My Preseason Top 25 Part 1
At the 25th spot I have the Colorado Buffaloes. This team returns lots of scorers and has a potential Pac12 Player of the Year in McKinley Wright IV. I think this team will be able to challenge Oregon, Arizona and others among the top of the conference.
My 24th best team is the Gaels from St Mary’s. Guard Jordan Ford is back and can help lead this team in the right direction. They can definitely challenge Gonzaga in their home matchup, but I still can’t see a way the Zags lose the conference. This team will definitely be an at-large bid when it’s all said and done and find a spot between the 6-9 seed range.
The Auburn Tigers made the Final Four last season, and lose some key pieces including Bryce Brown and Jared Harper. They do still return Danjel Purifoy and others from their supporting cast. This team will be near the top of the SEC, but ultimately just aren’t at UK or Florida’s level this year.