Rodney Purvis, Sterling Gibbs, Daniel Hamilton, Shonn Miller, Kentan Facey
With a healthy Amida Brimah, UConn is a no-brainer inclusion in the top 10.
Hamilton has been downright incredible (minus Tuesday's dud against Temple). Miller is drastically better than advertised when he chose to transfer from Cornell, and Purvis has evolved into the stud we were promised at N.C. State three years ago. Before Brimah's broken finger, Gibbs was clearly the fifth-best option on this team, and that's saying something, considering he carried Seton Hall on his back last year.
But the Huskies just don't quite pack the same punch without their shot-blocking star. Were this a top 12, though, they would probably still make the list, which tells you how well the rest of the team has played.
Duke Blue Devils
Derryck Thornton, Grayson Allen, Matt Jones, Brandon Ingram, Marshall Plumlee
Like Connecticut, Duke's ranking was seriously impacted by a frontcourt injury.
Were Amile Jefferson still in the mix, the Blue Devils would crack the list. Allen and Ingram have been fantastic, and Jones is enjoying a second consecutive efficient and bizarrely unnoticed season.
However, Plumlee has as many games this season with one point as he does 10 or more, and Thornton isn't yet performing at anywhere near the same level as the freshman point guards who came before him: Tyus Jones, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers.
That's an unfair standard to make Thornton live up to, but even as far as this year's freshman point guards in the ACC go, he isn't the best one. (Shout-out to Wake Forest's Bryant Crawford and Boston College's Jerome Robinson.)
California Golden Bears
Tyrone Wallace, Jordan Mathews, Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb, Kameron Rooks
The only team from our preseason top six that isn't still in the top six, our preseason No. 4 starting five has been playing its best basketball since deciding to have Jabari Bird on the bench for the opening tip.
He's still averaging better than 23 minutes per game as the Golden Bears' sixth man, but it's hard to consider this one of the 10 best starting fives in the country when one of the starters (Rooks) isn't doing much of anything and another (Brown) has been frequently inefficient while trying to do too much.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Demetrius Jackson, Steve Vasturia, V.J. Beachem, Bonzie Colson, Zach Auguste
Quickly forgotten after early losses to Monmouth and Alabama, Notre Dame still has an efficient offense after losing Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton to the NBA. Auguste is the only starter who isn't ranked in the top 200 nationally in O-rating for the team that ranks fourth in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency.
However, the Irish have been porous on defense, and that has to be half of the equation, right?
Angel Rodriguez, Sheldon McClellan, Davon Reed, Kamari Murphy, Tonye Jekiri
Kadeem Allen, Gabe York, Allonzo Trier, Ryan Anderson, Kaleb Tarczewski
Texas A&M Aggies
Alex Caruso, Anthony Collins, Danuel House, Jalen Jones, Tyler Davis
These are three very good teams without any glaring holes in the starting five, but they each have guys on the bench who arguably deserve to start.
For Miami, Ja'Quan Newton and Ivan Cruz Uceda might be the third- and fourth-most valuable players on the roster, but they're coming off the bench. The same goes for Dusan Ristic and Mark Tollefsen for Arizona and Tonny Trocha-Morelos and Admon Gilder for Texas A&M.
It's hard to take these teams seriously for the best starting five when they might not even be submitting their best ballots.