TEAM | CONFERENCE
| RETURNING STARTERS | SKINNY
21 STANFORD |
PAC-10 | 5 | The Cardinal trio of Lawrence Hill and twin 7-footers Brook and
Ryan Lopez blocked more shots than any other Pac-10 team.
22 ARKANSAS | SEC
| 5 | New coach John Pelphrey inherits SEC's freshman of the year, Patrick
Beverley, and its defensive player of the year, Steven Hill.
23 SYRACUSE | BIG
EAST | 2 | Guard Jonny Flynn and forward Donte' Greene are the Orange's first
pair of McDonald's All-Americans since 1986.
24 NORTH CAROLINA
STATE | ACC | 4 | Star recruit J.J. Hickson joins an imposing frontcourt of
Brandon Costner, Ben McCauley and Gavin Grant.
25 PITTSBURGH |
BIG EAST | 2 | Point guard Levance Fields could use a few good big men. Enter
6' 7" freshman and Iron City native DeJuan Blair.
26 KANSAS STATE |
BIG 12 | 2 | The one-year Michael Beasley Era tips off in Manhattan, where the
freshman forward teams has help from a healthy Bill Walker.
27 DAVIDSON |
SOUTHERN | 5 | Stephen Curry, son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell, set the
Division I freshman record with 122 threes last season.
28 ARIZONA |
PAC-10 | 2 | Behind super 6' 7" soph Chase Budinger and freshman playmaker
Jerryd Bayless, the Wildcats will get a 24th straight tournament bid.
29 NOTRE DAME |
BIG EAST | 3 | Luke Harangody and Rob Kurz are formidable up front; Kyle
McAlarney's return from a lengthy suspension bolsters a thin backcourt.