The Skinny: The late addition of Marvin Bagley III puts the Blue Devils a notch above everybody else.
2. Michigan State
The Skinny: This writer will be shocked if the Spartans don’t run away with the Big Ten regular season title.
The Skinny: The only thing standing in the way of a Final Four appearance is the cloud from last week’s FBI report.
The Skinny: Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman could lead the Jayhawks in scoring.
The Skinny: There’s quality length and then there’s what this team has, which is utterly ridiculous.
The Skinny: Redshirt freshman Omari Spellman could wind up as the best big man that Jay Wright has ever coached.
The Skinny: Chemistry will be a work in progress.
8. Wichita State
The Skinny: Shockers will step up a weight class in the American Conference.
The Skinny: Don’t blink, you’ll miss Sacred Heart transfer Cane Broome.
The Skinny: Cards still have top-15 caliber talent and experience despite the loss of Rick Pitino and, potentially, Brian Bowen.
11. North Carolina
The Skinny: Will the Tar Heels be able to rebound?
The Skinny: Rice grad transfer Egor Koulechov could wind up as a starter.
The Skinny: Trevon Bluiett is as good of a scorer as there is in college basketball.
The Skinny: The hunter has officially become the hunted.
15. West Virginia
The Skinny: Veteran guards and a head coach that’s won over 800 games is usually a good combination.
16. Virginia Tech
The Skinny: Small ball. For life.
17. Notre Dame
The Skinny: Betting against Mike Brey is like betting against Christian Bale in a Batman movie.
18. Seton Hall
The Skinny: Four starters return from a nucleus that has reached back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
The Skinny: Freshman guard Lonnie Walker has one-and-done potential.
20. Texas A&M
The Skinny: J.J. Caldwell’s early season suspension can be absorbed — this team is that talented.
The Skinny: Time for an encore.
The Skinny: Vince Edwards is ready to explode.
The Skinny: Should be longer and better defensively.
The Skinny: This is no longer just a football school.
25. Rhode Island
The Skinny: Dan Hurley has as deep of a perimeter as there is in the sport.
Five on the cusp:
The Skinny: Point guard Emmett Naar is 79-21 over the last three years in Moraga.
The Skinny: Could be the third-best team in the Big 12.
The Skinny: Can Ed Cooley lead the Friars to a fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance?
The Skinny: Killian Tillie — breakout guy.
The Skinny: Freshman guard Trae Young adds some much needed pop in the backcourt.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.