Syracuse University Logofalconlover79's Ballot for Preseason of 2018-19

Submitted on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:35PM EDT
1 University of Kansas Logo Kansas Who needs Devonte' Graham? Kansas has reloaded with the Lawson twins, as well as a top recruiting class. Title #15 in a row should be won.
2 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky I usually don't have Kentucky high because usually just a bunch of freshmen start. Reid Travis and some nice sophomores give them a bump.
3 University of Virginia Logo Virginia You don't think this team is motivated to make people forget the past? Hunter leads the way as Tony Bennett's squad is out for revenge.
4 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga The Zags have a boatload of talent this year and are legitimate title threats but they need quality non-con wins, as well as 15+ WCC wins.
5 University of Nevada, Reno Logo Nevada I'm fully buying into this Wolfpack squad. Jordan Brown teaming up with Caroline and the Martins? The MWC's best team since 2011 BYU/SDSU.
6 Duke University Logo Duke I imagine this Duke team will take a few months to gel and find their identity. Losing Allen, amongst others, is going to be tough.
7 Villanova University Logo Villanova I have no reason to doubt Jay Wright and his ability to field a team. Quinerly should be the next great Nova PG and Paschall will feast.
8 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina One name to keep an eye on for UNC: Kenny Williams. His ability to shoot the 3 could really elevate UNC's position come tournament time.
9 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee Returning all but one player from last year's squad, the Vols are led by Grant Williams, one of the SEC players of the year last season.
10 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State Cassius Winston may be one of the top PGs in the nation this year, and the rest of the starters are solid. How will their depth be?
11 Auburn University Logo Auburn This may actually be low for Auburn, whose talent should exceed last years team. We'll see how Wiley and Purifoy play after a 1 year hiatus.
12 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia I'm incredibly high on WVU, if only because Huggy keeps pumping out quality teams every season. I can't wait to see Konate block everything.
13 University of Michigan Logo Michigan I'm giving the Wolverines the benefit of the doubt as they enter life without MAAR and Moe. The bench will need to develop quickly.
14 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech The only ACC team to beat UVA last year was their in-state rival. Buzzketball will be one of the top teams in the ACC this year.
15 Syracuse University Logo Syracuse Boeheim nearly got to an Elite 8 last year, and he brings back most of the team. Dolezaj and Brissett are the best foreign duo in the ACC.
16 Purdue University Logo Purdue Carsen Edwards. Sorry Purdue, you're not quite at your familiar 15 spot quite yet.
17 University of Oregon Logo Oregon This is a lot of faith to put into a team that is fresh out of the NIT. But Bol Bol and Pritchard should be enough in a weak PAC 12.
18 Kansas State University Logo Kansas State K-State doesn't lose a single player from last season. That itself will be a big boost but I still have questions about Weber's coaching.
19 University of Washington Logo Washington Another team that will benefit from a weak PAC 12, the Huskies should get to the tournament in Mike Hopkins' second season.
20 Marquette University Logo Marquette Losing Rowsey is tough, but the Eagles still have Markus Howard and Sam Houser, and should be able to capitialize on a down year in the BE.
21 University of Central Florida Logo UCF They're coming for basketball now too! The Knights are led by All-AAC guard B.J. Taylor and they stay healthy, they might make a run.
22 Florida State University Logo Florida State I'm a bit low on the Noles, and again my concern is coaching. Leonard Hamilton has always had solid defences, but will the offence respond?
23 Texas Christian University Logo TCU Jamie Dixon is building a perennial contender in the Big 12 and the Frogs, led by Jaylen Fisher, are a well-rounded team.
24 University of Maryland, College Park Logo Maryland Maryland has its best recruiting class in years, as Jalen Smith, Aaron Wiggins and Eric Ayala hope to recusitate this Terps team.
25 University of Cincinnati Logo Cincinnati I trust Mick Cronin (and Jarron Cumberland) too much. Next 10: UCLA, Clemson, Bama, MSST, Loyola, Nebraska, LSU, Texas, WKU, Indiana