UPDATED 2013-2014 preseason top 25 college basketball rankings

With the Louisville Cardinals cutting down the nets, the book was officially closed on the 2012-2013 college basketball season.  Hoop junkies like myself are already looking ahead to next season so allow me to present to you my updated way too early 2012-2013 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings.

So here is my preliminary preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings for next season.  I have updated these rankings since the NBA Draft early entries list is complete and a number of transfers have since been announced.  There is still one major x-factor out there, the undecided Andrew Wiggins who is the #1 prospect in the 2013 class.  Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster.  (Click here to see how my 2012-13 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)

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10 Non-NCAA Tournament teams ready to make a splash next season

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College basketball fans whose team didn’t make the NCAA Tournament are probably already looking ahead to the 2012-2013 season.  Typical tourney teams like UCLA, Arizona, Butler, Villanova, and Maryland should have bounce back seasons next year and vie for a spot in the Big Dance.  Here are ten non-tourney programs to watch out for next season.

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College Basketball: The Week That Was (12/19/11)

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College Hoops 101 has undergone a facelift.  My weekly breakdown of the past week in college basketball and look ahead will now be split into two parts.  Since I was enjoying a much needed week vacation in Mexico, here is a glance at the past two weeks of games I watched.  The numbers are uncharacteristically low but when you are on a beach everyday in 80-plus degree weather, you don’t really want to be inside watching hoops.  Yes, I just wrote that.  This week’s edition includes my thoughts on the Xavier/Cincinnati brawl, Indiana’s upset of Kentucky, and my Dunk of the Week.

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College Basketball: The Week Ahead (12/6/11)

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As part of our College Hoops 101 facelift, this feature will now include looking ahead to the top games in the upcoming week.  You can check out the highlights of last week in the world of college basketball by clicking here.  A pair of interesting non-conference rivalries are renewed this week when Xavier meets Cincinnati and Kentucky visits Indiana in a battle of unbeaten teams.

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College Basketball: The Week That Was (12/5/11)

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College Hoops 101 is undergoing a facelift.  My weekly breakdown of the past week in college basketball and look ahead will now be split into two parts.  Here is a glance at the week that was including my thoughts on the Kentucky/North Carolina and Marquette/Wisconsin games, and my Dunk of the Week.

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College Hoops 101 (11/7/11)

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The college basketball season starts tonight!  The college basketball season starts tonight!  The college basketball season starts tonight!  To say I’m slightly excited is a gross under-exaggeration; like saying Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries probably should have never gotten married.

If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college basketball.  Every Monday I will look back at the previous week’s action, break down what to expect in the week ahead, and most importantly, update you on the obscene amount of games I have watched.

Click here in case you missed my 111 team previews in 111 days to check out the in-depth profiles.

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#14 Arizona Wildcats: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

It didn’t take Sean Miller long to get the Arizona Wildcats back in the national picture.  In his second year as head coach, Miller helped ‘Zona reach the Elite Eight and was a three-point shot away from beating eventual National Champion UConn to earn a spot in the Final Four.  This season, the ‘Cats will rely on a more balanced attack as they try to replace All-American Derrick Williams… and hopefully bounce back from their shocking exhibition loss to Seattle Pacific.

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#16 Arizona Wildcats Stunned By Division II Seattle Pacific

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Imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw on Twitter that Arizona‘s exhibition game was being televised Thursday evening.  Imagine my shock when I watched the Wildcats lose to Division II Seattle Pacific, 69-68.  Welcome to the 2011-2012 college basketball season!

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