Initial College Hoops Rankings

10/19/2021 Initial College Hoops Rankings

By: Jeff Yoder

Gonzaga, UCLA Top Preseason Rankings for 2021-22 College Basketball Season

The Gonzaga Bulldogs open the year with the No. 1 ranking in college basketball for the second straight season. Last year’s Gonzaga team held the top spot through an undefeated campaign all the way to the title game before losing to Baylor. Now, the Zags will attempt to get back after losing Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert to the NBA. UCLA was the only other team to receive votes for the top spot. The season begins Nov. 9.


Preseason AP Top-25

1. Gonzaga (55)

2. UCLA (8)

3. Kansas

4. Villanova

5. Texas

6. Michigan

7. Purdue

8. Baylor

9. Duke

10. Kentucky

11. Illinois

12. Memphis

13. Oregon

14. Alabama

15. Houston

16. Arkansas

17. Ohio State

18. Tennessee

19. North Carolina

20. Florida State

21. Maryland

22. Auburn

23. St. Bonaventure

24. UConn

25. Virginia


Additional Storylines

NCAA: Gonzaga, UCLA, Kansas Lead Men’s Basketball Preseason AP Top-25 Poll

ESPN: 2021-22 Men’s College Basketball Preview: Preseason Picks, Rankings, Complete Coverage


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