25. Saint Louis

Saint Louis hasn't had the best offseason. In late August, coach Rick Majerus was hospitalized for a heart issue and took a leave of absence from the team this season. In mid-October, just a few days into practice, senior guard and likely team MVP Kwamain Mitchell broke a bone in his foot, which required surgery that will force him to miss the first few weeks of the season. And even despite all this, the Billikens can still be a force in the A-10. Coach Jim Crews will capably guide them in Majerus' absence, Mitchell will be back for the majority of the season, nearly all of last year's lineup returns alongside him, and this team's brutally unforgiving defense isn't going anywhere. -- Eamonn Brennan