NCAAM Review Top 25 Rankings

Week 3:

  1. Duke
  2. Kansas
  3. Michigan State
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Villanova
  6. Florida
  7. Kentucky
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Wichita State
  10. Cincinnati
  11. Minnesota
  12. Miami
  13. North Carolina
  14. Gonzaga
  15. Baylor
  16. USC
  17. Virginia
  18. Louisville
  19. West Virginia
  20. Arizona State
  21. Texas Tech
  22. Xavier
  23. TCU
  24. Alabama
  25. Texas

Biggest Surprises:

Duke – came back against two solid teams, both by double digits. won Motion Bracket in the PK80.

Texas A&M – have shown poise as a team and man-handled two top 25 teams, West Virginia and USC.

Biggest Disappointments:

Arizona – preseason top 3 team loses 3 straight, 2 against unranked teams.

North Carolina – reigning NCAA champions lose their touch versus Michigan State, Roy Williams most likely had a stroke watching their offense.

Others receiving votes: Creighton, Purdue, Seton Hall

SEC Preseason Predictions

The SEC is in for another wild ride this season. With new recruits coming in and big names returning, the South Eastern Conference has a chance to be one of the best conferences in college basketball this year (besides the ACC, of course).

SEC Preseason Standings

  1. Kentucky Wildcats
  2. Florida Gators
  3. Texas A&M Aggies
  4. Vanderbilt Commodores
  5. Alabama Tide
  6. Missouri Tigers
  7. Auburn Tigers
  8. South Carolina Gamecocks
  9. Georgia Bulldogs
  10. Arkansas Razorbacks
  11. Mississippi State
  12. Tennessee Volunteers
  13. Ole Miss Rebels
  14. LSU Tigers

Preseason Player Of The Year: Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky)

Preseason Freshman Of The Year: Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri)

Preseason Defensive Player Of The Year: Robert Williams (Texas A&M)

Preseason Coach Of The Year: Mike White (Florida)

Preseason 1st Team:

G: Collin Sexton (Alabama)
G: Chris Chiozza (Florida)

G: Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky)
F: Robert Williams (Texas A&M)
F: Jarred Vanderbilt (Kentucky)

 

So How About the New Faces?

The college basketball season is almost here and coaches are trying their hardest to
finalize rosters with returning players and new recruits.

Last year did not go how plenty of college basketball fanatics thought it would.  Duke and
Michigan State weren’t their usual dominating selves, Gonzaga went from a small school in Spokane, Washington to losing in the championship to one of the top programs in all of college basketball, and South Carolina proved the world wrong based on commitment and family.  Looking forward to the 17-18 season, the recruitment class is one to remember.  With the urge to recreate dominance and rebuild success, teams all around the country are trying to grab their hands of this years top high school players.

BIGGEST IMPACT THIS YEAR: DUKE
Duke lost double threat Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard, as well as Harry Giles. Stuck
in the sea with not a true team to work with other than tripping king Grayson Allen, Coach K went out and made sure he brought in the best and only the best.  He and his staff went out and signed FOUR of the top ten recruits from this year’s class.  I repeat, FOUR.  PF Marvin Bagley III, PF Wendell Carter, PG Trevon Duval, and SG Gary Trent Jr. With Marvin Bagley III reclassifying to play this year, Duke is hungry for another deep run into March and perhaps a 2nd title in four years.

OTHER NOTICEABLE SIGNINGS:
● Michael Porter Jr. will be playing at Mizzou with his father hoping to resurrect the lost hope in basketball for the Tigers.
● After losing 7’0 tank Lauri Markkanen, Arizona went out and signed another 7’0 tank,
DeAndre Ayton, hoping to fill right into the missing shoes of Markkanen.
● Mohamed Bamba will be playing for the Longhorns, who will be trying to get passed the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.
● Point Guard Collin Sexton will be a part of the Crimson Tide planning to bring a new
SEC team into the mix during March.
● PF Jaren Jackson will be working with Tom Izzo who desperately wants to forget last
year’s mishap.
● Sharpshooter Kevin Knox is bringing his style to Lexington alongside Coach Cal. (Maybe he can teach Drake how to shoot a jumper?)

Following a heartbreaking March for many fans and destroying almost the entire nation’s brackets within the first two rounds, the big dogs are ready to make their powerful campaigns deep this season with their new, updated, fresh starting fives.

SEC Poised to Take Over College Basketball

Collin Speicher, NCAAMReview Author

With college basketball right around the corner, teams are starting to prepare themselves for the 2017-18 season. Coming away from last season’s March Madness, there are new faces that we should keep an eye on, particularly in the SEC.

As always, the juggernaut in the SEC is Kentucky. Constantly bringing in Top 50 recruits is one of Coach John Calipari’s top talents, but recently they haven’t paid off. The Wildcats have not reached the National Championship since 2014, and haven’t brought the title home since 2012. Coach Cal and fellow Kentucky fans are hoping that this is the year of the Wildcat.

With renewed talent, Florida is a team to keep an eye on. After a solid season, the Gators reached the Elite Eight before losing to SEC foe, South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gators ended the season on a promising entrance to this year’s calendar and have plenty to prove.

Speaking of South Carolina, they are this year’s Dark Horse in the SEC. Shocking the entire nation, Frank Martin led his team to the Final Four with his team focused on attitude and defense. Although their star shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell is off to the NBA, the Gamecocks are relying on forward Chris Silva and their young players to continue the motivation from last year and make some noise in the 2017-18 season.

Bubble Team: Arkansas. Following a low-key season with not too much attention, the Razorbacks squeaked into the NCAA Tournament as an 8th seed. After defeating first round favorite Seton Hall, Arkansas gave the reigning champions North Carolina a run for their money. With more eyes on them this year, the Razorbacks must show the nation that last year was no Cinderella team and that they can compete with the top dogs in the SEC.

Wishing for the good ole’ days: Tennessee. After a disappointing start to the season last year, the Volunteers continued their struggles and fell off the radar. They just finished their Europe trip going 3-0 and Coach Barnes is trying to prove that his team still has it in them this season.

As always, the SEC is a Conference that doesn’t receive as much attention as the ACC or Big Ten, but teams always find a way to make some noise in March.  This season may be a little different, as Kentucky and Florida are two teams on everyone’s radar.  There’s still a while to go until college basketball starts back up, but it isn’t too early to start preparing for the season.