3. 📊 Men's Top 25
Others receiving votes: Washington (164), Colorado (152), Tennessee (78), Marquette 68, FSU (36), Davidson (34), Harvard (24), Illinois (14), Missouri (13), Mississippi St. (12), Houston (11), Georgetown (11), Cincinnati (8), Notre Dame (7), Creighton (4), Syracuse (3), NC State (3), Vermont (2), Alabama (2), USC (2), Liberty (2), Michigan (2), Dayton (1), Colgate (1), Providence (1)
- No. 1 Michigan St. doesn't have a top NBA prospect on their roster, which is atypical of a top-ranked team. But superstar Cassius Winston leads a well-balanced squad that has its eyes set on winning the Spartans' first title in 20 years.
- No. 17 Utah St. is ready to prove it on the court following an offseason of unprecedented hype. Expect to hear senior guard Sam Merrill's name a lot this season — in many people's minds, he's the best mid-major player in the country.
- The ACC has four ranked teams (Duke, Louisville, UNC, Virginia), but not a single player from last year's all-conference first or second teams returns. Could that result in a down year for a league that has produced three of the last five national champions and three No. 1 seeds last year? Perhaps, but I wouldn't count on it.
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