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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Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas wishes more people followed sports that no one cares about

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Update: Deshaun Thomas will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft

Ohio State forward and Big Ten leading scorer Deshaun Thomas wrote a letter to the editor of THE Ohio State University student paper The Lantern this week wishing that Buckeyes everywhere would care much more about the sports that NO ONE CARES about. Specifically, the non-revenue producing sports.

Deshaun Thomas wrote:

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2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Preview and Predictions

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The twelve-game Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off tonight with the top four ranked teams in the nation; Duke, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio State all in action.  After losing the first ten challenges, the Big Ten looks for their fourth straight win in this battle of power conferences.  To be completely blunt; they should have zero problem doing so as the Big Ten has far more depth than the ACC.

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Ohio State signs two top 100 prospects

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The Ohio State Buckeyes signed of Marc Loving and Kameron “Kam” Williams to Letters of Intent.

Loving, a 6-foot-8-inch, 215-pound forward, is considered one of the Top 100 players nationally by several recruiting services. He was the 2012 Associated Press Division I Co-Player of the year in Ohio as well as earning all-district and Three Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year accolades.

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#13 Ohio State Buckeyes: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Ohio State tips off the college basketball season tonight on the deck of the USS Yorktown when they host Marquette.  It certainly says something about what Thad Matta has built the Buckeyes program into when they lost both Jared Sullinger and William Buford, yet are still a top five ranked team in the preseason polls.  As you can tell, I am not that high on OSU this year since they have some big shoes to fill.

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Carrier Classic game has special meaning for Ohio State’s Aaron Craft

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Watching North Carolina and Michigan State playing on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson last season was one of the coolest moments in my college basketball watching history.  And I was sitting in front of a TV.  Four aircraft carrier games headline the college hoops opening weekend schedule including the Ohio State Buckeyes and Marquette Golden Eagles playing on the USS Yorktown off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.  For OSU starting point guard Aaron Craft and his family, Friday’s game holds extra special meaning.

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Can OSU’s Jared Sullinger be a legit NBA four? (Video)

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The Buckeyes Jared Sullinger went back for another year of school to learn to better be a four than a five. In college basketball, he could get away with playing both positions, but at the next level, he’ll have to be a power forward. He may not be quick enough. There also could be major questions concerning his tendency to wine about calls; even though it seems like almost every call went his way at Ohio St.

Sullinger brings a lot to the table, but his stock may have peaked last year.

The Sports Bank’s Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine’s Media Day and talked to Ohio State’s aggressive big man about preparing for the NBA culture.

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UPDATED 2012-2013 college basketball preseason top 25

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Here is an updated on my preseason Top 25 for the 2012-2013 college basketball.  With transfers, the decisions of some previously undeclared top high school recruits, and players declaring their intentions to return to school or leave for the NBA Draft, there has been a lot of movement since I released my original rankings the day after the National Championship game.  (Click here for a list of NBA Draft early entries.) 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 for my way too early preseason rankings from last season.)

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UPDATED 2012-2013 college basketball preseason top 25 (PART 2)

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Here are teams 16-25 in my updated 2012-2013 preseason college basketball Top 25 and other teams who just missed the cut.

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2012-2013 college basketball preseason top 25

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With the Kentucky Wildcats cutting down the nets last night, we can officially close the book on the 2011-2012 college basketball season.  Hoop junkies like myself are already looking ahead to next season so allow me to present to you my way too early 2012-2013 preseason Top 25.

There are still several factors that could alter a teams roster between now and the start of next season.  Some of the top players are still debating on whether or not to enter the NBA Draft, some teams will lose players to transfer, and five McDonald’s All-Americans remain undecided on their college decision including the top two recruits in the 2012 class; Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel.

So here is my preliminary preseason Top 25.  I will updated these rankings once the NBA Draft early entries list is complete and Muhammaed and Noels make their college decision.  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 for my way too early preseason rankings from last season.)

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2012-2013 college basketball preseason top 25 (PART 2)

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Here are teams 16-25 in my 2012-2013 preseason college basketball Top 25 and other teams who just missed the cut.

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