17. Marquette

Buzz Williams tends to lose his voice often. In 2011, his team played like it. The Golden Eagles were a scrambling, pressuring, hard-working group that grew to be more than the sum of its occasionally overmatched parts. A run to the Sweet 16 was Marquette's reward. A fair number of those parts return in 2011-12, including silky lefty scorer Darius Johnson-Odom, aggressive forward Jae Crowder and pass-first point Junior Cadougan. Williams has some emerging talents in the wing, too. If two of them -- particularly last year's highly touted recruit, guard Vander Blue, or big-bodied forward Davante Gardner -- fulfill their potential, the gravelly-voiced Williams will have his program primed for another major step forward.
-- Eamonn Brennan