Bradley University LogoBazralian's Ballot for Preseason of 2018-19

Submitted on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:01PM EDT
1 University of Kansas Logo Kansas All around the best team in CBB, and even with the possibility of losing close games due to Azibuike, Kansas should be the best team in CBB
2 Duke University Logo Duke They got the cream of the crop in terms of recruits, but also lost some good scoring to the draft. Obviously still a contender though.
3 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee It was tempting to put Tennessee #1 due to everybody returning, but like we saw with Northwestern in 2017, that doesn't guarantee anything.
4 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Kentucky is good. John Calipari is still there. Kentucky is still good.
5 Auburn University Logo Auburn Auburn had a bad end to the season due to injuries, but they should be right back up there next year.
6 University of Virginia Logo Virginia Virginia returns many players from last year's team and didn't lose much. They'll still be great defensively.
7 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga Maybe? The best team out west. They should run away with the WCC and be a top 2 seed.
8 University of Nevada, Reno Logo Nevada They return the entire offense from last year and maybe even added. If the defense improves, they could be a Final Four team.
9 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina North Carolina is going to be around the same as last year, maybe even a little worse due to everyone around them improving.
10 Villanova University Logo Villanova The defending national champions are at #10 due to losing significant pieces, but they should still be in contention for a third in 4 years.
11 Kansas State University Logo Kansas State Kansas' biggest competition this year. They return many pieces from an Elite Eight squad and have a healthy Dean Wade.
12 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech This was one of three teams that beat Virginia last year and showed what they can actually do at times. They should be very good this year.
13 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State This team looks very good on paper, but had many weaknesses exposed last year in their last two losses of the season.
14 University of Oregon Logo Oregon This team should run away with the PAC-12 due to it being the worst P5 conference. They have a very good team too.
15 Florida State University Logo Florida State They made the Elite Eight with an underachieving squad last year, and should be back to form for a full year next year.
16 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia Bob Huggins is a great coach and should be able to keep the Mountaineers good while he is there. They will take a step back this year.
17 Mississippi State University Logo Mississippi State Mississippi State had a pretty good team last year, but could never put everything together. That should change this year though.
18 Louisiana State University Logo LSU LSU is back! They also have a pretty good team and good recruits which should lead to a NCAA Tournament berth.
19 Texas Christian University Logo TCU TCU finally returned to the tournament last year and is gonna look to improve on that performance and get farther this year.
20 University of Michigan Logo Michigan The national runner ups look to fall back a bit, but they will be a good team nonetheless. They'll hit their stride late in the season.
21 Clemson University Logo Clemson Clemson made good strides last year and I see them being about even to last year. They were a dangerous team and will be again this year.
22 Loyola University Chicago Logo Loyola Chicago Loyola went to the Final Four last year, but will have conference challenges in Bradley and Illinois State, but they return almost everyone.
23 Syracuse University Logo Syracuse Syracuse should improve last year, so that means they'll be the last team in, but as of right now, they should be in.
24 University of Maryland, College Park Logo Maryland Maryland has some good players and will look to capitalize on that to return to the NCAA tournament.
25 University of Cincinnati Logo Cincinnati Cincinnati loses some key pieces, but will still be a very good team and should win the American.