With Midnight Madness in the books, there are only a couple of weeks to go until the 2012-13 college basketball season officially opens for business.
The preseason rankings are out, and as is the case virtually every season, the first set of AP polls have left a couple of perceived contenders out in the cold, either by being ranked too low, or simply being left out of the party altogether.
Here are a handful of the teams that got snubbed, plus the full AP Top 25 rankings below.
Yeah, the Wildcats lost arguably their six best players to the NBA draft, but that hasn't been a problem for John Calipari in the past, and with a star-studded freshman class, the new kids on the block will be more than enough to help UK get back to No. 1.
Despite what Calipari said to ESPN recently, the Wildcats' next generation of stars, lead by Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel, will get the storied program to its third straight Final Four berth.
If this was any school other than Kentucky, they'd be ranked a lot lower after losing so many star-caliber players, but Calipari has shown that he can win with a roster full of "one-and-done" freshmen, so there's no reason to doubt him now.
The Bruins have a number of their top players returning—including the Wear twins and former UNC starter Larry Drew II—and feature arguably the most talented freshman class in the country.
That should've been enough to get a Top 10 ranking, right?
Apparently not, but once UCLA starts making some noise, and shows that they're the best team in the Pac-12, it will be much higher in the rankings down the road.
After its second trip in three years to the NCAA Round of 32, Murray State should finally be recognized as a legitimate top-tier program.
However, after being left out of the first AP Polls, it appears that the Racers, led by Isaiah Canaan, who averaged 19.0 points per game in 2011-12, will have to take teams by surprise again in 2013, just as they did a year ago.
Murray State finished 2012 as the No. 12 team in the country, so with the vast majority of their big guns returning, at the very least, they should be in the top-25.
For those that take the Racers lightly, they'll soon find out that this team wasn't a one-hit wonder, they're for real.
|Preseason AP Top 25 RANKINGS|
| 4. Ohio State |
| 6. NC State|
| 8. Duke|
| 11. North Carolina|
| 14. Michigan State|
| 17. Memphis|
| 20. San Diego State|
| 21. Gonzaga|
| 22. Notre Dame|
|25. Florida State|