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The Boilermakers lose Keaton Grant and Chris Kramer, but a healed forward Robbie Hummel (ACL), along with 6'10" Jajuan Johnson and guards E'Twaun Moore and Lewis Jackson, could help Purdue break through to the Final Four.
Sophomore point guard Maalik Wayns is primed for a breakout season in Scottie Reynolds's absence, and post Mouphtaou Yarou, who missed part of his freshman year due to hepatitis B, should make huge gains in his first full season.
The Panthers were Big East contenders a year ahead of schedule, tying for second in the league. Junior guard Ashton Gibbs was one of the country's most underrated scorers, hitting 44.4% of his threes during conference play.
8. OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are likely to lose Evan Turner, but they're bringing in Rivals.com's No. 1--rated recruiting class, which includes Columbus native Jared Sullinger and power forward Deshaun Thomas, to join senior wings David Lighty and Jon Diebler, as well as junior William Buford.
9. BRIGHAM YOUNG
If senior shooting guard Jimmer Fredette returns with Michael Loyd Jr. in the backcourt after testing the NBA draft waters, BYU will be the best team west of the Rockies for the second straight season and a sleeper pick to reach the Final Four.