College Basketball Rankings: Duke and Arizona Vie for Top Spot at Start of 2017-18 Season

The school basketball season begins Friday, November 10, amid fallout from an ongoing FBI investigation into alleged bribery amongst teaching staffs at a number of of the nation’s prime colleges.

But the hype, expectations and pleasure—all the stuff these colleges would most likely be actually pleased to concentrate on—is already with us, courtesy of the preseason rankings.

How do the nation’s finest basketball analysts see Duke’s possibilities of fulfilling the lofty achievements anticipated of it? Will the recruiting scandal have an effect on highly-rated Arizona? Read under to search out out.

The Associated Press

AP has Duke ranked first within the nation, adopted by Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas. The Wildcats spherical out the highest 5. has a phrase of warning, although: While it’s exhausting to argue towards Duke’s No. 1 rating, Duke was ranked first going into the 2016-17 season, too, and misplaced within the second spherical to South Carolina. The Gamecocks, who misplaced within the Final Four to Gonzaga on April 1, are unranked. In a nationwide media ballot revealed Wednesday, Duke, which is able to begin the season with the top-ranked recruit within the nation, Marvin Bagley III, acquired 33 of 65 first-place votes, based on ESPN. North Carolina, the defending nationwide champion, will start the season ranked ninth.


John Gasaway’s exhaustive and labyrinthine effort makes the AP Top 25 appear like a comic book strip subsequent to War and Peace. In a chunk for ESPN Insider revealed Friday, and through some methodology you may examine right here, Gasaway comes out with Arizona, adopted by Wichita State, adopted by Duke. Michigan State and Villanova spherical out his prime 5. Gasaway’s 351st-and-last ranked crew within the nation? Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. This is a few piece of work.

Sports Illustrated

SI has additionally produced an impeccably complete listing of all 351 groups in school ball this season. Claiming its rankings have been “more accurate than similar 1–351 rankings produced by ESPN, CBS Sports and noted analyst Ken Pomeroy for three consecutive years,” and utilizing a mixture of “college and AAU statistics, recruiting rankings and coaching data,” SI locations Arizona first within the nation, adopted by Michigan State, Duke and Wichita State. SI’s reasoning for Duke solely being third-ranked? “Even if Bagley is as gifted as scouting stories indicate, that is nonetheless a younger crew, and SI’s mannequin isn’t wanting previous head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s less-than-stellar monitor file teaching protection in latest seasons,” the publication opines.

Ken Pomeroy

The famous basketball analyst lists his rating for 2017-18 on his web site right here. As typical, Pomeroy has crunched a quantity of knowledge that may make mere mortals really feel slightly queasy. At the top of all of it, he lists Villanova as his prime crew within the nation. Arizona is third, Duke a comparatively lowly sixth. Gonzaga, recent off a loss within the nationwide championship recreation, is down in 20th.

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