University of Kansas Logopantherhawk17's Ballot for Preseason of 2017-18

Submitted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:43PM EDT
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1 Duke University Logo Duke For the first time that I can remember, I'm not sure about Duke's shooting. This could be a very different looking Duke team.
2 University of Arizona Logo Arizona Subject to change if any Arizona players end up ineligible. This roster feels like a preseason #1 roster, though.
3 University of Kansas Logo Kansas Frontcourt depth may be a concern, but Azubuike and Preston may be able to hold it down. My bet for best backcourt duo in Graham and Newman.
4 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State They return a lot of talent (and get some back from injuries), but I keep coming back to the fact that they weren't very good last year.
5 Villanova University Logo Villanova Can Brunson shoulder the load as THE guy? Hart was so important to this team the past few years. Brunson is great but can he be the man?
6 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Guard play? Feels like we're going to see college 4 men playing the 2 this year.
7 University of Florida Logo Florida Really high defensive potential. Florida will be tested in the nonconference regularly. Likely 7 straight Top 100 (ish) noncon opponents.
8 Wichita State University Logo Wichita State I'm concerned about the moved to the AAC as Shamet dominated MVC play (144 ORtg) but was weak against Tier A opponents (104 ORtg).
9 University of Southern California Logo USC #9 is probably underselling their talent, but I want to see it work before I get too excited about it.
10 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia The names on the back of the jersey don't matter. WVU may be less deep than previous years, but talent level of depth barely matters at WVU.
11 University of Cincinnati Logo Cincinnati No Caupain, now it's Cane Broome running the show. And it may mean more running. I'm interested to see if they actually play more uptempo.
12 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga It's hard to imagine a Gonzaga team not being a Top 15 squad. Definitely some roster turnover, but I imagine they will be steady as always.
13 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina A lack of big men will make this UNC team different from previous iterations and makes me question their upside this year.
14 Xavier University Logo Xavier Bluiett seems primed for a Big East POY level season.
15 University of Louisville Logo Louisville I have no idea what is going to happen with Louisville. This seems like a happy medium.
16 University of Miami (Florida) Logo Miami (FL) Miami should be very good if Bruce Brown is as good as everyone thinks he will be.
17 University of Notre Dame Logo Notre Dame Bonzie Colson is apparently still at Notre Dame and so is Mike Brey. The two of them keep Notre Dame's floor high.
18 Texas Christian University Logo TCU Brodzianksy and Fisher make for a dangerous duo. Fisher has been injured, so hopefully that doesn't prevent a sophomore leap.
19 University of Minnesota Logo Minnesota This is sort of a peer-pressure ranking. I don't really trust this team, but most people have Minnesota higher.
20 Seton Hall University Logo Seton Hall Delgado is the double-double king and I'm excited and hopeful that his play translates to more wins his senior year.
21 University of California, Los Angeles Logo UCLA Thomas Welsh' midrange game is fascinatingly elite and a great ancillary weapon last year. But will that translate to a larger role?
22 Baylor University Logo Baylor Is Scott Drew a good coach? Yeah, he is. And that's the primary reason why Baylor is being slotted in my top 25.
23 Saint Mary's College of California Logo St. Mary's Despite an overall decent foul rate, Landale struggled with fouls against virtually every quality opponent last year. Will that improve?
24 Northwestern University Logo Northwestern Lots of hype. NU brings back most of their contributors but are probably being overrated due to a single game vs Gonzaga in the tournament.
25 University of Missouri Logo Missouri I do not trust their guard play. Inconsistent guard play will likely make Missouri a very up-and-down team this season.