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SI Releases College Basketball Top 25 Rankings

These are the top 25 teams heading into the season according to Sports Illustrated.

The college basketball season is almost fully underway as we work through the preseason, and as is customary, Sports Illustratedreleased its full set of rankings ahead of the regular season.

SI went ahead and ranked all 351 college basketball programs, and these are the top 25:

  1. Arizona
  2. Michigan State
  3. Duke
  4. Wichita State
  5. Villanova
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Kansas
  8. Kentucky
  9. Louisville
  10. Florida
  11. West Virginia
  12. Miami
  13. USC
  14. Saint Mary's
  15. Xavier
  16. Notre Dame
  17. Purdue
  18. UNC
  19. Baylor
  20. UCLA
  21. Alabama
  22. Northwestern
  23. Gonzaga
  24. TCU
  25. Seton Hall

Probably what you expected, just not in that order. In most preseason rankings, Duke has taken the number one spot, but for SI, Arizona was the clear choice.

According to SI, if all players on the Wildcats' roster are deemed eligible, "they’re going to roll over most of their opponents."

Yikes.

You can check out the entire set of rankings here.