The college basketball season ended over 36 hours ago, which means it's about time to start thinking about next year. We've already done so this morning, when Matt Trogdon took a look a UVA's roster situation in 2015 and beyond. And the national media is on board too, as we've seen a rash of what they're calling "Too-Early" Top 25 rankings. (But...is it ever too early?)
Our friends at VU Hoops compiled nine 2014-2015 rankings from around the interwebs, and UVA was listed in each of them. The Hoos were ranked as high as 7th and as low as 15th.
This is a pretty nice consensus that may reflect some "groupthink," and a fair bit of inertia...but bodes well for Virginia next season. Regardless, these are pretty nice things to read:
"Though the scoring of Harris and rebounding of Mitchell will be tough to replace, Virginia will be a contender in the ACC again next season" - Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo
"Perrantes is a breakout candidate waiting to happen. And coach Tony Bennett's team is still going to play the same brand of smothering, stifling pack-line defense." - Eamonn Breannan, ESPN
"With the rest of their roster returning, including Malcolm Brogdon, London Perrantes, Justin Anderson and Anthony Gill, Virginia should compete for the top spot in the ACC once again." - Rob Dauster, NBC Sports
Around the rest of college basketball, Duke, Arizona, and Wisconsin look like they'll be the teams to beat when the season starts. Kansas, Florida, Kentucky, UNC, Villanova, and Wichita State all received mentions among the top 5 as well.
ACC brethren Pitt, Syracuse, and Louisville (not a typo) join Virginia, Duke, and UNC in top 25 rankings. While there's plenty of unknowns left in UVA's schedule, the Hoos will face at least 6 different opponents ranked in these pre-pre-pre-preseason polls (the 5 ACC opponents plus SBN's #16 VCU)
Where would you have the Hoos? I appreciate the optimism of various pundits, but somewhere around #15 sounds about right to me.
|#||G. PARRISH | CBS||S. GLEESON | USA TODAY||S. DAVIS | SI||E. BRENNAN | ESPN.COM||J. EISENBERG | YAHOO||R. DAUSTER | NBCSPORTS||D. HANNER | REALGM||J. ROTHSTEIN||SBNATION|
|5||Florida||Kentucky||UNC||Wichita St.||Kentucky||Kentucky||Florida||UNC||North Carolina|
|8||Wichita State||Villanova||Kentucky||Florida||Wichita St.||Texas||UNC||Florida||Michigan|
|9||Texas||Virginia||Colorado||Kansas||Michigan||San Diego St.||Connecticut||SMU||Louisville|
|12||SMU||Texas||Wichita St.||Louisville||Villanova||Wichita St.||Wichita St.||Wichita St.||SMU|
|13||San Diego State||Wichita State||UConn||Villanova||Texas||Harvard||VCU||Colorado||Texas|
|14||Iowa State||UCLA||Florida||VCU||SMU||Florida||Louisville||Texas||Ohio State|
|15||Gonzaga||San Diego St.||Virginia||Gonzaga||San Diego St.||Oregon||Syracuse||Virginia||Virginia|
|16||Oklahoma||UConn||SMU||Iowa St.||x||Gonzaga||Ohio St.||Kentucky||VCU|
|19||Connecticut||MIchigan St.||Iowa St.||Texas||x||Iowa||Baylor||Iowa St.||Michigan St.|
|21||Louisville||Oklahoma||Harvard||Syracuse Orange||x||UConn||Maryland||San Diego St.||Harvard|
|22||Ohio State||VCU||Gonzaga||UCLA Bruins||x||Syracuse||Iowa||UCLA||San Diego St.|
|24||Michigan State||Colorado||Nebraska||Kansas St.||x||UNLV||Gonzaga||Gonzaga||UCLA|
|25||Stanford||Minnesota||VCU||Iowa Hawkeyes||x||Baylor||Utah||Michigan St.||Dayton