Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

2013 College Basketball Top 25: Teams 21-25

Published on April 4, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

21. Gonzaga- The Zags should not be considered a mid-major they are in the preseason top 25 almost every year. Gonzaga losses center Robert Sacre but they bring everyone else back assuming Elias Harris does not enter the draft. They will feature one of the best backcourts in the country with Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos. Look for a breakout season from Sam Dower.

22. Tennessee- Cuonzo Martin did a heck of job this season in almost getting Tennessee to the tournament. The Vols will bring back 4 starters. Watch out as big man Jarnell Stokes will get to play a full season. He will team up with Jeronne Maymon to form the top frontcourt in the SEC. Trae Golden is one of the most underrated point guards out there.

23. VCU- VCU was not even supposed to make the tournament this season but Shaka Smart proved why he is the best young coach in the game by getting the Rams back to the dance. They lose their best player Bradford Burgess but they bring everyone else back. Look for guards Troy Daniels and Rob Brandenberg to have breakout seasons. Big man Juvonte Reddic will be the leader of this team.

24.UCLA- What a horrible season for the Bruins this season. They were in the top 25 to begin the season but they suffered bad losses early and never could recover. They also had off the court problems. The Bruins are bringing in one of the top freshman in Kyle Anderson. They are still in the running for top recruit Shabazz Muhammad. UCLA will return as solid frontcourt with the Wear twins and Josh Smith.

25.Missouri- The Tigers do lose their top 3 scorers but they also get Laurence Bowers back from an injury. Guards Michael Dixon and Phil Pressey return to give the Tigers one of best backcourts in the nation. Missouri will also bet helped by bringing in 3 top transfers in Keion Bell, Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross.


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