It’s crazy-nutty to do 2014-15 college hoops polls the moment the final buzzer sounds on the national title game. But, hey, media outlets do it. And, we post it. So, here you go: polls from Bleacher Report, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, USA Today and Yahoo! Sports.
Know this: There’s lots of love for the Badgers, including a spot atop the Bleacher Report early, early, early poll for Wisconsin.
Why not? The Badgers lose only one key senior: guard Ben Brust. Otherwise, Wisconsin expects to welcome back the likes of Frank Kaminsky, Josh Gasser, Bronson Koenig, Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes and Traevon Jackson from this season’s Final Four team. How will the Badgers play/react with massive expectations? Interesting.
Other teams in the Bleacher Report way-too-early poll: Michigan No. 14; Nebraska No. 17; Iowa No. 22; Michigan State No. 24; Ohio State No. 25.
CBSSports.com has Wisconsin No. 3; Nebraska No. 17; Michigan No. 20; Ohio State No. 22; Michigan State No. 24.
ESPN.com has Wisconsin No. 4; Michigan No. 17; Michigan State No. 18; Iowa No. 25.
USA Today has Wisconsin No. 3; Michigan No. 18; Michigan State No. 19; Minnesota No. 25.
Yahoo! Sports ranked its top 15, and it has Wisconsin No. 4; Michigan No. 9; Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State in its “Fifteen others to watch.”
Know this: Many players still could turn pro. The deadline is April 27 to declare for the NBA draft. The Big Ten already has seen Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross and Indiana’s Noah Vonleh declare. Most expect Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary to leave Michigan. Glenn Robinson III also could bolt. Gary Harris is expected to leave Michigan State.
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