The Experts weigh in, they like Kansas as much as we do.

Ok, so maybe they don't have a KU Welcome mat among them, but the point is that they agree that KU is the team to beat this year. Who is it?

SI.com's college hoops gang -- Kelli Anderson, Seth Davis, Stewart Mandel, Grant Wahl and Luke Winn -- offer their best picks for the upcoming season

Here are their Final Four picks, respectively:

Anderson: Kansas, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State.

Davis: North Carolina, Kansas, Syracuse, Michigan State.

Mandel: Kansas, Wake Forest, Illinois, Notre Dame.

Wahl: Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kansas.

Winn: Kansas, Syracuse, Maryland, Oklahoma State.

If you're counting at home, thats 5/5 picks for KU, 3/5 picks for Wake, Syracuse and Oklahoma State, 2/5 for UNC, and 1 pick each for Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Illinois.

Conspicuously absent is last year's runner-up, Georgia Tech.

So who do they think will actually win it all?

Anderson: Kansas. The Jayhawks made it to the Elite Eight last year despite three major hurdles: having to learn Bill Self's system; having to adjust to the loss of two lottery picks, Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison; and having precious little depth, especially at the point. This team knows the system, has great depth thanks to five talented freshmen who understand their supporting roles, and will be led by four seniors -- a rare commodity these days -- and a sophomore who is nearly NBA-ready. They have depth, experience and chemistry; all they need is a little luck.

Davis: North Carolina. The Tar Heels have the perfect blend of talent, depth and experience. It usually takes a full season to get used to a new coach, so better things should be coming in Roy Williams' second season.

Mandel: Kansas. In this day and age, it's tough to beat the experience of four seniors (Aaron Miles, Wayne Simien, Keith Langford and Michael Lee) who have been to two Final Fours and an Elite Eight.

Wahl: Oklahoma State. For these reasons: 1) No player in the nation is more clutch than John Lucas. 2) Joey Graham's move to the wing will turn him into a star, making up for the loss of Tony Allen. 3) OSU has an experienced supporting cast (Ivan McFarlin, Daniel Bobik, Stevie Graham) that knows its role. 4) It's Eddie Sutton's time. 5) The Cowboys play the best team defense of my Final Four squads.

Winn: Kansas. The Jayhawks came a lot closer to reaching the Final Four than most people expected in Bill Self's first season, losing to the nation's second-best team (Georgia Tech) in the Elite Eight. Wayne Simien could carry them on his back, but he won't need to -- J.R. Giddens is ready to become a star in Lawrence.

Three out of five CNN/SI experts agree, Kansas will win the National Championship.

A few other bits...most agree that North Carolina and/or Arizona will be the biggest busts of the year.

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