The only thing Gonzaga left to accomplish under Mark Little is to win a National Championship
Zags smashed their roster first again on Monday: they open the season at No 1
Despite losing this year’s West Coast Conference MVP, Philip Petrosev, the Bulldog team received 28 first place votes and 1,541 points from a 64-member National Media Committee that was just enough to beat Baylor (24 votes in First place), one point ahead of first place in the top 25 games in the pre-season period The Associated Press heading towards November 25 start of the season
“It is a great honor to be selected No 1,” said Little, “We understand that it is a reflection of what our program has accomplished over the years and we hope to play by that standard as our season begins”
Villanova received 11 first place votes and ranked third, followed by Virginia with the remaining first place vote. Iowa was selected fifth behind National Player of the Year Luca Garza, its highest pre-season rating in school history.
Then came a wave of blue blood with Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Duke and Kentucky, where they finished in the top ten
The Bulldogs spent four weeks at No. 1 last season before finishing second after the Jayhawks in the final poll, which was taken when the NCAA Championship was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Picking Petrosev to play professionally in Serbia and then going into the draft was a punch, but the Bulldogs still have the pieces to win everything Corey Kisbert and Joel Aye punch in scoring and the arrival of a potential goalkeeper that Galen Suges could do should prove Their background area
The Zags are definitely scheduled as the title contenders open November 26 against Kansas at Fort Myers Tip-Off, where they will also play Auburn, and face Baylor in Indianapolis and Iowa in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The Bears, who also ranked their highest pre-season rankings, spent five weeks at No.1 last season and lost only one player at Big Man Freddy Gillespie but coach Scott Drew may have the best hinterland in the country like Jared Butler and Devion Mitchell And Macyo Teje, the best defender in Mark Vital and deep behind the top 100 Kraer players and relocating Adam Flagler
The Bears has also created a brutal schedule, playing with Illinois and possibly Villanova in Empire Classic alongside Gonzaga
« I think it starts with experience, » said Drew.
« When you bring back a lot of players who have succeeded, in a season that goes back in time and a short summer, you definitely benefit from having men with college experience. »
The Wildcats, who matched his pre-season top number 3 in 1995-1996, was hoping for Bay’s friend to return for another season but despite losing the versatile striker in the NBA, coach Jay Wright still had top goalkeeper Colin Gillespie and Double Double Machine Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Steel Initial Jermaine Samuel
After consecutive seasons claiming 30 straight wins and their national title, Virginia slipped a bit last season, going 23-7 before the season was canceled but coach Tony Bennett’s team should once again be the ACC’s favorite behind Marquette Sam’s move. Hauser, Top 100 Teams: Reese Beckmann and Jabri Abdel Rahim, and Dafa Kavs
Garza finished second after Dayton’s Obi Tobin for Best National Player last season, and the big man in Iowa was flirting with the NBA before returning to a hockey team but it’s not just a solo show: Joe Wescamp’s average age of 14 was 14 years 0 points Frederick and Connor McCaffrey are experienced and Jordan Bohannon is in good health after missing all but 10 matches last season.
“Having seven experienced players at the start gives us amazing versatility” said Fran McCaffery, “In a year where you might have a player out for a few weeks (due to COVID-19), depth will matter”
Kansas lost Devon Dotson and Odoka Azubuicki from a team that was probably not the number one to play the NCAA Championship, but they brought back enough firepower to give Baylor a challenge in the Big 12
Wisconsin and Illinois join the Hawk family in bringing a new flavor to the Big Ten on top of Poll Young and rebuilding Duke, Kentucky may take some blocks early in the season but could be champions by March.
Creighton Tai Sean Alexander lost to NBA and Davon Mintz to Kentucky, but he still ranks first in the pre-season classification in school history at No 11, followed by Tennessee, Michigan, Texas Tech, and Western Virginia
North Carolina was next with Houston at No. 17, its highest pre-season rating since Hakim Aliwan’s Phi Slama Jama started the 1983-84 season at No. 3 Arizona, Texas and Oregon finished in the top 20, with Florida, the University of California at Los Angeles, Ohio, Rutgers, and Michigan finishing twenty-fifth
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