Exciting times are ahead for select college basketball programs this season.

Here are some teams that may have their most talented rosters ever.


The Wolf Pack won 29 games in 2017-18, reached the Sweet 16, and return just about everyone with the exception of sharpshooter Kendall Stephens. But they add 5-star forward Jordan Brown and have a real chance to be the best offense in college basketball this year.

Nevada ranked seventh in offensive efficiency last season, canning almost 40 percent of its 3s and turning the ball over less than anyone in the land. The Wolf Pack present mismatch lineups all over the floor; when just about everyone in the lineup can shoot, pass and dribble, you become extremely hard to guard. There are no hiding spots for opposing defenses. Sag off a weakside shooter or help a player who’s been beaten, and you’re likely toast.

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Caleb and Cody Martin return, as does Jordan Caroline. That trio combined to averaged 53.6 points per game last year. A scary potential lineup: The Martins, Caroline, Brown and point guard Lindsey Drew (depending on how he heals from a torn Achilles). That crew is switchable across four positions and has bucket-getters everywhere you look. The Wolf Pack also have depth.

Nevada’s defense needs to improve, but if the Wolf Pack score like they’re expected to, an incremental jump will suffice. This program has made it to the Sweet 16 twice, but Nevada is national championship-good in 2018-19. The tournament is a fickle beast, but the Wolf Pack should cruise to 30 wins after falling just shy of that mark the past two years.


Tennessee returns just about everyone from a 26-win team, including its top six scorers and SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams.

The Volunteers are the inverse of the Wolf Pack, in a sense. Continuity is on their side, but the defense is what’s going to scare opponents. Tennessee ranked sixth in defensive efficiency last year; with another season of learning one another’s tendencies, the Volunteers could have the best defense in college hoops. Williams is a two-way monster, Admiral Schofield is a wrecking ball who has sneaky quickness, and the guards are feisty. It’s extremely hard to screen Tennessee’s perimeter players because of their ball pressure. Wreaking havoc without fouling is a skill, and the Volunteers have plenty of players who can do it.