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2014-15 NCAA College Basketball Preseason Rankings: Top 25

The University Of Kentucky Wildcats Are (Once Again) The Preseason Favorites To Win The NCAA Championship In 2014-15

The University Of Kentucky Wildcats Are (Once Again) The Preseason Favorites To Win The NCAA Championship In 2014-15

What with the NFL season (always dominating this time of year and round the year, for that matter) and the starts of the NBA and NHL seasons, college basketball is a bit on the backburner of most people’s minds.

But we’re already three weeks in, and it’s a bit overdue to take a look at how things were supposed to stack up in 2014-15. Not much has changed, so far. These early games are often mismatches.

You can see today’s rankings (as of the date of this post, i.e., Week 3) here and also where everybody ranks at any point in the season over at ESPN‘s nicely streamlined rankings page, which is updated weekly as soon as the numbers are available.

And so, as we do every year at Sports List of the Day (2013-14, 2012-13), let’s check out 2014-15’s preseason rankings compared with how each of the teams left off last year.

Kentucky is again the preseason favorite. What’s crazy is, the Wildcats finished unranked in 2013-14 (even though they were the preseason favorites) but still made it into the NCAA Tournament as an eighth seed. They went all the way to the Finals, losing to the now-reigning champion Connecticut Huskies.

That’s not the only reason Kentucky is ranked high. Here’s a superb preview on this year’s version of the team courtesy Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal.

And on top of all that, there’s even serious discussion out there as to whether Kentucky can beat the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, who are really achieving new franchise lows by the day. I suggest they do not agree to a game…just in case.

As for the champs, UConn, they are ranked 17th heading in.

Enjoy the season.

1. Kentucky NR 8 (Midwest) Lost National Championship to Connecticut
2. Arizona 4 1 (West) Lost in Elite 8 to Wisconsin
3. Wisconsin 12 2 (West) Lost in Final Four to Kentucky
4. Duke 8 3 (Midwest) Lost in Round of 64 to Mercer
5. Kansas 10 2 (South) Lost in Round of 32 to Stanford
6. North Carolina 19 6 (East) Lost in Round of 32 to Iowa St.
7. Florida 1 1 (South) Lost in Final Four to Connecticut
8. Louisville 5 4 (Midwest) Lost in Sweet 16 to Kentucky
9. Virginia 3 1 (East) Lost in Sweet 16 to Michigan St.
10. Texas NR 7 (Midwest) Lost in Round of 32 to Michigan
11. Wichita St. 2 1 (Midwest) Lost in Round of 32 to Kentucky
12. Villanova 6 2 (East) Lost in Round of 32 to Connecticut
13. Gonzaga NR 8 (West) Lost in Round of 32 to Arizona
14. Iowa State 9 3 (East) Lost in Sweet 16 to Connecticut
15. Virginia Commonwealth 24 No Berth No Berth
16. San Diego St. 13 4 (West) Lost in Sweet 16 to Arizona
17. Connecticut 18 7 (East) WON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP over Kentucky
18. Michigan St. 11 4 (East) Lost in Elite 8 to Connecticut
19. Oklahoma 21 5 (West) Lost in Round of 64 to North Dakota St.
20. Ohio State 22 6 (South) Lost in Round of 64 to Dayton
21. Nebraska NR 11 (West) Lost in Round of 64 to Baylor
22. SMU NR No Berth No Berth
23. Syracuse 14 3 (South) Lost in Round of 32 to Dayton
24. Michigan 7 2 (Midwest) Lost in Elite 8 to Kentucky
25. Harvard NR 12 (East) Lost in Round of 32 to Michigan St.
25. Utah NR No Berth No Berth



Cincinnati 15 5 (East) Lost in Round of 64 to Harvard
Creighton 16 3 (West) Lost in Round of 32 to Baylor
New Mexico 17 7 (South) Lost in Round of 64 to Stanford
UCLA 20 4 (South) Lost in Sweet 16 to Florida
Baylor 23 6 (West) Lost in Sweet 16 to Wisconsin
St. Louis 25 5 (Midwest) Lost in Round of 32 to Louisville

* The “Final 2013-14 rank” is pre-tournament.


NBA Draft: Schools with the Most No. 1 Picks

Andrew Wiggins And Danny Manning: No. 1 Picks Out Of Kansas

Andrew Wiggins And Danny Manning: No. 1 Picks Out Of Kansas

Andrew Wiggins is the second No. 1 pick out of Kansas, following Danny Manning back in 1988.

The Jayhawks join 16 other schools that have had two No. 1 picks. Another 26 schools have had one.

But it’s Duke that has offered the NBA the most No. 1 picks, surprisingly only three, though: Kyrie Irving, Elton Brand and Art Heyman.

There are five more first picks (in the second list below) that were drafted either out of high school or from an international team, in a flurry of this early-draft activity in the early 2000’s. In fact, these five No. 1 picks were drafted within a six-year span (2001-2006).

There’s a reason this has stopped. The latest CBA eligibility rules covering the draft were changed beginning with the 2007 draft. Draftees must be at least 19 now and a year past high school graduation.

By the way, many players – not just those five picks – were drafted out of high school or from international teams all over the board and over the years. So, the changes have really impacted the process and the face (a slightly more mature one) of the draft.


1. Duke 3 Kyrie Irving 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers
      Elton Brand 1999 Chicago Bulls
      Art Heyman 1963 New York Knicks
2. Cincinnati 2 Kenyon Martin 2000 New Jersey Nets
      Oscar Robertson 1960 Cincinnati Royals
2. Duquesne 2 Si Green 1956 Rochester Royals
      Dick Ricketts 1955 St. Louis Hawks
2. Georgetown 2 Allen Iverson 1996 Philadelphia 76ers
      Patrick Ewing 1985 New York Knicks
2. Houston 2 Hakeem Olajuwon 1984 Houston Rockets
      Elvin Hayes 1968 San Diego Rockets
2. Indiana 2 Kent Benson 1977 Milwaukee Bucks
      Walt Bellamy 1961 Chicago Packers
2. Kansas 2 Andrew Wiggins 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers
      Danny Manning 1988 Los Angeles Clippers
2. Kansas State 2 Bob Boozer 1959 Cincinnati Royals
      Howie Shannon 1949 Providence Steam Rollers
2. Kentucky 2 Anthony Davis 2012 New Orleans Hornets
      John Wall 2010 Washington Wizards
2. Maryland 2 Joe Smith 1995 Golden State Warriors
      John Lucas 1976 Houston Rockets
2. Michigan 2 Chris Webber 1993 Orlando Magic
      Cazzie Russell 1966 New York Knicks
2. North Carolina 2 Brad Daugherty 1986 Cleveland Cavaliers
      James Worthy 1982 Los Angeles Lakers
2. Purdue 2 Glenn Robinson 1994 Milwaukee Bucks
      Joe Barry Carroll 1980 Golden State Warriors
2. UCLA 2 Bill Walton 1974 Portland Trail Blazers
      Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1969 Milwaukee Bucks
2. UNLV 2 Anthony Bennett 2013 Cleveland Cavaliers
      Larry Johnson 1991 Charlotte Hornets
2. Utah 2 Andrew Bogut 2005 Milwaukee Bucks
      Bill McGill 1962 Chicago Zephyrs
2. UTEP 2 Jim Barnes 1964 New York Knicks
      Clifton McNeeley 1947 Pittsburgh Ironmen
2. West Virginia 2 Hot Rod Hundley 1957 Cincinnati Royals
      Mark Workman 1952 Milwaukee Hawks
19. Bowling Green 1 Chuck Share 1950 Boston Celtics
19. Bradley 1 Gene Melchiorre 1951 Baltimore Bullets
19. Davidson 1 Fred Hetzel 1965 San Francisco Warriors
19. DePaul 1 Mark Aguirre 1981 Dallas Mavericks
19. Furman 1 Frank Selvy 1954 Baltimore Bullets
19. Illinois State 1 Doug Collins 1973 Philadelphia 76ers
19. LIU 1 Ray Felix 1953 Baltimore Bullets
19. Louisiana State 1 Shaquille O’Neal 1992 Orlando Magic
19. Louisville 1 Pervis Ellison 1989 Sacramento Kings
19. Loyola of Chicago 1 LaRue Martin 1972 Portland Trail Blazers
19. Marshall 1 Andy Tonkovich 1948 Providence Steam Rollers
19. Memphis 1 Derrick Rose 2008 Chicago Bulls
19. Michigan State 1 Magic Johnson 1979 Los Angeles Lakers
19. Minnesota 1 Mychal Thompson 1978 Portland Trail Blazers
19. Navy 1 David Robinson 1987 San Antonio Spurs
19. North Carolina State 1 David Thompson 1975 Atlanta Hawks
19. Notre Dame 1 Austin Carr 1971 Cleveland Cavaliers
19. Oklahoma 1 Blake Griffin 2009 Los Angeles Clippers
19. Ohio State 1 Greg Oden 2007 Portland Trail Blazers
19. Providence 1 Jimmy Walker 1967 Detroit Pistons
19. Seattle 1 Elgin Baylor 1958 Minneapolis Lakers
19. St. Bonaventure 1 Bob Lanier 1970 Detroit Pistons
19. Syracuse 1 Derrick Coleman 1990 New Jersey Nets
19. University of the Pacific 1 Michael Olowokandi 1998 Los Angeles Clippers
19. Virginia 1 Ralph Sampson 1983 Houston Rockets
19. Wake Forest 1 Tim Duncan 1997 San Antonio Spurs


1. Benetton Treviso (Italy) Andrea Bargnani 2006 Toronto Raptors
2. Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (Georgia) Dwight Howard 2004 Orlando Magic
3. Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School (Ohio) LeBron James 2003 Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Shanghai Sharks (China) Yao Ming 2002 Houston Rockets
5. Glynn Academy High School (Georgia) Kwame Brown 2001 Washington Wizards

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NBA Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers and Teams with the Most No. 1 Picks All-Time

The Cleveland Cavaliers Do It Again - Six No. 1 NBA Draft Picks

The Cleveland Cavaliers Do It Again – Six No. 1 NBA Draft Picks

If you want to see a chronological order of the NBA Draft’s No. 1 picks from 1947 through today, check out a previous post on Sports List of the Day, here.

But let’s break it down a different way. How about by team, so we can all see who got who over time? Since the first draft in 1947, 24 different teams, including three defunct ones, have had the No. 1 pick.

The Cleveland Cavaliers just snagged their sixth (and third of the last four years, following LeBron James’ departure…hmm), giving that franchise the most of all.

As we’ve already seen, getting the No. 1 pick doesn’t necessarily eventually lead to a title somewhere down the line. In fact, the opposite is true. Most No. 1’s haven’t won a ring, regardless of the team they played for  – whether the one that drafted them or another.

Cleveland Cavaliers 2014 TBD TBD
Cleveland Cavaliers 2013 Anthony Bennett University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Cleveland Cavaliers 2011 Kyrie Irving Duke University
Cleveland Cavaliers 2003 LeBron James Saint Vincent-St. Mary (HS)
Cleveland Cavaliers 1986 Brad Daugherty University of North Carolina
Cleveland Cavaliers 1971 Austin Carr University of Notre Dame
2. KINGS 5
Sacramento Kings 1989 Pervis Ellison University of Louisville
Cincinnati Royals 1960 Oscar Robertson University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Royals 1959 Bob Boozer Kansas State University
Rochester Royals 1956 Si Green Duquesne University
Cincinnati Royals 1957 Hot Rod Hundley West Virginia University
Houston Rockets 2002 Yao Ming Shanghai Sharks (CBA)
Houston Rockets 1984 Hakeem Olajuwon University of Houston
Houston Rockets 1983 Ralph Sampson University of Virginia
Houston Rockets 1976 John Lucas University of Maryland
San Diego Rockets 1968 Elvin Hayes University of Houston
Washington Wizards 2010 John Wall University of Kentucky
Washington Wizards 2001 Kwame Brown Glynn Academy (HS)
Chicago Zephyrs 1962 Bill McGill University of Utah
Chicago Packers 1961 Walt Bellamy Indiana University
4. BUCKS 4
Milwaukee Bucks 2005 Andrew Bogut University of Utah
Milwaukee Bucks 1994 Glenn Robinson Purdue University
Milwaukee Bucks 1977 Kent Benson Indiana University
Milwaukee Bucks 1969 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar University of California, Los Angeles
New York Knicks 1985 Patrick Ewing Georgetown University
New York Knicks 1966 Cazzie Russell University of Michigan
New York Knicks 1964 Jim Barnes University of Texas at El Paso
New York Knicks 1963 Art Heyman Duke University
Portland Trail Blazers 2007 Greg Oden Ohio State University
Portland Trail Blazers 1978 Mychal Thompson University of Minnesota
Portland Trail Blazers 1974 Bill Walton University of California, Los Angeles
Portland Trail Blazers 1972 LaRue Martin Loyola University of Chicago
8. HAWKS 3
Atlanta Hawks 1975 David Thompson North Carolina State University
St. Louis Hawks 1955 Dick Ricketts Duquesne University
Milwaukee Hawks 1952 Mark Workman West Virginia University
Golden State Warriors 1995 Joe Smith University of Maryland
Golden State Warriors 1980 Joe Barry Carroll Purdue University
San Francisco Warriors 1965 Fred Hetzel Davidson College
Los Angeles Clippers 2009 Blake Griffin University of Oklahoma
Los Angeles Clippers 1998 Michael Olowokandi University of the Pacific
Los Angeles Clippers 1988 Danny Manning University of Kansas
Los Angeles Lakers 1982 James Worthy University of North Carolina
Los Angeles Lakers 1979 Magic Johnson Michigan State University
Minneapolis Lakers 1958 Elgin Baylor Seattle University
8. MAGIC 3
Orlando Magic 2004 Dwight Howard Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (HS)
Orlando Magic 1993 Chris Webber University of Michigan
Orlando Magic 1992 Shaquille O’Neal Louisiana State University
Baltimore Bullets (DEF) 1954 Frank Selvy Furman University
Baltimore Bullets (DEF) 1953 Ray Felix Long Island University
Baltimore Bullets (DEF) 1951 Gene Melchiorre Bradley University
New Orleans Hornets 2012 Anthony Davis University of Kentucky
Charlotte Hornets 1991 Larry Johnson University of Nevada, Las Vegas
14. BULLS 2
Chicago Bulls 2008 Derrick Rose University of Memphis
Chicago Bulls 1999 Elton Brand Duke University
Detroit Pistons 1970 Bob Lanier St. Bonaventure University
Detroit Pistons 1967 Jimmy Walker Providence College
14. NETS 2
New Jersey Nets 2000 Kenyon Martin University of Cincinnati
New Jersey Nets 1990 Derrick Coleman Syracuse University
14. 76ERS 2
Philadelphia 76ers 1996 Allen Iverson Georgetown University
Philadelphia 76ers 1973 Doug Collins Illinois State University
Providence Steam Rollers (DEF) 1949 Howie Shannon Kansas State University
Providence Steam Rollers (DEF) 1948 Andy Tonkovich Marshall University
14. SPURS 2
San Antonio Spurs 1997 Tim Duncan Wake Forest University
San Antonio Spurs 1987 David Robinson United States Naval Academy
Boston Celtics 1 1950 Chuck Share Bowling Green State University
Dallas Mavericks 1 1981 Mark Aguirre DePaul University
Pittsburgh Ironmen (DEF) 1 1947 Clifton McNeeley University of Texas at El Paso
Toronto Raptors 1 2006 Andrea Bargnani Benetton Treviso (Italian Serie A)



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