1. North Carolina

It doesn't seem fair sometimes, the way good Carolina players keep sticking around. It happened in the summer of 2008, when four players delayed their pro careers in order to return to Chapel Hill and, ultimately, win the NCAA title. Now Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller are hoping history repeats itself -- and they know they have the talent to make a run for it. Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo adds depth and defense off the bench to UNC's 7-foot front line. Classmate P.J. Hairston and soph Reggie Bullock should add some much-needed long-range firepower. The key to the whole thing is pass-first point guard Kendall Marshall, who has a knack for knowing where his teammates will be. And they all hope that will be New Orleans, five months from now. -- Robbi Pickeral