Duke University Logobyzantiums's Ballot for Preseason of 2019-20

Submitted on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 8:48PM EDT
RankTeamReason
1 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State Tier 1: Pretty easy choice, even without Langford they have a better combination of talent and experience than anyone else.
2 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Tier 2: An easy second for me. Experienced point guard, strong incoming class, good coaching.
3 University of Kansas Logo Kansas Tier 2: An easy third. I think DeSousa's impact is overestimated, or I would have them second.
4 Duke University Logo Duke Tier 3: This is where it gets closer. I'm skeptical about the interior defense and outside shooting.
5 University of Louisville Logo Louisville Tier 3: Mostly comes down to Nwora, although Sutton is one of the more underrated players in the ACC.
6 University of Florida Logo Florida Tier 3: Blackshear, Nembhard, and Lewis are talented enough to make this a borderline top 5 team.
7 University of Maryland, College Park Logo Maryland Tier 4: Big drop from 6 to 7 in my eyes. Maybe still a little high on Maryland, but Cowan/Smith is a top 3 guard/big man combo.
8 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina Tier 4: Cole Anthony is the big piece of course, but I expect to see Brooks make the traditional Roy big man jump.
9 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga Tier 4: A healthy Tillie should be a difference maker. Gilder won't be Clarke, but I expect him to be good.
10 Villanova University Logo Villanova Tier 5: Like UVA, a big piece of this is coaching. But 'Nova has more talent.
11 University of Virginia Logo Virginia Tier 5: See 'Nova.
12 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech Tier 5: The last of the "unknown talent level, great coaching" group. Really a toss-up between TT and UVA, if Clarke is good look out.
13 Seton Hall University Logo Seton Hall
14 University of Memphis Logo Memphis
15 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State
16 University of Oregon Logo Oregon
17 Baylor University Logo Baylor
18 University of Arizona Logo Arizona
19 Utah State University Logo Utah State
20 Saint Mary's College of California Logo St. Mary's
21 Xavier University Logo Xavier
22 Virginia Commonwealth University Logo VCU
23 Purdue University Logo Purdue
24 Louisiana State University Logo LSU
25 Florida State University Logo Florida State