Biggest risers, fallers for 2014-15

Mike Brey's Fighting Irish squad underachieved in 2013-14, but should be much better next season. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Kentucky will be strong again next season. So will Arizona and Wisconsin. However, there are other teams that were relevant this season that won't be a year from now -- teams that are heading for a big fall in the 2014-15 season. Conversely, a number of teams that struggled mightily in 2013-14 will rise to prominence next season. Here are the six biggest risers and fallers for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.


Notre Dame Fighting Irish

I missed on this one badly prior to last season, but I'm not giving up on coach Mike Brey and the Irish despite the fact that they finished just 15-17, won just six league games, and they'll lose Eric Atkins, Garrick Sherman and Tom Knight. Jerian Grant will almost certainly return from his suspension, Pat Connaughton is back for his senior season, and Zach Auguste and Demetrius Jackson should be better equipped to step into more critical roles.