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Indiana, Louisville headline preseason Power 24

The Road to Atlanta begins November 9.  Time to unveil our preseason Power 24.  The headliners:  Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, and Kansas.  Those would be our projected No. 1 seeds as slots 1-4 on the s-curve.  A quick note: this year’s Power 24 will reflect the s-curve used for seeding teams into a bracket.  Hopefully, that provides a slightly different view of the NCAA Tournament landscape.

Now, to the Power 24 itself.  It’s a starting point.  That’s it.  We don’t know how the season will play out.  We’ll have surprises.  We’ll have disappointments.

Preseason Power 24

Here are a few quick thoughts:

– The Big Ten opens the 2012-13 campaign loaded with quality teams.  Beyond IU, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Michigan could all be Top 4 seeds in March. All four begin the season in the Top 12 of our s-curve.

– The Atlantic 10 is a deep, talented league.  If one or two teams separate, they will most certainly climb the rankings.  But if those teams clump, you could easily see up to five teams make the Field of 68 and all be seeded between lines 7-10.  VCU is our pick to win it.  The Rams open at No. 25 on the s-curve.  That would put them as the highest seven-seed.

– The Pac-12 will be improved – especially at the top.  Arizona and UCLA should make a splash on the national scene.

– UNLV and San Diego State should wage a great battle for the Mountain West title.  Both are Top 20 capable teams.

– How will NC State handle high expectations?  Duke and North Carolina won’t just hand an ACC title to the Wolfpack.  In some ways, many are overlooking the Blue Devils and Tar Heels.

– Syracuse shouldn’t be far beyond Louisville in the Big East.  And don’t forget about Cincinnati or Notre Dame.

Preseason opinions vary greatly beyond the top two or three teams.  Which makes the season tip-off even more exciting.  It’s time for another journey toward Selection Sunday.

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