JOE MCKEOWN // NORTHWESTERN
He won 509 women's games at George Washington, and now tries to mold the Wildcats —who had one Big Ten victory last season—into a winner.
DAWN STALEY // SOUTH CAROLINA
After eight seasons (and six NCAA bids), she left Temple for a bigger paycheck ($650,000 a year) and the chance to go head-to-head in the SEC against her mentor, Pat Summitt.
Cinderella teams that will dance deep into March
The Saints return all five starters, including 6'6" junior swingman Edwin Ubiles (17.0 ppg), from a 23-win team that routed Vanderbilt in the first round of last year's NCAA tournament.
Leading the way is junior forward Rachele Fitz, who averaged 18.5 points and 7.4 rebounds last year, when the 25--2 Red Foxes gave No. 2 seed LSU a scare in the second round of the NCAAs.
Freshmen who aren't getting all the props they deserve
G // DEMAR DEROZAN // 6'6" // USC // He won't score as many points as O.J. Mayo did last season, but Derozan can do more things to help his team and is lethal finishing the fast break.
F // DELVON ROE // 6'8" // MICHIGAN STATE // The lefty shooter provides the aggressive rebounding presence the Spartans have lacked the last four seasons.
C // SAMARDO SAMUELS // 6'8" // LOUISVILLE // A true post player with an NBA-ready body, he could be the final piece in the Cardinals' championship puzzle.
C // B.J. MULLENS // 7'1" // OHIO STATE // Following Greg Oden and Kosta Koufos, will Mullens be the Buckeyes' next one-and-done big man?