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Auburn

KenPom rating: 169
Starters returning: 3
Coach: Tony Barbee (27-36 Auburn)
Starting 5:

Guard: 6-1 205 lbs Frankie Sullivan (SR) 13 ppg; 4 reb; 2 asst
Guard: 5-10 170 lbs Josh Wallace (SR) 3 ppg; 2 asst
Forward: 6-6 210 lbs Allen Payne (JR) 4 ppg; 4 reb
Forward: 6-6 200 lbs Noel Johnson (SR) 2 ppg; 2 reb
Forward: 6-10 242 lbs Rob Chubb (SR) 8 ppg; 5 reb

Bench: 6-5 230 lbs Jordan Price (FR); 6-3 200 lbs Brian Greene Jr (FR); 6-11 225 lbs Ashauhn Dixon-Tatum (JR- Juco)

Scouting Report: very solid defensively; will make the game ugly. Offense is suspect. Sullivan is there scorer- went for 26 points in their opener on 20 shots (made 11). Chubb does the board work (15 rebounds in the opener). Auburn beat IUPU (242) 61-50 in their opener at home.

Baylor

KenPom rating: 17
Starters returning: 2
Coach: Scott Drew (156-124 at Baylor)
Starting 5:

Guard: 5-10 180 lbs Pierre Jackson (SR); 14 ppg; 3 reb; 6 asst
Guard: 6-2 180 lbs Brady Heslip (JR); 10 ppg; 46% 3pt; 92% FT
Guard: 6-1 185 lbs AJ Walton (SR); 4 ppg; 3 reb; 3 asst
Forward: 6-9 220 lbs Cory Jefferson (JR); 4 ppg; 3 reb
Forward: 7-1 220 lbs Isaiah Austin (FR)

Bench: 6-4 185 lbs Deuce Bello (SO); 6-8 260 lbs Ricardo Gathers (FR); Taurean Prince 6-7 210 lbs (FR); 6-2 195 lbs Gary Franklin (JR); 6-4 185 lbs LJ Rose (FR)

Scouting report: Scott Drew's teams have finished top 15 in offensive efficiency 4 out of the last 5 years. With an experienced backcourt and a young talented frontcourt, this year should be no exception. Defense could be the best in Scott Drew era if Austin, Gathers and Jefferson defend at a high level. Baylor is 2-0 after blowing out Lehigh (64) and Jackson State (312).

Boston College

KenPom rating: 151
Starters returning: 4
Coach: Steve Donahue (31-35 at BC)
Starting 5:

Guard: 6-2 195 lbs Joe Rahon (FR)
Guard: 6-4 185 lbs Olivier Hanlan (FR)
Guard: 6-3 173 lbs Lonnie Jackson (SO); 8 ppg; 3 reb; 2 asst
Forward: 6-8 220 lbs Ryan Anderson (SO); 11 ppg; 7 reb
Forward: 7-0 245 lbs Dennis Clifford (SO); 9 ppg; 5 reb

Bench: 6-5 200 lbs Patrick Heckmann (SO); 6-10 235 lbs Andrew Van Nest (SR- Harvard transfer)

Scouting report: Very young team; they are starting two freshmen as guards which usually involves lots of growing pains. Steve Donahue took the job after fielding a strong team at Cornell (29-5) in 2010. That Cornell team was terrific on offense- top 3 point shooting team in the country. Boston College is not there yet and ironically allowed the best 3 point shooter in the country (Heslip) to transfer out. Boston College beat Florida International (294) 84-70 in their home opener.

College of Charleston

KenPom rating: 129
Starters returning: 4
Coach: Doug Wojcik (1-0 at College of Charleston)
Starting 5:

Guard: 6-1 185 lbs Andrew Lawrence (SR); 13 ppg; 6 assts
Guard: 6-1 180 lbs Anthony Stitt (SO); 10 ppg; 2 reb
Guard: 6-7 210 lbs Anthony Thomas (JR); juco transfer- 15 ppg; 7 reb
Forward: 6-9 225 lbs Ryan Anderson (SO); 8 ppg; 6 reb
Forward: 6-8 255 lbs Trent Wiedeman (JR); 12 ppg; 9 reb

Bench: 6-8 200 lbs Matt Sundberg (SR); 6-5 210 lbs Nori Johnson (JR); 6-6 195 Theo Johnson (FR)

Scouting report: College of Charleston was 19-12 last year. They return 4 starters- they are expected to challenge Davidson for the Southern Conference Championship. Doug Wojcik- who had some success at Tulsa before being fired takes over for Bobby Cremins (health issues). Last year, Charleston was better on defense than offense. They don't foul, but they also did a poor job on the boards. They clobbered Towson (334) in their opener 75-58 (halftime lead of 40-14).

Colorado

KenPom rating: 57
Starters returning: 2
Coach: Tad Boyle (49-25 at Colorado)
Starting 5:

Guard: 6-1 170 lbs Askia Booker (SO); 9 ppg; 3 reb; 1.4 asst
Guard: 6-5 190 lbs Spencer Dinwiddie (SO); 10 ppg; 4 reb; 2 asst
Guard: 6-4 190 lbs Sabatino Chen (SR); 2 ppg
Forward: 6-7 210 lbs Andre Roberson (SO); 12 ppg; 11 reb
Forward: 6-10 215 lbs Josh Scott (FR); top 100 national recruit

Bench: 6-6 220 lbs Xavier Johnson (FR); 6-11 250 lbs Shane Harris-Tunks (JR); 6-3 185 Eli Stalzer (FR)

Scouting report: Colorado is a dangerous team. Andre Roberson is one of the best players in the country. Booker and Dinwiddie are a young, potent backcourt. Josh Scott is one of the best incoming post players in the country- he outplayed Isaiah Austin head to head in Dallas during an AAU tournament. Last year's Colorado team was very good defensively and about average offensively. If they match up with Baylor, they will be out for revenge after Baylor knocked them out of the NCAA tourney.

Dayton

KenPom rating: 96
Starters returning: 2
Coach: Archie Miller (21-13 at Dayton)
Starting 5:

Guard: 6-0 182 lbs Kevin Dillard (SR); 13 ppg; 6 assts
Guard: 6-3 195 lbs Vee Sanford (JR); transfer from Georgetown
Forward: 6-7 225 lbs Devin Oliver (JR); 5 ppg; 5 reb
Forward: 6-9 245 lbs Jalen Robinson (FR); 19 ppg; 11 reb in HS
Forward: 6-9 230 lbs Josh Benson (SR); 11 ppg; 5 reb

Bench: 6-7 215 lbs Matt Derenbecker (SO); 6-9 250 lbs Alex Gavrilovic (SO); 6-6 195 Theo Johnson (FR); 6-9 215 lbs Devin Scott (FR); 6-6 210 lbs Dyshawn Pierre (FR)

Scouting report: Dayton is under the radar a bit, but they have a very talented roster. Benson got hurt at the end of December last year- he was one of their better players. Sanford and Derenbecker were both top recruits coming out of high school. The freshman class this year is very strong. And then you have Kevin Dillard who may be the best point guard in the Atlantic 10. They are going to be a tough out in this tourney.

Murray State

KenPom rating: 100
Starters returning: 2
Coach: Steve Prohm (32-2 at Murray State)
Starting 5:

Guard: 6-1 195 lbs Isaiah Canaan (SR); 19 ppg; 4 assts; 4 reb
Guard: 6-2 190 lbs Dexter Fields (JR); 7 ppg; 2 reb
Guard: 6-3 200 lbs Stacy Wilson (SR); 4 ppg; 1 reb
Forward: 6-7 230 lbs Ed Daniel (SR); 7 ppg; 6 reb
Forward: 6-9 200 lbs Brandon Garrett (SR); 2 ppg; 2 reb

Bench: 6-1 180 lbs CJ Ford (FR); 6-4 180 lbs Jeff Moss (FR)

Scouting report: Murray State will be hard pressed to be anywhere close to the success that they enjoyed last year. They have three players who are very good in Canaan; Fields and Daniel. Last year, they were strong defensively. Canaan can be one of the best scoring guards in the country but he does not have the pieces around him like he did last year.

St John's

KenPom rating: 85
Starters returning: 4
Coach: Steve Lavin (35-31 at St John's)
Starting 5:

Guard: 6-3 200 lbs D'Angelo Harrison (SO); 17 ppg; 4 reb; 2 st
Guard: 6-2 180 lbs Phil Greene Jr (SO); 8 ppg; 3 reb; 3 asst
Forward: 6-6 190 lbs Amir Garrett (SO); 7 ppg; 4 reb
Forward: 6-7 230 lbs Christian Jones (FR)
Forward: 6-8 210 lbs Jakarr Sampson (FR)

Bench: 6-9 220 lbs Chris Obekpa (FR); 6-5 190 lbs Sir Dominic Pointer (SO)

Scouting report: St John's is not deep and they have no experience but they have a talented starting 5. They beat an experienced Detroit (125) team behind a combined 42 points from Harrison and Greene. Obekpa looks like a difference maker on defense- he had 8 blocks in the game. Should be a tough out.

Ranking the field

1. Baylor
2. Colorado
3. Dayton
4. St John's
5. Murray State
6. College of Charleston
7. Auburn
8. Boston College

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