College Basketball Rankings Ballot: 2012-13 Preseason

October 30, 2012 2,080 Comments »




College Basketball Rankings PUP

The college basketball season will be upon us in less than two weeks, and in the days and weeks to come, some conference previews. If there’s one thing I love, it’s college basketball, conference tournaments, bracketology, and all other things associated with the game (the trick is finding the time to do it all). Before that, however, it’s time to lay some preseason rankings on you.

College Basketball Rankings: 2012-13 Preseason Poll

Rank Team (Conference)
1 Indiana Hoosiers (Big Ten)
2 Louisville Cardinals (Big East)
3 Kentucky Wildcats (SEC)
4 Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten)
5 Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten)
6 North Carolina State Wolfpack (ACC)
7 Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12)
8 Duke Blue Devils (ACC)
9 Syracuse Orange (Big East)
10 Florida Gators (SEC)
11 North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC)
12 Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12)
13 Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten)
14 UCLA Bruins (Pac-12)
15 Missouri Tigers (SEC)
16 Creighton Bluejays (MVC)
17 Memphis Tigers (C-USA)
18 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (MWC)
19 Baylor Bears (Big 12)
20 San Diego State Aztecs (MWC)
21 Gonzaga Bulldogs (WCC)
22 Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten)
23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big East)
24 Florida State Seminoles (ACC)
25 Cincinnati Bearcats (Big East)

Breakdown by conference: Big Ten (5), Big East (4), ACC (4), SEC (3), Big 12 (2), Pac-12 (2), Mountain West (2), Conference USA (1), West Coast (1), Missouri Valley (1)

I had few differences from the major media polls — and we’re all just guessing, anyway, so it’s not like it makes a difference. It wasn’t until the bottom that we found some differences; for example, the AP poll ranked Cincinnati and the Coaches Poll went with Texas. I sided with the AP. I also have Michigan State a spot above UCLA and a few teams jumbled at the very bottom. Overall, nothing over which to concern yourself if you are a fan of these teams or a fan of a team I did not rank.

Preseason polls are basically worthless but it is nevertheless interesting to see where you ranked teams early so that you can compare later on and see how things changed.



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