National Preview Magazines: Consensus Top 25

    
November 9th, 2009

Don't like CollegeHoops.net's Top 144 Ranking? Here's what the major annual preview magazines have to say, including a consensus average based on all three.

 

There are certainly some interesting differences between the publications. Michigan is in the Top 10 in Lindy's but in the others' Top 20. Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, and UCONN are in 2 of 3 Top 15's, but the 3rd doesn't even rank them. West Virginia's wide spread is from 5th in Sporting News to 18th in Lindy's. Vanderbilt only appears in Athlon, and are all the way up at 16th.

 

SN = Sporting News.

  TEAM ATHLON LINDY'S SN AVG   vs CHN
1 Kansas 1 1 1 1.0   1
2 Michigan St  2 3 3 2.7   3
3 Texas 3 2 6 3.7   5
4 North Carolina 5 5 4 4.7   4
5 Kentucky 6 8 2 5.3   6
6 Purdue 4 6 7 5.7   10
7 Villanova 7 4 9 6.7   2
8 Tennessee 8 12 12 10.7   9
9t Butler 12 7 14 11.0   11
9t West Virginia 10 18 5 11.0   7
11 Duke 18 11 8 12.3   8
12 California 14 10 16 13.3   15
13t Washington 17 16 13 15.3   12
13t Mississippi St 15 21 10 15.3   23
15 Michigan  23 9 24 18.7   14
16 Maryland 22 20 20 20.7   20
17 Dayton 25 17 23 21.7   16

-- Below teams only in 2 of 3 rankings --

18 Oklahoma 9 14   7.7   37
19 Georgia Tech 13 13   8.7   13
20 UCONN 11   15 8.7   19
21 Georgetown 21   11 10.7   17
22 Louisville 19 15   11.3   27
23 Ohio St   22 19 13.7   13
24 Clemson 24   17 13.7   22
25 Illinois   25 21 15.3   21

 

 

-- Other teams appearig in a magazine Top 25 --

  Vanderbilt 16         47
  Wake Forest     18     44
  Tulsa   19       38
  BYU 20         42
  Notre Dame     22     60
  UCLA   23       29
  South Carolina   24       30
  Florida St     25     52

 

 

-- Teams in CHN's Top 25 but not in any other --

Minnesota 18
Xavier 24
Kansas State 25

 

 

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