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Virginia Cavaliers in top-15 in 2014-2015 NCAA basketball rankings

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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.  ( 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.

1 Duke Duke Duke Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona Duke
2 Arizona Arizona Wisconsin Duke Duke Duke Kansas Kansas Wisconsin
3 Wisconsin Wisconsin Arizona Kentucky Kansas Wisconsin Duke Duke Arizona
4 Kansas Kansas Villanova Wisconsin Wisconsin Kansas Wisconsin Wisconsin Kansas
5 Florida Kentucky UNC Wichita St. Kentucky Kentucky Florida UNC North Carolina
6 North Carolina UNC Kansas UNC UNC UNC Michigan Villanova Kentucky
7 Kentucky Florida Michigan Virginia Florida Virginia Kentucky Michigan Florida
8 Wichita State Villanova Kentucky Florida Wichita St. Texas UNC Florida Michigan
9 Texas Virginia Colorado Kansas Michigan San Diego St. Connecticut SMU Louisville
10 Virginia Louisville Texas UConn UConn SMU Virginia Louisville Wichita State
11 Villanova SMU Baylor SMU Virginia Oklahoma Villanova Syracuse Villanova
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
17 Nebraska Gonzaga Michigan State Michigan x VCU SMU Oregon Oregon
18 VCU Michigan Syracuse Michigan St. x Villanova Colorado Oklahoma UConn
19 Connecticut MIchigan St. Iowa St. Texas x Iowa Baylor Iowa St. Michigan St.
20 Michigan Syracuse Louisville Oklahoma x Michigan Texas Ohio St. Oklahoma
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.
23 Pittsburgh Stanford Oregon Oregon x Michigan St. UCLA VCU Minnesota
24 Michigan State Colorado Nebraska Kansas St. x UNLV Gonzaga Gonzaga UCLA
25 Stanford Minnesota VCU Iowa Hawkeyes x Baylor Utah Michigan St. Dayton