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College Preview Home | Top 144 Previews | Head Coach Interviews

Is Greg Oden for real? Or is Florida primed to repeat as Champions?

CHN ranks and previews the Top 144 teams and releases one per day leading up to the opening of the 2006-07 college basketball season. 


Also, see our complete Ranking of All 336 Teams and Conference by Conference Previews.


#1: Florida Gators

We wanted to be different, we really did.  But Florida has too much talent returning not to be #1.

#2: North Carolina Tar Heels

Roy Williams is stockpiling talent in Chapel Hill like its going out of style.

#3: Kansas Jayhawks

Brandon Rush, Julian Wright, and company are a virtual lock for a Big 12 title.

#4: Wisconsin Badgers

Alando Tucker (19 ppg) leads what has to be the country's most underrated lineup.

#5: Pittsburgh Panthers

Perhaps the nation's most underrated program, Pitt should once again rack up the wins.

#6: UCLA Bruins

The return of Josh Shipp and the emergence of Darren Collison help offset the loss of Farmar and others.

#7: Ohio State Buckeyes

The most intriguing team in the country with the most intriguing player might be the biggest unknown.

#8: Arizona Wildcats

Sophomore Williams and freshman Budinger give Zona a dynamic pair of wings.

#9: LSU Tigers

Player of the Year candidate Glen Davis (19 ppg) returns to lead the hungry Tigers.

#10: Boston College Eagles

Even without Craig Smith, Jared Dudley and co. have enough talent to make a March run.

#11; Syracuse Orange

Gerry Mac is irreplaceable, but freshman Paul Harris does things McNamara could only dream of.

#12: Texas A&M Aggies

Acie Law & Joseph Jones anchor what could be the best Texas A&M team.. ever.

#13: Georgetown Hoyas

Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert form one of the best frontcourt combos in the country.

#14: Alabama Crimson Tide

In Steele, Davidson, and Hendrix, Alabama arguably has three future NBA players starting.

#15: Duke Blue Devils

Heralded Josh McRoberts (9 ppg) needs to be more than just a bit player this year.

#16: Washington Huskies

Spencer Hawes gets the hype, but sophomores Dentmon & Brockman are no slouches.

#17: Texas Longhorns

Led by Kevin Durant, this is the most inexperienced team to ever be in our Top 20.

#18: Louisville Cardinals

Despite some major incoming freshmen, success will probably depend on Palacios & Padgett.

#19: Southern Illinois Salukis

SIU returns just about everyone from last year's 22 win tournament team.

#20: Nevada Wolfpack

NIck Fazekas (22 & 10) returns for his senior season to lead the WAC favorites.

#21: Memphis Tigers

Despite losing so much talent, Memphis ready to roll through Conference USA once again.

#22: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech has more to offer than just the highly touted freshmen.

#23: Indiana Hoosiers

Respect for DJ White, the program, and Kelvin Sampson put Indiana in the Top 25.

#24: Villanova Wildcats

Curtis Sumpter (15 ppg in 04-05) returns to lead the Wildcats.

#25: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Morrison is gone, but Gonzaga still has enough young talent to be WCC champions.

#26: Creighton Bluejays

Nate Funk (17 ppg) returns from injury to lead a well-rounded Creighton team.

#27: Marquette Golden Eagles

Star point point guard Dominic James (15 ppg) will have Marquette competing for a conference title.

#28: Illinois Fighting Illini

Bruce Weber is in the process of reloading following the losses of Brown and Augustine.

#29: Hofstra Pride

Loren Stokes (17 ppg) & Antoine Aguido (17 ppg) form one of the best scoring duos in the country.

#30: Oklahoma State Cowboys

Mario Boggan (15 ppg) should emerge as the Big 12's best big man.

#31: Tennessee Volunteers

Sharp-shooting Chris Lofton (17 ppg) keeps Tennessee in the Top 25 hunt.

#32: Kentucky Wildcats

UK struggled last year but should improve despite the loss of Rajon Rondo to the NBA.

#33: Connecticut Huskies

UCONN loses a full NBA roster.. but should still be better than most teams in the Big East.

#34: Virginia Cavaliers

Singeltary and Reynolds return along with their combined 35 ppg.

#35: Xavier Musketeers

The deepest team in the Atlantic 10 is a favorite for the conference title.

#36: Michigan State Spartans

Even with this little experience, you can never count out a Tom Izzo squad.

#37: Missouri State Bears

Barry Hinson and co. try and recover from last year's NCAA Tournament snub.

#38: Air Force Falcons

Last year's surprise MWC team returns four starters and Nick Welch from injury.

#39: Southern California Trojans

Despite the tragic loss of Ryan Francis, the Trojans still return one of the best backcourts in the country.

#40: New Mexico State Aggies

Reggies Theus has done a good job getting NMSU back in the WAC title hunt.


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