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Check out CBB Review’s Top 100: 100-91, 90-81, 80-71, 70-61, 60-51, 50-46, 45-41, 40-36, 35-31, 30-26, 25-23, 22-20

*All recruiting and transfer ratings from 247sports.com. All player and team statistics from sportsreference.com*

19. Rutgers

2019/2020 Record: 20-11 (11-9 Big Ten)

Key Returns: Ron Harper Jr. (12.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG), Geo Baker (10.9 PPG, 3.5 APG), Jacob Young (8.5 PPG), Myles Johnson (7.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG)

Key Losses: Shaq Carter (Graduation), Akwasi Yeboah (Graduation)

Key Recruits/Transfers: Cliff Omoruyi (4-Star Recruit)

Rutgers is coming off a tremendous season, earning what would have been it’s first tournament bid this century. Steve Pikiell brings back most of his talent from a season ago, along with a great recruit in Omoruyi. Rutgers will be very competitive in the Big Ten, even challenging some of the top dogs for a conference championship.

18. Illinois

2019/2020 Record: 21-10 (13-7 Big Ten)

Key Returns: Kofi Cockburn (13.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG), Ayo Dosunmu (16.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG), Trent Frazier (9.1 PPG)

Key Losses: Andres Feliz (Graduation), Alan Griffin (Transfer), Tevian Jones (Transfer)

Key Recruits/Transfers: Adam Miller (4-Star Recruit), Andre Curbelo (3-Star Recruit), Coleman Hawkins (3-Star Recruit), Brandon Lieb (3-Star Recruit)

Illinois returns it’s top two scorers from a solid 2019-20 campaign, and boasts a strong recruiting class to complement them. The Fighting Illini always play solid defense, but with a strong set of returning scorers and a solid recruiting class, Illinois can make noise in a loaded conference.

17. West Virginia

2019/2020 Record: 21-10 (9-9 Big 12)

Key Returns: Oscar Tshiebwe (11.2 PPG, 9.3 RPG), Derek Culver (10.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG), Miles McBride (9.5 PPG, 1.8 APG)

Key Losses: Brandon Knapper (Transfer)

Key Recruits/Transfers: Isaiah Cotrell (4-Star Recruit), Taj Thweatt (3-Star Recruit), Kedrian Johnson (3-Star Recruit)

West Virginia had a nice bounce back year last season after a down season in 2018, and brings back it’s top three scorers to try to maintain the momentum from last season. Bob Huggins is bringing in a solid recruiting class, but the staple of West Virginia is its press defense, which will be the ultimate factor in whether or not the Mountaineers go far this season.

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By Samuel Bass

Writing sports, college basketball, ACC hoops

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