Syracuse University Logofalconlover79's Ballot for Preseason of 2019-20

Submitted on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:23PM EDT
1 University of Kansas Logo Kansas A surprise pick? I think Bill Self is motivated as ever to rebound off a tough season, I think the Big 12 will be their once again.
2 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State The injuries to Langford and Ahrens scared me away from giving them #1. I think Cassius himself can cover up, but rebounding is a concern
3 University of Louisville Logo Louisville Talk about a quick rebuild. Chris Mack has Louisville ready to be back in the title hunt. Watch out for UMass transfer Kimble at PG.
4 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Calipari has seemingly learned that he needs a balance between stud freshmen and veterans in order to maximize the Cats' potential.
5 Duke University Logo Duke The biggest question mark near the top; will the 4 freshmen around Tre Jones perform? There's some large (sometimes busted) shoes to fill.
6 University of Florida Logo Florida There's nowhere to hide for Mike White, he needs to produce a deep tournament run with the talent around him, this is his best team yet.
7 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina Cole Anthony gets all the hype, but he needs some upperclassmen and transfers to help. UNC may start slow but they'll be a force by March.
8 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State I'm high on Chris Holtmann as a coach, and the Wesson brothers as players. The supporting cast is good, and the B1G is down; 2017-18 repeat?
9 University of Virginia Logo Virginia It'll be interesting to see how Tony Bennett handles the loss of Guy, Jerome, and Hunter. First game is @Syracuse, could be an upset?
10 Seton Hall University Logo Seton Hall Myles Powell. Kevin Willard has another top quality team in South Orange, he needs to finally get out of the 6-11 seed range.
11 Baylor University Logo Baylor That Texas Southern loss will be far in the rearview mirror for Bears fans. Tristan Clark and Mario Kegler could lead Baylor to a B12 title.
12 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech Texas Tech has done a great job of retooling in each of the last two offseasons. This year they added two transfers and a solid class of FR.
13 Villanova University Logo Villanova Villanova is coming off their worst season in 5 years. Jay Wright responded with a top 5 recruiting class, but who will be the leader?
14 Louisiana State University Logo LSU Will Wade is somehow still coaching, and he's got some elite talent to work with. Trendon Watford joins 3 returning starters from last year.
15 University of Arizona Logo Arizona Arizona has somehow managed to continue bringing in quality recruting classes, I guess none of them watched ESPN. Cats should run the PAC.
16 University of Maryland, College Park Logo Maryland Mark Turgeon vs coaching elite talent to a solid season. As long as he's coach, I don't believe Maryland is top 10.
17 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga Gonzaga brings one of the lowest amounts of returning production into the season. I trust Few to coach them well, but they need to prove it.
18 University of Memphis Logo Memphis As someone who's usually low on teams full of freshmen, I can see Memphis easily rising if they can prove they have some chemistry.
19 Purdue University Logo Purdue Life without Carsen won't be easy, but the addition of Jahaad Procter gives them another go-to offensive weapon. Haarms is a baller too.
20 Xavier University Logo Xavier Travis Steele lucked out when his top 4 players all decide to leave the draft and come back for another year. Lots of talent in Cincy.
21 University of Alabama Logo Alabama Nate Oats was smart to exit stage right from Buffalo. He arrives to a talented roster courtesy of Avery Johnson. They could win the SEC.
22 Florida State University Logo Florida State Leonard Hamilton has enjoyed a renaissance in the twilight of his career. It'll be tough to continue it as he lost a lot of talent.
23 Virginia Commonwealth University Logo VCU An 8 seed who lost basically nothing from last year's team? Sounds like a high-major to keep an eye on. The A-10 should be better this year.
24 University of Houston Logo Houston Houston got a big boost with Quentin Grimes being eligible. They might just be able to defend their conference title after all.
25 North Carolina State University Logo NC State Kevin Keatts is a winner. Next 10: Ok State, St. Mary's, Ole Miss, UT State, Illinois, Providence, Colorado, Cincy, Harvard, WKU