April 7, 2:45 p.m.: Just got back from Detroit, where North Carolina pulverized Michigan State on Monday night. It’s never too early to look ahead at the 2009-2010 season. Now, I’m not ready to post a 65-team bracket for next season just yet. And a lot can and will obviously change based on who declares and remains in the NBA draft. So this list remains extremely fluid. But here is a very early top five for next season.
If Sherron Collins returns, the Jayhawks will be strong. Add in the legitimate possibility of adding recruit Xavier Henry and Kansas will have a chance to win a second national title in three season.
A lot hinges on whether guard Jonny Flynn returns to the ‘Cuse. Eric Devendorf, who seems like he has played for the Orange for eight seasons, should be back.
3) Michigan State
Goran Suton and Travis Walton are gone, but expect Kalin Lucas and Raymar Morgan to raise their games.
Dante Cunningham and Dwayne Anderson will no longer be patrolling the front court, but Coach Jay Wright brings in two high school all-Americans to assist Scottie Reynolds.
If Robbie Hummel is at full strength all of next season, the Boilermakers could make a deeper run in the NCAA tournament because Coach Matt Painter’s team is expected to return the majority of his top scorers.
Kentucky: If Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson return to school, and if Coach John Calipari can lure former Memphis commitment DeMarcus Cousins and recruit John Wall to Lexington, the Wildcats could make a case for a top three spot in preseason polls. But those are big ifs.
April 7, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
Go to full archive for Top of the Arc »
Please email us to report offensive comments.
The comments to this entry are closed.