The college hardwood action is about to get underway once again. While the NBA is still in a lockout, there will be plenty of chances to profit from college hoops action. As the final installment of my college hoops preview, let’s take a look at my top five overrated teams heading into the season.
5. Marquette- The Big East will be a very tough conference again this year, and I think the Golden Eagles will badly miss Jimmy Butler. Butler was the heart and soul of this team, and he was the primary reason many of his teammates got open looks last season. Darius Johnson-Odom will now be keyed in on by the opposition, and Marquette doesn’t seem to have many other offensive options. This is a team that could go through long dry spells on the offensive end.
4. Duke- Many will be shocked to see Duke on this list. By no means does this ranking mean that I believe Duke will be a bad team this year. I simply don’t believe they are a top five team like they are being ranked in all the major preseason polls. Austin Rivers will be a tremendous point guard, but the loss of Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith will hurt this team in a big way. The Plumlee brothers will have to be much better this year for Duke to be a top five team. Look for the Blue Devils to be a bit of a disappointment.
3. Florida State- The Seminoles had an impressive run last season thanks to their suffocating defense. The defense will still be very good, but without Chris Singleton this team will have an even tougher time scoring. Singleton was easily the team’s best offensive player, and he was also a game-changer on the defensive end. Derwin Kitchen was an underrated point guard that will be missed as well. Losing their top two scorers from last year should definitely slow this team down a bit.
2. Missouri- Mike Anderson is no longer with the team, and that is the primary reason Missouri ranks second on my list. Anderson did a terrific job getting the most out of this team, and I just don’t think Frank Haith’s system will fit the team as well. Missouri struggles badly in the half-court offense, and they lack a major low-post scorer. I suspect this team will still run and pressure, but I don’t think it will be quite as effective without Anderson at the helm.
1. Florida- The Gators have a lot of talent in the backcourt, but they also don’t have much at all left in the frontcourt. Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus, and Vernon Macklin are all gone. Tyus and Macklin dominated the boards last year, and they will be missed. Parsons was a play maker that he team turned to in the clutch. Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker also need to improve their shot selection. The SEC is going to be much improved in basketball this year, and I think there will be several teams that can expose the Gators weakness in the post. I just don’t see this as a top ten team.
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