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6. Louisville

The Cardinals quest to become the first repeat national champion since Florida in 2006-07 suffered a debilitating hit with the indefinite suspension of junior forward Chane Behanan. The two-year starters absence will put a lot of pressure on sophomore Montrezl Harrell and senior Stephan Van Treese -- not to mention force freshman Mangok Mathiang into the rotation. Louisvilles backcourt is capable of shouldering the load. Leading scorer Russ Smith will now pair with junior college transfer Chris Jones, who is a better scorer than Peyton Siva was. Luke Hancock, Wayne Blackshear and the return of Kevin Ware gives the Cards enough depth and experience to power through. -- C.L. Brown