SMU sees big fall in preseason rankings

CBS’s Matt Norlander took the trouble to rank all 351 Division I basketball programs before the college hoops season starts. It’s a long read but a good way to get yourself ready for the college basketball season that starts next month.

Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, defending champions Villanova and Xavier fill out the top five. The highest ranked local team is Texas at No. 17. Norlander noted that he ranked the Longhorns higher than most will in the preseason because of his high expectations for sophomores Kerwin Roach and Tevin Mack and freshman Jarrett Allen.

“This is a projection on how we think the sport shakes out, so cheap college football jerseys from china while Texas won’t be a top 20 team in November, by the time Shaka (Smart) molds these guys in February, we think UT will be contending for a No. 4/5 seed,” Norlander wrote.

Texas A was the next local school on the list, coming in at NCAA Jerseys China
No. 28, though Norlander wrote that he might be being generous with the Aggies given the loss of four starters. Hogg will probably average 14 points, but overall, the Aggies need to overcome losing four starters and still keep pace with a top 10 defense. A tough ask,” the CBS analyst wrote.

The next local school was No. 35 Oklahoma, who Norlander thinks will survive the loss of Buddy Hield with big years from Khadeem Lattin and Jordan Woodard. Baylor soon followed at No. 40. Norlander wrote that while Johnathan Motley is an All Big 12 caliber player, the offense will still miss Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers this season.

Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were Nos. 47 and 50, respectively, as they go through their coaching changes.

SMU is another local team going through a coaching change with Larry Brown stepping away and Tim Jankovich taking over. The change caused Norlander to admittedly “settle” with the Mustangs at No. 56 despite the team being among the AP Top 25 for much of last season.

“They lose Nic Moore, he was a big piece. They still got plenty there and Tim Jankovich is a good coach (but) I just don’t see SMU as a top 50 team right now,” Norlander said in a video accompanying the rankings.

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