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Sports Illustrated Releases Way-Too-Early Top 25

Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky looks on.

Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky looks on.

The 2021-22 college basketball season came to an end on Monday night, which means it’s officially time to start predicting the landscape of college hoops in 2023.

Shortly after the national championship game between Kansas and North Carolina finished, Kevin Sweeney of Sports Illustrated released his way-too-early top 25 for the 2022-23 season.

As of now, he has Arkansas as the No. 1 ranked team in the country. Not only does Sweeney love the Razorbacks’ recruiting class, he believes they’ll retain some key playmakers from this year’s squad.

Next up in the way-too-early top 25 is another SEC team, Kentucky. This ranking could change if Oscar Tshiebwe elects to go pro, but the reigning AP Men’s Player of the Year could return for another run. If he’s back, the Wildcats will be tough to stop.

The rest of the top five consists of some familiar faces, such as Houston, Kansas and Gonzaga.

Here’s the top way-too-early top 10 from Sports Illustrated:

  1. Arkansas

  2. Kentucky

  3. Houston

  4. Kansas

  5. Gonzaga

  6. Duke

  7. Creighton

  8. North Carolina

  9. Arizona

  10. Baylor

The full top 25 can be seen here.

Of course, these way-too-early rankings could change depending on which players declare for the NBA Draft.

Do you think Arkansas will be the top team in college basketball next year?

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