Top 25 according to Jason King: 1. Kentucky 2. Louisville 3. Michigan State 4. Arizona 5. Duke 6. Ohio State 7. Florida 8. Syracuse 9. Michigan 10. Oklahoma State 11. North Carolina 12. Wichita State 13. Virginia Commonwealth 14. Memphis 15. Marquette 16. New Mexico 17. Gonzaga 18. Baylor 19. Tennessee 20. Indiana 21. Kansas 22. Colorado 23. Connecticut 24. UCLA 25. IOWA
The Hawkeyes missed the NCAA tournament last season, but they should feel good about going 9-9 in the rugged Big Ten and finishing second in the NIT. Both were major accomplishments for a rapidly improving program. Don't be surprised if 2013-14 is the season when Iowa really turns the corner. Every key player will return from a team that went 25-13 overall last season. Included in that mix are leading scorers Roy Devyn Marble (15 points) and Aaron White(12.8), who also averaged a team-high 6.2 rebounds. With teams such as Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan losing a lot, the well-coached Hawkeyes have a chance to finish as high as third in the Big Ten while earning an NCAA tournament bid for the first time since 2006.
Fifteen others on the cusp: Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, Harvard, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Saint Louis, Stanford, St. John's, Villanova, Virginia, Wisconsin.