Top 25

My Pre-Season Top 25

You can view collective thoughts on the Top 25 at benchpoints.com

1. Michigan State
2. Kansas
3. Texas
4. Purdue
5. Kentucky*
6. North Carolina
7. West Virginia
8. Villanova
9. California
10.Mississippi State*
11.Tennessee
12.Butler
13.Ohio State
14.Georgetown
15.Duke
16.Uconn
17.Michigan
18.Dayton
19.Siena
20.Illinois
21.Washington
22.Minnesota
23.Oklahoma
24.Maryland
25.Vanderbilt

* Assuming eligibility issues are resolved

Why Michigan State over consensus Kansas? Well, first off they beat KU twice last season. The loss of Walton is eased by their wing talent, and should actually become much better on the perimeter this season. The loss of Suton is big, but give Tom Izzo bodies (which he has) and he’ll get enough out of them. The potential they have to go small with Lucas, Allen, Summers, Morgan and Roe is intriguing. And still, give me Izzo over Self in a big game. The recent troubles in Lawrence don’t help, either.

Why West Virgina over Villanova? You don’t lose your starting front court and best player and win the Big East. Period.

Butler, Siena and Dayton. The consensus non BCS teams to sneak in most Top 25’s. Siena has the most talent and depth in the history of the program. Butler returns everyone. Dayton has a stud in Chris Wright with their nucleus back. If I were to add more non BCS teams, BYU and Utah State would likely lead the list.

Willie Warren is great. But who helps him. I am not high on Tiny Gallon. Tony Crocker for the better part of last year was dreadful. Mason Griffin is a good addition and likely his sidekick for the year.

Maryland and Minnesota. Short on talent, but posses coaching and experience. Maryland is short on talent and is no real threat to anyone but Gary can still X and O. Tubby has a program on the rise.

Watch out for Vanderbilt. Ogilivy is nearing 100%, Kevin Stallings can coach, Jenkins may be the best shooter in the freshmen class and Jeff Taylor can play.

The Big 10 is pretty good. Boring, but good.

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