Even though I think we all agree that these preseason polls are pointless in the long run, it sure is fun to dissect them to an unhealthy degree. So here we go:
- Kentucky appears to be #1 again on recruiting hype. I think they'll do well, but ultimately I think that they will take time to gel again. Don't be surprised if they drop significantly later in the non-conference before gelling and bouncing back late in the year.
- Kansas seems to be right about where they should be, with tons of potential from the recruits, and returning players who should be able to work together to fills the gaps left from loss of Wiggins, Embiid and Black. I would have been okay with them being anywhere in the 5-10 range.
- I know that the Big 10 has been really good the last few years, but it seems a bit strange to me that they have so many teams in the Top 25. Unfortunately, the main issue is that I don't know who should definitely be in ahead of them. At least they are mainly clustered down in the bottom of the poll, which seems to confirm that they have a lot of solid teams, but only a few that are really upper tier.
- While the UNC-Duke bias lives on, the real shocker of the poll is actually the inclusion of Nebraska at #21. I get wanting to say that you were there when a program first started to come on, but the recruiting class wasn't ranked, and I'm not sure that the brief appearance in the tournament is enough of a springboard to justify ranking them this early.
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||1ST PLACE VOTES||PREV||CHANGE||HI/LOW|
|17||San Diego State||31-5||251||0||NR||-||-|
|22||Southern Methodist Univ.||27-10||149||0||NR||-||-|