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Top 25 (and one): UK solidifies No. 1; Duke, Ohio State move up

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By Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish | CBSSports.com College Basketball Insiders

John Calipari's Kentucky group appears set to lose just about everyone from last year's national championship group, but after the 'Cats landed the top-ranked player in the nation, Nerlens Noel, we're sticking with UK in the top spot. Noel's announcement gives Kentucky its fourth consecutive No. 1 recruiting class since Calipari's arrival in Lexington. Go ahead and try to find another team that boasts five future NBA guys on its roster. Good luck.

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But you can also certainly make a valid case for Indiana and Louisville in the top spot. The Hoosiers bring all their key pieces back -- including Cody Zeller -- and add a stellar recruiting class led by point guard Yogi Ferrell. Rick Pitino and the Cardinals lose a couple of starters, but they should have a healthy Wayne Blackshear and also add George Mason transfer Luke Hancock.

Duke and Ohio State both made significant jumps since our first crack at this because of the return of Mason Plumlee to Durham and Deshaun Thomas to Columbus. One Pac-12 school, Arizona, dropped after losing point guard Josiah Turner while another, UCLA, jumps into the rankings with the addition of arguably the most talented incoming freshman in the country -- Shabazz Muhammad.

Here's our Updated Top 25 (and one):

1. Kentucky
Last season: 38-2 (won the national title)
Notable players definitely gone: Darius Miller, Eloy Vargas
Others expected to leave: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb
Notable players expected to return: Kyle Wiltjer
Notable newcomers: Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley, Ryan Harrow (N.C. State)
Other likely newcomers: Anthony Bennett

2. Indiana
Last season: 27-9 (lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16)
Notable players definitely gone: Verdell Jones, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Maurice Creek
Notable newcomers: Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell

3. Louisville
Last season: 30-10 (lost to Kentucky in the Final Four)
Notable players definitely gone: Kyle Kuric, Chris Smith, Jared Swopshire
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, Mike Marra
Notable newcomers: Luke Hancock (George Mason), Terry Rozier

4. Kansas
Last season: 32-7 (lost to Kentucky in the title game)
Notable players definitely gone: Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Conner Teahan
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford, Justin Wesley, Kevin Young
Notable newcomers: Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor, Andrew White, Perry Ellis, Zach Peters, Landen Lucas, Anrio Adams

5. Michigan
Last season: 24-10 (lost to Ohio in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Evan Smotrycz
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford, Matt Vogrich
Notable newcomers: Mitch McGary, Glenn "Tre" Robinson, Nick Stauskas

6. Baylor
Last season: 30-8 (lost to Kentucky in Elite Eight)
Notable players definitely gone: Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones Others expected to leave: Perry Jones III
Notable players expected to return: Pierre Jackson, Quincy Miller, Brady Heslip, A.J. Walton, Gary Franklin, Deuce Bello, Cory Jefferson
Notable newcomers: Isaiah Austin, L.J. Rose, Ricardo Gathers

7. Syracuse
Last season: 34-3 (lost to Ohio State in the Elite Eight)
Notable players definitely gone: Scoop Jardine, Dion Waiters, Fab Melo, Kris Joseph
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Brandon Triche, C.J. Fair, James Southerland, Michael Carter-Williams, Rakeem Christmas, Baye Keita Notable newcomers: DaJuan Coleman, Jeremi Grant

8. Michigan State
Last season: 29-8 (lost to Louisville in Sweet 16)
Notable players definitely gone: Draymond Green, Brandon Wood, Austin Thornton
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Keith Appling, Derrick Nix, Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, Brandon Kearney, Russell Byrd
Notable newcomers: Gary Harris, Matt Costello, Denzel Valentine, Kenny Kaminski

9. San Diego State
Last season: 26-8 (lost to N.C. State in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Garrett Green, Tim Shelton
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley, Xavier Thames, James Rahon, DeShawn Stephens, LaBradford Franklin
Notable newcomers: JJ O'Brien (Utah), Dwayne Polee (St. John's), James Johnson (Virginia -- mid-year), Winston Shepard, Skylar Spencer, Matt Shrigley

10. North Carolina
Last season: 32-6 (Lost to Kansas in the Elite Eight)
Notable players definitely gone: Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall, John Henson, Harrison Barnes
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Dexter Strickland, Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston, James Michael McAdoo, Leslie McDonald
Notable newcomers: Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, Joel James, Brice Johnson

11. Florida
Last season: 26-11 (lost to Louisville in Elite Eight)
Notable players definitely gone: Erving Walker, Bradley Beal
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Patric Young, Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy, Mike Rosario, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguette
Notable newcomers: Braxton Ogbueze, Michael Frazier, Dillon Graham

12. Duke
Last season: 27-7 (lost to Lehigh in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Austin Rivers, Miles Plumlee
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Andre Dawkins, Quinn Cook, Tyler Thornton, Josh Hairston
Notable newcomers: Alex Murphy, Marshall Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon

13. Ohio State
Last season: 31-8 (lost to Kansas in Final Four)
Notable players definitely gone: William Buford, Jared Sullinger
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Aaron Craft, Deshaun Thomas, Lenzelle Smith, Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott, Evan Ravenel, Amir Williams, LaQuinton Ross, Jordan Sibert
Notable newcomers: None

14. Memphis
Last season: 26-9 (lost to Saint Louis in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Will Barton, Wesley Witherspoon
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Adonis Thomas, Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Antonio Barton, Ferrakohn Hall, Stan Simpson, D.J. Stephens
Notable newcomers: Shaq Goodwin, Damien Wilson, Geron Johnson

15. UNLV
Last season: 26-9 (Lost to Colorado in round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Chace Stanback, Oscar Bellfield, Brice Massamba, Kendall Wallace
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Mike Moser, Anthony Marshall, Justin Hawkins, Carlos Lopez, Quintrell Thomas, Reggie Smith
Notable newcomers: Bryce Jones (USC), Khem Birch (Pitt -- midyear), Katin Reinhardt, Daquan Cook, Demetris Morant

16. Wisconsin
Last season: 26-10 (lost to Syracuse in Sweet 16)
Notable players definitely gone: Jordan Taylor, Rob Wilson
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Ryan Evans, Jared Berggren, Mike Brusewitz, Josh Gasser, Ben Brust, Frank Kaminsky
Notable newcomers: George Marshall, Sam Dekker, Zach Bohannon (Air Force), Jarod Uthoff, Zak Showalter

17. UCLA
Last season: 19-13 (no postseason)
Notable players definitely gone: Lazeric Jones, Jerime Anderson
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Josh Smith, Travis Wear, David Wear, Tyler Lamb, Norman Powell, Anthony Stover
Notable newcomers: Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams, Larry Drew II (North Carolina)

18. North Carolina State
Last season: 24-13 (lost to Kansas in the Sweet 16)
Notable players definitely gone: C.J. Williams, Alex Johnson
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Lorenzo Brown, C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell, Scott Wood
Notable newcomers: Rodney Purvis, Tyler Lewis, T.J. Warren

19. Missouri
Last season: 30-5 (lost to Norfolk State in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Ricardo Ratliffe, Matt Pressey
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Phil Pressey, Michael Dixon, Laurence Bowers
Notable newcomers: Keion Bell (Pepperdine), Ernest Ross (Auburn), Jabari Brown (Oregon -- mid-year), Tony Criswell, Stefan Jankovic, Domoniq Bull, Ryan Rosburg, Negus Webster-Chan
Expected newcomer: Alex Oriakhi (UConn)

20. Gonzaga
Last season: 26-7 (lost to Ohio State in round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Robert Sacre, Marquise Carter
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Elias Harris, Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell, Sam Dower, Guy Landry-Edi, Kelly Olynyk, Mike Hart, David Stockton
Notable newcomers: None

21. Arizona
Last season: 23-12 (NIT)
Notable players definitely gone: Kyle Fogg, Jesse Perry, Josiah Turner
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Nick Johnson, Solomon Hill, Kevin Parrom, Angelo Chol, Jordin Mayes
Notable newcomers: Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett, Gabe York

22. Saint Louis
Last season: 26-8 (lost to Michigan State in the round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Brian Conklin, Kyle Cassity
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Kwamain Mitchell, Dwayne Evans, Cody Ellis, Mike McCall, Jordair Jett, Rob Loe
Notable newcomers: Jared Drew, Keith Carter

23. Kansas State
Last season: 22-11 (lost to Syracuse in the round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Jamar Samuels
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Rodney McGruder, Will Spradling, Jordan Henriquez, Angel Rodriguez, Thomas Gipson, Adrian Diaz, Shane Southwell, Martavious Irving
Notable newcomers: None

24. Minnesota
Last season: 23-15 (NIT)
Notable players definitely gone: Ralph Sampson III
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, Austin Hollins, Andre Hollins, Julian Welch, Joe Coleman, Maurice Walker
Notable newcomers: Wally Ellenson, Charles Buggs

25. Virginia Commonwealth
Last season: 29-7 (lost to Indiana in round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Bradford Burgess
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Juvonte Reddic, Rob Brandenburg, Treveon Graham, Darius Theus, Troy Daniels, Briante Weber, D.J. Haley
Notable newcomers: Jordan Burgess, Justin Tuoyo, Mohamad Alie-Cox

26. Creighton
Last season: 29-6 (lost to North Carolina in the round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Antoine Young
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Doug McDermott, Gregory Echenique, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat, Ethan Wragge, Josh Jones, Austin Chatman, Avery Dingman, Will Artino
Notable newcomers: Nevin Johnson, Geoffrey Groselle, Andre Yates, Isaiah Zierden

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