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UConn has players in place to claim '04 crown

Who stays and who leaves early dictates the early favorites to win the 2004 national championship. ESPN.com's Andy Katz counts 'em down.

Updated: April 20, 2003, 4:15 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- To pick a 2004 preseason top 25 the day after the 2003 national title, one must first predict who will be playing college basketball in 2003-04 and who won't.

Otherwise, Syracuse -- with two freshmen, two sophomores and only one senior in the starting lineup -- would be an pretty popular pick to repeat in 2004.

High Fives

A couple more opinions when it comes to 2004's title favorites: Dick Vitale 1. Connecticut Huskies 2. Texas Longhorns 3. ...

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