The AP has released their preseason college basketball Top 25 and it is, quite simply, it’s own beast. Not to disparage any of our fellow media members but upon dissection of their votes even the most rabid fan may twitch.
As we have pointed out, early polling is great for striking up conversations at sports bars, in the Twitterverse or water cooler talk. Otherwise, they tend to bring out the ‘Homer’ in everyone.
This week’s episode of ACC Nation Podcast featured a quick analysis of the first release of the season ratings over at KenPom. The absence of Kentucky from the top 5 raised an eyebrow or two. That appears to have been addressed in the AP Top 25.
Who are the top 5 in the AP Men’s Preseason College Basketball Top 25?
Preseason College Basketball Top 25 – The ACC
The opening day of the ACC non-conference schedule will shake up the top 5 immediately. #4 Duke will face #2 Kentucky in Indianapolis on Tuesday, November 6. The ESPN marquee game gets underway at 9:30pm ET.
Another great match-up will be in Tallahassee as #17 Florida State takes on in-state rival Florida. The Gators are in the receiving votes category at #29.
Aside from these two games there will be little in the way of potential for a shakeup in the polls impacting ACC teams in early matchups. The first danger of the season always lurks in tournaments that begin just before Thanksgiving.
The more information, the better. Let’s take a look at numbers from Pomeroy, Athlon Sports and Blue Ribbon.
There is some consistency when comparing the four. Appearing in all four polls Kansas gets the nod at #1 75% of the time, Kentucky and Duke are in all four, Gonzaga in three and Virginia two of the four. The wild card teams are Villanova and Nevada.
The ACC men’s basketball schedule will expand to a 20 game schedule for the 2019-2020 schedule. The timing coincides with the debut of the ACC Network on ESPN. Discussion has arisen having conference matchups in November to further interest in the new linear offering.