It’s Never too Early for NCAA Basketball

It’s Never too Early for NCAA Basketball
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    The dust has not even settled on the court from the recent NCAA basketball tournament.

    While the Villanova Wildcats are still celebrating their victory and the North Carolina Tar Heels are still nursing their wounds, many college basketball experts are predicting what will happen next season.

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The first pre-season tournaments do not start until mid-November. Fans will not be pulling their favorite jerseys out of the closet for a couple more months. Colleges are just getting out for the summer, their students will not be thinking about those 5-men and women teams playing with their school colors until they have settled in for the next semester. But, as most sports fans know, it is never to early to start making predictions.

Here is what some of the experts around the internet are saying.

Mike Rutherford at SB Nation predicts the 2016-17 college basketball top 5 to be: Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, Villanova Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels and the Louisville Cardinals, in that order. All but the Cardinals had a significant presence in the 2015-16 post season. Louisville suffered a self-imposed postseason ban.

The only other team that made it into Rutherford’s top 25 list that did not make an appearance in the 2015-16 post season are the UCLA Bruins, ranked at No. 22.

Many other experts are claiming that Villanova will not repeat as championships this coming year. The Wildcats should have an easy path to the post season tournament, but may not claim the top honors, according to Jason Parker on fansided.com. Parker also predicted UCLA having a comeback season next year.

It’s also predicted that the Atlantic Coast Conference will not have the same success it saw in the 2015-16 tournament.

The 2016-17 season will be the second year practicing a 30-second shot clock in the games. This will be the first season that those rules will be incorporated into Division II and III NCAA basketball games.

But pre-season predictions are pre-season predictions. Anything can happen in college basketball. Meanwhile ESPN predicts several players will be foregoing their 2016-17 NCAA season and go to the draft. Those players include Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray, Henry Ellenson, Kris Dunn, Jaylen Brown, Marquese Chriss, Jakob Poeltl, Ivan Rabb, Deyonta Davis, Tyler Ulis, Skal Labissiere, Domantas Sabonis, Diamond Stone, Demetrius Jackson, Wade Balwin IV, Dejounte Murray, Thomas Bryan, DeAndre Bembry, Cheick Diallo, Ben Bentil and Stephen Zimmerman Jr, according to John Gasaway.

Gasaway writes that there are reports that Anthony Barber, Malik Beasley, Brannen Greene, Stefan Jankovic, Tim Quartermann and Wayne Selden Jr. have hired agents as well.

Things may change between now and the beginning of basketball season, but one thing will stay the same: the hype. Share this with friends and family and start your own predictions and theories for the next season.

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