This upcoming college basketball season has many important storylines through to 2021-2022 after a year in which the NCAA tournament returned amid the COVID-19 pandemic and where Baylor took down Gonzaga for the first Bears title in school history.
This will be the first season at the helm of several coaches at top schools – Hubert Davis at UNC, Mike Woodson in Indiana, Shaka Smart in Marquette, Tommy Lloyd in Arizona and Porter Moser in Oklahoma, to name a few. -a.
Likewise and perhaps most notably, this is also Mike Krzyzewski’s final season at Duke, with all eyes on the Blue Devils as Jon Scheyer prepared to take the reins of a college basketball legend. in 2022.
In Memphis, Penny Hardaway has one of the best recruiting classes in the country thanks to Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren and even added Hall of Famer Larry Brown and former NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace to her coaching staff, making the Tigers one of the most compelling groups. of 5 schools and one of the most compelling volunteer state programs.
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Kentucky and Kansas will also be looking to return to the limelight, with the Wildcats not even making the tournament last year and Bill Self’s Jayhawk team bouncing back in the second round.
There will also be several prominent coaches from the top 25 perennial teams absent for matches – including Gonzaga’s Mark Few, who will miss his team’s first game against Dixie State following a drunk driving arrest and Chris. Mack of Louisville, who will miss six games amid a myriad of scandals, including those stemming from Dino Gaudio’s extortion conviction.
The Associated Press on Monday released its top 25 preseason polls for the 2021-22 college basketball season. Here’s a first look at where teams start before the game kicks off on November 9.
College basketball standings for the preseason
Top 25 AP
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Others receiving votes: Michigan State 87; Indiana 41; USC 30; Arizona 26; Virginie Tech 25; Oklahoma State 25; Xavier 22; Texas Tech 17; Richmond 13; Rutgers 11; Colorado State 11; LSU 7; Belmont 7; San Diego State 5; St. John 5; Mississippi State 5; Syracuse 5; Drake 4; Colorado 4; BYU 3; Notre-Dame 3; Louisville 3