Some have been asking why I haven’t posted a Top 25 ranking since the preseason. There are several reasons for this.
First of all, unlike other outlets that produce rankings each week, I like to take time to watch, analyze and break each team down. Ranking teams is so much more than box scores and wins and losses. It’s about the eye test — how each team has looked in their games — as well as who each team has played, injuries, suspensions, home court advantage and much more. In essence, it’s easy to put out a preseason ranking and then change it every week based on the outcomes of each game. It’s much more meaningful to wait and see how teams fare after a number of games, not just one or two each week.
Now, after a full month of games played, it is the appropriate time to put out a definitive Top 25 ranking through Dec. 19. To recap, the Hoops Habit preseason Top 25 is listed below:
1. Michigan State
5. North Carolina
6. Oklahoma State
9. Ohio State
13. Wichita State
22. Notre Dame
25. New Mexico
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