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14. Baylor* (18-13): The Bears got an extra year of Perry Jones and must take advantage of it.

15. Alabama (25-12): Anthony Grant has the Crimson Tide cooking after finishing second in the NIT.

16. California* (18-15): The Bears’ top three scorers are back for a rugged run at a Pac-12 title

17. Michigan (21-14): Losing Darius Morris hurts, but Wolverines still have Tim Hardaway Jr.

18. UCLA (23-11): Few take as many NBA draft hits as the Bruins, who will still be plenty competitive.

19. Michigan State (19-15): Draymond Green will guide the Spartans to their 15th straight NCAA bid.

20. Florida State (23-11): Rarely pretty, but Leonard Hamilton still getting it done in Tallahassee.

21. Texas A&M (24-9): Khris Middleton and the Aggies seek their sixth straight 24-win season.

22. New Mexico* (22-13): Experienced Lobos should return to NCAA tournament this season.

23. Gonzaga* (25-10): Life in the WCC gets tougher with addition of Brigham Young.

24. Kansas (35-3): Jayhawks wiped out by early entries, freshmen declared ineligible by the NCAA.

25. Cincinnati (26-9): Home-grown forward Yancy Gates will keep the Bearcats in postseason chase.

26. Arizona (30-8): Where do the Wildcats go post-Derrick Williams? At least Sean Miller’s still around.

27. Texas (28-8): Former Maryland signee Sterling Gibbs should be an asset for Longhorns.

28. Creighton* (23-16): Sophomore Doug McDermott averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds last year.

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