Pennsylvania State University LogoMetaKoopa99's Ballot for Preseason of 2018-19

Submitted on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10:33AM EDT
1 University of Kansas Logo Kansas This is not a surprising choice, right? For as much as they lost this offseason, they arguably got better. The Big 12 refuses to change.
2 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Could be No. 1 too, but I'd argue they lost more key pieces than Kansas did. Still, another great recruiting class puts them near the top.
3 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga Tillie, Norvell, and Hachimura are all back. Add some talented offseason pickups and what do you get? A preseason top three CBB team.
4 Duke University Logo Duke Arguably took the biggest blow of these top teams with Allen, Bagley, and Carter gone, but they also got the top three recruits of 2018.
5 University of Virginia Logo Virginia All UMBC jokes aside, this team is seriously good, especially on D. But they may need to step up on offense to make a serious title run.
6 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee No additions, but Williams and most of the other guys are back. Seemed to work pretty well for them last year. Definitely an SEC contender.
7 University of Nevada, Reno Logo Nevada Lofty expectations for a Mountain West team. They deserve it though; both of the Martin brothers return, and the rest ain't too bad either.
8 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina Berry and Pinson are gone, but Maye has more than proven he can step up when they need him too. Let's see how the freshmen play.
9 Villanova University Logo Villanova Gotta show some love to the defending champions, though having most of their 2017-18 lineup go NBA is certainly a big blow.
10 Auburn University Logo Auburn Everyone but Heron is back. Bruce Pearl looks like one of the SEC's top coaches. I don't think this team is a one-year fluke.
11 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State Jackson and Bridges are gone, but I like Winston and Langford to fill their shoes this year. Definitely the best B1G team in my eyes.
12 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech *GOBBLES FIERCELY* But seriously, most of their lineup is back and Buzz Williams is an awesome coach. Definitely a team to watch in the ACC.
13 Kansas State University Logo Kansas State Consider the fact that this team made an Elite Eight run last year and nobody left. That's good news for Bruce Weber's squad.
14 Syracuse University Logo Syracuse Tyus Battle can absolutely ball. Definitely an ACC Player of the Year candidate. And the offense should be better than last year too.
15 Florida State University Logo Florida State PHIL COFER REFUSES TO DIE. But that just adds to a seriously stacked ACC. Should be one of the more entertaining conferences.
16 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia Jevon Carter is a massive hole to fill, but the front-court should be just fine. Definitely a competitor to Kansas's Big 12 crown.
17 University of California, Los Angeles Logo UCLA Do-or-die time for Steve Alford. I like them to do, thanks to an awesome recruiting class, but it would be nice to see them play defense.
18 University of Oregon Logo Oregon Very close to being the top Pac-12 team. Deserve to be here just for Bol Bol, which is maybe the greatest basketball name ever.
19 University of Michigan Logo Michigan I probably like this team better than most do. Beilein is a fantastic coach, and the return of Matthews is big. Or should I say B1G.
20 Indiana University Bloomington Logo Indiana Back to business as usual for the Hoosiers. Juwan Morgan and Romeo Langford are enough for me to put them in top 25.
21 Mississippi State University Logo Mississippi State Only an NIT team last year, but they didn't lose anyone. Another year of experience could propel them to a tournament bid in 2019.
22 Clemson University Logo Clemson A Sweet Sixteen team last year, and the return of Reed and Mitchell only bolsters that. The ACC is looking crazy good.
23 Purdue University Logo Purdue Can the Spoilermakers do it again? Carsen Edwards is back, and I like Haarms to pick up where Haas left off. I say yes.
24 Loyola University Chicago Logo Loyola Chicago Gotta show some Rambler love! Custer, Townes, Krutwig: all back. Porter Moser: a great coach. Maybe they're not a one-shot wonder.
25 Louisiana State University Logo LSU I had a tough time picking No. 25, but I ultimately went with the Tigers. Young and talented. Though a variety of teams could be here too.