The college basketball season may have ended last night, but its never too early to look ahead to next season.
On Tuesday morning, ESPN released its annual Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings for the 2018-19 college basketball season. Although Villanova won the National Championship on Monday night by defeating Michigan, 79-62, in San Antonio to claim its second national title in the last three seasons, the Wildcats are only ranked No. 3 on ESPN’s list.
Who was ranked in front of the defending National Champions?
ESPN has Kansas ranked No. 1 on its list, with Duke close behind at No. 2.
This season, Kansas was defeated by Villanova in the Final Four, while Duke was eliminated by Kansas in the Elite 8.
To round out the top five, Kentucky is ranked No. 4 and — in somewhat of a surprise choice — Auburn is ranked No. 5.
There are only three Big Ten teams on the list. Michigan State is ranked the highest in the conference at No. 11 , followed by Michigan at No. 12. Purdue is ranked No. 24.
Here is the full list:
- North Carolina
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- Virginia Tech
- Kansas State
- Florida State