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A revamped (post-Hummel) preseason Top 25

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Robbie Hummel’s injury drops Purdue from the list of national title contenders. But is it enough to drop the Boilermakers from our preseason Top 25?

My first inclination was to say no. There’s still enough talent with JaJaun Johnson, E’Twaun Moore and the rest of Matt Paintewr’s team to form a team worthy of being in the Top 25. Heck, even without Hummel last season, Purdue reached the Sweet 16.

Then I read Dan Hanner’s revamped Big Ten efficiency projections that slated Purdue fifth in the conference behind Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin - and 29th overall - and gave it some more thought. Purdue will surely miss Hummel’s shooting, rebounding and overall solid play (only Duke’s Kyle Singler is a more versatile small forward).

Is that enough to propel Missouri or Georgetown into the Top 25? Yes.

Everybody give a big welcome to Mike Anderson’s Tigers, 25th in our new (revamped) preseason Top 25. Everyone else moves up a spot. (Consider Purdue now 26th, ahead of Georgetown.) Sorry Purdue.

Our revamped Top 25, with a new capsule for Missouri.

No. 1: Duke Blue Devils

No. 2: Michigan State Spartans

No. 3: Kansas State Wildcats

No. 4: Pittsburgh Panthers

No. 5: Ohio State Buckeyes

No. 6: Kansas Jayhawks

No. 7: Villanova Wildcats

No. 8: Memphis Tigers

No. 9: Florida Gators

No. 10: Syracuse Orange

No. 11: Kentucky Wildcats

No. 12: Baylor Bears

No. 13: Gonzaga Bulldogs

No. 14: Washington Huskies

No. 15: Illinois Illini

No. 16: San Diego State Aztecs

No. 17: Virginia Tech Hokies

No. 18: Butler Bulldogs

No. 19: Temple Owls

No. 20: Tennessee Volunteers

No. 21: North Carolina Tar Heels

No. 22: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

No. 23: Xavier Musketeers

No. 24: Wichita State Shockers

No. 25: Missouri Tigers

Mike Miller’s also on Twitter @BeyndArcMMiller, usually talkin’ hoops. Click here for more.