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Top 10 turnaround teams

Roy Williams and the Tar Heels are among the teams most likely to reverse fortunes

Originally Published: November 5, 2010
By Doug Gottlieb | ESPN Insider

After a 2009-10 that didn't live up to expectations, these 10 teams are my choices for the biggest bounce-back options for 2010-11. Following a season in which it was forced to trudge its way through the (close your eyes, UNC fans) NIT, there's no better place to start than Chapel Hill, where it's hard to fathom Roy Williams going two seasons in a row with the kind of struggles the Heels experienced last year.

So here they are: my top 10 turnaround teams:

Getty ImagesRoy Williams can have a few more Cokes and a few more smiles this season.

North Carolina: The roof fell in last season in Chapel Hill. Between terrible defense, numerous injuries and a lack of leadership, North Carolina was exposed repeatedly. This season, Harrison Barnes and a slew of guards will get the ball to a finally healthy Tyler Zeller. Roy cries, but in the NCAA tourney.

Washington State: Klay Thompson & Co. were horrible at the end of last season but are the only Pac-10 team to return its top three scorers. Ken Bone's second year will go much better than his last-place first year.