The opposing coaches in last season's NCAA championship game find themselves in a familiar position at the start of this season.
As the leader of the reigning national champions, North Carolina's Roy Williams is the No. 1 coach in the preseason edition of the Rivals.com College Basketball Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.
The power rankings measure career achievement as well as a coach's most recent results. Six of the top seven coaches on our list have won at least one national title. UCLA's Ben Howland checks in at No. 5 and qualifies as the highest-ranked coach without a national championship.