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.
- North Carolina
- Wichita State
- West Virginia
- Michigan State
- St. Mary's
- Notre Dame
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.