Each offseason, two sets of Power Rankings appear on SI.com: The version on the morning after the national title game, which requires plenty of speculation about draft decisions and is written mainly as a conversation-starter ... and this version, which appears in the days following the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the NBA Draft.
We now know Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller are staying at North Carolina, which makes the Tar Heels an easy No. 1. We know that Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb are staying at Kentucky, while Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins are leaving, which makes the Wildcats an easy No. 2. We know that Sean Miller isn't leaving Arizona, and the Wildcats' roster and recruiting class is staying intact, which makes them an easy Pac-10 favorite. Filling out everything else was more difficult. The only other thing I'm certain of is that if your team appears higher here than on competing writers' lists, my rankings will be gospel. And if your team is lower here than it is anywhere else, my rankings will be a joke.
NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
The Next 18: 17) Memphis, 18) Baylor, 19) Purdue, 20) Missouri, 21) Wichita State, 22) Marquette, 23) Alabama, 24) Texas A&M, 25) Xavier, 26) West Virginia, 27) Gonzaga, 28) Villanova, 29) Florida State, 30) George Mason, 31) UCLA, 32) UNLV, 33) Michigan State, 34) Michigan.