College Basketball Power Rankings: Bleacher Report's Preseason Top 25

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College Basketball Power Rankings: Bleacher Report's Preseason Top 25
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Can the Cardinals repeat as champs?

Preseason polls are tricky because, as a voter, you have to decide something right off the bat.

Should your poll be a representation of who you think are the best 25 teams right now or the best 25 at the end of the season?

That will give you a different poll, especially this year, when Kentucky, Duke and Kansas are super young and Louisville is currently without one of its best players.

John Calipari provided some good wisdom on the topic when his team was voted No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.

"It's a nice honor, but it's way too early to figure out who's the best team in the country," Calipari said. "We may be very talented, but I can't imagine us being the best team in the country at this point."

Good answer. Here's what I hear...

Who gives a crap about who is the best team in November?

This is a prediction of who will win the national championship and who will be the best 25 at the end of the year. So please spare me the smack talk if one of these teams struggles early on.

If one of these teams goes all 2012-13 Kentucky and lands in the NIT, smack away.

Others Receiving Consideration: Wisconsin, Iowa State, Colorado, Georgetown, Boise State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Harvard, UCLA, Illinois, Iowa.

 

All advanced stats, unless otherwise noted, come from KenPom.com (subscription needed).

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