corndogshuffle's Pre-Season Ballot

1 Gonzaga Returns 6 of the top 8 scorers from a team that was the #1 overall seed last year.
2 Kentucky Tschiebwe/Wheeler plus a top five recruiting class. Cal’s best teams have always combined freshmen talent with experience.
3North Carolina Bring back just about everyone from a team that almost won it all.
4 Kansas I do not intend on betting against Bill Self.
5 Houston I like their blend of talented freshmen and experience. They’ve been red hot in recent years.
6Baylor Another solid blend of talented freshmen and vets. Coach Drew has Baylor on a roll.
7 Tennessee They also return a lot from a really good team and add freshmen Star power.
8 Indiana IU looks to be trending in the right direction. Another team that adds five star talent to a strong returning core.
9Duke Would probably be higher if I had ever seen Jon Scheyer as a head coach.
10UCLA NBA freshmen + returning studs. Noticing a trend?
11 TCU Return the top six players from a Round of 32 team.
12 Auburn Another team that returns most of it’s core and adds a strong recruiting class.
13Creighton Look like the clear favorite to win the Big East.
14 Texas Brought in a strong recruiting class to help out Allen and Carr.
15Arizona Coach Lloyd brought in a nice blend of transfers and high school talent and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re better than this.
16 Arkansas Arkansas lost a ton but I think Coach Musselman is up to the task.
17 Virginia Brings back everyone from a 21 win team.
18 Texas A&M Nearly won the NIT and returns just about everyone. I think very highly of Coach Williams.
19 Villanova Returns a really solid core. How good is Coach Neptune?
20Oregon Strong incoming talent and a solid returning core.
21 San Diego State The MWC favorites return a lot from an NCAAT team.
22 Dayton Look like the A10 favorites. Return the majority of scoring from a team that almost went dancing.
23 Alabama Two 5 star recruits and good returning players.
24 UConn Coach Hurley worked the transfer portal well and should have a top 25 team.
25 Wyoming Nearly put Texas Tech here, but I wanted to shout out to one more mid major.

Overall Rationale

A trend that should be fairly obvious - in the pre-season, I love teams that added talented freshmen to a strong returning core of players. Especially if that returning core experienced any measure of success last season. Next five: Texas Tech, Illinois, Xavier, Michigan, Saint Louis