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Blue Ribbon releases college basketball preseason top 25

Tennessee v Kentucky

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 06: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team against the Tennessee Volunteers during the game at Rupp Arena on February 6, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Blue Ribbon, the preeminent college basketball preview publication, released their preseason top 25 on Tuesday afternoon, and Kentucky is the No. 1 team in the country, edging out Kansas, Gonzaga and Duke.

Personally, I would put Kansas above the Wildcats, but as long as Kentucky, Kansas, Gonzaga and Duke are in the top four -- regardless of order -- it is hard to disagree too much with any ranking this season.

Where I would disagree is with Villanova.

Blue Ribbon has the Wildcats sitting 21st, and while I understand the inclination to drop Villanova based on what that program has lost, my counterpoint would be that both Eric Paschall -- who is in line for an all-american season -- and Phil Booth return as fifth-year seniors, while a roster full of four- and five-star recruits will be coming of age. I have Villanova fifth, which is admittedly high and a bet on Jay Wright and this Villanova program.

That said, to me, Villanova is a clear top ten team.

Anyway, here is the rest of Blue Ribbon’s top 25:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Kansas
  3. Gonzaga
  4. Duke
  5. Tennessee
  6. Nevada
  7. Virginia
  8. Auburn
  9. Oregon
  10. Michigan State
  11. Mississippi State
  12. North Carolina
  13. Kansas State
  14. UCLA
  15. Florida State
  16. West Virginia
  17. Clemson
  18. LSU
  19. Purdue
  20. Florida
  21. Villanova
  22. Syracuse
  23. Michigan
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. TCU