Pennsylvania State University LogoMetaKoopa99's Ballot for Preseason of 2019-20

Submitted on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 2:01PM EDT
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1 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State The best player in the country returns (Winston) as do other big contributors (Langford, Tillman). The Spartans are the preseason favorite.
2 University of Kansas Logo Kansas Forget all the Adidas drama for now. Doston and Azubuike make quite a duo. De Sousa is back too. The Big 12 refuses to change.
3 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Great recruiting class, great player returning in Hagans. Florida will give them problems, but the Wildcats are the SEC favorite right now.
4 Duke University Logo Duke Jones returns looking to improve, and the Blue Devils bring in yet another great recruiting class. Not surprising in the least.
5 University of Louisville Logo Louisville Didn't lose much and (most importantly) kept Nwora, who is a beast. Solid transfer with Kimble as well. Louisville's return to form.
6 University of Florida Logo Florida Blackshear was one of the best players in the country at VT. Now he has a better supporting cast. The Gators fight UK for the SEC crown.
7 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga Hachimura, Clarke, Norvell and Perkins all leaving hurts, but the Zags return Kispert, Tillie, and Petrusev. They dominate the WCC again.
8 University of Maryland, College Park Logo Maryland Cowan and Smith will make for one hell of a duo. Probably the Terrapins' greatest preseason expectations in a long, long time.
9 Villanova University Logo Villanova Even with Paschall and Booth leaving, Nova is always in good hands with Jay Wright. Two top 20 recruits help the wounds a bit too.
10 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina Lost most of last year's key pieces but also brought in some excellent transfers and the No. 4 recruit. Always a contender in the ACC.
11 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech Culver and Mooney are gone but Moretti and VT transfer Clarke should fill those roles nicely. TTU is KU's fiercest Big 12 competition.
12 University of Virginia Logo Virginia Give some respect to the champs. They lost 80% of their top contributors, but Clark and Diakite should step up big-time. Also, Tony Bennett.
13 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State The Wessons are back. That really should be enough, really. Holtmann is a damn fine coach, and the Buckeyes are a top-tier B1G team.
14 University of Oregon Logo Oregon Look for Pritchard to finally take the leap that many thought he would take last season. Also look for Richardson to step up.
15 University of Memphis Logo Memphis What a recruiting class for Penny: Wiseman, Achiuwa, Ellis, etc. Lots of reasons to be excited for basketball in Memphis right now.
16 Baylor University Logo Baylor Clark is going to be one of the Big 12's best players. Not much in terms of recruiting here, but also didn't lose too many key pieces.
17 Seton Hall University Logo Seton Hall Buy in on the Seton Hall hype. Powell is the truth. Cale and McKnight don't make for a bad supporting cast either. Should be a fun season.
18 Utah State University Logo Utah State With Martin brothers gone, Merrill takes over as the best player in the Mountain West. Queta also averaged over 10 PPG last season.
19 Saint Mary's College of California Logo St. Mary's Like the above entry, the loss of Gonzaga's stars makes Ford the best player in the WCC. Can the Gaels overcome the Zags? It'll be tough.
20 Xavier University Logo Xavier Didn't lose much and all star returners averaged 10+ PPG last season. Everyone should take a big leap this year, including coach Steele.
21 University of Washington Logo Washington Interesting situation for the Huskies. Lost Nowell, Dickerson and Thybulle but also added two top 10 recruits. How will that youth play out?
22 Virginia Commonwealth University Logo VCU Looking like the A10 favorite early on. Really didn't lose much. Could be this year's Buffalo and climb the ranks as a mid-major.
23 Marquette University Logo Marquette Markus Howard is all you need to know. It's going to fun watching him and Powell compete for player of the year in the Big East.
24 Florida State University Logo Florida State Shouldn't have been left off the AP preseason poll. Hamilton is one of the ACC's finest coaches. FSU could make another deep run.
25 Harvard University Logo Harvard I'll give a good mid-major some love at 25. The Crimson could bust some brackets. Next 5: Arizona, Purdue, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee