25 college hoops teams to watch

ESPN Insider's group of college basketball experts provide in-depth breakdowns of the nation's top 25 teams to watch this season (listed in alphabetical order).

With an even deeper team in 2014-15, Sean Miller's squad is an early favorite to make a deep tournament run.

Kevin Ollie, Ryan Boatright and the Huskies face a tough test to repeat as national champions. They'll count nightly on tough interior defense from sophomore center Amidah Brimah.

The Blue Devils, with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class featuring Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, are ACC favorites.

Despite losing four starters from a 36-3 team, Billy Donovan's Gators are national title candidates.

The Zags, featuring several returning starters as well as top transfers and highly touted freshmen, are the WCC's top team.

Led by reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Wesley Saunders and a talented frontcourt, the Crimson are again the Ivy favorites.

Iowa State
Behind another group of top-tier transfers, Fred Hoiberg's team is ready to make noise in the Big 12.

A strong recruiting class added to established veterans will enable Bill Self's team to once again reign supreme in the Big 12.

With an elite recruiting class joining talented veterans, this could be John Calipari's most talented -- and deepest -- team since he's been in Lexington.

The Cardinals -- Big East and AAC champions over the past two seasons -- look to do the same in the ACC in 2014-15. Montrezl Harrell's inside presence could be the key.

Though Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas left for the NBA, the Wolverines still have enough talent to compete for a Big Ten title.

Michigan State
Tom Izzo's team, which lost a bulk of last season's key contributors, could struggle to finish at the top of the Big Ten.

North Carolina
The Tar Heels are led by Marcus Paige, arguably the best point guard in America and a candidate for national player of the year.

Ohio State
The Buckeyes lost a ton of talent to the NBA and graduation, so former role players -- many who are seniors -- must step up.

Lon Kruger's team, led by a prolific backcourt in Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard, is set to break through in 2014-15.

Rick Barnes' team is a legitimate Big 12 title contender with the addition of prized recruit Myles Turner.

San Diego State
Despite the loss of Xavier Thames, San Diego State boasts enough talent to contend. Winston Shepard's versatility may be the difference.

Losing elite recruit Emmanuel Mudiay hurts, but Larry Brown's roster is still strong enough to compete for an AAC title.

Orange must fill major voids in view of the loss of C.J. Fair, Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis. Does enough talent remain for Jim Boeheim's squad?

Larry Krystkowiak's team, led by All-American candidate Delon Wright, is poised to make the Big Dance for the first time since 2009.

Can Shaka Smart and the ultra-deep Rams, who appear to be much-improved on offense, put it all together to claim the A-10 title?

JayVaughn Pinkston and Ryan Arcidiacono lead a veteran squad primed for a deep NCAA tournament run.

Will the Cavaliers repeat as ACC champions? Despite losing Joe Harris, Tony Bennett's team is capable of doing so.

Wichita State
Gregg Marshall and the veteran Shockers look primed to again run the conference table and go far in the postseason.

With much of last season's rotation back, Bo Ryan's Badgers look primed for a Final Four run in 2014-15.