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Thursday, October 22, 2015

College Basketball Preseason Power 25




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With the start of the college basketball season less than a month away, what better than now to reveal the preseason Power 25.



1) Kentucky Wildcats

Conference Affiliation: SEC

2014-15 record: 38-1 overall, 18-0 conference

Key Games: 

vs Duke Nov. 17 (Chicago) 
at UCLA Dec. 3
vs Louisville Dec. 26


Projected Starting Five:

PG Tyler Ullis (So.)
SG Isaiah Briscoe (Fr.)
SF Jamal Murray (Fr.)
PF Alex Poythress (Sr.)
C Skal Labissiere (Fr.)


2) Maryland Terrapins

Conference Affiliation: Big Ten

2014-15 record: 28-7 overall, 14-4 conference

Key Games:

Nov. 17 vs Georgetown (Gavitt Games)
Dec. 1 at North Carolina (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
Jan. 23 at Michigan State


Projected Starting Five:

PG Melo Trimble (So.)
SG Rasheed Sulaimon (Sr.)
SF Jake Layman (Sr.)
PF Robert Carter (Jr.)
C Diamond Stone (Fr.)


3) North Carolina Tar Heels

Conference Affiliation: ACC

2014-15 record: 26-12 overall, 11-7 conference


Key Games:

Dec. 1 vs Maryland (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
Feb. 17 at Duke
Feb. 27 at Virginia


Projected Starting Five:

PG Marcus Paige (Sr.)
G/F Theo Pinson (So.)
F Justin Jackson (So.)
F Brice Johnson (Sr.)
C Kennedy Meeks (Jr.)


4) Virginia Cavaliers


Conference Affiliation: ACC

2014-15 record: 30-4 overall, 16-2 conference


Key Games:

Dec. 19 vs Villanova
Feb. 13 at Duke
Feb. 27 vs North Carolina


Projected Starting Five:

G London Perrantes (Jr.)
G Malcolm Brogdon (Sr.)
G/F Darius Thompson (So.)
F Anthony Gill (Sr.)
C Mike Tobey (Sr.)


5) Wichita State Shockers

Conference Affiliation: MVC


2014-15 record: 30-5 overall, 17-1 conference


Key Games:

Dec. 12 vs Utah
Jan. 20 at Northern Iowa


Projected Starting Five:

G Fred VanVleet (Sr.)
G Ron Baker (Sr.)
G/F  Evan Wessel (Sr.)
PF Rashard Kelly (So.)
C Shaquille Morris (So.)


6) Kansas Jayhawks

Conference Affiliation: Big 12


2014-15 record: 27-9 overall, 13-5 conference


Key Games:


Nov. 17 vs Michigan State (Chicago)
Jan. 2 vs Baylor
Jan. 4 vs Oklahoma



Projected Starting Five:

G Frank Mason III (Jr.)
G Wayne Selden Jr. (Jr.)
G DeVonte' Graham (So.)
F Perry Ellis (Sr.)
F Jamari Traylor (Sr.)


7) Duke Blue Devils

Conference Affiliation: ACC


2014-15 record: 35-4 overall, 15-3 conference


Key Games:


Nov. 17 vs Kentucky (Chicago)
Dec. 19 vs Utah (New York City)
Feb. 17 at North Carolina


Projected Starting Five:

G Derryck Thornton (Fr.)G Matt Jones (Jr.)
G Grayson Allen (So.)
F Amile Jefferson (Sr.)
C Brandon Ingram (Fr.)


8) Villanova Wildcats


Conference Affiliation: BIG EAST


2014-15 record: 33-3 overall, 16-2 conference



Key Games:

Dec. 7 vs Oklahoma (Pearl Harbor)
Dec. 19 at VirginiaJan. 16 at Georgetown


Projected Starting Five:

G Ryan Arcidiacono (Sr.)
G Josh Booth (Jr.)
G Phil Hart (So.)
F Kris Jenkins (So.)
F Daniel Ochefu (Sr.)


9) Oklahoma Sooners


Conference Affiliation: Big 12


2014-15 record: 24-11 overall, 12-6 conference


Key Games:

Dec. 7 vs Villanova (Pearl Harbor)
Nov. 29 vs Wisconsin
Jan. 4 at Kansas


Projected Starting Five:

G Buddy Hield (Sr.)
G Isaiah Cousins (Sr.)
Jordan Woodard (Jr.)
F Khadeem Lattin (So.)
 Ryan Spangler (Sr.)


10) Arizona Wildcats


Conference Affiliation: Pac-12


2014-15 record: 34-4 overall, 16-2 conference


Key Games:


Dec. 5 vs Gonzaga
Jan. 7 at UCLA
Feb. 27 at Utah



Projected Starting Five:

G Gabe York (Sr.)
G Elliott Pitts (Jr.)
G Parker Jackson-Cartwright (So.)
F/C Kaleb Tarczewski (Sr.)
C Dusan Ristic (So.)


11) Michigan State Spartans



Conference Affiliation: Big Ten


2014-15 record: 27-12 overall, 12-6 conference


Key Games:

Nov. 17 vs Kansas (Chicago)
Jan. 17 at Wisconsin
Jan. 23 vs Maryland



Projected Starting Five:

G Tum Tum Nairn, Jr. (So.) 
G Bryn Forbes (Sr.)
G Denzel Valentine (Sr.)
F Gavin Schilling (Jr.)
F Matt Costello (Sr.)


12) Gonzaga Bulldogs


Conference Affiliation: WCC


2014-15 record: 35-3 overall, 17-1 conference


Key Games:

Dec. 5 vs Arizona
Dec. 12 vs UCLA
Jan. 14 vs BYU


Projected Starting Five:

G Kyle Dranginis (Sr.)
G Josh Perkins (So.)
F Domantas Sabonis (So.)
F Kyle Wiltjer (Sr.)
C Przemek Karnowski (Sr.)


13) Iowa State Cyclones


Conference Affiliation: Big 12


2014-15 record: 25-9 overall, 12-6 conference


Key Games:

Dec. 22 at Cincinnati
Jan. 2 at Oklahoma
Jan. 25 vs Kansas


Projected Starting Five:

G Monte Morris (Jr.)
G Nazareth Mitrou-Long (Sr.)
F Abdel Nader (Sr.)
F Jameel McKay (Sr.)
F Georges Niang (Sr.)



14) Utah Utes


Conference Affiliation: Pac-12


2014-15 record: 26-9 overall, 13-5 conference


Key Games:

Dec. 12 at Wichita State
Dec. 19 vs Duke (New York City)
Feb. 27 vs Arizona



Projected Starting Five:

G Brandon Taylor (Sr.)
G/F Dakarai Tucker (Sr.)
F Jordan Loveridge (Sr.)
F Chris Reyes (Jr.)
F/C Jakob Poelti (So.)



15) Indiana Hoosiers



Conference Affiliation: Big Ten

2014-15 record: 20-14 overall, 9-9 conference


Key Games:


Dec. 2 at Duke (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
Dec. 19 vs Notre Dame (Crossroads Classic)
Feb. 14 at Michigan State


Projected Starting Five:

G Yogi Ferrell (Jr.)
G James Blackmon, Jr. (So.)
F Troy Williams (Jr.)
F Max Bielfeldt (Sr.)
C Thomas Bryant (Fr.)


16) Wisconsin Badgers


Conference Affiliation: Big Ten

2014-15 record: 36-4 overall, 16-2 conference


Key Games:

Nov. 29 at Oklahoma
Dec. 12 vs Marquette
Jan. 17 vs Michigan State


Projected Starting Five:

G Bronson Koenig (Jr.)
G Zak Showalter (Jr.)
F Vitto Brown (Jr.)
F Nigel Hayes (Jr.)
F Ethan Happ (Fr.)



17) LSU Tigers


Conference Affiliation: SEC

2014-15 record: 22-11 overall, 11-7 conference

Key Games:

Jan. 5 vs Kentucky
Jan. 9 at Florida
Jan. 30 vs Oklahoma


Projected Starting Five:

G Tim Quarterman (Jr.)
G Ketih Hornsby (Sr.)
Ben Simmons (Fr.)
F Craig Victor (So.)
C Elbert Robinson III (So.)


18) Connecticut Huskies



Conference Affiliation: American


2014-15 record: 20-15 overall, 10-8 conference


Key Games:


Dec. 8 vs Maryland (New York City)
Jan. 23 vs Georgetown
Jan. 28 vs Cincinnati



Projected Starting Five:

G Sterling Gibbs (Sr.)
G Rodney Purvis (Jr.)
G Daniel Hamilton (So.)
F Shonn Miller (Sr.) 
C Amida Brimah (Jr.)


19) Baylor Bears


Conference Affiliation: Big 12


2014-15 record: 24-10 overall, 11-7 conference



Key Games:

Nov. 16 at Oregon
Jan. 2 at Kansas
Jan. 23 vs Oklahoma


Projected Starting Five:

G Lester Medford (Sr.)
G/F Ismail Wainwright (Jr.)
F Taurean Prince (Sr.)
F Johnathan Motley (So.)
C Rico Gathers (Sr.)



20) California Golden Bears


Conference Affiliation: Pac-12


2014-15 record: 18-15 overall, 11-7 conference


Key Games:

Nov. 26 vs San Diego State
Dec. 22 at Virginia
Jan. 3 vs Utah 




Projected Starting Five:

Tyrone Wallace (Sr.)

G Jordan Mathews (Jr.)
G Jabari Bird (Jr.)
F Jaylen Brown (Jr.)
F Ivan Rabb (Jr.)


21) Butler Bulldogs



Conference Affiliation: BIG EAST


2014-15 record: 23-11 overall, 12-6 conference


Key Games:


Dec. 2 at Cincinnati
Dec. 19 vs Purdue (Indianapolis)
Jan. 10 vs Villanova


Projected Starting Five:

G Kellen Dunham (Jr.)
G/F Roosevelt Jones (Sr.)
F Kelan Martin (So.)
F Tyler Wideman (So.)
F Andrew Chrabascz (Jr.)


22) Purdue Boilermakers



Conference Affiliation: Big Ten


2014-15 record: 21-13 overall, 12-6 conference


Key Games:

Dec. 19 vs Butler (Indianapolis)
Dec. 29 at Wisconsin
Feb. 9 vs Michigan State

Projected Starting Five:

Rapheal Davis (Sr.) 
G Kendall Stephens (Jr.) 
F Vince Edwards (So.)
F Caleb Swanigan (Fr.)
C A.J. Hammons (Sr.)


23) Providence Friars



Conference Affiliation: BIG EAST


2014-15 record: 22-12, 11-7 overall


Key Games:

Nov. 18 vs Illinois (Gavitt Games)
Dec. 31 at Butler
Jan. 23 at Villanova

Projected Starting Five:

G Kris Dunn (Jr.)
G Casey Woodring (Jr.)
G Jalen Lindsey (So.)
F Rodney Bullock (So.)
F Ben Bentil (Fr.)




24) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Conference Affiliation: ACC

2014-15 record: 32-6 overall, 14-4 conference


Key Games:


Dec. 19 vs Indiana (Indianapolis)
Jan. 2 at Virginia
Jan. 16 at Duke


Projected Starting Five:

G Demetrius Jackson (Jr.)
G Steve Vasturia (Jr.)
F Zach Auguste (Sr.)
F V.J. Beachem (Jr.)
F Bonzie Colson (So.)



25) Georgetown Hoyas

Conference Affiliation: BIG EAST

2014-15 record: 22-11, 12-6 conference


Key Games: 

Nov. 17 at Maryland
Nov. 20 vs Wisconsin (New York City)
Jan. 16 vs Villanova



Projected Starting Five:

G D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Sr.)
G Tre Campbell (So.)
G/F L.J. Peak (So.)
Isaac Copeland (So.)
F Jessie Govan (Fr.)



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