The season just ended Monday night, but that doesn't mean we can't already look ahead to the 2008-09 season.
Thus, here's our early ? very early ? look at a preseason top 25. We "voted" under the assumption that everyone who hasn't announced he's going pro is going to return to school. Is that going to happen? Of course not.
In fact, reports surfaced that Kevin Love was declaring for the draft the day after we voted on this list. Because of scenarios like this one, we'll revise this list after the early entry deadline passes.
Rivals.com 2008-09 Preseason Top 25: Apr. 8
1. North Carolina (36-3)
The Tar Heels could be scary good on the inside. If Tyler Hansbrough returns, he'll be joined by a pair of five-star big men.
2. UCLA (35-3)
Even without Kevin Love, the Bruins have enough to get back to Final Four. They have several key players returning and they're adding a top-five recruiting class.
6. Connecticut (24-9)
The Huskies can contend for national title even if 7-foot-3 Hasheem Thabeet turns pro. The real key is the health of guard A.J. Price, who tore an ACL in the NCAA Tournament.
7. USC (21-12) Tim Floyd undoubtedly is talking to star freshman O.J. Mayo about the Trojans' chances of a Final Four trip next season. They return everyone else and add prize recruit Demar DeRozan, the No. 1 shooting guard in the 2008 class.
8. Purdue (25-9)
The Boilermakers should be even better after making a surprising second-place finish in the Big Ten. Their rotation featured four freshmen, including first-team All-Big Ten forward Robbie Hummel.
9. Kansas State (21-12) Michael Beasley hasn't said he's leaving early yet. Until he makes it official, the Wildcats still have the best player in the nation.
10. Gonzaga (25-8)
The Bulldogs are expected to return six of their top seven scorers on a team loaded with talent. Look for freshman forward Austin Daye, a former five-star recruit, to blossom into a star.
11. Duke (28-6)
Despite the loss of senior DeMarcus Nelson, the Blue Devils still boast a stellar backcourt. They add five-star guard Elliot Williams. But they still lack an inside scoring threat.
15. Wake Forest (17-13)
No team is adding more. The Deacons landed the nation's No. 1 recruiting class by signing three five-star prospects. That trio will mesh with promising sophomores-to-be Jeff Teague and James Johnson.
16. Florida (24-12) Billy Donovan is too good of a coach and the Gators will have too much talent not get back to the NCAA Tournament. Donovan signed his second consecutive top-five recruiting class.
20. Ohio State (24-13)
Coach Thad Matta has reeled in another top-10 recruiting class. Seven-footer B.J. Mullens, the No. 1 center in the 2008 class, will allow 7-foot freshman Kosta Koufos to step outside more and take advantage of his shooting range.
21. Oklahoma (23-12)
Freshman big man Blake Griffin made a huge impact for the Sooners this season, racking up 10 double-doubles. Prize recruit Willie Warren could be even better. A dynamic guard with great physical gifts, Warren may be an instant star.
22. Villanova (22-13)
Star guard Scottie Reynolds will be looking for more help from former five-star recruits Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes next season. If that duo plays to their potential, the Wildcats could be a dark-horse contender for the Big East title.
23. Syracuse (21-14)
Injuries ravaged the Orange backcourt this season. If they stay healthy next season, there will be no excuse for missing the NCAA Tournament again. The Orange should have as much talent as anyone in the Big East.