It’s been seven months since the Villanova Wildcats brought home their second NCAA Championship trophy in three years, and we’re finally ready to ring in the 2018-19 college basketball season.
After reaching last year’s Final Four, the Kansas Jayhawks headline the AP Top 25 preseason poll with 37 first-place votes. But for the first time since the 2004-05 season, seven different teams received first-place votes, including No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Gonzaga, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 Tennessee, and No. 9 Villanova.
On the other end of the spectrum, No. 12 Kansas State, No. 14 Oregon, No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Syracuse, No. 18 Mississippi State, No. 23 LSU, and No. 25 Washington all launched into this year’s top 25 after failing to make the list at any point during the 2017-18 season.
With so much uncertainty at the top and a ton of new faces in the mix, this college basketball season is primed to be extremely unpredictable and incredibly exciting. Check out Business Insider’s previews for the nation’s top teams before the season tips off:
1. Kansas Jayhawks
Head coach: Bill Self
Last season’s record: 31-8, 13-5 in the Big 12
Players to know: F Dedric Lawson (19.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.1 BPG at Memphis), G Lagerald Vick (12.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG), C Udoka Azubuike (13.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.7 BPG)
Led by Consensus First Team All-American Devonte’ Graham, last season’s Jayhawks secured their 14th consecutive Big 12 title before advancing to the Final Four to take on eventual national champion Villanova. Even after losing their top three scorers in Graham, Svi Mykhailuik, and Malik Newman, Kansas is ranked first with 37 first-place votes in this year’s AP Top 25 preseason poll. Three top-30 recruits will bring their talents to Lawrence to compliment senior guard Lagerald Vick and junior center …read more
Source:: Business Insider