John Gasaway ranks teams that have the best shot of winning a national title next season. Louisville, despite the loss of Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng, returns enough talent to challenge for a repeat championship.
John Gasaway writes that Oklahoma State, which has exceeded preseason expectations because of an improved defense and very good play from its freshmen, is peaking at a time when there is a window of opportunity at the top of the Big 12.
John Gasaway writes that in order to fulfill their lofty preseason expectations the Louisville Cardinals were going to have to improve significantly on offseason in 2012-13 -- and that's exactly what they've done so far.
John Gasaway examines the 2012-13 Illinois Fighting Illini and explains why they won't suffer a late-season collapse as they did last season. He also looks at how they stack up against the top national title contenders.
Yes, it's early, but John Gasaway writes that after just two games, Duke has shown enough signs for them to be taken seriously as one of the nation's best teams. Their newfound star power with Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee is the big reason why.
John Gasaway introduces "The Eliminator," a regular feature examining how top contenders' performance metrics stack up against past national champions and Final Four entrants. This edition looks at the top seven preseason teams.