15 College Basketball Teams Guaranteed to be Dancing in March 2015

15 College Hoops Teams Guaranteed to be Dancing in March 2015

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The 2014-15 college hoops season is just days away... I wish. Unfortunately, the season does not start for quite some time, but we still have a relatively good idea on how the teams will look. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 15 college basketball teams that are guaranteed to be dancing in March 2015.

I suppose nothing is guaranteed, but all 15 of these teams will be stacked in the upcoming season. Read on and enjoy.

Connecticut Huskies

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Connecticut Huskies

Connecticut Huskies basketball
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The Connecticut Huskies are the defending national champs. They lost some key players (Shabazz Napier and DeAndre Daniels), but players like Ryan Boatright will be back. Plus, Kevin Ollie will still be the head coach.

Florida Gators

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Florida Gators

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The Florida Gators have made the Elite Eight four seasons in a row. They lose four senior starters, but they will be just as stacked in the talent department. Florida will not only make the dance, but it will compete for a national championship.

Duke Blue Devils

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Duke Blue Devils

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When does Duke not make the tournament? That’s what I really want to know. The Blue Devils have the best head coach in college basketball and they will be bringing in the most talented recruiting class. It should be another great year for Duke.

Texas Longhorns

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Texas Longhorns

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Texas was a great basketball team this past season. The Longhorns will be adding the No. 2 ranked player from the 2014 recruiting class to their arsenal, so they should be even better. Watch out Big 12.

Arizona Wildcats

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Arizona Wildcats

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Sean Miller consistently recruits amazing talents and this year was no different. Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson are gone, but the Wildcats will still have the talent to be a top team in this sport.

Louisville Cardinals

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Louisville Cardinals

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It is too bad that Russ Smith’s time at Louisville expired (played four years), but look for Montrezl Harrell to lead the way in 2014-15. Not to mention, he will not be alone.

Kansas Jayhawks

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Kansas Jayhawks

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Kansas loses two players who could go No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. That hurts. However, Bill Self and Kansas are always the cream of the crop in the Big 12. This team still has players like Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden and others coming back.

North Carolina Tar Heels

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North Carolina Tar Heels

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North Carolina has entered the last couple of seasons with a lot of hype, but has come up short in the meeting expectations department. Players like Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige have another year on their belt, which should lead to a very successful season for the Tar Heels. Also, Paige is going to compete for the Naismith.

Virginia Cavaliers

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Virginia Cavaliers

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Virginia earned a No. 1 seed in this year’s tournament. The Cavaliers definitely exceeded expectations, but they will have more pressure to succeed in the 2014-15 season for the simple fact that we know what they are capable of. They lose some players, but not enough to keep them out of the tourney.

Villanova Wildcats

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Villanova Wildcats

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The Villanova Wildcats had a great first season in the new Big East. Most of the team’s core comes back, so not only will they make the dance, but they will be fighting for a very high seed in the tournament. A No. 1 seed certainly is not out of the question for Jay Wright’s team.

Kentucky Wildcats

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Kentucky Wildcats

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Kentucky finally flipped the switch in the 2014 NCAA tournament. The Wildcats lose Julius Randle and James Young, but everyone else is back. Oh yeah, John Calipari is bringing in one of the best recruiting classes once again. What a surprise. Kentucky is going to be tall, very deep and very, very good.

SMU Mustangs

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SMU Mustangs

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The SMU Mustangs should have made the NCAA tournament this past season, but I guess the tournament committee didn’t agree. Well, the Mustangs bring back a bunch of talent. They also have Larry Brown, who is a pretty good coach. Just look at what he did in the NBA and what he is currently doing for this SMU program.

Wichita State Shockers

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Wichita State Shockers

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I am happy to say that the Wichita State Shockers will compete for a title once again. Cleanthony Early is off to the NBA, but Ron Baker, Fred VanVleet and others will be back. The Shockers probably won’t go undefeated once again, but they will have no problem making the NCAA tournament.

Iowa State Cyclones

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Iowa State Cyclones

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DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim were some of the most exciting players to watch last year. Unfortunately, both are gone. Look for Georges Niang to step up -- already had an amazing season in 2013-14 -- and look for the Cyclones to challenge for a Big 12 title.

Wisconsin Badgers

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Wisconsin Badgers

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You better believe that the Wisconsin Badgers will be playing in the NCAA tournament once again. Two words: Frank Kaminsky. Two more words: Sam Dekker. Here’s two more for you: Bo Ryan. Wisconsin made a run to the Final Four this past season and they will be just as good, maybe better, in 2014-15.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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