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The 2010-11 college basketball season is still a number of months away, but its time for our preseason, post-NBA draft declaration, post-spring signing period preseason college basketball rankings. Its hard to do a preseason ranking based on teams that no one has seen play, so these rankings are based on last year’s performance, returning players, recruiting class depth, performance of last year’s recruiting class, and my judgement. Purdue, Duke, and Michigan State all return significant talent from last year, while the Kentucky Wildcats have reloaded under coach John Calipari this season with another top recruiting class. Josh Pastner should also have the Memphis Tigers back in the thick of the national rankings this season with a top 5 recruiting class after failing to make the 2010 NCAA tournament.

2010 Preseason College Basketball Rankings

1 – Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue loses two guards from last year’s squad in Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant. They return star Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson, and E’Twuan Moore, however, and should be a Final Four contender. Their primary competition in the Big Ten will come from the Michigan State Spartans.

2 – Duke Blue Devils

I don’t think anyone besides Duke fans predicted that they would win the 2010 NCAA championship. They did, and Kyle Singer has chosen to return for his senior season which lands Duke in the top 2 in my preseason rankings. Kyrie Irving will be running the point for Duke, however, since he’s unproven at the college level, I put Duke 2nd instead of #1. Duke also has Seth Curry eligible this season after transferring from Liberty, Nolan Smith, and Andre Dawkins returning. Miles and Mason Plumlee will be looked to for providing inside depth with center Brian Zoubek gone this season. It may take a few weeks of regular season play for the Blue Devils to get used to playing without departed point guard Jon Scheyer, but expect another 30+ win for Coach K’s Blue Devils this season as they attempt to defend their NCAA championship.

3 – Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State lost point guard Kalin Lucas in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and still performed. They will be favored to go deep in the 2011 NCAA Tournament with only losing Raymar Morgan and Tom Herzog from last season’s team. Coach Izzo also adds Keith Appling and Adreian Payne from this year’s recruiting class.

4 – Kansas St Wildcats

K-State has Jacob Pullen back and a strong front court to match. This could very well be the season that K State can dislodge the Kansas Jayhawks from atop the Big 12.

5 – Syracuse Orangemen

Syracuse lost Wesley Johnson, Andy Rautins, and Arinze Onuaku from last year’s squad but return a significant core from the team that saw itself be ranked #1 later in the regular season. The incoming recruiting class is led by big man Fab Melo.

6 – Kentucky Wildcats

Coach Cal has reloaded the Wildcats after losing four freshmen and star Patrick Patterson to the 2010 NBA draft. Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter, and Terrance Jones highlight the star recruiting class which is again the #1 recruiting class on many websites. The Cats will miss a lot with the departure of Patterson, but Darius Miller, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, and Darnell Dodson return to help form the nucleus for the 2010-11 Wildcats. Look for this year’s squad to take a few lumps earlier than last year’s, but they have the talent to repeat as the SEC regular and postseason champions again this season.

7 – Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State lost Evan Turner, but return the other four starters from last year’s team. They also will be much deeper this season and have star recruits coming in with Jared Sullinger and DeShaun Thomas. State does find themselves competing with Purdue and Michigan State within the Big Ten, but should find themselves ranked high much of the 2010-11 season.

8 – Memphis Tigers

Josh Pastner very nearly put together another Conference USA champion in a short timeframe to get ready after taking over the head coaching job at Memphis in April last year but lost several players to injury. Pastner has signed a star recruiting class this year and will have Memphis poised to take back over the Conference championship and be a national power again. Wesley Witherspoon may finally have the breakout season that Tiger’s fans have been expecting since he signed with Memphis, and don’t overlook the star freshmen coming in this season.

9 – Florida Gators

Florida loses Dan Werner and Ray Shipman from last year’s squad. They have another strong recruiting class inbound, and a strong backcourt with Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker leading the way this season. Look for Patrick Young to get some heavy PT early in the season and if the freshmen contribute, the Gators will be a contender in the SEC this season.

10 – Illinois Fighting Illini

The Fighting Illini return all of their starters and much of their bench after a mixed year last year. To complement the returning core, Illinois also has a strong recruiting class coming in and should be a contender in the top half of the Big Ten. Unfortunately, they have Purdue, Michigan State, and Ohio State to worry about as well, so we may have to wait until to the postseason to see how far they can go next season.

#11-20 2010 College Basketball Preseason Rankings

11 – Pittsburgh Panthers

12 – Villanova Wildcats

13 – Kansas Jayhawks

14 – Texas Longhorns

15 – North Carolina Tar Heels

16 – Missouri Tigers

17 – West Virginia Mountaineers

18- San Diego St Aztecs

19 – Tennessee Volunteers

20 – Wisconsin

21 – Vanderbilt Commodores

22 – Baylor

23 – Temple Owls

24 – BYU

25 – Washington

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Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski comes into the 2009-10 NCAA basketball season having made the Sweet 16 three of the past five years. Last year, Duke finished second in regular season ACC play with a 11-5 conference record and 30-7 for the season and won the conference tournament. Unlike most years under Coach Krzyzewski, however, Duke only has three guards on the 2009-10 roster. Kyle Singer will be moving to play the SF position this year to help take the place of Gerald Henderson who left early for the NBA (drafted at nr 12 by the Charlotte Bobcats). A surprising loss from last year’s squad was Elliot Williams departing to play at Memphis due to a severe illness in the family. As a result, Andre Dawkins was able to finish his high school requirements a year early and join the Blue Devils basketball team for the upcoming seeason. Overall, Duke is expected to play to a much taller lineup this year than in past years with the greater depth in the front court.

2009-10 Duke Blue Devils Backcourt

Last season, Duke saw an immediate improvement in team performance when Jon Scheyer (6’5″, 190 lbs, 14.9ppg, 3.6 rpg) was moved from the 2 guard to the point. Even though he’s not the classic version of a point guard, he got the job done and is the clear choice to run the point again this season. Nolan Smith proved adept at being able to penetrate and score last season finishing the year at 8.4 ppg and 1.7 apg last year. Newcomer Andre Dawkins will be looked up0on to provide an immediate impact in scoring and to provide backup in the very thin Duke backcourt this season.

2009-10 Duke Blue Devils Frontcourt

Kyle Singer is going to pose significant matchup problems for opponents with shifting to the wing. His perimiter shooting and ballhandling ability will allow him to play in the post when needed as well as on the perimeter. He scored at a 16.5 ppg, 7.7 rbg, and 2.2 apg clip last year and is now at the position he will eventually play in the NBA. Duke returns 6’8″ senior Lance Thomas who averaged 18.6 minutes a game last year and 7’1″ Brian Zoubek who look to have a greater impact this season after solid junior years on the team. Newcomers Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly are also expected to have a signficant role on the team this year. Coach K is just going to have to settle on the right team chemistry that is going to work before hitting ACC play in the new year.

2009-10 Duke Blue Devils Basketball Prediction

Duke has some chemistry issues to sort out this season in the early stages of the year, but has plenty of talent on the squad to shoot for a repeat of their 30 win season last year. The depth in the backcourt is the biggest question mark for this year’s Blue Devils, but if the guards stay health, the Duke basketball team will be in the thick of the ACC regular and post season races.

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Unfortunately, we have all witnessed the implosion of USC in the off-season with a number of the talent moving to other schools and the NBA from last year’s team. The leaders in the conference heading into the 2009-10 season are Washington and California with UCLA as the third team in my rankings. Just because Abdul Gaddy is going to Washington and not a traditional basketball powerhouse, we’re not seeing the press on what his impact is going to meant to the Huskies this season. Washington finished the 2008-09 season at 14-4 in PAC-10 play and a 26-9 overall record and are my prediction to win the PAC-10 this season. (Technorati Tag: uq6vg4p2h5 )

2009 PAC-10 Basketball Rankings

#1 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – Washington

Put Abdul Gaddy with Isaiah Thomas this season, and we just might see Washington with the most elite backcourt west of the Mississippi River by January. Through in senior Quincy Pondexter and Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Washington may be close to reaching 30 wins this season.

#2 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – California

It was a close call on picking Washington over CAL for my rankings, but Cal is not far behind. If the Bears had won the PAC-10 anytime in the last 50 years, I might have given them the nod, but for now keep them a close second. The team is lead by senior guards Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle. Look for the Bears to significantly improve on their 11-7, 22-11 record from last season and try to go a bit deeper in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

#3 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – UCLA

We don’t have any NBA lottery picks on this year’s Bruins team, but Coach Howland has plenty of talent on the squad. There are 9 freshmen and sophomores on the team, so look for some early hiccups followed by the team peaking closer to tournament time.

#4 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – Arizona

Arizona squeaked into the NCAA tournment last year finishing the season 21-14 and 9-9 in PAC-10 play. The Wildcats have a new coach in Sean Miller and will have to work to make the tournament for a 26th consecutive season.

#5 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – Arizona State

Coach Herb Sendek brings back several veteran players from last season’s squad that finished 25-10, 11-7. The team lost James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph to the NBA, and will find it hard to replicate last seasons 25 wins this year.

#6 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – Oregon State

The Beavers bring back evreyone from last season’s 18-18, 7-11 team. They have an outside shot at qualifying for the NCAA tournament this season.

#7 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – Washington State

The team is led by premiere shooter Klay Thompson. This will likely be enough to get State above .500 this season, but may not prove to be quite enough fire power to get the team to the NCAA tournament.

#8 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – Oregon

Oregon is young, however, Coach Ernie Kent is lucky that USC and Stanford are expected to be down this season or they might have trouble matching their two PAC-10 conference wins from last season.

#9 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – USC

The program has been left in a mess and a lot of talent has left. The one bright spot on the roster is returning shooting guard Dwight Lewis who averaged 14.4 points per game last season.

#10 2009 PAC-10 Basketball Team – Stanford

The Cardinals are coming off of a 20-14 record last season but were 6-12 in the conference. The team is young, and will miss Anthony Goods, Lawrence Hill, and Mitch Johnson from last season. Landry Fields is the lone player returning who averaged more than 10 ppg last season.

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