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Lindy’s ranks Michigan State as the preseason No. 1

Aug 27, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

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This is the time of year that preview magazines start rolling out, and while much of what is written in these magazines — and our preview series, which we will start rolling out next month — will be proven wrong in the first month of the season, arguing about where a team is ranked or who is a preseason all-american is more fun than anything we’re doing college basketball-related right now.

Lindy’s posted their cover as a teaser for the release of their magazine on Tuesday, and on it, they have listed their preseason top 10.

And it’s sure to create some discussion.

Lindy’s ranks Michigan State as their preseason No. 1 team, followed by Kentucky at No. 2. I love the Spartans this season, and if Adreian Payne can be a presence in the paint, Gary Harris develops like we all expect him too and Keith Appling learns to be a better point guard, Tom Izzo’s club not only could end up winning a national title, but they may also beat Kentucky when they play on November 12th.

But Kentucky this season is much closer to being the Kentucky of 2012 than the Kentucky of 2013. They have seven or eight first round picks on the roster. They have one of the best recruiting classes in the history of college basketball coming in. Lindy’s may end up being the only outlet that doesn’t rank Kentucky No. 1.

To be honest, that’s not the biggest issue I have with their top ten.

First and foremost, North Carolina is ranked fifth in the country despite the fact that they lost Reggie Bullock to the draft, they may lose PJ Hairston for an extended period of time, and are going to be forced to rely on either Marcus Paige at the point or spend another season with a freshman, Nate Britt, running the show. I had UNC outside the top ten with Hairston.

But that’s still not my biggest qualm.

Louisville at No. 7?

I know they lose Peyton Siva and I know they lose Gorgui Dieng, but with Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell returning as well as another talented recruiting class coming in, I don’t see how the Cardinals, who are coming off of a Final Four and a national title the last two seasons, can be ranked outside the top three.

But see, that’s the beauty of the offseason.

Everyone’s entitled to an opinion.

  1. bigmeechy74 - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    As an Oklahoma State fan I can tell you that they are vastly overrated at #9. They have no one that can shoot, including Marcus Smart. I don’t give a crap how athletic they are. If you can’t shoot, then you can’t win.

    • smosit - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      As a KU fan, I say you’re not giving Markel Brown enough credit. Nor Phil Forte.

      While it doesn’t hurt, a team can win without great shooters. Again, as a KU fan, I would point to KU’s 2012 squad. No-one on that team was a great shooter. But they played great defense, won 31 games, and made it to the title game.

      OSU will be a very good team next year.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        I’ve watched every single OSU game since 1990. And I can tell you that Phil Forte may be the worst “shooter” we’ve ever had. He was absolutely terrible. I obviously hope it was just a slump but I’m really worried that he will never be good. I love Markel Brown, don’t get me wrong, but he has an especially ugly shot too. And don’t compare KU to OSU… KU ALWAYS finds a way to be good. You never have anything to worry about. We don’t have that luxury. There is a reason I cried when we lost to GA tech in the final 4 in ’04. It was because I knew that was a special team and we would never be that good again. This years team isn’t even close to that one.

  2. barnesaintnoble - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Michigan @ 10 is also kind of underrating them. Burke is gone but if you consider the way those around him played throughout the NCAA tournament and their coach, I think they could end up being better.

  3. spartacusprime - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    MSU has so much talent and experience returning that no sane person could possibly rank them out of the top 5. With UK, you have a ton of high school talent but nobody knows how they will play together as a team. Duke has a lot of talent and experience returning and they added Jabari Parker.
    Anyone could put any of these three at the top.
    My thoughts are that UNC and UM are the most overrated of the bunch. they lost too much talent.
    But ranking teams this early is truly ridiculous anyway. Nobody knows how these teams will play until they get into their own conference games.

    • senorpapino - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Agree with everything – the only teams I would add are Louisville (replaces Siva with a 5 star recruit and a top JuCo transfer and replaces Gieng with more Harrell) and Kansas (multiple first round NBA draft picks on the roster besides Wiggins).

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