his players back, and he always has a way of getting his teams ready for March.
15. Creighton: Forward Doug McDermott averaged 22.9 points per game (third in the nation) and 8.2 rebounds last season. There’s nothing mid-major about his game.
• Poised to make noise: Memphis, Missouri, UNLV, Baylor, Gonzaga, Notre Dame, San Diego State, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Murray State, Florida State, Virginia Commonwealth, Saint Louis.
• Should be dancin’ come March: Stanford (reigning NIT champion), Minnesota (NIT runner-up), Texas, Pitt, Butler, University of Massachusetts, Miami, St. Joseph’s, Marquette, Kansas State, Tennessee.
• Don’t miss: Doug McDermott, F, Creighton; Isaiah Canaan, G, Murray St; Ray McCallum, Jr., G, Detroit; Zeller, C, Indiana; Phil Pressey, G, Missouri; Mike Moser, F, UNLV; Trey Burke, G, Michigan.
• Freshmen to watch: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky; Muhammad, G, UCLA; Anderson, F, UCLA; Yogi Ferrell, G, Indiana; Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor; Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State; Marcus Paige, G, North Carolina; Steven Adams, C, Pitt.
• Chairmen of the boards: O.D. Anosike (Siena), Andre Roberson (Colorado), Mike Moser (UNLV), Rich Howell (N.C. State), Jack Cooley (Notre Dame).
• All-name first team: Indiana Faithfull (Wofford), Staats Battles (N.C. State), God’sgift Achiuwa (St. John’s), Drake U’u (Cal Poly), Blondi Baruti (Tulsa).
• All-name second team: Deng Deng (Long Beach State), Bak Bak (Cal), Leek Leek (Campbell), Jordair Jett (St. Louis), Hooper Vint (UTEP).