The AP released their Preseason Top 25 today, UConn fell a shade lower than they were in the coaches poll released earlier this month.
Remember this for the end of the season- people paid to write about sports, specifically college basketball, thought the following teams were better than UConn:
Virginia- not sure why everyone's so high on them this year
Wichita State- do we really have to go through this again?
Gonzaga- see above
VCU- come on
At first I thought the 15 range was about right for UConn, but then after taking a hard look at the field I think the Huskies really should be just outside the Top 10 somewhere near Texas and Virginia. I don't care all that much because it's the Preseason AP Poll, and the winner of this beautiful game is decided on the court, but unfortunately these things shape national perceptions in college basketball and can have lasting effects across a season. It would be nice to see a little more respect for a reigning national champion that isn't rebuilding, but reloading.
2014-15 AP Preseason Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (52)||0-0||1604|
|2||Arizona Wildcats (5)||0-0||1518|
|3||Wisconsin Badgers (8)||0-0||1483|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||0-0||1415|
|6||North Carolina Tar Heels||0-0||1274|
|11||Wichita State Shockers||0-0||1027|
|14||Iowa State Cyclones||0-0||781|
|15||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||0-0||574|
|16||San Diego State Aztecs||0-0||560|
|18||Michigan State Spartans||0-0||521|
|20||Ohio State Buckeyes||0-0||340|
|25 (Tie)||Harvard Crimson||0-0||98|
|25 (Tie)||Utah Utes|
|Others Receiving Votes: Utah 98, Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, N.C. State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, Geo. Wash. 7, Oklahoma St. 6, Notre Dame 6, Dayton 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Maryland 3, Illinois 3, UNLV 2, BYU 2, UTEP 1, S.F. Austin 1, Baylor 1, West Virginia 1|