Last year, 13 teams that started the season ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25 rankings finished the season as ranked teams. Seven teams improved their ranks within the top 25. Kentucky was the only team to finish the season exactly where they started (11th). Three teams that started the season unranked made it into the top 10 at the end of the year: Notre Dame (5th), Texas (8th), and Connecticut (9th).
BYU and San Diego State started the season ranked 24th and 25th, respectively, and both finished in the top 10. These two teams, along with Notre Dame, Texas, and Connecticut, were the surprises of the season.
There were also letdowns. Michigan State started the season ranked No. 2 in the nation and finished unranked. Villanova suffered the same fate, starting the season No. 6. Kansas State was ranked third to start the year and finished 21st.
Which teams will surprise and rise above their preseason rank by the end of this season? And which teams will fall below their preseason rank at season's end? Read on.