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Experts' picks: Forecasting 2005-06

As the season approaches, which teams are the experts picking to reach the Final Four? Which squad is a team on the rise? Who's the best ball handler in the country? And exactly what do they expect from Candace Parker? We grilled our panel -- bracket expert Charlie Creme, columnist Mechelle Voepel and ESPN's Nancy Lieberman and Beth Mowins -- for the answers.

Candace Parker will …
Creme: Struggle early, not becoming a difference-maker until late in the season when she is the key to a Tennessee national championship.
Lieberman: Dunk on somebody this year!
Mowins: Dunk more than once.
Voepel: Be as eye-opening on defense as she in on offense. Her wingspan, quickness, leaping ability and strength will be part of what could be a witheringly effective Tennessee team defense.

My bold prediction for this year is …
Creme: Jessica Davenport will block a Candace Parker dunk attempt in an NCAA Tournament game.
Lieberman: Tennessee is going to win its seventh title.
Mowins: Cappie Pondexter and Monique Currie will be rewarded for coming back to school with All-America honors and a trip to the Final Four.
Voepel: Duke will overcome the "reputation" that it has been tagged with -- not coming through in the biggest moments -- and will win the national championship. I expect this could be saved and e-mailed back to me in April from the region of eastern Tennessee or who knows where.