Top 25 – Week 3

Rankings:

  1. Duke
  2. Arizona
  3. Kansas
  4. Villanova
  5. Wichita St.
  6. Michigan St.
  7. Florida
  8. UNC
  9. Kentucky
  10. Miami
  11. Cincy
  12. Notre Dame
  13. USC
  14. Minnesota
  15. Xavier
  16. Texas A&M
  17. Gonzaga
  18. Purdue
  19. Louisville
  20. Seton Hall
  21. West Virginia
  22. St. Mary’s
  23. Baylor
  24. Alabama
  25. Virginia

Also” UCLA, Texas Tech

Matty Brackets Update – 11/20/17

Bracketology:

East:

  1. Duke vs. 16. Hofstra / Manhattan
  2. Nova vs. 15. Wagner
  3. Florida vs. 14. Harvard
  4. Xavier vs. 13. Belmont
  5. Cincy vs. 12. Middle Tenn.
  6. Bama vs. 11. UConn / Rhode Island
  7. Texas A&M vs. 10. TCU
  8. UCLA vs. 9. Texas

West:

  1. Zona vs. 16. Portland St.
  2. UNC vs. 15. Colgate
  3. WVU vs. 14. Grand Canyon
  4. Seton Hall vs. 13. SF Austin
  5. Minnesota vs. 12. Valpo
  6. Gonzaga vs. 11. Michigan
  7. Baylor vs. 10. Boston College
  8. Northwestern vs. 9. St. John’s

Midwest:

  1. Kansas vs. 16. LBST / Buffalo
  2. Michigan St. vs. 15. Jackson St.
  3. USC vs. 14. Mercer
  4. Louisville vs. 13. Western Illinois
  5. Virginia vs. 12. Oakland
  6. Texas Tech vs. 11. Michigan
  7. Oregon vs. 10. Butler
  8. Colorado vs. 9. Wisconsin

South:

  1. Notre Dame vs. 16. Liberty
  2. Wichita St. vs. 15. NC A&T
  3. Kentucky vs. 14. Georgia Southern
  4. Purdue vs. 13. FGCU
  5. Miami vs. 12. Vermont
  6. St. Mary’s vs. 11. Boise St. / Missouri
  7. Creighton vs. 10. Cuse
  8. South Carolina vs. 9. Nevada

NCAAMReview Preseason Top 25

  1. Arizona
  2. Duke
  3. UNC
  4. Kansas
  5. Wichita State
  6. Kentucky
  7. Louisville
  8. Villanova
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Michigan State
  11. West Virginia
  12. Florida
  13. UCLA
  14. Baylor
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Oregon
  18. Butler
  19. Virginia
  20. Purdue
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Miami
  23. Maryland
  24. South Carolina
  25. Michigan

Additional Votes: Creighton, Northwestern, St. Mary’s, Texas, Florida State, Michigan, VCU, Marquette, SMU, Dayton, Seton Hall, USC, Virginia Tech, BYU, Xavier

Big East as Tough as Ever

Colin Wrba, NCAAMReview Author

Though it is not yet the old Big East, the “new” Big East is one of the top conferences in the country and hasn’t disappointed thus far.  A conference made up of all schools where basketball is the main sport and main focus is the best part about it.

So far Villanova has been the team to beat and will be again this season.  Winning the NCAA Tournament two years ago, conference regular season champs the past four years, as well as conference tournament champs in 2015 and 2017.  It is clear that until someone can take down goliath that again Villanova is the team to beat.  The top three teams in the Big East heading into the 2017-2018 season are as follows:

Villanova– As previously said, until someone beats them how can they not be the favorites.  Nova hasn’t taken a step back since their National Title run.  Losing Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins would make people think it may be a down year for the Wildcats, but they come in with a roster that includes Junior PG Jalen Brunson, as well as red shirt freshman Omari Spellman (18th ranked recruit Class of 2016 according to ESPN).  Look for the Cats to keep trending upward and GQ Jay Wright to keep the Cats on top the Big East.

Xavier– A deep run in the NCAA tournament last season plus bringing back two important pieces Trevon Bluiett and JP Macura have the Musketeers set up for another strong season.  Not to mention they have a strong recruiting class coming in.  Look for Xavier to be the top dog to potentially take down Nova and expect another decent run come March.

Seton Hall– Always a scrappy and well taught defensive team the Pirates welcome back arguably the best center in the nation Angel Delgado (13.1 Rebounds Per Game).  Seniors Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez on top of a solid recruiting class have the Pirates set up for NCAA Tournament appearance and a chance at another Big East title.  Look for the Hall to make a little run during March.

Sleeper:

St John’s– St John’s always seems to have athletic, big, long armed, shot blocking teams.  Thus said they still have struggled over recent years.  A big bright spot is Sophomore Shamorie Ponds who set the St. John’s freshman scoring record last season.  They also have brought back sophomore Marcus Lovett who averaged 15.9 PPG.  The Johnnies do not have enough to win the Big East, but look for them to make some noise in Chris Mullins 3rd year.