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Jason King of ESPN has us #23 at this point. Hope it happens. Here's the non-premium write-up.
23. Alabama Crimson Tide: The 2013-14 campaign could be the best season Crimson Tide team coach Anthony Grant has had since arriving in Tuscaloosa. A handful of media outlets selected Trevor Releford (14.9 points, 2.1 steals) as the SEC Player of the Year this season. Trevor Lacey (11.3 points) and Rodney Cooper (10.2) also averaged in double figures. Highly touted forward Devonta Pollard was slow to adapt to the college game as a freshman, but Grant is hopeful he'll make significant strides during the offseason to be a major factor as a sophomore. Alabama is hoping to get a contribution from Jimmie Taylor, who is ranked as the ninth-best center in the Class of 2013 by ESPN.com. Alabama, which advanced to the third round of the NIT before losing to Maryland, has not advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament since 2006.
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This post was edited by tidesmiles 12 months ago
seems reasonable, but i refuse to count any bama bball chickens before they hatch
Not to take away from the Bama reference but how can Louisville be back in there over Michigan? Michigan loses maybe Burke (and for whatever reason I think he stays) but that's it. Louisville loses Siva, Smith (dad says he's going pro), Hancock and Ware won't be able to play next year. They don't have a back court after that. The front line will be dominant but it will be an entirely new cast handling the rock.
If we get offensive progression from everyone in the lineup, we'll be good.
Unfortunately you can probably only count on Levi, Devonta, and Releford to progress. The rest are big question marks.
As for the rest of his top 25..
-Don't agree with Tennessee being in it. They have talent, yes. But Martin is a mediocre coach at best.
-Notice who isn't in that top 40....a hint: Raleigh, NC
-Also, seems to be giving a lot of merit to the NIT teams. Baylor, Iowa, Bama, Stanford, etc.
-Should be interesting to see how New Mexico does. Same for Wichita now that the spotlight is off Creighton and on them.
If everybody sticks around for Tennessee they will be a tough team to beat. They played well down the stretch.
He probably didn't rank Michigan because there is a high chance Burke, Hardaway Jr., Robinson III, and McGary all declare for the draft. Hard to judge them at this point.
This post was edited by scott713h 12 months ago
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