Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Mid-Summer Top 25

This is going to be a wide-open college basketball season. There is no consensus #1, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, nor is there anything close to a consensus top three, four, or even eight. Although there is a group of ten or eleven teams that is atop most preseason rankings, it is completely wide-open after that. There are about 30 teams or so that could make a case to be ranked in the bottom half of the top twenty-five, and many of the squads look similar to each other on paper. That is what made ranking this year's Top 25 in late July so difficult to do. Remember, this is not my final preseason Top 25--that will be released in early November, during my enormous season preview.

1. Memphis
2. North Carolina
4. Kansas
5. Georgetown
6. Tennessee
7. Louisville
8. Michigan State
9. Washington State
10. Marquette
11. Indiana
12. Stanford
13. Duke
14. Arkansas
15. Texas A&M
16. Oregon
17. Texas
18. North Carolina State
19. USC
20. Mississippi State
21. Villanova
22. Davidson
23. Alabama
24. Kentucky
25. Gonzaga

Others considered:
- Pittsburgh
- Arizona
- Southern Illinois
- Washington
- Clemson
- Ohio State
- Butler
- Wisconsin
- Xavier
- Syracuse


  1. Although I disagree with Arkansas being so high, overall a well thought-out list.

  2. Meant to add my link to that last comment...

  3. How 'bout those Davidson Wildcats!

    Thanks for having the guts to give props to the small guy.

  4. where's Kansas State in the "considered" least...I mean they have to be at least here, everyone but this site agrees with that...just look at the incoming talent (top 5 consensus in recruiting)

  5. forget about those friars buddy, add Randell Hanke and Jeff Xavier(2nd team all maac 16ppg)to a team that only lost 1 scholar and won 18 games 8-8 in big east,WELL I"LL LET YOU FIGURE OUT THE REST.