SPORTS ILLUSTRATED picks the best in basketball without regard to conference standings
Great stretch run, win over Kentucky marks Tigers strongest in SEC. Ineligible for NCAA. Frederick top scorer, rebounder.
Same team that won NIT last year should win again if invited as expected. Rebounding of Cable, McMillon biggest single factor.
Newell-style ball-control offense quarterbacked by Robinson, plus best defensive record in conference. Weakness is shooting.
Nation's best floor shooters, second in total offense despite strong schedule. Recent injuries only cloud on tournament hopes.
Deliberate offense directed by Lane, fine feeder and playmaker. Good first five, but somewhat untested by mediocre schedule.
Seasoned, all-veteran club that started poorly, then won 11 in row despite weak bench. Major flaw is so-so rebounding.
Awesome ability of Chamberlain "in close was not enough to counteract in-and-out floor shooting. Playmaker also sadly missing.
Smart, seasoned, tall and deep Weakness is only fair speed. Not in top 15 in any important category but still perhaps nation's best.
Single-pivot pattern offense, usual strong Kentucky defense. Sound on fundamentals, lack over-all height and floor general.