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Very Early 2010-11 College Hoops Top 25

Posted on: April 11, 2010 10:26 pm
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Yes, we're in early April and there are still declarations to be made, coaches to be hired and player committments to be had. However, we can still take a look at what the 2010-11 NCAA hoops season will bring, can't we?

Here is my early Top 25 for next season with occassional comments to follow:

1. Michigan State -- Raymar Morgan is the lone Spartan to graduate and next year's team will be better than the previous two Final Four teams. Add in a stacked recruiting class and Tom Izzo will get his coveted second title.

2. Georgetown -- If Greg Monroe returns, the entire unit is back.

3. Memphis -- The Tigers were solid this season. Think Kentucky-style recruits for Memphis next season.

4. Pittsburgh -- Love how Coach Dixon does more with less.

5. Duke -- Loss of Zoubek and Scheyer can't be understated. Still love Duke's defensive prowess.

6. Illinois -- The big sleeper of 2011 returns its entire starting 5 with one of most underrated PGs in game (McCamey).

7. Purdue -- Loss of defensive stopper Kramer will be a big blow, but Hummel's return and senior-laden team will be dangerous once again.

8. Villanova -- Sometimes losing your best player can be a good thing (see MSU's 2010 tourney run). I think 'Cats will be better without Reynolds.

9. Butler -- A little luck played a role in Butler's near title. This is still a great team, but it's closer to a Sweet 16 team than a Final Four team.

10. Kansas State -- Pullen's return will help offset the loss of Clemente. Another year of Frank Martin running the show will only be good for these Wildcats.

11. North Carolina -- I don't imagine the Tar Heels being down for long. Expect Ol' Roy to have UNC in the ACC title hunt again.

12. Florida -- Entire starting 5 returns as well as potent offense.

13. Xavier -- Chris Mack will once again have a tough squad.

14. Kansas -- Forget the losses, Kansas will contend for the Big XII title again. 

15. Washington -- The class of the Pac-10.

16. Kentucky -- We don't know all Coach Cal's recruits just yet but I can promise you they'll make a big splash.

17. Ohio State -- I've seen the Buckeyes as high as No. 2 in early rankings. It's one thing to lose a star player and another to lose your Player-of-the-Year PG. The Buckeyes will survive without Evan Turner, but they'll be a good team next year, not great.

18. Gonzaga -- Who knows what Gonzaga team we'll get. Either way, Mark Few will have the Zags in the Top 25.

19. BYU -- Jimmer Fredette returns to the MWC's best team.

20. New Mexico -- If Darington Hobson leaves, UNM drops out but he's a poor man's Evan Turner. UNM will battle BYU for Mountain West supremacy again in 2011.

21. UCLA -- I think Ben Howland has had enough of sub-.500 seasons in Westwood. The Bruins will still be young but good in the rough Pac-10.

22. Wisconsin -- Don't ever count out the Badgers, who will reload and be dangerous for another year.

23. Mississippi -- I love Andy Kennedy's gritty club. The Rebels have to break through one of these years, right?

24. Texas -- Rick Barnes loses a lot of individual talent but that might actually help him develop a team in Austin.

25. Saint Louis -- This was a real surprising club in 2010. Look for bigger things in 2011.

Others to keep an eye on (alphabetical order): Baylor, Cincinnati, Indiana, Missouri, Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt, West Virginia.

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