2013-2014 Preseason College Basketball Rankings (26-35)

Over the next month Code 451 will unveil our college basketball preseason top 25 rankings. The teams below just missed the top 25, but will definitely be among those to watch in the coming months as we progress through the college basketball season and into March madness. The teams are practicing and the season is almost upon us, let’s get started unveiling Code 451′s Preseason College Basketball Rankings:

2013-2014 Preseason College Basketball Rankings (26-35)

Boston College

The Eagles had a difficult 2012-2013 season at 16-17 (7-11 in the ACC). BC was young a season ago but with workhouse forward Ryan Anderson back along with ACC freshman of the year Olivier Hanlan, the Eagles have a potent 1-2 punch that should challenge opponents defensively. I’m not suggesting ACC Championship but BC could return to the dance.

Georgetown

college basketballThe Georgetown Hoyas lost one of college basketball’s most versatile players from last season when Otto Porter left for the NBA. The Hoyas do have three starters, (4 if you count Greg Whittington who missed a portion of last season due to academic issues) back off last year’s 25-7 squad although his future is once again in jeopardy due to an injury. If Whittington can not return, guard Markel Starks will be the only returning double-digit scorer. The biggest thing going for Georgetown is that with the breakup of the Big East as we knew it, the schedule is considerably lighter.

Indiana

The Hoosiers lone returning starter is sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell although Will Sheehey did log considerable minutes as a backup. Indiana’s fate will rest on the speedy development of a huge incoming class led by McDonalds all-American Noah Vonleh who has a reputation for scoring in bunches.  If the Hoosiers are to make it 3 consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, a few of those 6 freshmen incoming will have to compete sooner rather than later.

Maryland

college basketballThe Terps have a talented lineup but its mostly potential. Seth Allen showed glimpses of ability at PG last season and he has explosive scorers on the wing in Nick Faust and Dez Wells. Both guys can light it up but its time to prove it night-in night out. Big fellow, Alex Lin is gone but sophomores Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare came in last season with expectations but played sparingly. Both are said to have trimmed up in the off season and should be ready to produce. I believe this is a team with the potential to be this year’s Miami in the ACC before leaving for the Big Ten.

Oregon

The addition of UNLV transfer Mike Moser immediately makes the Ducks a more dynamic team. While Oregon has been good in recent years, they’ve lacked a true go to threat which Moser provides. Along with returning starters Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson on the perimeter, the Ducks add transfer Joseph Young who averaged 18 points per game last season at Houston. Oregon has a dynamic offense and is consistently among the best defenses in the Pac-12 so the Ducks could compete for the conference title this season.

Pittsburgh

I find it challenging to predict how teams will perform in a new conference. The teams are not as familiar with one another so who has the advantage? The Panthers enter the ACC with 3 returning starters led by senior guard Lamar Patterson who averaged 10 points per game last season. His size at 6-5, 225 makes him a difficult matchup for smaller guards and he rebounds his position well. The Panthers’ top recruit is Michael Young who is expected to start immediately. Pittsburgh’s trademark physicality will give the ACC trouble, I expect Pitt to make the big dance for a fifth consecutive season.

Tennessee

The Vols have a roster that can challenge for the SEC Championship. The level of success depends upon the health of Jeronne Maymon who missed all of last season and the performance of transfer point guard Antonio Barton. The leading returning scorers are senior guard Jordan McRae and junior forward Jarnell Stokes. Tennessee also landed scorer Robert Hubbs who has tremendous range and good size at 6-6. Tennessee won 20 games a season ago but failed to make the NCAA tournament for the 2nd year in a row. I expect that trend to end next March.

Villanova

The Wildcats return all but one starter from last season’s 20-14 squad. Villanova, like Georgetown, will benefit from a lighter conference schedule in the remnant of the Big East. The roster’s only weakness is a lack of size, sophomore Daniel Ochefu is the only player over 6-8, he was considered an excellent recruit two years ago but needs to become a bigger threat. Good team, they should make the tournament but not much more.

Virginia

The Cavaliers have a very potent squad returning after a 23-12 season a year ago. Back is ACC player of the year candidate Joe Harris who averaged over 16 points per game last season as an All-ACC player. He is joined by Akil Mitchell, a powerful forward who averaged 13.9 points and 9 rebounds per game. Virginia also adds South Carolina transfer Anthony Gill who is reportedly playing at a very high level this offseason. The ACC added 3 quality squads to the schedule so the going will get tougher not easier, but when you’ve a got a pure scorer like Harris you’re in every game.

VCU

college basketballHavoc. What VCU does better than anyone else in the country is put opposing players in uncomfortable positions. Their trapping hectic defense creates turnovers which lead to easy baskets for the Rams. Shaka Smart has three key starters returning off a team that won 27 games a season ago. Treveon Graham and Rob Brandenburg are good shooters and know how to defend and big Juvonte Reddic is a beast on the inside. Expect Briante Weber and Melvin Johnson along with redshirt freshmen Mo Alie-Cox and Jordan Burgess to compete for the other two starting spots. VCU should be once again favored to win the A-10 and make their 4th straight trip to the big dance.

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