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ESPN Releases Its 2020-21 Preseason Top 25 Poll

Kentucky star Immanuel Quickley raises up for a shot.

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - JANUARY 18: Immanuel Quickley #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots a jump shot during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on January 18, 2020 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Wildcats defeated the Razorbacks 73-66. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Since there's no NCAA Tournament this year for college hoops fans to enjoy, it's time for people to look ahead toward the 2020-21 season. Over the weekend, ESPN's Jeff Borzello released his preseason top 25 poll.

This past season was dominated by Baylor and Kansas. It's not all that surprising to see that both programs are in the top 10 for Borzello's rankings.

What might surprise some people though is that Villanova and Creighton earned the top two spots in the ESPN preseason poll. Jay Wright will have plenty of scorers at his disposal as he tries to win his third national title.

Duke and Kentucky are also toward the top of this poll, but it'll depend on which players return and which declare for the NBA Draft. John Calipari's squad could have Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley back for another season.

Here are the top 10 teams in the preseason rankings, via ESPN:

  1. Villanova
  2. Creighton
  3. Gonzaga
  4. Baylor
  5. Kentucky
  6. Duke
  7. Iowa
  8. Virginia
  9. Michigan State
  10. Kentucky

Although this past season may have been considered a down year for Virginia, the early outlook for the program next season is very good. In fact, they have strong odds to win the NCAA Tournament in 2021.

If you want to see the full top 25 from Borzello, you can check it out here.

Which team do you think deserves the top spot for next season's preseason poll?