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Is UNC a lock for #1? Will the Big East dominate? Who will surprise?

Our annual favorite, CHN ranks and previews the Top 144 teams and releases one per day leading up to the opening of the 2008-09 college basketball season.


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#1: North Carolina

Its kind of a letdown to end on such an obvious pick, but North Carolina is simply that good.

#2: Texas Longhorns

Yes, DJ Augustin is now a Bobcat, but Horns still return some of the best talent in the country.

#3; UCONN Huskies

Jeff Adrien and Hasheem Thabeet give UCONN a frontcourt edge over just about every team in the country.

#4: UCLA Bruins

Can Ben Howland lead the Bruins to an amazing fourth Final Four in a row?

#5: Duke Blue Devils

Coach K needs someone on the interior to step up and take the pressure off the guards.

#6: Louisville Cardinals

A dominant Samardo Samuels is the difference between a solid team and a title contender.

#7: Michigan State Spartans

Will the talented Kalin Lucas emerge as a star in Drew Neitzel's absence?

#8: Memphis Tigers

Familiar faces have moved on, but Tyrke Evans has the potential to be Cal's next big thing.

#9: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Luke Harangody (20 ppg) and Kyle McAlarney (15 ppg) can beat you from inside or outside.

#10: Tennessee Vols

A new era begins now that Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith have graduated.

#11: Pittsburgh Panthers

Pitt continues to pile on the regular season wins, but can they get passed the Sweet Sixteen?

#12: Oklahoma Sooners

Willie Warren joins Blake Griffin to form an imposing inside-outside duo.

#13: Gonzaga Bulldogs

A Top 25 finish is a lock, but will this group of Zags finally make a deep March run?

#14: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

All five starters return, but the real story might be the newcomers including Al-Farouq Aminu..

#15: Arizona State Sun Devils

Super soph James Harden (17.8 ppg) leads the resurgent Sun Devils.

#16: Marquette Golden Eagles

Marquette has four of the Big East's top players, but the rest of the roster offers little help.

#17: Baylor Bears

Will a newcomer like Quincy Acy be able to provide the frontcourt help Baylor needs?.

#18: Wisconsin Badgers

It seems like regardless of whose on the roster, Bo Ryan teams compete for Big Ten titles.

#19: Florida Gators

Last year's fearless freshmen are now super sophomores.

#20: Purdue Boilermakers

Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Robbie Hummell leads Purdue.

#21: USC Trojans

While Demar DeRozan gets the hype, its the returning supporting cast that will decide USC's fate.

#22: Syracuse Orange

Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf, and Paul Harris form a formidable trio.

#23: Clemson Tigers

After a disappointing opening round loss, the Tigers are looking to make a deeper run.

#24: Creighton Bluejays

Stinnett and Lawson, a pair of sophomores, could be the key to Creighton's MVC title hopes.

#25: Kentucky Wildcats

A healthy Patrick Patterson could lead UK back to the Sweet Sixteen.

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