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Pre-Seaon Top 20 With Projected Starting Line-Ups

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Pre-Seaon Top 20 With Projected Starting Line-Ups

#1-Kansas
PG-Frank Mason
SG-Wayne Selden Jr.
SF-Kelly Oubre
PF-Perry Ellis
C-Cliff Alexander
6th Man-Brannen Greene

#2-Kentucky
PG-Andrew Harrison
SG-Aaron Harrison
SF-Alex Poythress
PF-Karl Towns
C-Dakari Johnson
6th Man-Willie Cauley-Stein

#3-Duke
PG-Tyus Jones
SG-Quinn Cook
SF-Justice Winslow
PF-Amile Jefferson
C-Jahlil Okafor
6th Man-Rasheed Sulaimon

#4-Arizona
PG-TJ McConnell
SG-Gabe York
SF-Stanley Johnson
PF-Brandon Ashley
C-Kaleb Tarczewski
6th Man-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

#5-North Carolina
PG-Marcus Paige
SG-JP Tokoto
SF-Justin Jackson
PF-Brice Johnson
C-Kennedy Meeks
6th Man-Theo Pinson

#6-Wisconsin
PG-Traevon Jackson
SG-Josh Gasser
SF-Sam Dekker
PF-Nigel Hayes
C-Frank Kaminsky
6th Man-Bronson Koenig

#7-Florida
PG-Kasey Hill
SG-Michael Frazier II
SF-Devin Robinson
PF-Dorian Finney-Smith
C-Chris Walker
6th Man-Brandone Francis

#8-Ohio State
PG-Shannon Scott
SG-D'Angelo Russell
SF-Sam Thompson
PF-Marc Loving
C-Amir Williams
6th Man-Keita Bates-Diop

#9-Syrcause
PG-Kaleb Joseph
SG-Trevor Cooney
SF-Michael Gbinije
PF-Rakeem Christmas
C-Chris McCullough
6th Man-DaJuan Coleman

#10-Texas
PG-Isaiah Taylor
SG-Javan Felix
SF-Jonathan Holmes
PF-Myles Turner
C-Cameron Ridley
6th Man-Prince Ibeh

#11-Wichita State
PG-Fred VanVleet
SG-Ron Baker
SF-Tekele Cotton
PF-Darius Carter
C-Rashard Kelly
6th Man-Evan Wessel

#12-Louisville
PG-Terry Rozier
SG-Chris Jones
SF-Wayne Blackshear
PF-Montrezl Harrell
C-Mangok Mathiang
6th Man-Shaqquan Aaron

#13-UCLA
PG-Bryce Alford
SG-Norman Powell
SF-Jonah Bolden
PF-Kevon Looner
C-Tony Parker
6th Man-Wanaah Bail

#14-Connecticut
PG-Ryan Boatright
SG-Rodney Purvis
SF-Daniel Hamilton
PF-Phillip Nolan
C-Amida Brimah
6th Man-Omar Calhoun

#15-Michigan
PG-Derrick Walton Jr.
SG-Caris LeVert
SF-Zak Irvin
PF-Kameron Chatman
C-DJ Wilson
6th Man-Spike Albrecht

#16-Villanova
PG-Ryan Arcidiacono
SG-Josh Hart
SF-Darrun Hilliard II
PF-JayVaughn Pinkston
C-Daniel Ochefu
6th Man-Dylan Ennis

#17-Iowa State
PG-Monte Morris
SG-Naz Long
SF-Bryce Dejean-Jones
PF-Dustin Hogue
C-Georges Niang
6th Man-Matt Thomas

#18-UNLV
PG-Deville Smith
SG-Rashad Vaughn
SF-Dwayne Morgan
PF-Christian Wood
C-Goodluck Okonoboh
6th Man-Jelan Kendrick

#19-Michigan State
PG-Travis Trice
SG-Denzel Valentine
SF-Branden Dawson
PF-Kenny Kaminski
C-Matt Costello
6th Man-Lourawls Nairn

#20-Georgetown
PG-D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
SG-L.J. Peak
SF-Jabril Trawick
PF-Mikael Hopkins
C-Joshua Smith
6th Man-Issac Copeland


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There is no way that Quinn

There is no way that Quinn Cook will start over Sulaimon...

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Already happened. Repeatedly.

Already happened. Repeatedly. Sulaimon was benched for a stretch spanning multiple games.But anywho,I can't see Willey Cauley-Stein not starting. Especially considering that he's going to be a junior.

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Toward the end of the season

Toward the end of the season Sulaimon had replaced Cook in the starting lineup and was playing more.

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Didn't see WCS off the bench

Didn't see WCS off the bench last year either, but Dakari ended the season as the starter. I don't completely rule out a Lyles/Towns frontcourt with WCS and Dakari off the wood!

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I picked Cook over Sulaimon

I picked Cook over Sulaimon because of their history. Cook has started over Sulaimon many times in the past, and might at least initially get the edge.

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Damn that Kentucky team would

Damn that Kentucky team would be one of the tallest teams in the NBA, let alone at the college level. A 6-5 point guard, 6-5 shooting guard, 6-8 and 239 lbs small forward, 7 foot power forward, 7 foot and 265 lbs center, 7 foot 6th man and another 6-10 player in Marcus Lee off the bench.

They're going to have a massive advantage in length on every other team in the nation.

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Kevon ....

Looney, not Looner...

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I'm not as sold on Syracuse

I'm not as sold on Syracuse as most. They're really young, and don't have that uber-athletic wing that we're so accustomed to them having

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I am a huge Cuse fan and

I am a huge Cuse fan and think #9 is a bit high for their pre season ranking. They lost a significant amount of production from last year and at this point they have too many ? marks. They have one true PG and he is a freshamn. Dajuan Coleman's status and health are still up in the air and it is unceratin whether he will be ready by the start of the season. They are going to need to get a lot out of Christmas and Cooney. Nonetheless I am excited to see what McCullough and Joseph bring to the team.

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Agree 100%

Curious to see where their scoring comes from. I like Cooney but he cannot be your go to guy.

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Gonzaga

Gonzaga is top 20 for sure

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Gonzaga: G - Kevin Pangos G -

Gonzaga:

G - Kevin Pangos

G - Gary Bell

G/F - Byron Wesley

F - Kyle Willtjer

C - Przemek Karnowski

bench

G - Josh Perkins

G - Silas Melson

F - Domantas Sabonis

F - Angel Nunez

C - Ryan Edwards

rumors are that Kyle Dranginis is off the team, that's why he's left off

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I definitely agree, that team

I definitely agree, that team is deep and talented. Nunez will be huge for them. I really hope they get sabonis gets some playing time. He and karnowski are gonna be a load to handle, having the ability to have a player of that size on the court at all times is going to be a great luxury. I'm sad to hear dranginis is leaving, he could have had a big role. I'd love to see the zags redeem themselves a little and make it to the sweet 16, the talent is there.

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Gonzaga is a top 10 team for

Gonzaga is a top 10 team for sure. Eric McClellan is eligible 2nd semester for them and he was the best player on Vanderbilt last year before getting kicked off

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Those top 6 teams you could

Those top 6 teams you could make a legit argument for number 1. Should be a fun year!

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Besides

My obvious favorites of UT, which I can't wait to watch this season..i'm excited to see how Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Brannen Greene play for Kansas.

Overall, should be an awesome College basketball year.

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As a UT fan also, I believe

As a UT fan also, I believe that Demarcus Holland will actually start at the 2 guard spot as he started and even led the team in minutes last season. With Taylor progressing this allows Felix to provide a needed scoring punch from the 6th man role. Should be a fun season to see how the team progresses

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Good to see

more UT fans!

I completly agree with you, I would much rather the backcourt have Taylor and Holland. Felix got great experience his freshman year starting when Myck was sidelined, but I think he will do much better coming off the bench. I'm very excited to see how the big men play. Prince Ibeh, Cameron Ridley, Myles Turner, Connor Lammert and Jonathan Holmes, provides a little bit of everything you could want from your front court.

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European players rarely

European players rarely translate at the NCAA level

Ioannis Papapetrou

Gal Mekel

Goran Suton

The style change is just so drastic

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Yeah

Very true. I'm still staying optimistic and hoping the kid can produce off the bench at KU.

Man, I really liked Papapetrou. I was sad to see him leave UT to go pro in Europe, although very understandable.

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KU

Im not sold on Ku#1. Point guard play has been rough the last couple years at KU with Tharpe and Elijah Johnson(who was really more of a 2). One of Mason or Frankcamp will need to set up. KU is pretty deep though with an improving Traylor and redshirt Hunter Mickelson helping in the front court.

I think Ku is the 3-4 slot is right for them. I think Uk and Zona have more pure talent.

All I know is I can't wait to see the KU-UK match up early in the season!!!

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Bryce Alford-UCLA

Bryce Alford played great as a freshman, he transitioned into college seemlessly. I remember people trying to say that nepotism was the only reason he was going to ucla. His dad is in fact the coach and he's undersized and ppl questioned his athleticism etc. but the kids got game, and swag to boot. Hes a knockdown shooter with unlimited range either on the catch and shoot or off the dribble. He's a heady point guard and is quite savvy. He has a great feel for the game but his flair for the dramatic can get him in trouble at times but cutting down those types of plays are a standard part of the maturation process.

It was really nice to see him come into his own as a freshman and silence his critics. And he's now going to be uclas starting point guard and somewhat likely be the most important player on the team. Kevin looney might have something to say about that. It's gonna be a lot of fun watchin him lead the break with kevin looney and Norman Powell filling the lanes. I'd love to see Bryce carve out a role for himself in the league someday as a 2nd or 3rd pg/bench scorer. I really love watchin the kid play and don't want there to only be 3 more years of it! I think ucla has the ability to make an elite 8 run and who knows? Maybe even deeper

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What about Isaac Hamilton for

What about Isaac Hamilton for UCLA ? Is he still with the team, haven't heard anything lately.

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I'm excited

I'm excited to see who takes the leap for Michigan State. I expect Dawson to do his thing, but I hope Valentine and Kaminski take their games to another level. Valentine has proven to be a creator, he just makes bad decisions here and again(which does happen) and Kaminski really came on last year with his 3 point shooting. Besides Dawson, I think those two guys are key along with Trice's health.

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2 teams missing

Gonzaga and Virginia are definitely top 20 teams.

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Kentucky is huge

Kentucky is huge yes......They'll definitely be at a disadvantage in terms of speed and quickness though. The Harrison twins are big, but not that quick or fast. They use strength and angles to get to the rim. Booker and Lyles aren't great athletes. Last year they struggled with quickness. Napier got to the rim at will against the twins in the championship game. Teams at a height disadvantage, which will be basically every team they play will be able to beat Kentucky up and down the court if they are committed to running in my opinion. With their height, they'll be able to cover up penetration with their shot-blocking.

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I agree with the top 3, but I

I agree with the top 3, but I would move Wisconsin up. That's almost all of a final 4 team coming back.

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