Now that we’ve basically reached the season’s midway point, I thought it’d be fun to go back and look at the preseason Top 25 poll.
Five of the schools ranked in the Top 10 then (Louisville, Duke, Kansas, Michigan and Oklahoma State) don’t appear in the Top 10 of Bleacher Report’s latest power rankings.
And 11 teams in the preseason Top 25 have dropped out completely. They are: Michigan, North Carolina, VCU, Gonzaga, Marquette, Memphis, Connecticut, Notre Dame, UCLA, New Mexico and Virginia.
None of those squads are particularly bad.
Heck, North Carolina owns victories over Michigan State, Louisville and Kentucky and Notre Dame just beat Duke. The issue is parity. Arizona has established itself as the class of college basketball—at least for now.
But after that, there’s not a ton of separation between the top 30-35 squads. Everyone has flaws. There are no elite teams—but there are plenty of really good ones.
The situation has made our weekly power rankings a difficult chore, but, once again, C.J. Moore, Kerry Miller and I did our best.
Also considered: Kansas State, Memphis, Illinois, Gonzaga