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.

PRESEASON RANK SCHOOL FINAL 2013-14 RANK* 2013-14 NCAA TOURNAMENT SEED 2013-14 NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULT
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

*

DROPPED OUT

SCHOOL FINAL 2013-14 RANK* 2013-14 NCAA TOURNAMENT SEED 2013-14 NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULT
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.

Photo: kentuckysportsradio.com

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