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5. Arizona

For the past four years, as his teams experienced both surprising success and occasional disappointment, Arizona coach Sean Miller has never wavered in one crucial regard: recruiting. Now Miller's skill at selling the rebirth of Arizona basketball has paid off, not only with a wealth of talent but also with stylistic cohesion. Future-lottery-pick frosh Aaron Gordon is an athletic force of nature, but it's the balance of the lineup around him -- with Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley in the frontcourt, and polished guards T.J. McConnell and Nick Johnson on the wings -- that will elevate the Wildcats into the national title hunt.
-- Eamonn Brennan