The college football season is here, which means college hoops is right around the corner.
A lot of people have asked me about the best teams for the 2019-20 season. I have put together my early Sweet 16. It is subject to change as injuries, transfers and eligibility issues could change a team's outlook.
Here we go, baby!
1. Kansas Jayhawks
Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk! Bill Self was happy to have Udoka Azubuike return and if he stays healthy, watch out. Devon Dotson also comes back and a nice nucleus returns.
2. Michigan State Spartans
Cassius Winston is a legitimate Wooden Award candidate. A healthy Joshua Langford can be a major factor. Just sorry that Nick Ward is not back.
3. Kentucky Wildcats
John Calipari will reload. Newcomers Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey should have an immediate impact. Ashton Hagans will have a big year and EJ Montgomery should improve.
4. Duke Blue Devils
No Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett or Cam Reddish, no problem. Tre Jones is back and Vernon Carey Jr. is the next diaper dandy to step up.
5. Louisville Cardinals
Chris Mack has done a great job in a short time. Jordan Nwora is back and big things are expected from 6-foot-7 Samuell Williamson. Transfer LaMarr "Fresh" Kimble from St. Joseph's will help.
6. Florida Gators
Mike White added a major piece of the puzzle when Kerry Blackshear came to Gainesville from Virginia Tech. He is a difference-maker. The return of guards Andrew Nembhard and Noah Locke is a positive.
7. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Expect more big things from Mark Few's squad. I know Rui Hachimura is gone, but Killian Tillie, Filip Petrusev and Corey Kispert are back. Few has brought in several transfers and the Zags will dominate the WCC again.
8. North Carolina Tar Heels
Roy Williams lost several key players, but he has one of the top diaper dandies in Cole Anthony. Expect more from Garrison Brooks and Brandon Robinson.
9. Maryland Terrapins
Mark Turgeon's team lost Bruno Fernando and little else. Anthony Cowan Jr. will be the leader and Jalen Smith is a factor up front.
10. Virginia Cavaliers
The defending national champs lost stars like Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome, but the returning nucleus will be fine. Expect improvement from Braxton Key.
11. Memphis Tigers
Penny Hardaway has brought in a world of talent and the expectations at his alma mater are high. James Wiseman is one of the premier diaper dandies, but this squad is very young.
12. Villanova Wildcats
Collin Gillespie will be a major factor. Jay Wright has several frontcourt players ready to step up, led by Jermaine Samuels.
13. Arizona Wildcats
Sean Miller's team suffered a blow when Brandon Williams was lost for the season. Miller has enough young talent to return to glory in the Pac-12.
14. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Chris Beard got to the title game last year. Jarrett Culver and several key veterans are gone, but Beard will have enough back to make noise.
15. Seton Hall Pirates
Kevin Willard was thrilled when Myles Powell opted to return. The Pirates will battle Villanova for supremacy in the Big East.
16. Ohio State Buckeyes
Kaleb Wesson's return has the Buckeyes thinking big. Luther Muhammad also returns and the addition of CJ Walker will help.