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College basketball rankings: The Washington Times Top 40
*-projected conference champion
2. Indiana* (27-9): Cody Zeller’s back, which means the Hoosiers may well have their best team in two decades and their first Final Four outfit since 2002.
3. Kentucky* (38-2): The defending national champions aren’t quite as loaded as they were a year ago. With their usual strong freshman class, they’re still a decent bet to reach the Final Four.
5. Syracuse (34-3): There’s plenty to replace in central New York and almost always something tantalizing in the pipeline; the Orange have averaged 29.9 wins over the last four seasons.
6. Duke* (27-7): The Blue Devils earned less than a No. 2 seed just twice in the last 16 years. Coach K is as automatic as it gets with cranking out strong regular season teams, hence the top-10 ranking.
9. Florida (26-11): Leading scorer and fearless shooter Kenny Boynton could have the Gators back on the doorstep of their first Final Four since their back-to-back national titles in the mid-Aughts.
10. UCLA*(19-14): All eyes are on Indianapolis, where the NCAA will eventually render a decision on the eligibility of freshman Shabazz Muhammad. With him, the Bruins could be exceptional.
11. Kansas* (32-7): Book another 30 victories and a Big 12 title for the Jayhawks, whose consistency of excellence under Bill Self never ceases to amaze.
12. UNLV* (26-9): When the coaching carousel commences in March, remember the name Dave Rice, who has augmented an already strong team in Sin City with an impressive array of new talent.
13. N.C. State (24-13): As always, proceed with caution with the Wolfpack, who for the first time since 1975 were the media’s preseason pick to win the ACC.
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