ncaa teams with a chance at a title
keep in mind i think the top 5 or so teams will likely win it all, but this is just a list of teams i could see winning it if things go right, like uconn when kemba was there. im looking at lunardis bracketoloy for a reference and the number i put by the team is the seed he projects for them.
7 vcu - them and butler have shown that with good coaching and a player like gordan hayward it just takes a good run. hopefully reddic is good enough to lead them in that way and they have more talent than most schools in the power conferences.
4 marquette - they are a longshot and would probably need their freshman class to outplay their rankings. vander blue leaving early didn't help either, but i like buzz and they are a tough team that can beat anyone if they are playing at their best.
3 michigan - g-rob could be a breakout star this year, i love mcgary especially at the college level, stauskas is a top notch shooter. their new point guard will be the biggest question, i'll admit i've never seen him play so the most i can say about him is he is ranked fairly high. i would be very interested to see a list of teams that won it all with a freshman point guard. the only one off the top of my head would be the kentucky team with teague.
3 ohio st. - they are going to be a whole new team without deshaun, but they have more than enough talent to be a top 5-10 team. i don't think its a secret that ross will have to become a star for them to reach their potential.
3 ok st. - i considered not listing them because they have very little in the frontcourt, but i do really like the backcourt and its possible that they will be enough. smart was great last year, but they will need way more offensive consistency from him to pull this off.
2 syracuse - another team with a freshman point guard. i love c.j. fair, and they have more frontcourt depth then any team could ever need. they will just need to find a way to score more, jerami grant could potentially be the answer, but its not a sure thing.
2 kansas - wiggins is the obvious talking point here. i clearly see what others see in terms of raw potential, but i would rather have randle or parker in college, i just think their skills work better on this level. that being said he could be working on his jumper right now and make me look stupid if he can make the right adjustments throughout the season. i think this team will need some time to put it all together, but if they do they probably have more talent than anyone besides kentucky.
2 florida - im very interested to see their rotation, it should change quite often with wilbekin and chris walker being added to the team later. they also brought in some transfers and could have 10 significant players if everyone is healthy and not in trouble.
2 duke - they have one weakness and its size. unfortunately in basketball that can be quite the weakness. i'm not a duke fan, but i will admit i'm a huge jabari parker fan having grown up in illinois and watching him play a bit in high school. his intelligence is something that should be mentioned more often, because winning four state championships in illinois takes a lot more than talent. it's not like okafor and whitney young didn't have a crazy amount of talent for a high school team.
1 arizona - a little surprised that he made them a one seed, but its possible. i know that this site is kind of low on aaron gordon but if he can play like a small forward they are going to be as athletic as any team.
1 kentucky - whats great about this year is kentucky plays mich st and duke plays kansas almost right away, so it won't take long to see how ready some of these freshman are. 8 of the top 9 freshman are playing in those two games alone. this kentucky team will probably need a lot from guys like poythress and wcs and i wouldn't think this team is as good as the anthony davis team. i think an underrated aspect of this team is having twins playing together, i can't remember a pair of twin guards being more highly touted.
1 louisville - they did lose siva and dieng who were both necessary for their last championship, but they replaced them pretty well and kept the rest of the team. not much to nitpick about this team other than their point guard not being all that experienced.
1 mich st. - if i had to fill out a bracket right now i would probably have them win it all. they have a lot of talent, experience, and a great coach. payne is my nba sleeper guy, i think he could be a starting power forward within a couple of years. dawson might be the guy who could put them over the top if he improves his offense.
In a given year, there are usually about 15-20 teams that can win the title. A lot of it has to do with match ups in the NCAA tournament and a lot of times just general luck, which are impossible to predict in the preseason. While I think your list is decent, you're forgetting a few. A few of these are:
Memphis- Might have the best back court in the nation and also have a very nice recruiting class coming in. From top to bottom, they are easily one of the deepest teams in the nation as well. Their speed and depth should wear teams down.
UConn- Like Memphis, they also have a very good backcourt. They also have a few players from that 2011 title team, which should give them valuable experience. Personally, I think they will be pretty good this year. They have the talent needed to go far in the tournament.
UNLV- They've got an interesting group of talent. They have several very highly ranked recruits who have transferred on their roster. It will be interesting to see how all that talent comes together.
Gonzaga- While they do lose a lot of their front court, they're still pretty talented and return most of their backcourt. Few is also a very good coach and will give them the opportunity to go far in the tournament.
There are probably a few others that might have a slight chance, but these four I think are the main ones unless I'm forgetting someone.
yeah, uconn and unc were probably the last two teams i cut, but i just think they don't have any really good big men.
Louisville will be a deeper team this year, My Cardinals biggest question mark is the frontcourt. Gorgui Dieng was such an important piece becuase you could force people into the paint where he would block shots. This year we will not have that luxury but our press will be as good as ever and we will score points becuase of the talent we have in the backcourt. Chane Behannen must have a breakout year though for my Cards to go back 2 back.
can harrell be that guy, i really liked him last year.
Absolutely. He is a monster
If he can bring that energy he brought last season consistenly this year then yes, The kid has a motor second to none i saw last year in college basketball