NCAA Basketball Preseason Rankings

For those of us that have been patiently awaiting the start of college basketball, at least we can sink our teeth into the preseason Top 25 rankings which were released this week.  UNC headlines the AP Top 25 Poll while both Kentucky & UNC received 749 points for the #1 spot in the Coaches Poll.  In respect to the AP Poll, this is the 1st time since the 2011-2012 season that North Carolina has been ranked as a preseason No. 1, however it hasn’t been since the ’91/’92 season that any team (Duke) has held the top spot in the preseason poll and gone wire to wire to win the National Championship.  Kentucky came close last year being ranked #1 from preseason onward until losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four.  Overall, reviewing the teams represented in the top 25, this is how the AP Poll breaks out by conference: Big Ten (6), ACC (4), Big-12 (4), SEC (3), Pac-12 (3), Big East (2), West Coast (1), Missouri Valley (1), American (1).  Both Polls are below:

Early Season Games:

College basketball season is so much fun because the schedule is loaded with so many games tipping off at once.  Scouring through the schedules of teams, 2016 looks to treat us to some good match ups brought together by early season tournaments and out of conference play.  Here are a few I personally have circled on my calendar that will prove to be early tests for some of these teams that may see each other again come March:

November 16th: (22) Baylor at Oregon

November 17th:  (2) Kentucky vs (5) Duke; Georgetown at (3) Maryland; (4) Kansas vs (13) Michigan State

November 25th: (20) UConn vs (25) Michigan; Texas A&M vs Texas

November 26th: (14) Cal vs San Diego State

November 29th: (17) Wisconsin vs (8) Oklahoma

December 1st: (3) Maryland at (1) UNC; (6) Virginia at Ohio State

December 2nd: (15) Indiana at (5) Duke; (24) Butler at Cincinnati

Check back for more college basketball articles soon.  The season is fast approaching!

-Zac

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