Bleacher Creature Top 25 College Basketball Poll: Preseason Rankings

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Bleacher Creature Top 25 College Basketball Poll: Preseason Rankings

Twelve Bleacher Report college basketball writers and I ranked the top 25 teams in the nation. If you are interested in participating in future polls, e-mail your rankings to me at jsflemin@syr.edu. I will begin accepting ballots on Thursday, Nov. 20, and the poll will be published on Sunday, Nov. 23.

For future polls, could you also send me a link to your B/R profile to save me a little time. If you do not have a B/R account and still wish to participate in the B/R poll, you can still participate. Just let me know in your e-mail if you don't have a B/R account.

A first place vote is worth 25, and a 25th place vote is worth one.

Rank, Team, (first place votes), total votes

1. North Carolina (11) 323

A near unanimous choice in the Bleacher Creature preseason poll, North Carolina garnered 11 of 13 first place votes. North Carolina was ranked as high as first and as low as second.

 

2. UConn (1) 304

UConn picked up one of the two remaining first place votes on the way to its second place ranking. The Huskies ranked as high as first and as low as fifth.

 

3. UCLA 292

Despite not picking up a first place vote, the Bruins picked up the third-most votes from Bleacher Report readers. UCLA ranked as high as second and as low as sixth.

 

4. Louisville (1) 291

The Cardinals grabbed the final first place vote but still only finished fourth in the voting. U of L ranked as high as first and as low as seventh.

 

5. Pitt 258

There was a noticeable drop-off in the voting after the top four. The Panthers picked up on average at least 2.5 less points per ballot than the top four. Pitt ranked as high as fourth and as low as ninth.

 

6. Michigan State 249

The Spartans are the first team to make the top 25 from the Big Ten. MSU ranked as high as third and as low as 14th.

 

7. Texas 231

The Longhorns are Bleacher Report voters top pick for the Big 12. UT ranked as high as high as fourth and as low as 14th.

 

8. Duke 226

The Blue Devils are the second ACC team to make the rankings. Duke ranked as high as fifth and as low as 14th.

 

9. Notre Dame 222

The Fighting Irish are the fourth team from the Big East to make the top 10. Notre Dame ranked as high as fourth and as low as 15th.

 

10. Purdue 215

The second team from the Big Ten just sneaks into the top 10. The Boilermakers ranked as high as fifth and as low as 13th.

 

11. Gonzaga 204

The first mid-major in the B/R top 25 barely misses the top 10. The Zags ranked as high as seventh and as low as 14th.

 

12. Tennessee 180

The first SEC team breaks into the rankings at 12th overall. The Volunteers ranked as high as ninth and as low as 16th.

 

13. Memphis 167

Last year's runner-up comes in 13th in the B/R poll as the second highest ranked mid-major. The Tigers ranked as high as ninth and as low as 21st.

 

14. Oklahoma 164

A trendy top five or 10 pick by many mainstream media members, the Sooners were picked 14th by B/R readers. OU ranked as high as seventh and as low as 23rd.

 

15. Arizona State 135

The one team voters agreed on the most from the middle tier teams was Arizona State. The Sun Devils ranked as high as 13th and as low as 19th.

 

16. Marquette 111

The Golden Eagles are the highest-ranked team to not appear on every single ballot. MU ranked as high as 12th, but also went unranked on one ballot.

 

17. Miami 106

The third team from the ACC ranked as high as 14th, but also went unranked on one ballot.

 

18. Florida 91

The Gators are just the second SEC team to make the B/R Top 25. UF ranked as high as 14th and went unranked on one ballot.

 

19. Georgetown 83

The Hoyas are the sixth team from the Big East to make the top 25. GU ranked as high as 11th, but also went unranked on one ballot.

 

20. Davidson 70

America's favorite Cinderella just barely sneaks into the top-20. The Wildcats ranked as high as 17th, but also went unranked on multiple ballots.

 

21. USC 65

The Trojans are just the third team in the Pac-10 to make the top 25. USC ranked as high as 17th and went unranked on one ballot.

 

22. Wake Forest 62

The Demon Deacons enter the rankings as the fourth team from the ACC. WF ranked as high as 17th and went unranked on multiple ballots.

 

23. Villanova 54

The Wildcats squeak into the rankings after a Sweet 16 performance last year. 'Nova ranked as high as 13th, but went unranked on one ballot

 

24. Syracuse 24

The Orange round out the eight teams to receive enough votes to make the top 25. The 'Cuse ranked as high as 15th and went unranked on multiple ballots.

 

24. Kansas 24

The reigning national champions just barely squeak into the top 25 as they are tied with Syracuse. The Jayhawks ranked as high as 19th and went unranked on multiple ballots.

 

Others Receiving Votes

Wisconsin (20), Baylor (14), St. Mary's College (8), Kentucky (6), LSU (5), Ohio State (4), Virginia Tech (4), Clemson (4), Siena (3), UNLV (3), Washington (1)

 

Participants in this week's poll

Jameson Fleming, Ari Kramer, Kristofer Green, Tony Bishop, Adam Conlon, College Football Fanatic, Brett Lissenden, Jason Funk, Clayton Martin, Tim Pollock, Daniel Damico, Paul Sievers, Ryan C

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