Five men’s college basketball teams snubbed in preseason standings

Nearly seven months since Kansas cut the nets as the National Men’s College Basketball Champion, we now take a look at the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll released for the 2022-23 season, which should be over in just a few short weeks, as the road to March Madness begins in November.

While the votes for the poll are based on returning and incoming talent – ​​who are once again seeing a major shake-up this year with the new transfer rule – there are still a handful of teams left out who were at the helm. dawn of the Top 25 and who deserve it. on their potential.

A look at five teams snubbed in this year’s pre-season poll:

Miami (Florida)

Former Kansas State guard Nijel Pack (17.4 ppg) has been one of the most coveted transfers this offseason and he will be the key player on a roster with returning players from last year’s Elite Eight team. Coach Jim Larrañaga will have enough talent to stage another March Madness deep run and have the Hurricanes face off in the ACC, with Isaiah Wong (15.3 ppg) poised for a huge milestone in 2022- 23.

Purdue

Coach Matt Painter is entering his 18th season, and the loss of talent – notably Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams through graduation – means the Boilermakers won’t be as well balanced this year, but there will be enough arsenal to continue to fight in the Big Ten and stay in the national equation. It’s largely the product of 7-foot-4 big man Zach Edey (14.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg), who will be Purdue’s showpiece in 2022-23.

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Connecticut

Adama Sanogo (14.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg) is back to restore the Huskies to a dominant presence in the paint. Coach Dan Hurley used the transfer portal to bolster the team’s backcourt, carrying dynamic guards Tristen Newton (East Carolina), Nahiem Alleyne (Virginia Tech) and Hassan Diarra (Texas A&M).

Texas A&M

Coach Buzz Williams helped this group win 11 of their last 13 en route to a second place finish in the NIT. Wichita State transfer Dexter Dennis will join a team with key players returning from last year. There’s more than enough here to see the Aggies back in the NCAA Tournament.

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Sean Miller’s first season back as manager of the Musketeers should be a good one. He will inherit a core group of players who won the NIT last season and will return to an even more seasoned group. Jack Nunge, Colby Jones and Zach Freemantle were all double-digit scorers last season and will give the team an offensive punch

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