24. Cincinnati

It's been a long, methodical climb back to relevance for the Bearcats, but a sure sign that Cincinnati is back -- expectations are even higher this year after a Sweet 16 run. That's because Mick Cronin returns three starters from that team, a trio of guards as good as any you'll find in Sean Kilpatrick, Cashmere Wright and JaQuon Parker. All three can handle the ball and all three can flat out shoot it. Losing Yancy Gates on the low post hurts, but Cronin has plenty of options there, too. Cheikh Mbodj and Justin Jackson each played significant minutes last season and UC adds David Nyarsuk, a dunking machine. They are all different from Gates, but can be equally effective. -- Dana O'Neil