2014-15 NCAA College Basketball Preseason Rankings: Top 25
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.
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.
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.
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|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|
|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.
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