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A look at Louisville's place in early top 2015-16 rankings

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These are all likely to look insanely different in a matter of weeks, so take them for what they're worth ... not much ... except mine.

ESPN: No. 19

19. Louisville Cardinals

No coach whose 2014-15 season finished outside the Final Four will lose as much marquee talent as Rick Pitino, who waved farewell to Montrezl HarrellTerry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear after the Cardinals' Elite Eight loss to Michigan State. For most coaches, those goodbyes would likely herald the coming of the dreaded rebuilding year. For Pitino, they just mean finding creative solutions. Point guard Quentin Snider flashed promise after he replaced the dismissedChris Jones in the lineup late in the season, experience which may prove vital moving forward. Mangok Mathiang will be just as long and disruptive around the rim as ever, Chinanu Onuaku was one of the country's best offensive rebounders, and the incoming class includes three top-100 players, including No. 31, Deng Adel, who will likely earn starter's minutes from day one. Adel's classmates -- Donovan Mitchell and Raymond Spalding -- are less heralded, but intriguing pieces all the same. How quickly can Pitino get this group up to speed? How good can Anas Mahmoud -- a freshman center most famous for being the latter half of the best quote of Pitino's 2014-15 season -- get? There are plenty of questions here. But we'd bet on Louisville's coach to find the answers.

CBS: Unranked

NBC: No. 15

15. Louisville

  • Who's back: Quentin Snider, Shaqquan Aaron, Mangok Mathiang
  • Who's gone: Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell, Wayne Blackshear
  • Who they're getting: Trey Lewis*, Donovan Mitchell, Ray Spalding, Deng Adel
  • Why they're here: Part of it is loving their freshmen class, part of it is faith in Rick Pitino and part of it is the assumption that they have more additions coming.

Yahoo: "Others worthy of consideration"

SB Nation: No. 23

23. Louisville Cardinals

2014-15 Record: 27-9

2014-15 Finish: Elite Eight

Losing 78 percent of your scoring from a team whose biggest issue was, well, scoring is troubling, but Rick Pitino feels good about the development of some of his younger players who were forced to play sparingly behind guys like Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier. He also wants to add at least one high-impact transfer, which should take place on Tuesday when Cleveland State's Trey Lewis (16.3 ppg) makes the destination for his senior season official.

USA Today: "Also considered"

The Sporting News: Unranked

The Big Lead: "Just missed"

Louisville (27-9, Elite 8). It's going to be a long offseason for the Cardinals, who will lose Montrezl Harrell to the draft and leading scorer Terry Rozier, too. Blackshear graduates. Replacing your top three scorers will be a massive challenge, but Pitino reloads: Three 4-star recruits enter the program, including two forwards who could start, Deng Adel and Raymond Spalding. Quentin Snider finished strong and figures to be the team leader.