In short, the top five of the coaches’ poll went as expected: this season could have five teams well above the rest, and the Final Four could be another year that all number 1 seeds make it.
The coaches top five is (in order) Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville, Duke, and Arizona. The other ranked teams that have a chance to compete are Kansas, Syracuse, and Florida. These are the eight teams that should be 1 or 2 seeds and have a great chance this year to reach the Final Four.
This season it is a top heavy year for college basketball, which isn’t a good thing for all the fans who like that Cinderella team. The top team is no surprise, the Kentucky Wildcats have one of the best recruiting classes of all time. This is the most talented team in basketball this season, but they are really young. They have so many sophomores and freshmen that will be playing in the NBA, and should win the National Championship this season.
It should be pretty much all said and done, and that is why Kentucky is rated number one in the coaches’ poll. If Kentucky comes up short of a National Championship, it may be time to fire coach John Calipari.
The number two team in the coaches’ poll is all about Gary Harris turning down the NBA to stay at Michigan State. The second ranked Michigan State Spartans will return four starters from a year ago, and look to build off of a Sweet Sixteen trip last season. They are the number two team because of Harris coming back; without him they could be looking at a rank around 15. Michigan State will have to take advantage of the opportunity of Harris coming back, and improve on a Sweet Sixteen appearance.
The number three team is the National Champions from last year, the Louisville Cardinals. This team has some talent, but is a little overrated. They will miss Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng this season. Dieng was instrumental to their defense last season; he made up for a number of mistakes made by the team. The two big losses from last season will cost them a Final Four appearance.
The number four team going into this season is the Duke Blue Devils. This is about right, they will be a Final Four favorite, and could be the pick to meet up with Kentucky in the National Championship in March. They have a good amount of experience and youth; this could be a really dangerous team with really only one weakness: the post game.
Arizona rounds out the top five at the start of this season’s poll. Arizona has one of the best incoming post players in Aaron Gordon. They are a young team, and probably a little overrated, but still a top ten team in the nation but they are going to have to prove it.
These top five will all be in the top fifteen at the end of the year, and show how much better the top teams are this year. This could be a year where you see all 1 seeds and no Cinderella this year in the NCAA tournament.
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