United States of School Basketball 2020-21: The place each staff ranks in every state, from high to backside


All votes are in, all precincts have reported. 

I’ve seen sufficient.

It is time to have a look at yet one more map of this nation, however probably the most colourful, aggressive and uplifting one. The 2020-21 version of america of School Basketball is again. Every state (except Alaska, which doesn’t have a Division I program) is represented by emblem with the perfect projected staff in every state. There have been some extraordinarily shut races this yr — after which there have been the blowouts. 

School basketball’s season begins Wednesday. That is the ultimate look, one final canvass throughout the nation earlier than the video games get going and outcomes can overtake estimations, predictions and far-flung forecasts. 


Prime staff in state: Alabama Crimson Tide

The remaining:
2. Auburn
3. UAB
4. Jacksonville State
5. South Alabama
6. North Alabama
7. Troy
8. Samford
9. Alabama State
10. Alabama A&M
State of the state: The Crimson Tide clearly set as much as be the perfect staff of their state this season, as Nate Oats has a veteran squad, whereas Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers are ripe with inexperience and can battle to complete within the high eight of the SEC — and this was earlier than we took into consideration Auburn self-imposing a 2021 postseason ban. There is not a surefire NCAA Match staff elsewhere in-state; solely UAB cracked the highest 210 of my 1-357 rankings.  


Prime staff in state: Arizona State Solar Devils

The remaining:
2. Arizona
3. Grand Canyon
4. Northern Arizona
State of the state: Previously 31 preseason Pac-12/10 polls, Arizona State has been picked final extra occasions (4) as it has been picked within the high three (three). However this can be a particular season for the Solar Devils, who’ve preseason Pac-12 Participant of the Yr Remy Martin and appear a near-lock to be higher than Arizona, which is a once-every-20-years type of scenario. Sean Miller has his largest problem since taking on at U of A greater than 10 years in the past, whereas in Phoenix, Bryce Drew appears to maintain Grand Canyon on the uptick.


Prime staff in state: Arkansas Razorbacks

The remaining:
2. Little Rock
3. Arkansas State
4. Central Arkansas
5. Arkansas Pine Bluff
State of the state: The Razorbacks have one of many least skilled groups in faculty basketball this season, however they’re nonetheless rightfully atop their state’s rankings. Eric Musselman has thrived with hodgepodge rosters earlier than, however this can be a totally different type of problem. Elsewhere, Little Rock goes to race in opposition to Georgia State to be the perfect staff within the Solar Belt — and be a notch above convention foe Arkansas State.

Stanford is in attain of UCLA within the state of California.
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Prime staff in state: UCLA Bruins

The remaining:
2. Stanford
3. San Diego State
4. USC
5. Saint Mary’s
6. San Francisco
7. Pepperdine
8. UC Irvine
9. California
10. UC Santa Barbara
11. Fresno State
12. Pacific
13. San Diego
14. Santa Clara
15. Sacramento State
16. UC Riverside
17. Cal Baptist
18. UC Davis
19. Loyola Marymount
20. Cal State Bakersfield
21. San Jose State
22. Lengthy Seashore State
23. CSUN
34. Cal State Fullerton
25. Cal Poly
26. UC San Diego
State of the state: No state has extra D-I applications than California’s 26, and the fascinating half about that’s there’s a totally different staff virtually yearly once we do that map. The perfect program in state historical past, and within the historical past of males’s faculty basketball west of the Mississippi, is on high right here. Mick Cronin’s Bruins are outpacing an elegant Stanford squad and a San Diego State membership that was a two-loss staff final season however simply misplaced Malachi Flynn to the primary spherical of the NBA Draft. The highest seven groups under will all be price watching; Pepperdine has one of many 80-or-so greatest gamers in faculty hoops in Colbey Ross.


Prime staff in state: Colorado Buffaloes

The remaining:
2. Colorado State
3. Northern Colorado
4. Air Drive
5. Denver
State of the state: The Buffaloes are arrange for his or her greatest season of Tad Boyle’s tenure, and that is an accomplishment in itself contemplating Tyler Bey left Boyle to play within the NBA. McKinley Wright IV is again and might be probably the greatest level guards in America. Colorado State is a sneaky spoiler within the Mountain West, however nobody else within the state figures to be all that aggressive of their leagues this season.


Prime staff in state: UConn Huskies

The remaining:
2. Yale
3. Fairfield
4. Quinnipiac
5. Hartford
6. Sacred Coronary heart
7. Central Connecticut State
State of the state: We’re rating Yale — and all Ivy League groups — regardless that the Ivy League won’t be taking part in sports activities this winter. The Bulldogs have been rated 98th general in m 1-357 — 55 spots behind resurgent UConn. I discover it onerous to imagine Dan Hurley can be afraid of virtually any opponent on his schedule this season, not with James Bouknight, R.J. Cole and a roster loaded up with wings and high quality defenders. After a number of bumpy seasons, UConn is as soon as once more far and clear the perfect staff within the Nutmeg State.


Prime staff in state: Delaware Blue Hens

The remaining:
2. Delaware State
State of the state: The Hornets of Delaware State undertaking as one of many 5 worst groups in faculty hoops, whereas UDel might be a middle-of-the-pack CAA staff in 2020-21. That is Martin Ingelsby’s fifth season with the Blue Hens, however after 4 years of consecutively rising win totals, a bump down is inevitable.

District of Columbia

Prime staff in district: Georgetown Hoyas

The remaining:
2. George Washington
3. American
4. Howard
State of the district: It will be a lonely season in our nation’s capital, as Georgetown figures to be the worst staff within the Massive East. Patrick Ewing and his employees will want main wins in recruiting within the coming 4-8 months to reverse the Hoyas’ course. Although it is ranked final, Howard is the must-see staff on this record. The Bison will boast Makur Maker, a five-star prospect within the Class of 2020 who’s the highest-ranked participant to play at an HBCU in historical past.


Prime staff in state: Florida Gators

The remaining:
2. Florida State
3. Miami
4. UCF
5. USF
6. FIU
7. Florida Atlantic
8. North Florida
9. Stetson
10. Florida Gulf Coast
11. Jacksonville
12. Florida A&M
13. Bethune-Cookman
State of the state: It will have been good to see the Gators get an opportunity to make an announcement this week in opposition to Virginia at Mohegan Solar, however sadly COVID-19 positives in this system will preclude that recreation from occurring. Mike White’s beneath first rate stress to stay as much as this prediction of UF being the perfect staff within the state and due to this fact one of many 25 greatest groups in faculty basketball. The margin is skinny between UF and Florida State, which is able to once more have professional expertise and once more be one of many 4 greatest groups within the ACC. The Hurricanes price No. 3 within the Sunshine State and determine to be flirting with the bubble in a top-heavy ACC.


Prime staff in state: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The remaining:
2. Georgia State
3. Georgia
4. Mercer
5. Georgia Southern
6. Kennesaw State
State of the state: It is considerably stunning to see that Georgia “solely” has six Division I groups. Here is what’s inspiring: I believe all six groups on the record might be markedly improved a season from now. For 2020-21, Georgia Tech is in place to rule the state due to an excellent backcourt assault. Georgia State is positioned to manage the Solar Belt, whereas Georgia will look to jell and transfer on with out Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds.


Prime staff in state: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

State of the state: Hawaii coach Eran Ganot instructed me Sunday he was nonetheless making an attempt to schedule nonconference video games, however the actuality is Hawaii might be diminished to league-only within the Massive West. Convention play begins Dec. 27. It may be greatest for the Massive West finally goes to a pod-like system for convention video games by late January.


Prime staff in state: Boise State Broncos

The remaining:
2. Idaho State
3. Idaho
State of the state: I had two Mountain West coaches inform me previously two weeks that Boise State has probably the most expertise of any staff in that league, so maintain a watch out for Leon Rice’s staff because it chases its first NCAA Match look since 2015. The opposite two Idaho faculties — Idaho and Idaho State have been a mixed 16-46 final season of their first seasons beneath Zac Claus and Ryan Looney.


Prime staff in state: Illinois Combating Illini

The remaining:
2. Loyola Chicago
3. Northwestern
4. DePaul
5. Bradley
6. Illinois State
7. Southern Illinois
8. Northern Illinois
9. Japanese Illinois
10. UIC
11. Western Illinois
12. SIU Edwardsville
13. Chicago State
State of the state: Previously half-decade this state has seen Illinois State and Loyola Chicago plastered throughout the define of state borders. However no longer solely have issues returned to what they need to be, Illinois is about up for its greatest season in a decade and a half. Loyola Chicago is the one different considerably protected wager to be within the NCAA Match. The Illini will carry Illinois faculty hoops this season.


Prime staff in state: Indiana Hoosiers

The remaining:
2. Purdue
3. Butler
4. Notre Dame
5. Indiana State
6. Ball State
7. Valparaiso
8. Purdue Fort Wayne
9. Evansville
State of the state: For those who’re scrolling this record in alphabetical/introduced order, then I would say that is probably the most aggressive state race but between the highest two groups. (California’s extra fascinating within the high 4.) Indiana deserves the nod, however Purdue may show to be not to this point behind. Expertise-wise, it is indeniable that Indiana is the perfect within the state this season. Weirdly, there’s a fairly large hole between Butler and No. 3 and Notre Dame at No. 4.


Prime staff in state: Iowa Hawkeyes

The remaining:
2. Northern Iowa
3. Iowa State
4. Drake
State of the state: The Hawkeyes are to this point away from Iowa State, the groups’ annual recreation may wind up being mild on suspense attributable to Iowa internet hosting the sport. However although the Hawkeyes personal this state for this season, Northern Iowa must be the highest staff within the Missouri Valley and may be ok to command a single-digit seed if they will play spoiler within the Dangerous Boy Mowers Crossover Basic later this week in South Dakota.

Kansas and Kansas State have a spirited in-state rivalry.
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Prime staff in state: Kansas Jayhawks

The remaining:
2. Kansas State
3. Wichita State
State of the state: Similar ol’ story out in Kansas. The Jayhawks — who aren’t the favourite to win the Massive 12 — are comfortably forward this season. Kansas State tasks because the worst staff within the Massive 12, whereas Wichita State goes to try to assemble a decent season after the resignation of Gregg Marshall, which wound up being one of many largest headlines of the longest offseason in additional than 40 years.


Prime staff in state: Kentucky Wildcats

The remaining:
2. Louisville
3. Western Kentucky
4. Murray State
5. Northern Kentucky
6. Japanese Kentucky
7. Bellarmine
8. Morehead State
State of the state: Kentucky shapes up as the perfect staff within the commonwealth for the ninth time previously 12 years — although Louisville was actually higher than the Wildcats final season. It is received an opportunity to be shut once more in 2020-21, however with U of L reshaping its beginning 5, it is truthful to present Kentucky’s star-studded recruiting class (plus Olivier Sarr being eligible) the nod. Western Kentucky and Murray State are streets behind the highest two, although each are able to profitable their league titles.


Prime staff in state: LSU Tigers

The remaining:
2. Louisiana Tech
3. Louisiana
4. Tulane
5. Northwestern State
6. Southern
7. Nicholls State
8. Louisiana Monroe
9. McNeese State
10. New Orleans
11. Grambling
12. Southeastern Louisiana
State of the state: It is practically unattainable for any Louisiana faculty to usurp the Tigers in these state rankings annually, but when the NCAA goes to come back heavy with a punishment within the subsequent yr, then maybe a gap might be there in 2021 or 2022. For now, the Tigers have a top-20 staff and that is practically 100 spots forward of second-place Louisiana Tech in my 1-357 rankings. Eric Konkol’s La. Tech staff goes to be a think about C-USA, and Southern is the highest staff within the SWAC.


Prime staff in state: Maine Black Bears

State of the state: Maine wins Maine yearly; there isn’t any staff to compete with. It is nonetheless a low-rung America East staff, however no less than its coach is stable with a guitar. Richard Barron wrote a track about opening the Black Bears’ season this week in opposition to Virginia.


Prime staff in state: Maryland Terrapins

The remaining:
2. Towson
3. Loyola-Marymount
4. Mount St. Mary’s
6. Navy
7. Coppin State
8. Morgan State
State of the state: The 2019-20 season was to be Maryland’s time to reclaim its nationwide relevance. That largely did occur, however due to COVID-19 cancelling the NCAA Match the Terps didn’t get an opportunity to stay as much as their excessive standing (Maryland completed Eleventh in KenPom final season). Do not sleep on Maryland this season — it may nonetheless wind up as a top-five staff within the Massive Ten. Second-place Towson is a title contender within the CAA and can get a shot at a great first impression this week at Mohegan Solar.


Prime staff in state: Boston School Eagles

The remaining:
2. Harvard
3. UMass
4. Northeastern
5. Boston College
6. Merrimack
7. UMass Lowell
8. Holy Cross

State of the state: Not a proud factor for UMass that no staff has set itself as much as be an inexpensive choose to make the sphere of 68. Boston School ranks tops within the Pilgrim State, although Jim Christian might have an enormous yr to retain his gig. Harvard is a slight favourite over UMass, however to UMass followers: simply take No. 2. Your staff is taking part in, Harvard’s is just not. Northeastern might be a nuisance within the CAA however is not sturdy sufficient to be within the high 150 nationally. 



Prime staff in state: Michigan State Spartans

The remaining:
2. Michigan
3. Japanese Michigan
4. Central Michigan
5. Detroit
6. Western Michigan
7. Oakland
State of the state: I acknowledge that the hole between Michigan State and Michigan within the grand scheme of power-conference groups and the Massive Ten might be smaller than my projection. However that is nonetheless Sparty’s State. Tom Izzo will depend on Joey Hauser, Aaron Henry, Rocket Watts, Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham Jr. Plus: Josh Langford might be again. That is fairly steady. Michigan will get Isaiah Livers, Franz Wagner, Chaundee Brown, Hunter Dickinson and Eli Brooks. Deliver it on.


Prime staff in state: Minnesota Golden Gophers

State of the state: Minnesota’s days of getting no in-state competitors are quickly coming to an finish as a result of close by St. Thomas just lately given a waiver to switch up from Division III to Division I. Will probably be becoming a member of in 2021. As for the Golden Gophers, Richard Pitino might be in a prove-it-or-else season. Marcus Carr will star — and probably be ok to make Massive Ten First Crew. 


Prime staff in state: Ole Miss Rebels

The remaining:
2. Mississippi State
3. Southern Miss
4. Jackson State
5. Alcorn State
6. Mississippi Valley State
State of the state: Scanning the Magnolia State, it is onerous to really feel assured any of those groups might be locks to make the NCAAs. The perfect wager may be Jackson State out of the SWAC. Ole Miss edges out Mississippi State primarily based on the Rebels having a touch extra expertise on paper than MSU, which misplaced a few essential gamers to the NBA.


Prime staff in state: Saint Louis Billikens

The remaining:
2. Missouri
3. Missouri State
4. Kansas Metropolis
5. Southeast Missouri State
State of the state: Speaking to coaches in each the SEC and the Atlantic 10, the sensation is nearly common that Saint Louis goes to be higher than Mizzou this season. That’s seldom true, however Travis Ford returns all his starters from a 23-8 staff. Missouri is aiming greater this season beneath Cuonzo Martin, however the Tigers are possible one season away from competing for an NCAA Match bid once more.


Prime staff in state: Montana Grizzlies

The remaining:
2. Montana State
State of the state: The Griz are higher than the Bobcats most season, and that can once more be the case this season. Travis DeCuire will attempt to win the Massive Sky for the third time in 4 years.


Prime staff in state: Creighton Bluejays

The remaining:
2. Nebraska
3. Omaha
State of the state: Creighton has by no means ranked greater within the preseason AP Prime 25 than this season (No. 11). The chasm between the Bluejays and the Cornhuskers of Nebraska hasn’t been this huge … ever? The Huskers want two extra years to construct up program, whereas Creighton could make the Remaining 4. The Bluejays may have a First Crew All-American in Marcus Zegarowski. 


Prime staff in state: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

The remaining:
2. Nevada
State of the state: This one might be shut. UNLV is setting as much as be a top-60 staff a yr from now, however with so many new faces, the truth is the Wolf Pack in all probability aren’t too far behind the Runnin’ Rebels. 

New Hampshire

Prime staff in state: New Hampshire Wildcats

The remaining:
2. Dartmouth
State of the state: No Dartmouth, so New Hampshire wins by default — however would have been clearly forward regardless. If New Hampshire and Maine can handle to maintain their video games scheduled, as deliberate, will probably be the longest-running sequence in males’s D-I (in keeping with Ken Pomeroy). 

New Jersey

Prime staff in state: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The remaining:
2. Seton Corridor
3. Monmouth
4. Princeton
6. Saint Peter’s
7. Rider
8. Fairleigh Dickinson
State of the state: Jersey is Rutgers crimson, people. The Scarlet Knights have been robbed of their first NCAA Match in three a long time in March, so anticipate the drought to formally finish in 2021. With Seton Corridor shedding Myles Powell and Romaro Gill, the Pirates in all probability might be a notch under the Scarlet Knights. Monmouth could have an opportunity at taking part in spoiler within the MAAC.

New Mexico

Prime staff in state: New Mexico State Aggies

The remaining:
2. New Mexico
State of the state: The Land of Enchantment has no place for school basketball in the intervening time. New Mexico State has uprooted to Phoenix to observe and New Mexico fled for the Texas border so as to arrange store. The reason being the New Mexico governor won’t enable teams as giant as a males’s basketball staff (or any gatherings) to occur and is not making exceptions. How this impacts the standard of the groups stays to be seen, however it’s a assure that New Mexico State will once more be higher than the Lobos.

New York

Prime staff in state: Syracuse Orange

The remaining:
2. St. John’s
3. St. Bonaventure
4. Siena
5. Colgate
6. Hofstra
7. Buffalo
8. Iona
9. Fordham
10. Stony Brook
11. Manhattan
12. Canisius
13. Military
14. Niagara
15. LIU Brooklyn
16. Cornell
17. Marist
18. Albany
19. Wagner
20. Columbia
21. Binghamton
22. St. Francis Brooklyn
State of the state: Jim Boeheim has virtually seen all of it on this near-50-year profession in teaching, with this pandemic and his current COVID-19 constructive prognosis being the most recent curveball. The Orange ought to comfortably be the Empire State’s high staff, although Siena is the perfect squad within the MAAC and appears NCAA Match-worthy. Colgate can be well-positioned within the Patriot League, which will not start play till Jan. 2.

Duke edges UNC as the perfect staff in North Carolina.

North Carolina

Prime staff in state: Duke Blue Devils

The remaining:
2. North Carolina
3. NC State
4. Davidson
5. UNC Greensboro
6. Wake Forest
7. Charlotte
8. East Carolina
9. Appalachian State
10. Western Carolina
11. Elon
12. Campbell
13. North Carolina Central
14. UNC Asheville
15. Gardner Webb
16. Excessive Level
17. UNC Wilmington
18. North Carolina A&T
State of the state: Duke is once more the champion, however the margin between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels goes to shut significantly after final season’s UNC implosion. Duke finds itself within the uncommon place of sitting outdoors the highest 10 within the polls heading into the season, whereas the Tar Heels are seen as a plucky comeback story. There are not any groups realistically inside shouting distance of these two, however NC State, Davidson and UNC Greensboro can even be fascinating in their very own rights. UNCG will commerce blows with Furman within the SoCon, arguably the perfect mid-major race the game could have this season.

North Dakota

Prime staff in state: North Dakota State Bison

The remaining:
2. North Dakota
State of the state: The Bison gained this two-program state. North Dakota has been a D-I program since 2009-10 and is but to price greater at season’s finish in KenPom than NDSU. 


Prime staff in state: Ohio State Buckeyes

The remaining:
2. Dayton
3. Xavier
4. Cincinnati
5. Wright State
6. Ohio
7. Akron
8. Bowling Inexperienced
9. Toledo
10. Kent State
11. Youngstown State
12. Miami (Ohio)
13. Cleveland State
State of the state: This was Dayton’s state a yr in the past. It is not unthinkable that UD may maintain in for 2020-21, however Ohio State objectively units as much as be a bit bit higher. For now, the Buckeyes reclaim the territory and have a leg up on the Flyers, Musketeers and Bearcats. Ohio has 13 Division I applications — seven of them rank within the high 150 of my 1-357 rankings. 


Prime staff in state: Oklahoma State Cowboys

The remaining:
2. Oklahoma
3. Tulsa
4. Oral Roberts
State of the state: Cowboys vs. Sooners, shut because it ever was. Oklahoma State will get a slim nod over OU attributable to Cade Cunningham. Oklahoma State’s freshman level guard is the favourite proper now to be the No. 1 choose in subsequent yr’s NBA Draft. Each groups predict to be ok to be within the NCAA Match dialog (OSU is awaiting an enchantment choice on eligibility for the 2021 postseason).


Prime staff in state: Oregon Geese

The remaining:
2. Oregon State
3. Portland
4. Portland State
State of the state: The Geese have a brand new search for 2020-21 and lose one in all their most essential gamers of the previous decade, Payton Pritchard. Nonetheless, that is quack-quack terrain. Dana Altman’s Geese are far superior to Oregon State this season. It is attainable these two groups find yourself on reverse sides of the Pac-12 standings.


Prime staff in state: Villanova Wildcats

The remaining:
2. Penn State
3. Pitt
4. Duquesne
5. Temple
6. Penn
7. La Salle
8. Robert Morris
9. Saint Joseph’s
10. St. Francis PA
11. Lafayette
12. Drexel
13. Bucknell
14. Lehigh
State of the state: Pennsylvania has been Villanova’s turf for a lot of the previous 20 years. That is the No. 1-ranked staff in my 1-357 rankings. Jay Wright has positioned VU into its golden period. Penn State is second, although it is barely holding on vs. Pitt. The Nittany Lions cut up from Pat Chambers late within the offseason, whereas the Panthers look to be enhancing beneath Jeff Capel. Duquesne is a sneaky staff within the A-10 this yr as effectively.

Rhode Island

Prime staff in state: Windfall Friars

The remaining:
2. Rhode Island
3. Brown
4. Bryant
State of the state: Windfall and Rhode Island have competitively jockeyed for place atop the state’s rankings for practically 10 years. Sadly, Windfall bailed on the rivalry recreation this season. However there may be hope: with so many recreation cancellations being inevitable, geography may pressure faculties’ palms so as to get some Eleventh-hour tilts in. URI vs. PC appears destined to occurred if each have a window and wish a recreation.

South Carolina

Prime staff in state: Clemson Tigers

The remaining:
2. South Carolina
3. Furman
4. Winthrop
5. Wofford
6. Charleston
7. Coastal Carolina
8. Charleston Southern
9. USC Upstate
10. South Carolina State
11. The Citadel
12. Presbyterian
State of the state:The Tigers are a bit bit higher than South Carolina … which is a toss-up with Furman. The Paladins try to make their first NCAA Match in 40 years. South Carolina lacks an elite staff this season however has a great cluster of groups  within the high 60-150 general. 

South Dakota

Prime staff in state: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

The remaining:
2. South Dakota
State of the state: Eric Henderson’s Jackrabbits received a positive alternative handed to them after they have been plugged in to switch Dayton within the South Dakota-based Dangerous Boy Mowers Crossover Basic, which begins Wednesday. A staff simply able to profitable a recreation or two in that occasion. Preserve a watch out. 

The Volunteers are on high in Tennessee.


Prime staff in state: Tennessee Volunteers

The remaining:
2. Memphis
3. Belmont
4. Austin Peay
5. Vanderbilt
6. East Tennessee State
7. Chattanooga
8. Lipscomb
9. Center Tennessee
10. Tennessee State
11. UT Martin
12. Tennessee Tech
State of the state: Tennessee with a bullet this season, as Rick Barnes might need his greatest staff but. The rivalry between UT and Memphis hasn’t simmered since Barnes took over; Tennessee registering as a superior squad to Penny Hardaway’s Tigers will solely gas that fireplace. Sadly these two groups won’t be taking part in this season; they pushed again their subsequent recreation to Nashville for the 2021-22 season. Belmont will once more be a risk to win the OVC — until Austin Peay does it as a substitute. 


Prime staff in state: Baylor Bears

The remaining:
2. Texas Tech
3. Houston
4. Texas
5. SMU
6. TCU
7. Texas A&M
8. North Texas
9. Stephen F. Austin
10. Texas State
11. UTEP
12. UTSA
13. UT Arlington
14. Abilene Christian
15. Lamar
16. Sam Houston State
18. Texas Southern
19. Texas A&M Corpus Christi
20. Prairie View A&M
21. Rice
22. Tarleton State
23. Houston Baptist
24. Incarnate Phrase
State of the state: It is time for Texas to show inexperienced and gold. Scott Drew has the perfect staff within the Lonestar State, placing a bit distance between the Bears and Texas Tech, Houston and Texas, all of whom qualify as high 20-good. Anticipate all 4 to play within the NCAA Match. It is a fairly good yr for hoops in Texas; most years are. Down the way in which, SMU, Stephen F. Austin and North Texas additionally will all be able to incomes computerized bids for the NCAAs.


Prime staff in state: Utah Utes

The remaining:
2. BYU
3. Utah State
4. Southern Utah
5. Weber State
6. Utah Valley
7. Dixie State
State of the state: The closest race between the highest two groups of any this yr is Utah and BYU. I’ve received the Utes No. 50 in my 1-357 and the Cougars No. 51. However this extends out even additional, as No. 56 Utah State means the Beehive State has the closest three-way chase of any state this yr. All are able to making the NCAA Match and I believe two of the three will discover their means into the Massive Dance subsequent yr. 


Prime staff in state: Vermont Catamounts

State of the state: The Catamounts are on a break till Dec. 18, prompted by COVID-19 positives on the staff — however the faculty determined to step away from athletic competitors so as to enable gamers a psychological break, to go dwelling and see their households, and provides them ample time to return to campus, observe again into form and be able to go per week earlier than Christmas.


Prime staff in state: Virginia Cavaliers

The remaining:
2. Richmond
3. Virginia Tech
4. VCU
5. Liberty
6. George Mason
7. Outdated Dominion
8. William & Mary
9. Norfolk State
10. VMI
11. James Madison
12. Radford
13. Hampton
14. Longwood
State of the state: The Wahoos are once more, by far, the perfect staff within the Commonwealth of Virginia. If all goes effectively, we’ll be watching Tony Bennett’s staff open the season at Mohegan Solar this week. Past that, some credit score to Richmond is so as. Chris Mooney may have the perfect staff within the Atlantic 10 — and the A-10 might be of top quality this season.


Prime staff in state: Gonzaga Bulldogs

The remaining:
2. Washington
3. Japanese Washington
4. Washington State
5. Seattle
State of the state: When was the final time Washington had a greater staff than Gonzaga? The 2010-11 season. A full decade. It’s going to be no less than 11 years, as a result of these Zags are the preseason No. 1 staff in faculty basketball, whereas Washington is No. 73 at KenPom and Washington State checks in at No. 136 in these preseason rankings.


Prime staff in state: Wisconsin Badgers

The remaining:
2. Marquette
3. Inexperienced Bay
4. Milwaukee
State of the state: We have seen a few years previously 15 the place Marquette and Wisconsin have been on even floor vs. one another. This yr Wisconsin clearly units up because the superior squad. The Badgers return most of their minutes from a staff that tied for the Massive Ten regular-season championship, whereas Marquette has to switch one of many 5 greatest gamers in class historical past, Markus Howard.

West Virginia

Prime staff in state: West Virginia Mountaineers

The remaining:
2. Marshall
State of the state: The Mountaineers have one in all their greatest frontcourts of the Bob Huggins period (Oscar Tshiebwe, Derek Culver) and probably one of many three greatest Mountaineer groups of the previous decade. Marshall will possible be an above-.500 C-USA staff.


Prime staff in state: Wyoming Cowboys

State of the state: The Cowboys begin a brand new period beneath Jeff Linder, who did good issues at Northern Colorado. Wyoming ranks 228th in my 1-357 rankings. It was 246th at KenPom a season in the past.



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