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21 GEORGETOWN / BIG EAST / 4 / The Baller-in-Chief would be well-served to catch the Hoyas' premium backcourt of Austin Freeman (16.5 ppg) and Chris Wright (15.2).
22 VIRGINIA TECH / ACC / 5 / Point guard Malcolm Delaney, an ACC player of the year candidate, heads a group that's hungry after three straight NCAA snubs.
23 TENNESSEE / SEC / 2 / If their season isn't derailed by the NCAA investigation, the Vols can win the SEC behind 6'7" Scotty Hopson and 6'8" freshman Tobias Harris.
24 WISCONSIN / BIG TEN / 3 / With a feared home court (136--11 since 2001--02) and big men Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil, the Badgers are a conference title threat.
25 TEXAS / BIG 12 / 1 / Last year's underachievers need better team chemistry. Adding McDonald's All-Americans Cory Joseph and forward Tristan Thompson will help.
26 N.C. STATE / ACC / 2 / A renowned recruiting class led by 6'8" C.J. Leslie is enough to get the 'Pack to the NCAAs for the first time in coach Sidney Lowe's five years.
27 SAN DIEGO STATE / MWC / 5 / Double-double threat Kawhi Leonard gives this Mountain West contender a chance to win the school's first NCAA tournament game.
28 OLD DOMINION / CAA / 4 / Rebounding (tied for third nationally) and D (57.5 ppg) will continue to define a team that has averaged 24 wins the last six years.
29 MEMPHIS / C-USA / 2 / Wunderkind coach Josh Pastner has remade the roster with a top recruiting class, but the dismissal of Jelan Kendrick hurts their chances.