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ESPN Releases Way-Too-Early Top 25 Rankings For College Basketball In 2017-2018

The 2016-2017 season is over, and we're already looking ahead to next season.

Last night the North Carolina Tar Heels took down the Gonzaga Bulldogs by a score of 71-65 en route to the program's sixth national title. Roy Williams led the team to its third title under his tutelage, passing Dean Smith for the most national titles in program history.

After the end of every season, ESPN creates a new "way-too-early" list, ranking the college basketball programs headed into next year. Now, right after the end of the season is not the best time to rank these teams as recruiting is still underway, and the team's don't yet know who will be headed to the NBA.

And yet, ESPN went ahead and did it anyway.

Here are the top 25 teams headed into the 2017-2018 season.

  1. Kentucky
  2. North Carolina
  3. Louisville
  4. Villanova
  5. Florida
  6. Wichita State
  7. Duke
  8. West Virginia
  9. Kansas
  10. Gonzaga
  11. Arizona
  12. Michigan State
  13. Oregon
  14. Virginia
  15. St. Mary's
  16. Xavier
  17. Minnesota
  18. Notre Dame
  19. Butler
  20. SMU
  21. Miami
  22. Michigan
  23. UCLA
  24. Cincinnati
  25. Baylor

ESPN included a few honorable mentions as well: Seton Hall, Purdue, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Creighton, VCU, USC, Wisconsin, and TCU.

We'll have to wait and see how the offseason plays out, but Kentucky is always a safe pick at No. 1 due to John Calipari's recruiting efforts.

[ESPN]