UNC, Kentucky and every Top 25 team outlooks for men’s basketball poll

Gonzaga forward Drew Timme (2) drives to the basket against Memphis during the second half in the second round of the 2022 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Moda Center.


The start of the men’s college basketball season is less than two weeks away. 

With the release of the preseason USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll, here are outlooks for each of the Top 25 teams with last season’s, points in poll and previous ranking from last season’s final poll:

No. 1 North Carolina (29-10)

Points: 778 (23 first-place votes). Last year’s final ranking: 2.

Season one under new head man Hubert Davis wasn’t always smooth sailing, but the Tar Heels got hot at the right time and came within 20 minutes of winning the whole thing as a No. 8 regional seed. Most of the major contributors from that team are back in Chapel Hill, most notably double double machine Armando Bacot (16.3 ppg, 13.1 rpg). The backcourt tandem of RJ Davis (13.5 ppg, 3.6 apg) and Caleb Love (15.9 ppg, 3.6 apg) also return, though Love struggled at times with shot selection and turnovers. Northwestern transfer Pete Nance (6-10) figures to step in for lone departed starter Brady Manek.



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