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Most top teams counting on big contributions from transfers

Acquiring a high-profile transfer isn't necessarily a prerequisite for every Final Four contender, but a look at the rosters of AP Top 25 teams sure makes it seem that way.

Four of the top five teams in the preseason poll are counting on contributions from at least one transfer. Reigning national champion Villanova also should get a boost from a transfer.

Perhaps the most notable example is No. 1 Kansas , which added Dedric Lawson and K.J. Lawson from Memphis and also brought in former California guard Charlie Moore. All three players sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Big 12 coaches have selected Dedric Lawson as the conference's preseason newcomer of...