Preseason Top 40 for 2012-13
I have sat down and figured out the teams to watch this season. That's right, my crème de la crème of college hoops, baby!
There are a lot of quality contenders looking to cut down the nets in Atlanta. I am giving the edge to the Cardinals of Louisville over the Hoosiers of Indiana. There should be excitement galore, baby!
1. LOUISVILLE BIG EAST
Analysis: The Cardinals have the experience, depth and coaching with future Hall of Famer Rick Pitino.
10. MICHIGAN STATE BIG TEN
Analysis: Tom Izzo is confident that he has the horses to compete in the toughest conference in America.
21. MISSOURI SEC
Analysis: Frank Haith has a number of talented transfers meshing to form a quality unit.
22. WISCONSIN BIG TEN
Analysis: Bo Ryan gets the most out of his talent as the Badgers play as a cohesive unit. The Big Ten is loaded.
29. NEW MEXICO MWC
Analysis: Steve Alford has an underrated and dangerous team.
32. TENNESSEE SEC
Analysis: The Vols have bought in to Cuonzo Martin's concepts and it will pay dividends.
35. ALABAMA SEC
Analysis: Anthony Grant got several youngsters valuable experience last season.
37. STANFORD PAC-12
Analysis: The Cardinal showed something in the NIT championship last season and will build on that success.
38. VCU A-10
Analysis: Shaka Smart has a contender in his first season in the A-10.
It should be a great season. The key is not a preseason ranking, but how you fare in the big dance, baby!
ESPN TOP HEADLINES
- Florida, Zona, Wichita, UVa get No. 1 seeds
- Brown, SMU snubbed by NCAA tournament
- AAC's standing may have led to L'ville seed
- No. 6 UVa tops No. 7 Duke to reign in ACC