It’s that time of year again.
Schools and their fans rejoice and feel prideful when it comes to their ranking of their men’s basketball team. For some, it’s a regular occurrence; but for others, it’s a monumental stage to be considered one of the best 25 collegiate teams in the country.
Now, we enter a year of college basketball that we haven’t had in a while: a wide open collegiate season.
Who will finish atop of the rankings? We won’t know until April, but we can, and will, speculate until then.
Here’s my preseason Top 25 for the 2021-22 college basketball season:
- St. Bonaventure
- Ohio State
- North Carolina
- Michigan State
- St. John’s
Outside looking in: UConn, Florida State, Colorado State, Virginia, Loyola-Chicago, Xavier.
Conference breakdown: Big Ten (7), SEC (4), Big 12 (3), Pac 12 (3), Big East (2), ACC (2), AAC (2), Atlantic 10 (1), West Coast (1).
Overall analysis: It’ll be interesting to see how long UCLA lasts in the top five coming off their Final Four appearance. The Big 10 leads all conferences with seven teams in the Top 25, no other team has more than four; expect this to be the best conference in basketball yet again this season. Expect a big turnaround in Kentucky, as John Calipari has a different roster than the ones he’s constructed in years past.
- Jaden Ivey (Purdue)
- Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana)
- Johnny Juzang (UCLA)
- Julian Champagne (St. John’s)
- Kofi Cockburn (Illinois)
Outside looking in: Drew Timme (Gonzaga), Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga), Paolo Banchero (Duke), E.J. Liddell (Ohio State), Trevion Williams (Purdue).
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