College of William and Mary Logoskinz4life's Ballot for Preseason of 2016-17

Submitted on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:24PM EDT
RankTeamReason
1 Duke University Logo Duke national title favorites even if harry giles doesn't contribute significantly
2 University of Kansas Logo Kansas graham and jackson are players, and this team should easily win the Big 12, but not sure they're built to make noise in the tournament
3 Villanova University Logo Villanova might have some early season turbulence in replacing the leadership of arcidiacano, but have the talent to make it back-to-back
4 University of Virginia Logo Virginia best group of freshman in the bennett era should help perrantes and co. to a final four appearance
5 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky another talented freshman crew, but have the feeling this season will be closer to '12/'13 than another final four appearance
6 University of Oregon Logo Oregon assuming brooks finds form following his return, oregon should easily run the pac 12, and put in a similar season to last year
7 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina the stability of paige and johnson will be harder to replace than their production given the talented roster; will need a leader to emerge
8 Xavier University Logo Xavier they have a great squad to do damage in the big east, although not sure if they'll be able to escape villanova's shadow
9 University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo Wisconsin favorites by the slimmest of margins in a crowded big 10, but have by far the best shot of doing work into april behind hayes and koenig
10 Indiana University Bloomington Logo Indiana keeping bryant was big, but losing ferrell was bigger...this team should be good enough to make a big10 run, but doubt they'll show in march
11 Saint Mary's College of California Logo St. Mary's fielding the same team that won 29 games last year, have a feeling they'll be on a mission...dayton game will be a huge heat check for them
12 Syracuse University Logo Syracuse grad transfers should mean a quicker ramp up period than teams relying on freshman, but expecting a more consistent but earlier ending year
13 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State tom izzo is the only reason they're this high, as they're are very few coaches who can overcome the departures and preseason injury issues
14 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga few will have to integrate a lot of new pieces, but this is one of their more talented rosters, and will be dangerous if they buy in
15 University of Arizona Logo Arizona a top 10 team with ferguson, this is shaping up to be a standard sweet 16 but not much more sean miller team
16 University of Texas at Austin Logo Texas shaka gets a top 5 recruiting class and another full summer to make some big noise this year, altho have to feel they're a year away
17 Purdue University Logo Purdue if swanigan plays up to pedigree purdue will be an efficient machine, but wouldn't be surprised to see them fall out of the top 25 early on
18 University of Louisville Logo Louisville (18+ nsfw) -- don't think this roster is enough to challenge for the acc title, although the squads good enough to be top 20 all year
19 University of California, Los Angeles Logo UCLA i feel that lonzo balls aau play style of heaving 90 foot bombs to his bros will actually be a better gameplan than anything alford creates
20 University of Rhode Island Logo URI the return of e.c. matthews should be enough for URI to fulfill and exceed the high hopes from last year
21 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia press virginia will be coached well and make it miserable for their opponents, but not sure this roster is deep enough to overcome departure
22 University of Cincinnati Logo Cincinnati they have the talent to win the american, but not sure their roster will be strong enough down the stretch to hold off uconn
23 University of Connecticut Logo UConn ollie can get magic from his guards, so coupled with a top 10 recruiting class, this will be a dangerous squad after finding their feet
24 University of California, Berkeley Logo California ivan rabb is the only reason they've cracked the polls
25 Creighton University Logo Creighton should easily be the 3rd best team in the big east, but feel a first weekend ncaa loss is their ceiling