11. Pittsburgh

The Panthers won the Big East last season and had a veteran team that was primed for its first Final Four trip since 1941. But then they were stunned by their own ineptitude in the final possession against Butler in the NCAA tournament. Pitt will be a work in progress this season, but there's no reason to doubt this program's ability to be a contender. This team will defend well -- we know that much. Ashton Gibbs will be as productive a lead guard as any other in the country. That's a given. And once healthy, Nasir Robinson can be a finisher inside. The freshman class is, perhaps, Jamie Dixon's best with Isaiah Epps, Khem Birch and Malcolm Gilbert all capable of major contributions. At this point, Pitt simply doesn't have down seasons. Expect that trend to continue. -- Andy Katz