Toledo is predicted to represent the Mid-American Conference in the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in College Sports Madness' 144 teams in 144 days countdown to the college basketball season.
The Rockets are ranked No. 89 and are followed by fellow MAC members Western Michigan at No. 100, Kent State at No. 115 and Akron at No. 128.
UT returns four starters from last year's 15-13 squad that tied Western Michigan for first place in the MAC's West Division. A pair of all-conference guards, senior Rian Pearson (17.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and junior Julius Brown (13.1 ppg, 6.0 apg), are back to team with 2012-13 All-MAC Freshman Team C Nathan Boothe (8.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and senior F Matt Smith (9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg).
The Rockets are also gaining the services of a pair of junior transfers, G Justin Drummond and F J.D. Weatherspoon, as well as the freshman trio of C Zach Garber, G Jordan Lauf and G Jonathan Williams.
The final projection by the publication says:
"Toledo has a roster full of talent. There are quite a few newcomers who will need some time to adjust to their roles and young players who need to take that next step, but it is not impossible for this to happen. Coach Kowalczyk even has enough options to spend the non-conference portion of the schedule sorting out his rotation before the more important games in January, February and, of course, March."