25. Pittsburgh: A return to the big time after a one-year absence? Pitt has big man Steven Adams – the media's pick for BE Freshman of the Year – as well as a loaded back court. Expect Jamie Dixon's club to get back to their defensive ways after a year in which they struggled to control the boards (117th in offensive rebounds allowed) and gave up far too many easy twos (229th nationally).
24. Gonzaga: The sun will rise in the east. Bears shit in the woods. And Gonzaga will be really good. A sensational backcourt and a solid frontcourt will lead Gonzaga to their 347th consecutive NCAA Tournament (okay, 15th).
23. Notre Dame: The second
ACC Big East team at the tail end of the top-25, this is big Jack Cooley's team. He's one of the most dominant rebounders in the game, and he's surrounded by guys who can score.
22. Tennessee: It didn't take long for Cuonzo Martin to get the Volunteers back into the national conversation. After a horrid start last season, Jarnell Stokes helped right the ship and now Tennessee enters Martin's second season with a deep, talented, and athletic roster.
21. San Diego State: Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley give Coach Fisher a fantastic pair of scorers, and Fisher's teams can all get after it on the defensive end. The Mountain West is as top-heavy as ever this season, and the Aztecs looks to be in the thick of it.