You know it's coming: A team outside the power group will rise and make some serious noise. It's never too early to look at the possibilities.
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Watching the NCAA tournament instead of participating in it isn't all that fun, but this group of teams won't be sitting on their couches again this March.
To be a top 25 team, you need to get players. To get players, you have to have recruiters who can close the deal. That's why it helps teams in the top 25 to have these guys on staff.
Everybody needs something to put on a sign, bumper sticker or hat, right? Here's what each team in our top 25 will be slapping on everything. You can just see Coach K with a button, can't you?
Just because big things are expected from your team doesn't mean it will be smooth sailing. Here's what each of the coaches in our top 25 have to worry about.
Right now, college hoops players are focused on walking the walk. But once their careers are over, who can talk the talk? It's time to find the best future announcers in college basketball.
Everyone knows where NBA stars went to school, but what about non-basketball alumni? From Burt Reynolds to Bing Crosby, we looked at a noteworthy person from each top-25 team's school.
For some players, this season can be make-or-break. In the case of Oregon's Dillon Brooks, it's a little of both. We look at the guys with the most at stake on each top 25 team.
What do Virginia coach Tony Bennett and Jack Nicholson's character from "A Few Good Men" have in common? It turns out every college basketball team has a motion picture that defines it.
Gonzaga is tough to beat in Spokane. Is "The Kennel" the WCC's toughest place to win? Cast your vote.
It's hard to be a road team at Saint Mary's or BYU. But going to play at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center -- aka 'The Kennel' -- is nearly impossible, as our WCC venue rankings show.
Every top-25 college basketball team has a player whose skills could translate to the football field. UConn's Rodney Purvis, for example, could be a powerful running back.
Mark Few is secure as he has taken the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament in all 17 of his seasons. How patient will other WCC schools be as four first-year coaches prepare to join the league?
With the game on the line, some players are better suited than others to have the ball in their hands. Each top-25 team has a player who should have the rock in the game's final seconds.
Australia's top high school basketball talent will be hoping to impress college coaches during upcoming three-day camp.
Most coaches are basketball lifers, but they have other interests, too. If the heads of each top 25 college basketball program weren't coaching, which lines of work would they pursue?
These teams might have been watching the NCAA tournament his past March, but they won't be on the outside looking in this time around.
Some players just understand the game, see the floor better. One day you might see these guys pacing the sidelines instead of running the floor. Here are the future coaches on every top 25 team.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams is taking a page out of Willie Nelson's book. Kentucky's unapologetic program channeling Beyoncé? There's a song out there for every top-25 team.
The 2016 NBA draft is just one day away, but it's not too soon to identify future prospects. The next crop of NBA All-Stars will be playing college hoops next season for the nation's top teams.
The appetite for the next reality TV show seems to keep growing. So each top-25 college basketball team must have a candidate for that future show's star. Who's yours?
The Gaels return everyone from last season's 29-win roster. And with few available scholarships, Randy Bennett has a short list of targets.
Freshmen can change the shape of nearly every top-25 college basketball roster, and next season's group is no different. Each top-25 team has a new player to get familiar with.
Another happy season for Gaels?
Saint Mary's returns the starting lineup from a team that won 29 games, the West Coast Conference and swept Gonzaga. Things are looking up for Dane Pineau and his teammates. Revised Way-Too-Early Top 25
Several power programs will be impacted by NBA draft decisions, but mid-major teams' outlooks are easiest to peg. Which squads will be the strongest in 2016-17?
Saint Mary's Gaels vs Nevada Wolf Pack
McKeon Pavilion - Thu 11/10