New seasons always bring new predictions. And while it's no surprise to see each of last season's Final Four participants ranked in the top five, some might be shocked to see such high expectations bestowed upon Auburn and Illinois. The SEC and Big 12 seem headed for a strong year; Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia each made the top 10, and Texas and Kansas State were ranked among the top four teams. A look at the preseason ponderings (with last season's record in parentheses):
Nancy Lieberman, an ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage. Contact her at www.nancylieberman.com.