North Carolina, Texas Lead Road To New Orleans

With the college basketball season about to close, we look ahead to the 2011-12 campaign and rank the top 25 teams.


First Five Out

Florida: The backcourt of Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton will be back. Now all they need to do is completely rebuild their front line. Paging Patric Young.

Gonzaga: The ‘Zags just won’t go away. With Elias Harris and Robert Sacre likely back, they are set in the post. And if David Stockton keeps playing like John, Gonzaga will be very good.

West Virginia: Bob Huggins is a master and Truck Bryant and Kevin Jones are enough to sneak into the Top 30.

Florida State: If Chris Singleton stays, FSU should be back in the Sweet Sixteen – at least. But that’s unlikely. Without him? It would take a Herculean effort.

St. John’s: Gone is the entire starting line-up. Well then it’s a good thing Steve Lavin has five of the top 51 recruits headed to Queens, including Compton big man Norvel Pelle. The “Lav Five,” anyone?

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