March Madness is a long ways away, but the first steps towards Selection Sunday have been taken. The NCAA released its top 25 coaches poll for the upcoming NCAA basketball season. The top 10 features some teams that are no stranger to the big dance. Three of last year’s Final Four teams appear in the preseason top 10 while last year’s national champion, Connecticut, comes in at number 21. Let’s take a look at the coaches top 10.
Last year’s national runner up returns 5 key players to pair with one of the top recruiting classes. The Wildcats come in as one of the overall favorites to win the national championship.
No stranger to the preseason top 10 here. The Blue Devils welcome the number one ranked recruiting class that hopes to rebound from an early round tournament exit in 2014.
More Wildcats in the top 5. Arizona is one of the biggest favorites to win their conference title and claim back to back number one seeds in the big dance.
Last year’s surprise Final Four team – to those who live outside the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin returns almost every player from last year’s team, making them one of the favorites to reach the Final Four again this season.
Another team that is no stranger to the preseason top 10. The Jayhawks must reload after losing two top 5 NBA draft picks, but fans won’t sweat, they have been in this position before.
Simply put, the Gators know how to win. They rarely have the most talented NCAA basketball team, but you can always find them in the top 25 rankings – this year is no different.
The Tar Heels are one of the most beloved basketball schools in the country. They have not reached the Final Four since 2009, but this year’s team hopes to change that.
8. Wichita State
The darling of last season’s NCAA basketball season. The Shockers lose their top scorer from a year ago, but they return a ton of experience on a team looking to once again justify their overall ranking.
The Bulldogs are usually the favorite to win their conference, but it’s always a mystery to how they will fare in the NCAA tournament.
The Cardinals lose their top scorer from a year ago, but they have reached the Sweet 16 in four straight seasons. They will look to make a statement in their first season in the ACC.
Source: CBS Sports