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Sports Illustrated's Top 20 with scouting reports

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Sports Illustrated's scouting reports for each of the Top 20 teams in college basketball. Check out the four regional covers for the preview edition of the magazine here.

1Louisville Cardinals
The most scoring-friendly rule changes of college hooops' modern era could have a profound effect on the defending champs...

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2Kentucky Wildcats

The Dribble Drive Motion is an offense and a brand -- one that has been synonymous with coach John C alipari since his 2007-08 Memphis team drivvel-drove its way to the national title game.

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3Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans appear headed to another Final Four, and not just because of the team's talent, which is considerable, or the coaching of Tom Izzo, which is always terrific. It is just time.

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4Duke Blue Devils
Few coaches stockpile high school All-Americas like Mike Kryzewski, so unlike many of his peers, he hasn't had to rely on transfers.

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5Kansas Jayhawks
Perry Ellis may have been one of the most celebrated high school players in Kansas history, but that didn't do him much good when he stepped onto the court at the Georgia Dome last year for his second college game.

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6Arizona Wildcats
A late bloomer who entered Pittsburgh's Chartiers Valley High at 5-foot-4 and left at 6 feet, T.J. McConnell didn't get a lot of long looks from college recruiters.

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7Michigan Wolverines
While mosto f the country was admiring national player of the year Trey Burke last March, Derrick Walton Jr. was studying him.

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8Ohio State Buckeyes
From Pearl Washington to Jason Hart to Sherman Douglas to Jonny Flynn to Michael Carter-Williams, Jim Boeheim has guided plenty of precocious point guards in his 37 seasons at Syracuse.

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9Arizona Wildcats
The disappointment of losing in the Elite Eight for the third straight year didn't last long for coach Billy Donovan, who looked at the players who were coming back (power forward Patric Young, point guard Scottie Wilbekin, wings Michael Frazier II and Casey Prather), the transfers who would be eligible to pla (guard Eli Carter from Rutgers, center Damontre Harris from South Carolina and wing Dorian Finney-Smith from Virginia Tech) and two McDonald's All-Americans en route to Gainesville (point guard Kasey Hill and forward Chris Walker) and envisioned an even deeper run in the NCAAs.

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10Oklahoma State Sooners
For all of the chatter All-America Marcus Smart generated last April, when he decided to return to school instead of entering the NBA draft, his coach, Travis Ford, has been more impressed by Smart's decision making at the point guard position.

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11North Carolina Tar Heels
The biggest shot of LaQuinton Ross's career was a long time coming.

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11North Carolina Tar Heels
After junior wing P.J. Hairston was suspended indefinitely on July 28 for his third run-in with the law in three months, he gathered his fellow Tar Heels in the locker room.

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13Memphis Tigers
To get an idea of what Memphis might look like this season, go back to 2011-12, to a different group of Tigers: Missouri played four guards, lost only four regular season games and was the second-most efficient offensive team of the last 10 years, according to Kenpom.com.

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14Connecticut Huskies
Last summer Shabazz Napier took up a new hobby. Armed with a secondhand fishing rod and after years of wildlife viewing on TV, the point guard ventured to a lake near the Storrs campus to cast his first line, only to leave hours later without a nibble.

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15Marquette Golden Eagles
As usual the Golden Eagles will be led by a talented combo-forward (Jamil Wilson), feature a slow but efficient offense and defend as well as any team in the country.

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16VCU Rams
The word Havoc doesn't just describe the Ram's panic-inducing defensive pressure; it also personifies the program's full throttle ethos.

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17Creighton Bluejays
You've heard of a one-trick pony? Well, Creighton fifth-year senior Ethan Wragge is a one-shot Bluejay.

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18wichita-state-eagles
In the wake of its Final Four run Wichita State didn't just install a $1.8 million video board and sound system, renovate the locker room and give coach Gregg Marshall a contract extension worth $1.8 million.

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19Gonzaga Bulldogs
If you want to find a Gonzaga player still stewing over the events of March 23, when Wichita State abruptly ended the top-ranked, top-seeded Zags' unprecedented season in the NCAA tournament's round of 32, you'll have to look beyond fifth-year center Sam Dower.

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20Harvard Crimson
After withdrawing from Harvard for 2012-13 because he was being investigated as part of an academic scandal involving 125 students, senior guard Brandyn Curry spent the year in his hometown of Huntersville, N.C., learning new skills.

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